Technically, according to my credit card company, I already own an iPad mini. But that doesn't mean I have it in my clean little hands yet. In fact, (cue the sad violin) mine isn't due to arrive until around Thanksgiving since I went ahead and ordered the Cellular capable model.
Nonetheless, some of my colleagues have been fortunate enough to have gotten their mitts on an early release of the highly anticipated iPad mini. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite tidbits from the first crop of reviews of the new Apple iPad mini:
As a preface, one of my favorite observations right off the bat, comes from an astute reader at the Endgadget
site. In the wake of a rather ironic public outcry for mediocrity, a commenter had this to say in the forum: “Apple is a premium brand. Their products will always come at a premium. That's why it's expensive, like any other premium brand. They charge more because their goal isn't to make the best cheap tablet, it's to make the best small tablet. And that comes at a premium. It's for customers who want that. Apple fills that market. So don't be shocked when their products' prices don't compare to their competitors who have lesser build quality and lesser customer service. If you don't want to pay BMW prices, you can buy a Ford.”
Now, with that in mind, let's move forward. One of the most impressive things I found with these reviews is their consensus that the iPad mini has immediately raised the bar, instantly becoming the best small tablet (despite Apple's omission of a Retina display) in a category where other companies have had time to make a dent and gain a foothold. Read on for snippets of expert's hand-on analysis of the game-changing iPad mini...
From my experience, I know that generally speaking, Scosche makes great products! So I knew that when I sampled their Increased Dynamic Range (IDR) noise-isolating earphones that I'd be in for a treat! Little did I know!
These audiophile grade earphones are crafted to let you get the most out of your music, “with brilliant highs, silky smooth mids and powerful bass for all music genres”. The IDR-656 are fully Siri compatible and include Scosche’s patented tapLINE III total-control-system. The mic is intelligently positioned and the speakers are equipped with powerful 11mm drivers to produce crystalline sound quality. A high-end set of earphones that are a good deal less than many others of similar calibur, available HERE for $80.00.
We all love a good accessory bag, something that fuses style and functionality in a way that is comfortable to wear and practical, all at the same time.
With that in mind, I'd like to introduce to you, a company called MacCase. MacCase are the manufacturers of an excellent line of leather carry bags that would suit both the modern, technologically savvy traveler, as easily as the fashion-forward cowgirl/boy type. With their sharp looking leather exteriors the MacCase line of leather iDevice bags give a decidedly modern twist to a classically elegant carryall.
Welcome to a whole new world of rugged mobile gear! Meet the EcoXBT: The premier rugged mobile Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere and do anything with. The XBT is a heavy-duty and gnarly-as-all-get-out, mini boom box for all of your EcoXtreme adventures!
I've covered EcoXGear’s line of high-quality products for years now, and its safe to say, they have garnered quite the reputation for bringing out some of the best, extreme-rugged, mobile gear on the scene. The XBT is their latest addition to a quality product line, and an adventure's dream come true.
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The iPad mini went on sale early this morning in the Apple store online, and within 30 minutes the white model had sold out. As of this writing, the black model is still available to pre-order, but I would't be surprised if that changes before long. So, if you want to be first in the virtual line to get your new iPad mini, best hurry and make your way over to the Apple store.
CoPilot’s raises the bar for iOS turn-by-turn directional apps as ALK Technologies brings a stellar line up of GPS navigation software to iOS.
The CoPilot suite of GPS navigational driving apps has a whole lot to offer anyone looking for an excellent and feature-rich GPS navigation alternative for your iDevice.
Halloween is upon us, and so is the start of the holiday buying season. So what better time to look at the top games in one of my favorite, and most popular scary genres: Zombie Horror!!!
Hurrah! At long last, the iPad mini is officially here! I feel like I've been waiting for this iDevice for literally years now, as I've been following the rumors about it's existence since whisperings of iPad mini prototypes first started floating around back in 2010. And now that it's here, the time is right to start looking at protective cases for the new mini. I would say, now more than ever, it is important to have a good case for your iPad. Why? Because, although the larger iPad is relatively portable and many people do indeed tote it around with them, the iPad mini is ULTRA-portable and I expect that it will be carried around much more than it's larger cousin. Knowing that the mini will see more action and adventure than any iPad previously ever has, and therefore be exposed to greater risky situations and opportunities for inadvertent damage, let's take the opportunity to check out some of the first cases to become available for the latest member of the beloved iPad family!
To call today's event, "the iPad mini event" is, in a sense, grossly inaccurate, since after all, we were introduced to a wide and varied line of truly impressive and noteworthy products. And yet, I suspect today's event is destined to go down in history first and foremost, as the day the world was introduced to the iPad mini.
Today, Apple introduced to us, the new iPad mini, the revamped 4th Generation iPad, the Mac mini, the new iMac and the new 13” Retina display MacBook. And that’s just talking about the hardware! Apple also unveiled an amazing update to iBooks as well as the iBook Author app. Quite the bountiful event!
What great icing on the cake after the iPhone and iPod event of last month. First Apple introduced their latest iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone which has gone on to sell in record numbers, breaking sales records set by its predecessor. Now, Apple has entreated us to an equally impressive and expansive line up of new and equally innovative and revolutionary products. Apple gave a great show today with a plethora of stunning new devices, while also demostrating their great flair for the theatrical and suspenseful that we have all come to love and perhaps, expect.