Best Tablet for General Use – Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
The Apple iPad Mini was a hit last year, but its biggest weak point was corrected when Apple released the iPad Mini with Retina Display this fall.
The iPad Mini was already one of the best tablets for the casual tablet user; it’s smaller than a full-sized Apple iPad but its 7.9-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio offers 35% more screen area than the other top 7-inch tablets. That extra space makes reading and web surfing much easier on the eyes.
At the same time, the littlest iPad has access to the full Apple app store, including the most comprehensive selection of apps that are optimized for tablets (not simply magnified smartphone visuals).
The iPad Mini with Retina Display may be more expensive than last year’s version, but it’s still one of the best tablets to buy in 2013. That’s because, at $399, it’s $100 less than the Apple iPad Air. And with that 2048 x 1536 display and Apple’s new 64-bit A7 processor, the iPad Mini with Retina Display should be not only enough tablet for any general user, but enough to satisfy just about any AAPL fan too.
That makes it the best tablet for general use in this 2013 tablet-buying guide.