Last year, Apple (AAPL) was forced to do something it hates — react to market demand. The tablet pioneer had maintained that its full-sized, 9.7-inch Apple iPad was the ideal size, and that smaller 7-inch tablets made for an inferior experience.
So in 2012, the company conceded (sort of) and released the Apple iPad Mini — a smaller, cheaper iPad. It was still bigger than rivals with a 7.9-inch display and carried a premium price tag at $329. But it became the best-selling Apple tablet.
The main complaints about the original Apple iPad Mini? Its low resolution display and price.
The new Mini is an iPad with Retina Display, rectifying the resolution with a 2048 x 1536 “Retina” display that offers a sharp 326 PPI density. But Apple also defied expectations by raising the price of the iPad Mini with Retina Display instead of lowering it.
Is the newest iPad with Retina Display the best small tablet and worth the $399 Apple is asking? I ordered one the day AAPL put the new tablet on sale. Rumors of launch shortages notwithstanding, I received it within a week and have spent the past few days putting the Apple tablet through its paces in preparation for my iPad Mini with Retina Display review.