iPad mini review

Apple has a reputation of high end prices for its hardware. And yet, with mini has gone where no one would thought – the iPad mini has brought the Apple tablet to a new budget world.

The new tablet comes in at a wallet-friendly basic version, with 16GB of storage on offer for the Wi-Fi version. You can increase it up to 64GB of space to enjoy movies and music, as well as 4G LTE connectivity, but that will have you reach much deeper into your pocket.

But then again, the iPad mini release isn't about the top end specs with a whopping price tag – it's about beating the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD in the budget stakes.

The two competitors have been getting many column inches so far thanks to the super cheap prices and the impressive specs on board – although with both only offering a 7-inch screen compared to Apple's 7.9-inch offering.

However, the more frugal shopper, and especially one buying for a loved one, may not agree with this idea, as the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD costs around 40% less and when faced with a choice between the three might opt for the familiar Amazon brand or the sheer power of the Nexus 7, with its mightily impressive spec list and legions of Google apps.

Its competition with similar size tablets is won by the larger screen size, the impressive low weight and the attractive design, but is it worth spending your hard-earned when more cash will get you a fully-fledged version of Apple's tablet?

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