I’m just going to go ahead and say it…the iPad mini is a very beautiful and well-designed device. Making a judgment call based on pictures and videos without even holding it in your hands first was one of the mistakes I made. When I first held this in my hands, right away I fell in love with how well its constructed; it made other tablets feel cheap. The color scheme and design is very similar to the iPhone 5 — both are built with a smooth metal housing with rounded edges and well done paint job. I have the version with a black casing with the dark bezel and black back to match.
Weighing at only .68 lbs at 0.28-inches thick, it actually made my iPad 4 feel like a brick (which is in no way a heavy tablet). I find myself picking this one up more over the larger iPad just because of the size and weight. It’s just more comfortable to hold than its big brother and a much better “grab and go” device.