Apple iPad Mini

Apple's long-awaited, and finally real, tinier tablet is remarkably thinner and lighter than its big-boned sibling.

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Tablets seem to have gotten smaller at the tail end of 2012, between the latest Nook and Kindle Fire 7-inchers, the Google Nexus 7, and most importantly, the iPad Mini. The shaved-down device lacks the larger iPad's Retina Display, but that's practically its only limitation, managing to cram in dual cameras and optional high-speed wireless LTE. Its higher price of $329 is relative: Apple's tiny tablet is expensive compared with many $199 tablets, but it's a bargain compared with the $499 price of the larger iPad.

The iPad Mini also shows how smaller tablets need not be feature-stripped -- as we head to 2013, the era of the Tiny Tablet might be the norm. Packed with great battery life and a razor-thin design, the iPad Mini could redefine where tablets are used and by whom.

For more on this story, see our full review of the iPad Mini.

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