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Shop locally for holiday technology

If you are still looking for that technology gift for someone close, there are still many devices out there worth considering. Whether you are considering a tablet, Bluetooth audio device, battery backup, or online service, there are still opportunities to find products in stores. With Christmas coming on Tuesday, you will have the weekend to hunt for your devices locally.

The iPad mini is a very worthy device for those looking to read, play games, and browse the web on a tablet. The iPad mini feels fairly snappy. Simple games such as Angry Birds or Tiny Wings did not miss a beat. Each app loaded as quickly as you would expect form an iPad. Browsing the web was just as fluid as on an iPhone or previous iPads. Using the multi-touch gestures to swipe through apps and close them felt comfortable and quick. The iPad mini can be found at numerous retail locations besides the Apple Store.

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iPad mini sales begin at mobile carriers

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Today, November 16, mobile carriers in the United States began selling the iPad mini Wi-Fi with cellular. Prices start at $459 for the 16 GB version and go up to $659 for the 64 GB model.

The iPad mini with Wi-Fi and cellular not only offers users connectivity on the mobile carrier of their choice, but also adds GPS to the device. The data connection on these devices is fairly fast as the iPad mini connects with the LTE networks where available.

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iPad mini is a worthy tablet for the many

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The iPad mini became available in Apple retail stores on November 2. Many reviewers have praised the device for its size and performance. Others have focused on the higher price compared to its competitors. Either way, the iPad mini is a strong, portable device for many looking for a tablet.

The iPad mini is incredibly thin and light. At 0.68lbs and 7.2mm thin, this device is easy to hold and carry around. Whether you are looking to read books, browse the web, read email, or play games, the iPad mini will provide a bright, 7.9-inch multi-touch display and a comfortable experience.

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Some iPad mini models still available for first round of preorders

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The iPad mini was available for preorder starting on Friday, October 26. The sales went quickly. Some sites were reporting that the 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi sold out within the first 20 minutes. Even as we move well into the weekend, there are still some models available for delivery on November 2.

If you head over to the Apple website now, all of the white and silver models indicate a delayed ship date of two weeks. If you would consider the Wi-Fi black and slate model, however, the 32GB ($429) and the 64GB ($529) models are still available for a November 2 delivery. The 16GB black and slate model ($329) falls in line with the white and silver models with delays up to two weeks.

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Apple announces the iPad mini

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Today, October 23, Apple announced the iPad mini, a smaller version of its popular iPad. Preorders will begin on October 26 through Appleā€™s online store and the device will be in stores on November 2.

The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch, multi-touch display and has the same resolution as the iPad 2. This allows for a great experience when using the over 275,000 apps designed for the iPad. With a fast A5 chip, the iPad mini will provide the amount of horsepower needed for a great experience on a smaller device.

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