Are you ready for the mini?

At an event in San Jose this October, Apple unveiled the long-speculated iPad mini. Much like the name suggests, the device is a shrunken-down version of Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad.

The smaller tablet features a 7.9-inch display and weighs 0.68 pounds (compared to the classic iPad’s 1.44 pounds). Apple’s latest gadget also includes a dual-core A5 chip and can be purchased with 16GB, 32GB or 64GBs of storage space. The price of the tablet starts at $329. (For more specs, check out the company's website.)

According to Mashable, the iPad mini sold out three days after being available for pre-order. But will this device live up to all the hype –- particularly if other tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Fire are priced at $199 and feature higher screen resolution? To find out, take a look at the gallery (below), featuring iPad mini reviews from USA Today, New York Times, CNET, Wall Street Journal, TIME, TechCrunch, The Verge, Engadget and The Loop.

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  • USA Today

    <a href="">USA Today's Edward C. Baig notes</a> he's never had a problem with the original iPad's screen, but found this new device to be the "right size" for reading a novel. Still, he does admit the iPad mini offers users much less screen space. "Despite a few quibbles and strong competitors in the space, the Mini is a splendid choice for folks who held off buying an iPad because it was too large or too expensive."

  • The New York Times

    "Sadly, the Mini doesn't gain Apple's supercrisp Retina display," <a href=""> New York Times reporter David Pogue writes</a>, referring to the brand name Apple puts on screens with such high resolution, the human eye can't see individual pixels. But apart from this minor setback, Pogue positively reviews Apple's latest device, calling it a "far classier, more attractive, thinner machine" than most of the other tablets on the market.

  • CNET

    <a href="">CNET's Scott Stein writes</a> the iPad mini "cost too much," especially without a Retina screen. Still, he wasn't completely dissatisfied. His bottom line? "If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money."

  • The Wall Street Journal

    <a href="">Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal</a> also gave the iPad mini a decent review. "In shrinking the iconic iPad, Apple has pulled off an impressive feat," he writes. "It has managed to create a tablet that's notably thinner and lighter than the leading small competitors..." Still, <a href="">Mossberg points out</a> the same two consistent complaints: The tablet has a higher price than the competition and a lower resolution.

  • TIME

    <a href="">Harry McCracken of TIME</a> states he's not all that surprised Apple choose to manufacture a pricier version of its larger tablet. While the competition's gadgets are "all clad in plastic cases" he notes Apple has quite the "aversion to plastic," designing the iPad mini in aluminum. "If your budget's got more wiggle room, the iPad Mini is the best compact-size tablet on the market," McCracken writes.

  • TechCrunch

    <a href="">MG Siegler of TechCrunch</a> found the iPad mini to be a "home run" due to the thousands of apps the device can run, as well as the upgraded cameras and battery life. While he does suggest the iPad mini should have been a gaming device,<a href=""> Siegler wrote</a> that he could "easily see the iPad mini becoming what the iPod mini was to the iPod -- that is, the version that takes a popular, iconic device and vastly expands its user base."

  • The Verge

    <a href="">The Verge's Joshua Topolsky writes</a>, "...there isn't a single product in the 7-inch tablet market that comes close to the look, feel, or build quality of the new iPad. It is absolutely gorgeous to see, and in your hand has the reassuring solidness of a product that's built to last." Nevertheless, he notes the display is obviously low-resolution and that, at times, he found it difficult to hold the device without a <a href="">Smart Cover</a>.

  • Engadget

    <a href="">Tim Stevens from Engadget</a> highly-rated the iPad mini, writing that "in many ways" the new device is "Apple's best tablet yet." Similar to other reviewers, Stevens notes the gadget's resolution isn't perfect, but that "nothing else" about the iPad mini "will leave you wanting."

  • The Loop

    <a href="">Jim Dalrymple of The Loop</a> admits he "was wrong." The reviewer had previously speculated as to whether this new, smaller tablet would fit into his workflow -- and it certainly did. "What I found was surprising to me. I actually used the iPad mini more than my iPad," <a href="">he writes</a>. "The iPad mini is a well thought out device and it’s exactly what you would expect from Apple."

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