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I remember quite clearly how the iPad’s initial release went down in 2010. I told my wife that there was no way I’d buy one because what was the point? And then, a few months later when the 3G model came out to the public, there I was in line to buy one.

I loved that iPad, and the two that followed in my household, an iPad 2 and an iPad mini. But for me, the mini was where it was at, it was just missing that Retina display. Now that the iPad mini has the fabled screen and is available to the public, is it worth the purchase? (more…)

iPads look stunning thanks to their aluminum back and glass façade. Nevertheless, these materials can easily be scratched and dented either after a drop or after a few months of strained usage. Protecting your iPad from these unwanted rubs and itches is important — not only to preserve its original appearance, but also to make it easier to resell in the future.

However, choosing the right cover and case can be overwhelming, given the number of options available on the market. To make it even more complicated, some products only cover part of your iPad, others won’t let you use it while it’s in the case and many aren’t compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover functionality. In order to make this selection process easier for you, we’ve picked an all-in-one case that many consider to be one of the best iPad cases available, and also one of the most affordable on the market: The KHOMO Super Slim Dual.
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Smaller is always better, correct? Smaller is more portable, easier to hold, and is more likely to be used in most situations, correct? That’s typically correct, especially in the technology world.

But that isn’t taking into account the loss of potential productivity, or the advantages of the larger size. At some point, a smaller size begins to impact the capabilities of the device, even if the two devices run identical software. While the iPad mini really is an excellent device that is designed to please most users, there is at least one group of users that likely will not find the iPad mini’s smaller form factor an improvement over the more traditional, 9.7″ iPad.

That segment of users are the true iPad power users, the people who consistently use the iPad not just to consume, but also to create.

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A little less than a year ago, I wrote an article about how the iPad could become that college student’s perfect machine. A little less than a year ago is a very long time for a product’s development life-cycle when it comes to Apple products. Even nowadays, I am constantly asked on campus by my colleges the same question, “Should I get an iPad or a laptop?” Luckily, Apple has made the answer to this question a little less black and white with the introduction of the iPad mini.

Has the last year made it easier for students to supplement their long-lived tradition of buying a laptop for an iPad? Is the iPad mini a better choice now that the power of Apple’s second generation iPad has been packed into a miniaturized form factor? Let’s find out. (more…)

When it comes to the iPad and case usage, my family is divided. My mom is a case person, as is my wife. They’ll by these huge book looking things that distract from the clean lines of the iPad and make it three inches thicker. My dad and I use Smart Covers, mostly because we want to protect the screen but that’s about it. As for my kid, well his iPad 1 is in a Fisher Price case because after we found a dent in the corner of the device that actually bent the glass, we realized we should protect it a bit more.

What about you? Do you use a case or do you like yours naked? Let us know in the poll to the right!

There have been endless posts about iPad accessories like cases or Bluetooth keyboards on all sorts of websites, but most people already have a case or a keyboard. With Christmas just around the corner, finding a unique gift for an iPad owner — or even an interesting new toy for yourself — can often prove more difficult than it should. In an effort to help you find an accessory that fills in a need you didn’t know you had, we’ve decided to compile a roundup of our favourite iPad and iPad mini accessories that go beyond Bluetooth keyboards and Smart Covers. (more…)

When the iPad mini first came out, many of the reviews were quite positive. But Dave Winer of Gizmodo famously wrote:

By the way, this is why the orchestrated reviews of products are often worthless. I invite Mossberg, Pogue or Gruber to re-review their iPad Mini now, a week after their initial reviews, and let us know if they’re actually using it. And if they still think it’s a winner.

Well, I’ve been using my iPad mini this whole time, and put my full sized iPad to the side. The mini is now my go-to device, no hyperbole at all.

What about you? If you own an iPad mini, is it worth it? Still? Let us know in the poll to the right!

The iPad is a pretty great device, as we all know. Now, we’ve got two basic sizes to choose from: the iPad mini, and the iPad, umm, regular? Well whatever you call it, there are still two basic devices out there you can get.

Whether you’re in the market for a new iPad today, or you’re going to wait until another one comes out, here’s the question: will you buy an iPad mini or a regular sized model? Is the size your main preference or is it the available horsepower? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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The iPad mini has been out for a week now, and if you were one of the lucky few who got one on launch day or shortly thereafter, it’s been in your hands for about a week, give or take.

In my case, I’m finding the iPad mini more useful than my regular iPad in many different situations. It’s not perfect, and it could be improved, but I find myself using it more and more every day.

What about you? Do you like it? Does it suck? Are you going to utilize Apple’s 14-day return policy? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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The iPad mini is an interesting concept. It’s something that consumers everywhere have been talking about for a long time, but now that it’s finally here, there’s been a lot of talk from the tech media about how the product really doesn’t measure up to expectations. How it’s not good enough because it doesn’t have a Retina display, or that it doesn’t have enough RAM. Yes, a lot of the tech press says that the iPad mini is a disappointment all the way around, but there are still a lot of people who bought them this past weekend, including me.

The iPad mini has now been in my hands for the past few days. So what’s the verdict? Is it worth it as a purchase or should the general public hold off? Is the tech press correct in their judgement? Let’s get into it after the jump.  (more…)

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