Hands On Pics of Apple’s iPad mini, 4th Gen iPad

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Apple announced the iPad mini during Tuesday's media event, and TMO's Dave Hamilton was there to get us some hands-on pics of the device, as well as Apple 4th generation iPad with Retina Display.

The first image shows the iPad mini with a fantastic website on the left. On the right is a white iPad with Retina Display. Bizarrely, the iPad with Retina Display is not open to TMO.

iPad & iPad Mini

iPad mini & iPad with Retina Display

Next, we have the 4th generation iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone 5.

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iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5

One of the biggest questions for people is how this new iOS tablet will fit in the hand. We have two photos showing it in portrait mode and landscape mode, both held in one hand.

iPad mini

iPad mini—Portrait

iPad mini

iPad mini—Landscape

Dave also showed the device being stood up using Apple's Smart Cover in stand-mode. For those keeping score at home, it was stable.

iPad mini

iPad mini with Smart Cover Stand

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iPad mini with Smart Cover and iBooks

Lastly, Dave snuck a pic of someone else using the iPad mini, a great way to see how it really looks in use.

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iPad mini—Action Photo

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Forget the “mini” iPad - I’m still waiting for the “maxiPad” 12- or 15-inch model !!


I want to get a mini for my daughter. She is a tall-ish 13 year old, and I want to make sure she can use it for taking notes in class and doing some homework. So, what I want to know is how easy it is to type with the mini, for someone with hands like a kid/early teen.  Would it be feasible for them to type on the mini the way that people with fully adult-sized hands can type on a regular iPad? I have some pretty hefty mitts, and even I can type, fairly well, on a regular iPad. Whadaya’ think, Bryan?


Archimedes, isn’t that joke worn out yet?


Bryan ~ Is that Smart Cover suede?  It sure looks it.


I’m less concerned with how it fits in a hand and more concerned with how it performs.  Call me crazy, but I’m not crazy about investing in a product who’s innards are already 1.5 generations behind.  Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, and I’m worried I’ll regret it the second it hiccups running HD video or some game I just downloaded.


You know something?  The more I look at the pictures above, the more I wonder if the iPad mini is small enough.  It looks awfully wide compared to a man’s (Daves?) hand.  How’s that going to work out for kids, and smaller women?  Maybe a true 7” is the right dimension.

Dave Hamilton

indeed, iJack, that’s my hand there in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th pics. And while it was quite comfortable in my hand for 5 minutes, I’m curious to test it and see how it is after maybe 20 minutes of use.

And yes, a smaller hand wouldn’t be able to “palm” it as easily as I could, but it does have a very “purse-friendly” design. My wife can’t *wait* for hers to arrive. smile

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