This is a guest post by Marie Overgaard. who’s in charge of our sister site Mobile Orchard. After spending 10 days with the iPad Mini here is her review of Apple’s latest iPad. Let us know in the comments what is your take.

The iPad Mini has been rumored for about as long as the original iPad has been on the market, many wondered if we really need a smaller iPad, and when it became clear that the innards would be the same as the iPad 2, the iPad Mini has the same processor, same amount of RAM, same screen resolution, many wondered if they really needed a small iPad 2. However after having spent 10 days with the new iPad Mini the answer is really simple YES WE DO!

10 Days with the iPad Mini

Hardware:

The first thing you notice about the Mini is that the edges seems to be more rounded than the iPad 4, personally I prefer this look to that of the bigger iPad. The second thing you notice about the Mini is the weight, at just 0.68 pounds (308 grams) the iPad Mini is less than half the weight of its bigger sibling. The screen is s a 7.9-inch, 1,024 x 768 IPS LCD and the bezel is smaller on the sides than at the top and bottom of the iPad Mini. Even though the screen usedis the same as the one found in the iPad 2, because the display is smaller and the pixels therefore closer together it just seems crisper and sharper than the iPad 2.

Display:

While the display has been something many Apple fans have complained about the truth is that most people will not know or mind that the display isn’t the same pixel density as the larger iPad. In fact, most won’t even know what that means. If you’re coming from an original iPad or iPad 2, the iPad mini’s screen will blow you away. If you’re used to the latest iPad, it certainly feels like a step backwards at first, but you do get used to it.

10 Days with the iPad Mini

Geekbench Performance:

The iPad mini is running a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB of RAM, same as in the iPad 2 and as such it produces very similar benchmark scores to the iPad 2, Geekbench averages out at 751, of course this is nowhere near the iPad 4, but is still better than the iPad 2. In everyday use however most people will not really notice anything.

GeekbenchResults (higher is better)
Apple iPad mini751
Apple iPad (late 2012)1,763
Apple iPad (2012)720
Apple iPad 2721
Apple iPad442
Apple iPhone 51,628
Apple iPhone 4S623

Camera:

The iPad Mini sports a 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2.4 lens, and a 1.2-megapixel Facetime HD camera up front. The one on the back is the same camera as the one found in the iPhone 4 and the image quality is as such.Don’t expect it to replace your DSLR however the iPad mini does just fine. Video quality is also pretty good, shooting at 1080p like all the latest Apple devices.

10 Days with the iPad Mini

Final Verdict:

When we first saw the specs for the new iPad Mini we were perhaps a little disappointed, however after having tested it for a week we really think this is in many ways one of the best tablets on the market. Not only is it incredibly thin and remarkably light, but at $329, this has a lot to offer over even Apple’s more expensive tablets.