The new, 7.9-inch version of Apple’s groundbreaking iPad isn’t just a snazzy urbanite update; it turns the powerful tablet into a backcoutry-friendly trail tool. At a pound less than the iPad 3, this is the lightest, most-versatile tablet we’ve carried. Incorporating two cameras, front and back, that shoot 1080-pixel HD video and 5-megapixel images, the Mini shines as a means to collect content as well as watch it.
Testers loved that they could snap videos and photos, then edit them in iMovie ($5) or iPhoto ($5) for instant gratification. Our tester got 10 hours from one full charge, and during three months of daily use—from office to trail, sans rugged case—the Mini suffered no damage. Ding: At 163 ppi, the display lags behind the Nexus 7 in sharpness. $329/16GB, $429/32GB, $529/64GB (Wi-Fi only); 10.8 oz; apple.com