Posted Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
This entry level tablet may not be as impressive in size as its big brothers, but it might be just what the "tablet as controller" movement needs.
The iPad Mini is, well, it's exactly what you think it is. The new tablet from Apple is a smaller version of the iPad that offers similar capabilities at a lower price. It can come as a Wi-Fi only tablet or with 4G LTE depending on how much you want to spend and storage is likewise adjustable. The display isn't anything to write home about at 1024 by 768, so what does the iPad Mini offer the home theater crowd?
With the increasing focus on using smartphones and tablets as controllers for Blu-ray players, receivers and TVs, it's easy to see where the iPad Mini might fill a niche. The iPhone and iPod are a bit too small for a layout with a large amount of options and the iPad is so big as to be unwieldy. The iPad Mini might be just what's needed.
The iPad Mini starts at $329 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only version. Pricing tops out at $659 for 64GB of storage and 4G LTE connectivity.
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