If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.
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The iPad Mini 2 shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's a terrific smaller tablet.
The new Retina Mini's a little heavier and more expensive, but manages to fit a Retina Display and a much faster processor into its 7.9-inch tablet body. How does it feel? Read our unfolding review.
One of 2013's best, the iPad Mini 3 is still a compelling choice despite the lack of upgrades. However, the nearly identical and significantly cheaper iPad Mini 2 is a smarter buy.
You'll pay a premium for it, but the ClamCase Pro for iPad Mini is the best and most versatile all-around keyboard case we've seen.
The silicone accessory comes with a case and adds a tactile dimension to the iPad Mini's onscreen keyboard.
Developed by Tactus Technology, the Phorm iPad Mini case costs $149 and offers users a physical keyboard that bubbles up from its protective screen.
Due to ship soon, the company's $79.99 FastFit iPad Mini keyboard case is designed to compete with Logitech's popular Ultrathin keyboard case.
The Belkin iPad Mini Keyboard Case is one of the better keyboard cases currently available for the Mini -- but it does have its shortcomings.
The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.