So the UPS driver dropped of my iPad mini today. I actually order both a white and black iPad mini. My black one showed up while my white one is back-ordered for 2 weeks.
When I first opened the Mini I couldn't help noticing that the finish feels fantastic. The edges of the bezel are like the iPhone 5 while the back is metal that feels kind of satin-y.
Before I even turned it on I thought that the Mini feels substantially larger than my Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has a 7" 16:9 screen while the Mini's is 7.9" with 4:3 aspect ratio. In my hand the Mini is a lot wider and not comfortable at all to hold unlike my Nexus 7.
Another thing I dislike about the Mini is that it doesn't fit into my coat pockets easily like the 7.
I think Apple made a big mistake here. The Mini's form-factor makes no sense. It's too big to be used like a Nexus 7. If it's this big it might as well be a full-sized iPad.
It's much thinner than I was expecting. I never thought my 7 was too thick but the Mini is substantially thinner. Still, we're at the point now where most devices are thing 'enough' so I won't gush over one device simply because it's slightly thinner.
Given the large 7.9" screen and relatively low 1024x768 resolution the Mini's screen looks quite coarse. While the iPad 2 has the same resolution I tend to hold it a little further away so in the end the 2 devices look very similar. I guess I've been spoiled by all the high resolution devices I get to play with.
While I'm sure many people will be fine with the resolution - it's adequate for sure - it's an compromise we shouldn't have to make.
volume buttons and silent mode slider
headphone jack, power button
Still, I'm pleased that Apple included a 5mp camera on the back, they could have put the iPad 2's instead.
The WiFi supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
I'll have a full review in a few days.