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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Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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