Apple’s iPad Mini might be the best tablet value

The choices seem countless. There is the popular iPad. Amazon delivers the Kindle Fire, while Barnes & Noble has its Nook series of devices. Although technically e-readers, these devices function as lower-cost tablets. And then there are the powerful Galaxy tablets manufactured by Samsung, as well as countless lower-profile devices from smaller tech companies. One Web site recommends for you to skip all the above-mentioned tablets and pick the iPad Mini.

The Benefits of the Mini

Staffers at the WireCutter blog recommend the iPad Mini for one reason: It’s just as powerful as its larger cousin, but it weighs a lot less. For staffers at WireCutter, the standard iPad’s heft, as they call it, has become a problem. As the staffers wrote in a recent post, you can’t hold the traditional iPad like a magazine, the ultimate goal of a tablet. That’s because the weight is a bit more similar to a hefty coffee table or a thinner telephone book. The iPad Mini, on the other hand? It truly is light.


Of course, the Mini’s small size isn’t enough to recommend it as the top tablet on the market. The editors of WireCutter also found that it performed exceedingly well. According to these editors, watching movies on the iPad Mini is a joy. So is playing music, surfing the Internet and playing video games. This functionality, combined with the lighter weight and smaller size of the Mini, join to make the iPad Mini the ideal tablet for savvy users today, WireCutter wrote.

The right recommendation?

The WireCutter recommendation, though, shouldn’t be taken as the last word on the subject. The advice reflects the opinion of that Web site’s staff. Your opinion might vary. Thankfully, you have plenty of tablets from which to choose. And after you do your research, you may find that you prefer the Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet or perhaps the traditional iPad to the Mini. The WireCutter review, though, is a compelling bit of evidence the Mini isn’t a mere novelty act. It is a legitimate challenger in the ever more jampacked tablet world.

Posted on: 01.16.13