Product Reviews

Apple iPad Mini Review and Giveaway

Jackson Chung 11-12-2012

ipad mini reviewThis is a much overdue review, I’ll admit, but instead of publishing a breezy overview of the iPad mini, I wanted to experience and integrate it in my daily life in order to truly tell you if Apple’s latest creation — this overpriced 7.9″ tablet — is really worth spending so much money on.


Before we begin, here’s a disclaimer: I love all Apple products from iPhones to iMacs. But when the iPad mini was announced, I wasn’t so sure. Anyway, we purchased a Slate 16GB iPad mini (WiFi-only model) for $329 to find out if Apple poured as much heart and soul into it; as they have for their previous products. After the review, we’re giving this 16GB iPad mini away to one MakeUseOf reader!

Introducing the iPad mini

I own several Apple products that I use on a daily basis: several iPads, an iPhone, a MacBook and an iMac. What pushed me to purchase an iPad mini over a cheaper Android tablet of the same class was the fact that it runs iOS and therefore, would technically integrate seamlessly with the rest of my gear. And to be clear, I had my doubts about the iPad mini. I feared that it would under-perform and infuriatingly disappoint. And after using it for about 4 weeks, I’m happy to announce that even though it isn’t fitted with a Retina Display, the iPad mini managed to edge out an iPad 3 from my daily workflow. Surprised?

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One thing’s for sure, it feels damn good to use…

If you own any Apple product running iOS, you will most definitely feel familiar with the iPad mini. It’s a 7.9″ tablet that sits comfortably in Apple’s product lineup between the iPhone 5 (and iPod touch) and the iPad. In fact, Apple sometimes refers to it as the iPad, dropping the mini because they feel that it’s every inch an iPad. Some critics (and users) feel that it’s merely a blown up iPod touch. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t; but one thing’s for sure, it feels damn good to use — better than an iPod touch anyway.

In terms of pricing, the iPad mini is dearer than any of its current competition. The base 16GB WiFi-only iPad mini costs $329, while the 16GB Google Nexus 7 Google Nexus 7 (16GB) Android Tablet Review and Giveaway We purchased a 16GB Nexus 7 for $249 which I've been reviewing for a week or so now, and I've really grown to love the little thing. We'll be giving it away at the end... Read More is only going for $199. However, if you’re contemplating a 7″ tablet, it’s vital to first determine your budget and select the device which runs the operating system you’re more familiar with. For example, if you’ve used an iPhone for several years and have spent a decent amount of money on purchasing applications, paying for the iPad mini makes more sense because you will be able to use those apps on your new iPad mini at no further cost. In fact, the price of a Nexus 7 and re-purchasing those apps for the Android operating system may cost you even more money, or at the very least even out the cost so you may not be saving as much as you’d think. On the other hand, if you’re already an Android OS user, the iPad mini is undeniably overpriced — in that case, you’d be better off with a Nexus 7.


Initial impressions

The iPad mini is shipped in exactly the same way as the iPad New iPad Review and Giveaway The third generation (2012) iPad was announced on March 7, 2012, and have recently reached their new owners across the globe. How does it compare to its predecessors -- the iPad 2 and original iPad?... Read More , except everything is smaller and lighter. In fact, I was stunned at how light the box containing the iPad mini was.

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After some delicate unwrapping, I was presented with the iPad mini, surrounded in a sheet of plastic, protecting it while in transit. I get a whiff of a brand new Apple device and am instantly brought back to the day I unboxed my MacBook in 2008. Other than the device itself, Apple included some documentation, Apple stickers, a Lighting cable, and a 5W power adapter. I thought that was rather odd because iPads are traditionally packaged with 10W power adapters.


The iPad mini sports a 7.9″ LED-backlit multitouch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 at 163 PPI with an aspect ratio of 4:3. Let me help you digest that information: by having a 4:3 aspect ratio, existing applications for the iPad will run on the iPad mini without any intervention from the developers (unlike the iPhone 5, which forced the developers to redesign their apps to fit the new screen). At 163 pixels-per-inch, the screen is packed with more pixels per square inch than the iPad 2. Even though it’s a far cry from a Retina Display with 264 PPI (on an iPad, 326 PPI on the iPhone 5), I’ll admit that I’m quite pleased with the screen but I’d prefer a Retina Display any day.


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I’d prefer a Retina Display any day.

At just under 13.5 cm in width, the iPad mini is barely small enough to hold in one hand. When I say “barely”, I mean that it easily lays flat on my hand but grasping it can be uncomfortable, even though it’s insanely light. So I find myself holding it pretty much how I would hold an iPad.

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Apple’s decision to release the iPad mini in 2 colours bodes well with me. The Slate looks absolutely gorgeous. However, the anodised back panel is quite prone to scratches, so enjoy it while you can because it’s ultimately going in a case.


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Reviewing the iPad mini

In this review, I won’t be going through the device with you, pointing out the position of the sleep/wake button or how small the home button is. Instead I’ll try to explain how the iPad mini performs in an everyday setting and how it compares to an iPad. Hopefully, my review will help you ascertain if the iPad mini is for you — a question many people are asking themselves.

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There’s no doubt that the iPad mini is a beautiful thing. The large-ish 7.9″ display with a narrow bezel looks great. The rear anodised panel is lovely to touch. The whole ensemble is amazingly light. But is it really worth your money? $329 to be exact. Here’s what you’re getting:


  • dual-core Apple A5 chip
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 16GB flash memory
  • 802.11a/b/g/n wireless
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear camera

Totally unimpressive, if I’m honest. The iPad mini wasn’t built to be revolutionary. With similar specifications as the iPad 2, a device released in 2011, it’s safe to say that the iPad mini is relatively backwards.

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So if the iPad mini is fitted with hardware from 2011, how does it perform? Well, that really depends on what you use it for, and I’ve found that the iPad mini is pretty disappointing as a mobile browser. 512MB of RAM isn’t sufficient to handle multiple browser tabs, which means that my browsing sessions are limited to running a couple of tabs at any given moment. Once the memory limit is reached, background tabs have to be reloaded once they’re brought into view. It’s an annoyance, for sure.

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Even though the iPad mini isn’t made from the latest and greatest hardware, I still find myself reaching for it instead of my iPad.

On the bright side, the iPad mini is quite lightweight, which makes it extremely portable. While my iPad has a relatively fixed spot in my house i.e. my coffee table, I find myself bringing the iPad mini with me wherever I go — to bed, to my study, to the kitchen. Ever since I took it out of the box, I’m hardly separated from it. So even though the iPad mini isn’t made from the latest and greatest hardware, I still find myself reaching for it instead of my iPad.

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The iPad mini has outstanding battery life, which makes it the ideal travel companion.

In a recent study by British consumer group Which?, it was revealed that the iPad mini’s battery life was the best performing among competing 7″ tablets and managed to squeeze out 13 hours of web browsing, blowing other devices such as the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 out of the water. And I completely concur. The iPad mini has outstanding battery life, which makes it the ideal travel companion.

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Lately, I’m highly enjoying the experience of reading ebooks on the iPad mini. The combination of a 7.9″ screen and awesome battery life in a featherweight device is really quite enticing.


Yes, unfortunately, the list of annoyances continues. In addition to the lack of memory, I’ve found that the bezels on the sizes are extremely thin. So thin, in fact that there’s almost not enough room to grip the device securely with one hand without touching the screen.

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And even though Apple has supposedly released a firmware update to address the issue, I still find myself unintentionally flipping through pages in iBooks as I search for a spot to rest my thumb.

Should you buy the iPad mini?

To be honest, this isn’t an easy question to answer. The iPad mini isn’t exactly cheap, so it’s not as easy as forking out the money just to give it a go. However, if you’re already heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem, the iPad mini integrates itself very well, and you’ll find that an intermediary device between your iPhone and iPad is a welcome addition.

Personally, I felt very let down by its hardware. For the price I paid, the iPad mini should outperform other 7″ tablets in the market. But it doesn’t (well, except for battery life). And it doesn’t have a Retina Display, which is a deal-breaker for some people.

ipad mini review

So I guess, the iPad mini is a bit of a controversial device. It’s made by Apple using hardware from 2011, and it feels to me that they rushed it and didn’t quite make it to be the best that it can be.

MakeUseOf recommends: don’t buy it.

Still interested? We’re giving this iPad mini away! All you need to do to win it is fill up a form and spread the word. Too easy!

How do I win a copy?

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

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  1. william
    April 7, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Need a tablet for work but can't afford one, this would help s great deal thanks

  2. Ah San
    January 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

    congrat to the winnner of ipad giveaway!!

  3. Noy Sobu
    January 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Congrats to the winner. Ipad Mini really looks good....

  4. prabhath kaushalya
    January 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I want this awesome gift...thanks

  5. Hiew Yau
    January 16, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Nice review... and congratz to the winner! :)

  6. Debra Derosier
    December 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    wow awesome prize pick me pick me

  7. Carlos Ramirez
    December 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This would be awesome to win.

  8. Wayne Lecoy
    December 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Please Enter Me In Your Apple iPad Mini Giveaway.
    I Would Love To Win This.
    Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!

  9. Quentin Bertrand
    December 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I could do with one, people around me all have tablets. So If you've got one to spare... Thanks

  10. carrie rizzo
    December 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    awesome prizes

  11. Gary T
    December 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  12. Josiah Brunne
    December 27, 2012 at 6:42 am

    The Slat on the black one looks awesome!

  13. J A Reyes
    December 27, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I would love to win the Mini. It would be the perfect size to carry in my purse and I would still be able to check e-books out at the library.

  14. Ryan Borja
    December 27, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Too bad I'm from Philippines. Giveaway Rules stated that if I winner is from India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines it will forfeited and a new winner will be selected. I thought this is for all. So sad. :(

    • Jackson Chung
      December 27, 2012 at 2:17 am

      You could always provide us with a US shipping address and we'll ship it there. You will have to be responsible for shipping to your own country though.

      • Ryan Borja
        December 27, 2012 at 2:23 am

        I see. Thanks.

  15. Ryan Borja
    December 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I want it!

  16. terieron
    December 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Great ipad, great makeuseof giveaway

  17. Prasanna Mestha
    December 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    iPad mini is not even close to my budget. so i hope to win this. Thanks

  18. Masud Alio
    December 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I hope i win this dream come true xmas pressie. I am jewish i dont celebrate xmas

  19. Hemant Devarapalli
    December 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    it's perfect for reading eBooks!

  20. Roland Ugonna
    December 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    this is cool

  21. Kip Bickford
    December 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I believe the Mini would be an excellent solution to recording QA reports in the field. I would love to give it a try.

  22. Patti
    December 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This would be a thrill, if I won this Mini Ipad. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to everyone:)

  23. Rajind Ruparathna
    December 26, 2012 at 7:57 am


  24. Patricia Lyles
    December 26, 2012 at 6:16 am

    There are so many people enamoured with this mini ipad, that it seems
    impossible for me to win it. However, 'hope spring eternal' and I find
    that I cannot give up - yet!

  25. Patricia Lyles
    December 26, 2012 at 6:14 am

    There are so many other people enamoured with the mini iPad, that it seems almost
    impossible for me to win it. However, hope springs eternal, and I find I can't
    give up just yet.

  26. Stephen Starr
    December 26, 2012 at 3:56 am

    If the new machines has correct the battery issues then I am all in for one!

  27. Anne Zarecky
    December 26, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Merry Christmas!

  28. Dane
    December 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    This would be my first tablet-type device so my fingers are tightly crossed. Played with one in the Perth Apple Store and they're great!!!

  29. Lori
    December 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    This is a great alternative to the regular size iPad!

  30. mickey53
    December 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    sure would like to win this mini

  31. mickey53
    December 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    would like to try it out

  32. Irfan Ahmad
    December 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Awesome review :D

  33. laurel keating
    December 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    love the Mini pad

  34. laurel keating
    December 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    thanks for the great information and chance to win -i would love to have a Mini pad too

  35. Arjun Singh
    December 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Apple iPad mini is surely a forbidden apple. Out of the long account shared above, i am amazed how Apple missed on providing enough space ob sides to hold the slate rather had to issue software fixes to tackle that... its so much NOT like apple. On the contrary I have been using Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and would rate it high on almost all the Parameters except that it doesn't come from a celebrated family like Apple.

    Trust me no verdict is final unless you have heard both the lovers and the haters. Catch the super hot Tug-of-war happening between iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 at:

  36. Stephanie Moore
    December 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    would love to win this

  37. Danial Nasirullah
    December 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

    This would be wonderful honestly. I bought the Ipad 1 when it first came out and I'm sure as everyone knows with their first experience with an Apple device is that it leaves you somewhat stunned. I don't believe I've gone a day since, without using it and I even use it in the shower. (with a large plastic zip-lock bag over it of course) I'm still unsure as to whether I should go for the mini, but I will definitely go for the giveaway! It would definitely be useful and much easier to take to school to use with taking notes and organizing. The cameras I'm honestly not all that interested in so I'm not really looking at them, but I haven't experienced a retina display yet so if I'm looking to buy, then I'll wait until the second or perhaps even the third. Thank you for this review, it was very helpful. :)

  38. Dina Brown
    December 25, 2012 at 2:14 am


  39. Renee Gagnon Klaus
    December 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I waited to the last minute. Just entered.

  40. Hazin Shereef
    December 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Ipad mini is now trending bhaaiiii , so pls count me also bhaii............

  41. Anonymous
    December 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Participated and hoping to win

  42. Er Singh
    December 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    My birthday gift (22 dec)

  43. VE del Rosario
    December 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    It's so cool!

  44. Dushyant Ravichandran
    December 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

    been a big fan of ur reviews ? for a long time ! the thing i like about ur reviews are that they they are so unbiased ! and im super excited for the giveaway if i win that would be an awesome christmas present for my mom. well a late christmas present haha

  45. Dushyant Ravichandran
    December 22, 2012 at 5:23 am

    been a big fan of ur reviews for a long time ! the thing i like about ur reviews are that they they are so unbiased !

  46. Lau Beruin
    December 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Want to win!

  47. Nevzat Akkaya
    December 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I've had a chance of using an iPad mini lately, I have to say that I already missed my Android tablet. Its usage seemed more complicated to me than Android's. However it looks good, visually well designed and light. Battery is also a plus.

  48. Rajaa Chowdhury
    December 21, 2012 at 2:59 am

    One thing is I would like the form factor of the iPAD Mini to be a bit narrower like the Nexus 7 so that it is easier to snug in into a pocket and easier to hold across by one hand. It is easier to do that in a Nexus 7.

  49. Nina G. Menguito
    December 21, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I want iPad mini, Never had an ipad before.

  50. Sheri Blanchette Burgess
    December 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I love your site I read it everyday and learn new things. Hip Hip Hurray to Make Use Of!!!!!!!

  51. Brendon
    December 21, 2012 at 12:19 am

    this is my ticket to giving apple a chance im a droid lover all the way. XD

  52. Brandon Blake
    December 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Today is my birthday, this would be the perfect birthday present. Thanks in advance.

  53. Brandon Blake
    December 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm


  54. Anonymous
    December 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Pick me!!! I never win anything!

  55. Anonymous
    December 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I want one!

  56. Doru Pu?ca?
    December 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I would change the price :/

  57. Cj Owens
    December 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

    How nice it would be to have the sweet love of a tablet instead of hauling around a laptop everywhere.

  58. ashrakt
    December 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Waw okay . Although i dont know what to say about this product . But i cant stop looking at it . Its really waw and it looks great . I really like what you guys bring . Some of them cant be found in my country . They get every thing late lol . So know new things from here

  59. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    it may not appeal to some people but it'll surely make the best Christmas yet...hope i'll win'on!

  60. Blake Andreasen
    December 19, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Why not

  61. Reynldo Mallorca
    December 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm


  62. Darrell Thomas
    December 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    would love to win this ipad mini my daughter would love this but yeah fingers crossed to all of us on winning this ipad mini Thanks Make Use Of to all of your give aways and all the good stuff and things on your site io would be lost without your site thanks yh merry xmas and happy newyear 2013

  63. Antonella Togato
    December 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm


  64. Diane Bassette
    December 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I would keep this for myself..Merry Christmas to me if I were to win :)

  65. Aldian Alfa
    December 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Thank you, i hope its gonna be a Christmas present for me :D

  66. austin
    December 18, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I just lost my Nokia E63 to washing machine. Waterlogged, dried it out, but couldn't resurrect it.

    I would be happy to win a tablet atleast..

    To be honest I wished you were giving away an Android (not that I hate Apple or its products..)

    Anyways. May the deserving person win. But, MTFBW me xD ;)

  67. Ben Gillis
    December 18, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a nice and useful device!!

  68. Ivan Biolango
    December 18, 2012 at 4:06 am

    How I wish I could have this one this christmas. :D

  69. Venkateswara Swamy Swarna
    December 18, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for a good honest review. I am not an Apple fan anyway and even Android is new to me (just bought a mobile and a tablet recently). I am basically used to Windows. Thus it would make sense for me to buy a Windows tablet (that means I wait for a few 7" - 8" size tablets to come with Windows OS).

  70. Ben Pham
    December 18, 2012 at 3:34 am

    New Apple Mini iPad, I want this... like who wouldn't? /o/

  71. Lelyn Roberts
    December 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    cool contest

  72. Darrell Thomas
    December 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Happy Birthday, Leo! sorry its late

  73. Mike Kettle
    December 17, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Personally, I love the mini. I've played with one a few times on visits to the Apple store and I like it better than it's bigger brother. The lack of retina display isn't a large factor. The screen looks amazing as is. It's the perfect size for both browsing and for carrying around. Bottom line, it's a great device, the price tag is a little high but hey, you get what you pay for. I hope I win one! :)

  74. Renee Hughes
    December 17, 2012 at 12:37 am

    please enter me to win thanks

  75. Jason Papapanagiotakis
    December 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    let's hope I win this:)

  76. Lisa
    December 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

    thanks for helping me know whatnot to give this Christmas - very useful!!

  77. Mayur Godhani
    December 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I've joined. Thanks MakeUseOf.

  78. Ashik
    December 16, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I would love to have this and this would be then my first Apple Device...:-)

  79. Ron Lister
    December 16, 2012 at 12:31 am

    In response to the question add retina display or make it cheaper. I say lower the cost of the mini and leave it as it is. If they add retina now they will just raise the price even more and call it ipad mini 2 with retina display.

  80. Jarek Jasinski
    December 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I always dreamed to have a thing from Apple.But unfortunately I do not have any thing from Apple. although I'd love to, but unfortunately Apple are on my pocket very large. That is why I participate in this contest with the hope that as I get lucky, I'll have at least one Apple product. When it comes to birthdays, my birthday is rapidly approaching (on 25.01). If I was able to win in this competition I was very happy with such a wonderful gift. Thanks urz?dzeniowi, I could do many things including RSS readers read, read news from your wonderful website and many other things I could do thanks to this device. So please do Count Me. I'm committed to this win. Sincerely Jarek.

  81. Jarek Jasinski
    December 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I always dreamed to have a thing from Apple.But unfortunately I do not have any thing from Apple. although I'd love to, but unfortunately Apple are on my pocket very large. That is why I participate in this contest with the hope that as I get lucky, I'll have at least one Apple product. When it comes to birthdays, my birthday is rapidly approaching (on 25.01). If I was able to win in this competition I was very happy with such a wonderful gift. Thanks urz?dzeniowi, I could do many things including RSS readers read, read news from your wonderful website and many other things I could do thanks to this device. So please do Count Me. I'm committed to this win.

    Sincerely Jarek.

  82. Yang Yang Li
    December 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Wow, really appreciate the deprecative comments about the iPad Mini Jackson Chung! I think you have mastered the art of writing Apple product reviews. Your review had me rooting for the Apple Mini as you pointed out it's shortcomings and how it makes up for those. :-)

  83. Chee Yong Hsia
    December 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Great Giveaway :)

  84. Markus Jenning
    December 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I'd love to have one of those!

  85. Bruce Tech Guy
    December 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Good review.
    Glad you point up the shortcomings of the device.
    Still a nice thing to have though... ;)

  86. Hoc Nguyen Triet
    December 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Hix, my previous post's gone. I hope I will get the iPad for this Christmas :D

  87. Randy Wood
    December 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

    The best productive document to come out for a long time. It's just too bad that we have to have something to explain something that should have been easy to explain from the beginning. Keep up the good work!

  88. Khairul Rizal
    December 15, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Im still stuck with 1st gen iPad. Please make my christmas wish come true

  89. Gurjot Singh
    December 15, 2012 at 2:16 am

    WOULD BE AMAZING gift ifor me if i win THIS MINI .....

  90. Anonymous
    December 15, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Would like to have one

  91. Nelson Lee
    December 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I like it!

  92. Steven Cooper
    December 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    i would love one as my computer is old and unreliable :-D

  93. Roomy Naqvy
    December 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Are there any geographical restrictions to the giveaway?

  94. Valerie Hart
    December 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Great giveaway! This will make a lovely Christmas gift for "moi". I love, love, love, Apple products. Happy Christmas. Blessings to all... peace and goodwill toward men.

  95. jcvillasis
    December 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Woot! I'm in need of a travel companion :)

  96. Jackson Chung
    December 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    What are you referring to? This giveaway ends on the 28th.

  97. H G
    December 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    It's Christmas!

  98. Bill
    December 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

    ME, ME, ME !!

  99. Delano Jennings
    December 14, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Been trying for last few days to use points to enter, just says "claiming, please wait"

    • Jackson Chung
      December 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Do you have a Javascript or ad blocker running? You might want to disable it while submitting an entry.

      • Delano Jennings
        December 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        I'm trying to enter with iPad

  100. Nicholas Vine-Morris
    December 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I want it

  101. Alice Alvarado
    December 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

    really, I can't believe that I'm being asked if I speak English. Not much of a believer to win anything.... since I've never met anyone who has won anything...

  102. Phúc Ng?c
    December 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

    iPad, iPad, iPad <3 MUO please choose me :D

  103. Kishan Nadarajah
    December 14, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Great info and I love it. Tx to Make Use of Team!

  104. Francisco de Gusmão
    December 14, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Whoah! only 512mb of RAM?? I've bought a samsung galaxy 7" with 1gb and a good enough CPU for just 155€ the other day!
    Apple always had it's overpriced products, but there was a reason they were so overpriced: they were unique. Top (not the best, but always on the top) on specs of every product and the perfect look and feel on everything. I think iPad mini is not a product wich respects that tradition, at all, mainly on the specs for god sake!

    Anyhow, many thank for the giveaway and review!

  105. Anonymous
    December 14, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I've been using Google products on my Windows PC and Linux PC's since they integrate together so easily with my android phone and my Chromebook (obviously). All of my friends look at my Android, Chromebook and PC's as neolithic and insist that I "upgrade" myself into the Appleverse. Would this be a good place to start dabbling with iOS or is there a better, cheaper way to get my toes wet?

  106. Andre
    December 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Wish I could afford one :-(

  107. sasikumar
    December 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Another Great giveaway from MUO ....Well done team

  108. Rafael Quiroz
    December 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Commented, shared & liked.

  109. Nathan Davis
    December 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Solid Review for a solid product. I am buying a mini for she who rules so she can use it when it is too hard to hold an IPAD.

  110. Tammy
    December 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Would love to be able to compare!

  111. Christine Hughes
    December 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I would love to win this brilliant piece of equipment

  112. André Kamara
    December 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This ipad must be great to read books with. I've never won any giveaway in my life so I hope I will this time ^^"

  113. Rafael Mediavilla
    December 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    My little girl always takes my or my wife i pad to play. As soon as i win this one we will download her games and santa will be a hero this cristmas

  114. Jeremie
    December 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Would be nice to travel with!

  115. Kaushik Reddy
    December 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Well it would be delightful and trusty that these are meant to be real, but an end to scams.

  116. John Shaw
    December 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Well today is not my birthday but Sunday was! The Ipad is a great tool, the only disadvantage is being locked into the Apple ecosystem. But that is offset by the quality of the product. Would love to score a mini..

  117. Hardev Singh
    December 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Looks good enough to me. Reviewes are prety good.

  118. Oren-ji Yeh Cherng
    December 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Plan to buy 3 pcs as Christmas gift... Hohoho!

  119. Do Rald
    December 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I want this awesome :)

  120. Cristina Magtalas
    December 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    i wanna win... please let me win...

  121. Six SixSix
    December 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Very nice prize, thanks.

  122. Raj
    December 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Wish I could win!

  123. Tushar Kishnani
    December 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

    The review is good and a detailed one. It is just exactly what I wanted to read. And as far as in India we don't have holidays but yeah Christmas is a big thing here as well. So really excited and hoping that I win and would give me another reason to celebrate Christmas the entire next year.

  124. havaida batool
    December 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Not fair for exempted countries

    • Jackson Chung
      December 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      If you are from a "restricted country" and you're chosen as the winner, provide us with a US shipping address and you'll get your prize. You will be responsible for all shipping costs and taxes.

      • Yang Yang Li
        December 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        Great to know MakeUseOf does this. I remember reading about the Lacie Key incident. MakeUseOf sent a replacement key to one lucky winner in INDIA. Not many websites have giveaways open to residents of non-US countries. Of course, international users lower my chance of winning but it's fair.

      • havaida batool
        December 17, 2012 at 8:59 am


  125. Gavin Mardon
    December 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

    A truly helpful and informative newsletter and website. Keep up the great work!

  126. Giuseppe Mielfi
    December 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Great device, small size!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!!!

  127. Allen Shakib
    December 13, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I need this....

  128. Laurie
    December 13, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Great review! I hope I can try one out soon too.

  129. Muz RC
    December 13, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Hope to win this too...

  130. marco
    December 13, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Hope to win...

  131. Jose Codas Bogado
    December 13, 2012 at 1:41 am

    honestly i still want the ipad mini :P cant afford it though, which is why i entered the giveaway... contests end on my birthday too!!!

  132. Juan Martinez H
    December 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm


  133. Cerese Minetti
    December 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Please, please, please let me win this one :) Perfect for using as a digital portfolio and viewing my photography.

  134. Dawn McCreary
    December 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Great review and giveaway!!! Thanks!

  135. Márcio Reis
    December 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Ipad mini has been surprising me in my daily life in many ways. First it's portability & battery life offered me the freedoom that i've never had with any other device. Light, fairly fast to be honest and the most important, it fits DAMN good :-)

  136. Bogdan Tudorancea
    December 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    The iPad mini is so awesome, and it fits in your (bigger) pockets! Cheers!

  137. Obed Cutaran
    December 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Please please please chooose meeee!

  138. Russ
    December 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Nice. Wouldn't mind a tablet of my own

  139. Ron Lister
    December 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Oh yeah and Happy Birthday Leo.

  140. Ron Lister
    December 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the review Jackson, I'm glad I found the MUO site you guys do some great articles, the site has lots too offer and gives me a place to find stuff I never would have thought to look for, I've already downloaded a few helpful guides and I'll definately be checking out some of the cheat sheets, and I've found a wealth of useful apps and web sites. Again, thanks MUO. oh and thanks for all the great give aways, you guys Rock.

    • Jackson Chung
      December 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Thanks, Ron!

  141. Aleksandar Kiselinov
    December 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I was prepared to get one but I will either wait for its newer version or get Nexus 7 instead.

  142. Andrei Bogdan
    December 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I'm really curious if it can work as a graphic tablet as well , there's no particular reason for me to want this but it seems rather useful if it comes for free . :D

  143. Simone Lee
    December 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm


  144. Joseph Darwin Co
    December 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    for my birthday today!

  145. iPad mini vs 3
    December 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    If I ever get a mini 1 or 2, I think I will use that much more than my ipad 3. Right now, I go around on the bus with my 3 and I'm beginning to hate it. I move around on transit and my too heavy to hold it in my hand for long. I don't think retina display is that important as most people will not be reading books on it. I'm waiting for mini with retina display when people get rid of their mini first gen for cheap. Of course, if I win it here, it will be nice too.

  146. Calvin Dee
    December 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Hope I'm one of the selected winners. If I do, I will consider this as my Christmas present and my birthday gift which is on Dec 26 >.<

  147. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I looked at the mini but went with the iPad 3 instead. I figured I would wait till next year when the next generation comes out and it has the retina display in it. But It was a difficult decision not to get it now.

  148. Muhannad Agha
    December 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I would like to have it.

  149. Jordan
    December 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    The best giveaway :D
    Hope I WIN :D

  150. delenn13
    December 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    If i were to win it would be my first Apple product. The stuff is just too dang expensive for me.

  151. jeanette eckert
    December 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Please!! I want an ipad mini!!

  152. Rajagopal Ponusamy
    December 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Getting one for free for year 2013, would be a fantastic present. Like the product, especially oldies like myself, we only do the simple stuff online. Keeping it simple, cheap and less hassle softwares is good enough for any laymen.

  153. Juan Carlo Rodríguez
    December 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This would be such an excellent way to finish off the year...

  154. Ihtisham ul haq haq
    December 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I Wish I were have any apple product...............:(

  155. Dandy Putra
    December 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for review and giveaway, I hope win.

  156. Seye Ayannuga
    December 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm


  157. Dave Parrack
    December 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    The one and only downside to working for MakeUseOf is the inability to enter these giveaways. I must admit I'm eyeing the iPad Mini up as my first iOS device.

    • Jackson Chung
      December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

      LOL I'd suggest holding out for the next iPad mini, Dave. We wouldn't want you to be disappointed with your very first iOS device, now would we?

  158. Chaos Emperor
    December 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

    it looks like it was impossible for me to win

  159. Raazan Malla
    December 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

    gonna win

  160. Vishal Srivastava
    December 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I'm an Android user but I want to try Apple products personally. I have entered the competition and hope that I win...

  161. Kelly Buchanan
    December 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Would be a great gift for my son!

  162. Anil
    December 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I like "Make Use of" I have a few set of books on interesting subjects. Will contact after finishing touch.

  163. Ben Muriru
    December 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

    The battery life sounds impressive.

  164. Chetan Sood
    December 12, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Happy Birthday Leo !!

  165. fibroman
    December 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I'm in!!
    Good luck to all!!!

  166. Sai Krishna
    December 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Useful tablet & great giveaway

  167. Ravinder Putta
    December 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  168. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012 at 5:01 am


    count me in then..

  169. Dree Getz
    December 12, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  170. Fawad Mirzad
    December 12, 2012 at 4:37 am

    In this review the reviewer was happy of everything just for no reason. If you prefer a good looking product an have basic need then this is for you. other than that nowadays majority of mid range android phones and tablets have much better hardware.
    But helpful review. thanks

    • Jackson Chung
      December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

      I'm not happy for no reason...

  171. Junil Maharjan
    December 12, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I just want to try my luck.

  172. Anandu B Ajith
    December 12, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Please Select Me As Winner I Am Over 13 Now

  173. Prashanth Rathore
    December 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

    NIce review wish i could win this............!!!

  174. Anandu B Ajith
    December 12, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Today Is My Birthday 12-12-12
    I Want In But I Am only 13
    Will You Select Me

  175. Qin Tang
    December 12, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I want this great iPad...

  176. randy batac
    December 12, 2012 at 2:59 am

    christmas is near,i love to have it

  177. Catherine McCrum
    December 12, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I think it boils down to how it 'fits' to me. My hands are small but my needs are big. Sure would like to try it. Glad you are having a contest.

  178. Va Du
    December 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I'm with you. I just don't see the point of the mini at that price range. You should just wait it out or look for a better alternative.

  179. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

    It's a lucky date: 12-12-12. Hope it will help me win this pad ;-)

  180. Randy Luczak
    December 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Helpful review.
    Thanks for the giveaway offer too!!

  181. Eugene Yaschenko
    December 12, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Nice giveaway, thanks for the chance!

  182. ferdinan Sitohang
    December 12, 2012 at 1:50 am

    So fantastic, if i could win this. Thank you before

  183. Bulilit Toralballa
    December 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Nice Christmas gift for me :)

  184. Robert Humphreys
    December 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I would Love one!

  185. Joseph Ruscitti
    December 12, 2012 at 1:11 am

    This would make a good Christmas present. Just sayin...

  186. Theresa Garchitorena
    December 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Dear Santa, I wish to have an Apple iPad Mini for Christmas. Please talk to to make this happen. Thanks! Oh, I'm not giving you a cookie until you do something about my request.
    Love, Me

    • Jackson Chung
      December 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Sorry, but I think Santa is an Android fan :)

  187. Rene Gatdula
    December 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

    ..12-21-12 is just around the please let me touch that iPad Mini..

  188. Delano Jennings
    December 12, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I want to win this! I've entered and shared with friends. Good luck to everyone!

  189. nancy
    December 12, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I have been asking myself the same I really want to spend that much money for last years' tech? Maybe..after your review which gives me a better assessment than I could do myself. Would I happy to win one? YES!

  190. John B Lontz
    December 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for the advice, very much to the point.

  191. Levy Harrison
    December 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

    My 13 yr old would have a fit if I won this thing. She loves anything Apple. I have her using Android now and the tide is turning but this would definitely light her up like a Christmas tree.

    Thanks for the chance.


  192. Adam Campbell
    December 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I would love this.

  193. Tug Ricks
    December 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Only 5 thousand people to compete with? That iPad mini is as good as mine!

  194. Carli Connors
    December 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    My daughter would to have this........My fingers are crossed!!

  195. Ronald Smith
    December 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks for this opportunity. If I were to win it for free, the "hardware from 2011" wouldn't necessarily matter as long as it works, lol. I like the idea of it's physical dimensions and wouldn't mind giving it a whirl. Thanks for the opportunity and good luck to all of us entering.

  196. michael young
    December 11, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Surprised by the 'don't buy' assessment; despite the annoyances catalogued, you still admit it's displaced one of your regular iPads. So, if not to buy, then to *won* would be my next (and preferred!) Option.

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

      I had to think long and hard before coming up with the conclusion, and finally decided that I can't recommend buying it. Even though I like it, I still found it rather disappointing.

  197. Teresa
    December 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks...Awesome giveaway!!!

    Would love to win!!

  198. Al Smith
    December 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I would like to try it.

  199. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Would love to trial one with the kids at school.

  200. John Burkhart
    December 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    FYI, page still says "Claiming, Please Wait". Amazing. I'll still subscribe to your newsletter as I appreciate the info but I'll not bother with giveaways any longer. My best wishes to othere subscribers who have entered the contest, I hope you win.

    • Yang Yang Li
      December 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Try using a different browser or entering from another computer. Solved the problem for me!

  201. John Burkhart
    December 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I have involved myself in numerous giveaways from your company. I've been a loyal subscriber for more that 3 years. As I write this email, I'm getting the same message that I've gotten the last 6 or 7 giveaways that I've entered. It is a red box that states "Claiming Please Wait". I find this to be ponderous and I feel that you are probably not giving anything away but simply supplying this message to make people believe that they have a problem with their computer.. As a disabled US veteran who rebuilds used computers for other disabled vets I find your behavior to be despicable. Regards, John Burkhart (

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Claiming, please wait? Have you got any Javascript blockers enabled? Disable them and try again.

      And you really shouldn't display your email address in public.

    • Yang Yang Li
      December 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Yep, same problem I have using IE 64-bit. On other computers with different browsers, the giveaway works. This could be just an IE 64-bit issue.

  202. Henree Arriola de Garcia
    December 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Today is ALSO my birthday Leo... what a coincidence!

  203. Ahmed Khalil
    December 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    very good review and givaway

  204. Nez
    December 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    This would be a really nice gift for sure, good luck all.

  205. Graham Rogerson
    December 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    It would be very useful when traveling on holiday

  206. Tunji Osunbade
    December 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I believe I will win someday

  207. Ash
    December 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Its my birthday today as well!!

  208. Tammy Riden
    December 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I really need something nice to happen to me....please, I really need a mini :0)

  209. randy
    December 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Wow ! A mini-one. . Count me in !

  210. Alex
    December 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Great product and great giveaway! Thanks for this! best Regards.

  211. TeresaC
    December 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Sweet giveaway...Thank You!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck everyone!!

  212. Rigoberto Garcia
    December 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Great review, Thanks Jackson...

  213. Haywood byrd
    December 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm


  214. Bud
    December 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    bought one to have and use on my 15-day vacation! THEY SUCK! As they didn't have any decent and truly compatible messenger services to use! Upon my return, I got ALL of my monies back and wouldn't waste my time with it !!! It's like Apple producing a car without any seats or gasoline (compatible software makers).

  215. Walter Gilbert
    December 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Very timely Xmas giveaway.

    Thank you

  216. Donna B
    December 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I love the iPad mini. I had the same questions that you and others had, but I find that it also has more than the iPad 2 with better cameras. Siri, stereo speakers and more. I originally started out looking for a dedicated ereader. The Kindle was eh, the Kindle Fire HD, I did not like at all. The Nexus 7 is not for me, it's too small and I'm not that wrapped up in the Google ecosystem. The one inch bigger over the 7 inch tablets sealed the deal. I figured I could return it but oh it's so fine! I surprised even myself by liking it as much as I do.
    Resolution and "Retina" display were laughed at by other platforms saying it was a "gimmick." Many iPad 2 users said you could not see the difference between the Retina display and the iPad 2 display. Other platforms now brag we have HIGH RESOLUTION and that was the same approach they took with LTE and the iPhone. NO LTE APPLE IS BEHIND THE TIMES, and not Apple has LTE on all of it's devices and Google releases no LTE devices, and they say LTE is not important, 3G rocks! Not to me. I love the LTE on it and the iPhone also.
    I like the lightness and form factor. The resolution is fine for me, and I honestly don't want the Retina display, my iPad 3 is good enough for that, and my phone. If you don't like holding the tablet with the smaller bezels on the sides, get a cheap cover, I got a nice leather one on Amazon for under $25 and there's no way that you will have a problem holding or operating it then. I put the cover on the one for the kids. Mine I like just with the iPad cover. Cheers.

  217. elena stefani
    December 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Who knows, maybe it'll be my lucky Christmas?

  218. Eryke Schexnayder
    December 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Count me in!

  219. wanda krell
    December 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    i would surely like to have one, i have a 20" apple desktop and love it

  220. Jaqui
    December 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    This is an awesome tablet. Really, really want one!!!!!!

  221. wanda krell
    December 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm


  222. Steve
    December 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    excellent, well balanced and informative article.

    I think, on balance, I'd probably opt for the Nexus (I have an old iPhone, but mostly free apps on it). Apple are truly leaders in their field, but the nexus for me is probably better value - which for me, has to count.

    Of course, were I to win the ipad mini .... I'd be ecstatic :-)

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

      Thinking of getting a Nexus? I'd hold off for a while if I were you, and start racking up MakeUseOf points (you'll need to create an account first).

      Our seasoned readers will get the drift. Can anyone understand what I'm going on about?

      • Steve
        December 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

        cheers J - I already have account

        only thinking of tablet at moment - price watching and spec watching and option collecting ...

        I'd never buy in the run up to christmas tho - always better to wait for the inevitable price drop shortly after ;-)

      • Sonal Khodiyar
        December 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Yes Sir!! We get you :)

  223. Judith Rogow
    December 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    PLEASE! (I've been really good this year)

  224. Tom
    December 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Gimme :)

  225. Debbie Franklin
    December 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I have always wanted an iPad, iPad 2 or any of them really. A friend of mine has one and I get to play it sometimes and I love it! It would be GREAT to actually win one. :o)

  226. Nimsrules
    December 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Wud luv 2 win this beauty which can come handy for development on the go :) Fingers crossed :D

  227. Jurmy Chris
    December 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Cool, I could use one! ;) Good luck every1!

  228. William
    December 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I'm new to the tablet world, and this seems like an excellent introduction.

  229. Win Saw
    December 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I would like to try.Thanks.

  230. Michael Heinrich
    December 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm


  231. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Love to get this mini ipad. What a wonderful prize to get on my 71st year..My Bday was yesterday. I could definitely use this!

  232. John Cornelson
    December 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Very helpful review. I think I'll hold off for the inevitable upgrade

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Good decision.

  233. david avriett
    December 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    How do i get d free ipad mini?

  234. Nancy B
    December 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Would be nice to win anything but this would be a bonus.
    I was wanting a Kindle or Kobo as I read alot but I see this would be even more handy for everyday use.

  235. Perry N
    December 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    My daughters birthday is in January, and she is forever asking me for an Ipad... however do to the price, it won't be happening this year. Unless of course I am able to win it. It would make an awesome gift :)

  236. Six Lane Highway
    December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    gimme mini!

  237. Venky Subramaniam
    December 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the offer. But more than such giveaways, the reviews and articles that you publish are of more importance to me.


  238. Ed Lucas
    December 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Giveaway code : mini.fair enough. i need on.

  239. Antonio Notarbartolo
    December 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Awesome.... i hope I win.

  240. Endrit Zeqiraj
    December 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I'll take it :P

  241. Srinivasan Krishnamoorthy
    December 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I am already using the make use of and getting fine guidance from you. I thank for the giveaway now announced.
    thanks in advance

  242. Kobi
    December 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Who will this will belong to?

  243. Ricky
    December 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I'm in

  244. Samit Tandukar
    December 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    thanks for the giveaway....

  245. Ronald Moore
    December 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    This would be a very nice Christmas present to receive.

  246. Nohl Lyons
    December 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    good job. weird how people reach for the little one first

  247. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    My sis needs the IPAD badly. I hope I hope! thx much!

  248. Hay Lyn
    December 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Best christmas gift ever. IOS tablet small with great features!

  249. Obed Cutaran
    December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    The contest will end a day after my birthday so it would be an awesome gift MOU =]

  250. keithy397
    December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    mini machine, max impressed!

  251. nikhil dsouza
    December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    A good device, although for the love of mankind, I cannot understand why they would release it with 1024.768 res when the iPad 4 goes out with Retina Display. Still, I would love to own it mainly for my music production needs.... nothing like logic on the go.

  252. Thomas Taylor
    December 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    it would be a really good gift for me never had no kind if iPad if i win it would be a blessing from god these people have a good heart to give away a free iPad mini even if i don't win i will still be happy from them letting me try to win it thank y'all let god bless y'all for giving away a free iPad mini. thank you

  253. TheRube
    December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I want to start my Foray into The Big Apple . . . beginning with this often-heard device!
    (I already have an iPod shuffle BUT I want to enter into the Big Wigs!)


    East Coast USA

  254. Carolyn Barnett
    December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I entered and i shared on facebook as Carolyn Barnett and tweeted as @CarolynRBarnett and shared go google+

  255. Richard Fantozzi
    December 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I went to the apple store with my kids (4 and 8 yrs) to have them use the iPad vs the Mini so that my wife and I could see what they would prefer from Santa. And to our surprise they liked the iPad more than the Mini. We figured with the smaller form factor it would be perfect for them. But they preferred the bigger icons and larger screen and it seemed to use to feel sturdier in there hands than the mini and they where more sure of holding it.
    But still count me in on trying to win an Mini.

  256. Judith
    December 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    May I have one please? Thank you.

  257. John
    December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Looks like a cool product!

  258. Mike Lawrence
    December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks again, guys! You're awesome!

  259. Scott Macmillan
    December 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    A very complete review.I'm interested in giving it a try and comparing it to my 7 inch blackberry which has incredible display and quickness.

  260. Ira Brandstein
    December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm


  261. Ken Deemee
    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    This would make an Excellent gift for Me!

  262. MaryAnn Powell
    December 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I wonder when my reverse psychology will start working. When I tweet, I always change the message to, "You don't want to win a ... whatever... I DO!" Sure wish it would start working on THIS one!

  263. Jennifer Lee
    December 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Would LOVE to win this!

  264. Antonio Monteiro
    December 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Sorry folks... I'll be the winner... Please, feel free to try again next time.

  265. Scott Taylor
    December 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    My son would love a mini for school work.

  266. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    great device!!

  267. Valentin Tudor
    December 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    A nice gift indeed!

  268. Ann Fantauzzi
    December 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    How I love a good apple!

  269. Ann Fantauzzi
    December 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I could just add it to my Apple family of funware! How I love a good apple.

  270. Annesha Chowdhury
    December 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    it will be awesome to win a apple Ipad Mini!! :D

  271. Lyn Sweetapple
    December 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Unfortunately the price factor eliminates this device as a possible 1:1 tablet for younger children. The small size fits their hands better. I am really puzzled by who this tablet is intended for. Young adults use their phone for everything (they have good eyes) and older folks prefer the larger iPad.

  272. Kcalpesh Ajugia
    December 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Super Cool!! Goodluck to all!!

  273. Veduruparthy Bharat
    December 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    nice one !!!

  274. Bill Digiglio
    December 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks, great giveaway!!

  275. Bonnie Behm-Geddes
    December 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I would love to give this a try. Cool!!!!!!

  276. Barry Waldner
    December 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    For someone who uses and iPad (1st gen) everyday, the concept of a smaller, lighter, faster version is always appealing. Especially one with an integrated camera.

  277. Joe Schmelter
    December 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I enjoy all the emails I get from you. Even if I don't win I know that within a short period of time I will find a new email from you that I will enjoy. Just a big THANK YOU for all the emails.

  278. Myzchel S.
    December 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    What I really really really really want is to upgrade my antique iPod Touch 3G. Oh please be mine.

  279. Andy Rhine
    December 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I would not buy one, but I will take a freebee!

  280. Gary Mundy
    December 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I'm not an apple fan but my 13 year old daughter worships at the alter of "Apple"

  281. Mary Troy
    December 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I would love the mini. thank you

  282. SAJ
    December 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I like the concept behind the mini and I really like the Apple products; maybe one day instead of looking over the shoulders of my friends and neighbors I will be able to afford to own an Apple product.

    I like the size, the clarity, and various features - I just love this mini table, really I do. Thank you for allowing me to express my appreciate in this forum - excited but poor.

  283. William McDaniel
    December 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I am not an Apple guy but it would be nice to get my toe into the Apple water with this and compare it to my Kindle Fire.

  284. Dave Rimmer
    December 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    What a great giveway count me in please & thanks also great review.

  285. Syed Fouzan
    December 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    As always ..with best updates from #makeuseof :D great work ^_^

  286. Chriss Duncan
    December 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for the review. I was wondering what someone with sense & Apple knowledge would have to say about the mini.

  287. Daritza
    December 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Uuuuu mini ipad awesome never had an ipad of anykind thanks for allowing us to enter a giveaway :)

  288. Rick Dyson
    December 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm


  289. claudine ratelle
    December 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh wow.... I really want this! So cute!

  290. Linda lane
    December 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I call myself the Apple Fangranny. I would love an iPad Mini to round out all my Apple stash!

  291. Antonio Iacobone
    December 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you! I'd love to win it!

  292. Sue Baker
    December 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I want to become tech savvy like my daughter. So it would be nice to win.

  293. JoyA
    December 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I am in! Still hoping to win something at least. My entries never yield any win, but this time around I hope to be the lucky one to grab that mini!!

  294. Charles Griffin
    December 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Looks good to me but I like my old Thrive. It has full size ports that have been very handy when going between home, work, and church. I can easily show passages from my bible app. I don't think the mini will be as simple to integrate. Better in many ways but just not simple enough.

  295. Chew Jian Yue
    December 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    OOMG... I can't wait for this device to get onto my hands!!

  296. Gail Schultz
    December 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Merry Christmas to me !!!!

  297. Laga Mahesa
    December 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    The mini, I find, is a fantastic device. The portability/weight trumps the larger iPad 3, though the specs bump of the 4 would make me think.

    I disagree with you regarding the bezel’s thinness. By wedging the corner in the meat of my palm and supporting with my fingers on the back, I can very comfortable hold it AND scroll – albeit only on the bottom left corner of the screen. This is find for most cases, including Reddit threads in Alien Blue. Holding it this way my thumb never rests on the display itself.

    I do, however, agree regarding RAM. I ‘upgraded’ from my iPad 2, which is now being used by my mom. On the same day my dad got an iPad 3, so I have that for comparison. IF I had been accustomed to the iPad 3, I would definitely miss the 1Gb of RAM in that and the iPad 4. However, having come from the iPad 2 and still using the iPhone 4s, I am used to the 512 Mb limit. Having said that, I’m not exactly a tab junkie, nor even a browser junkie. Most of my browsing is in-app – either flipboard, Reeder, Pocket or Alien Blue. I rarely use Safari!

    TL;DR : Buy if you’re new to iPads or are using an iPad 2 or 1. If you’re on iPad 3 or 4, wait til the Mini 2.

  298. ajay
    December 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    this is awesome...

  299. Joe McCright
    December 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    This looks like a tool that would be useful in schools.

  300. Harry Barnes
    December 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    please please please let me have it

  301. Mark Sofman
    December 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Pick me! Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  302. Sri Vastav Reddy
    December 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    just wondering..
    Do People in India are Applicable for this Giveaway ???

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

      See my comment above.


  303. Mike Braaten
    December 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I'm really thinking about getting one of these. Good review. Thanks.

  304. Arlene Gregory
    December 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    How I could use one!

  305. Bayzid Hussain
    December 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Me want!

  306. Bala Murugan.R vicky
    December 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    i want this,peroid(.)

  307. David
    December 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    need one

  308. Matheus Pratta
    December 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Great article! I will be surely entering this giveaway :D

    Btw, I think you got confused while writing the article and wrote iPad 5 instead of iPhone 5 (at this part: "on an iPad, 326 PPI on the iPad 5")...

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Thanks, Matheus!

  309. Fred Hernandez
    December 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Have the mini, and I use it more than the full size.

  310. Carolyn Anderson
    December 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I'd rather have an iPad Mini than my Kindle Fire.

  311. Dan Nowak
    December 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    A very nice prize. Hope I win.

  312. Michael Scott
    December 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Yes!!! I want one!!! ;-)

    • Chew Jian Yue
      December 12, 2012 at 2:38 am

      It's a draw... So good luck on getting one!

  313. Andrei Anikin
    December 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm


  314. Karthik
    December 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm


    This is a great giveaway... i have not won anything till now from let try my luck atleast in this giveaway...

    here are my shares...

    • Sri Vastav Reddy
      December 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      hi karthik,
      please read Giveaway rules...
      u will notice that India is not applicable for giveaway's !!
      at-least it says here.

      • Jackson Chung
        December 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

        That's correct. We do not ship to certain countries. However, if you read my answer, I also went on to suggest that we do ship to US addresses, and if you can supply one and handle shipping to your own country, we'd be more than happy to comply.

        • VIVEK MISHRA
          December 14, 2012 at 9:54 am

          So, People from almost everywhere are eligible, but in case if they win, they will not receive the giveaway outside of US and they can request to ship it anywhere in US. Right?

        • Jackson Chung
          December 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          Almost correct.

          1. Giveaways are open to readers worldwide. Anyone may enter.

          2. If a winner residing in a country from our restricted list is chosen, the winner will have to arrange for an address in the US for us to ship to. The winner is responsible for shipping costs and taxes thereafter.

          3. We may be able to ship directly to winners from other countries e.g. UK, Australia, Canada.

        • Drew Marigomen
          December 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

          Glad to see this comment. I almost down to know that my country belongs to the restricted list. Anyways, I can arrange the shipping costs if ever I win.

        • Prashant Mohta
          December 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

          the second largest populated country gets outed again ....

        • Tina Sieber
          December 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm


          For a thorough explanation of why some countries are excluded, check Jackson's response to this question.

          Also note that you can buy a US address here, as outlined by Salim in response to the question mentioned above.

  315. jitendra
    December 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I pad is not so popular in India but its feature attract technocrats

  316. moch84bdg
    December 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    superb give away! count me in please...i'd like to have an apple product for a long time....wish this time i could have this.

  317. Steve Denniston
    December 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    This would be awesome to have...

  318. Sameer Manas
    December 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    All the best to all participants! Great Giveaway :)

  319. Sergeant Trigger
    December 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    gimme plz :D

  320. Paul Turvey
    December 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I would really love to have one of these. So many uses!!!!

  321. Douglas Mutay
    December 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Awesome gift for end of year!!! Good!

  322. Arxadius Stark
    December 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Fingers crossed! Hopefully this time I'll win! c:

  323. Stéphane Marrocq
    December 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Superb giveaway! Please count me in!!!

  324. leszek krakowski
    December 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I bought two weeks ago, and I'm happy

  325. Chris Hoffman
    December 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    How comfortable was the sandpaper?

    Just kidding. I was actually thinking about buying one of these just to get some experience with iOS, so I'm a bit disappointed. I'll wait til Apple actually delivers the hardware they're charging a premium over the Nexus 7 for.

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:21 am

      LOL I know. I look forward to reviewing the new iPad mini as well.

  326. akshay chandna
    December 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Tick Tock ...

  327. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    This would make my Christmas merry :) Love to use new products. Sooner of later someone asks me questions and it is so much easier when I have had the actual piece of technology in my hands to play with!

  328. Egzon Bunjaku
    December 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Great giveway!

  329. Leo
    December 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Today is my birthday, so... Count me in!!

    • Laga Mahesa
      December 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      The mini, I find, is a fantastic device. The portability/weight trumps the larger iPad 3, though the specs bump of the 4 would make me think.

      I disagree with you regarding the bezel's thinness. By wedging the corner in the meat of my palm and supporting with my fingers on the back, I can very comfortable hold it AND scroll - albeit only on the bottom left corner of the screen. This is find for most cases, including Reddit threads in Alien Blue. Holding it this way my thumb never rests on the display itself.

      I do, however, agree regarding RAM. I 'upgraded' from my iPad 2, which is now being used by my mom. On the same day my dad got an iPad 3, so I have that for comparison. IF I had been accustomed to the iPad 3, I would definitely miss the 1Gb of RAM in that and the iPad 4. However, having come from the iPad 2 and still using the iPhone 4s, I am used to the 512 Mb limit. Having said that, I'm not exactly a tab junkie, nor even a browser junkie. Most of my browsing is in-app - either flipboard, Reeder, Pocket or Alien Blue. I rarely use Safari!

      TL;DR : Buy if you're new to iPads or are using an iPad 2 or 1. If you're on iPad 3 or 4, wait til the Mini 2.

      • Laga Mahesa
        December 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        Oops sorry, was meant for top level. Err, Happy birthday Leo!

      • Jackson Chung
        December 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

        Hey Laga,

        Always appreciate your comments. Well, the bezel is rather subjective: it may be really narrow for some people with larger hands, and acceptable for others. I guess it's really up to the user to discover the best way to hold the device.

        • Laga Mahesa
          December 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

          Oh absolutely. Just thought I'd give my counterpoint. :D

    • Stacy Rios
      December 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Happy Birthday!
      Good Luck!

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Happy Birthday, Leo!

    • Leo
      December 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Well hello there guys! Glad that the MakeUseOf comment system really works fine, as my mail picked up all of your comments one by one. Thanks for the warm greetings. I really appreciated them :)

      @Laga, no worries there mate! Thanks!
      @Jackson, I have already won some softwares from yah guys, but this one needs not to be missed. Thanks. :)
      @Stacy, good luck to you too! Thanks!