Here is an excerpt from an article from the January 2013 issue of Consumer Reports: A fine iPad in a small package If you're looking for a more portable and affordable iPad, the iPad Mini delivers, our preliminary tests found. Apple has managed to shrink most of what's good about the 9.7 inch iPad into a smaller package. The screen is good enough. Resolution is much lower than on the newest full-sized iPad or Nook HD. But the crisp text holds its own against the best 7-inch tablets and the non retina iPad 2. Colors and viewing angles actually match those of the Retina display. Bottom line. In shrinking the iPad, Apple didn't compromise much. Instead, it produced a tablet that's better suited, in important ways, for reading. I'm sure that there are some who may disagree with Consumer Reports. It's not my intent to reopen the iPad Mini Wars or inflame others. I'm just sharing, what I thought was, a good article.