Tablets, tablets, tablets; they will be everywhere this holiday season in every shape and size and from the largest number of manufacturers yet.  So should you put a tablet on your gifts for him list this holiday season?  You know him best, but on the other hand, it’s not a bad choice.

A new tablet is the ultimate gift this holiday season because it packs the most entertainment available in a highly portable device.  Also, even the entry-level models are packed with better processors, better screens, more storage, more apps; just about more of everything.  That being said, this review is not about an entry-level tablet.  The reason is that when we did our research we were looking for the best mobile guy gift for 2013 and entry-level didn’t quite make the grade.

Gifts for Him 2013 Apple iPad Mini Retina Collage

With that behind us, now let’s talk about what is projected to be one of the best tablets for the holidays.

So, like the new Apple iPad Air that was just released, the iPad Mini will be a precious commodity that will probably literally fly off the shelves and be in short supply.

The good news is if you can get him one, it will definitely be his favorite holiday gift!  Take a look at our review and see if you agree that this tablet should definitely make your gifts for him 2013 shopping list.

Gifts for Him: Apple iPad Mini

Gifts for Hime 2013 Apple iPad Mini Retina Landscape ViewAlong with the new iPad Air, the Apple iPad Mini Retina is threatening to steal the show this holiday season.  What’s all the fuss?  It’s the new Retina display previously not available on the older iPad Mini and so much more.  Would it be worth it to buy the new iPad Mini just for the Retina display?  Probably not, but I can’t speak for those who watch a lot of movies or stream a lot of content.  The display really is remarkable however, it’s all the other great features that, when added together, truly make this a must buy for the holidays.

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  • The iPad Mini is elegant in design, yet durable in construction.   It’s easy to tell when something is built with attention to detail and you can feel the quality inherent in the iPad Mini’s unibody construction.  This the smallest iPad is both easy to carry and beautiful to behold.


  • Another amazing feature of the iPad Mini Retina is its more powerful, desktop-class performance 64-bit A7 processor chip that gives this model up to 2X faster performance in both CPU and graphics while maintaining its small footprint.
  • Apple has included its onboard M7 motion coprocessor which shoulders the burden of motion sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass) data collection and processing so that the A7 can focus on improving overall performance.  Apple has achieved its goal of providing a better user experience with the new iPad Mini Retina.

Apple iPad Mini Retina Video


  • With over 3.1 million pixels (a full 1 million more than in your HDTV) and adding up to a breathtaking 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, the new iPad Mini Retina has 4X the resolution of the previous generation.  The pixels on the new iPad Mini Retina are indistinguishable by the human eye meaning incredibly sharp image and video detail and better quality text than the best magazines.
  • The iPad Mini Retina has a 7.9-inch display so it’s small enough to fit easily in one had yet provides 35% more screen area than the competition’s 7-inch screens.
  • The effect is to bring your previously adequate quality content into a whole new realm of realism and beauty.
  • You will also appreciate the fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating that keeps your Retina display fingerprint-free longer than traditional tablet screens.

Network Connectivity

  • You even get Apple’s new technology dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with MIMO and up to double (300 Mbps) the speed of older wireless technology.
  • The iPad Mini Retina has the potential to drastically improve data transfer performance whether sharing pictures, streaming media, or downloading video.
  • If you need LTE capability, an LTE version with more LTE bands and service on more networks world-wide is also available.

Operating System

  • The iPad Mini Retina gives you the distinct advantage of having the hardware and operating system designed by the same company; Apple.  The iPad Mini and iOS 7 don’t just work together well, they work together seamlessly.
  • Apple paid attention to 100’s of minute details both in iOS 7 and the iPad architecture that improve your experience and allow the iPad Mini Retina to be smaller and more stylish than other Gifts for Him 2013 Apple iPad Mini Retina Double Side Viewtablets.
  • iOS 7 is completely new with more powerful multitasking, AirDrop, and Control Center that help you whether at work or at play.
  • The iPad Mini Retina, iOS 7 and Apple’s iCloud together form a seamless data cloud that can sync all of your content across all of your devices automatically.
  • Create a Pages document on your MacBook Pro and finish it on the plane on your iPad Mini Retina.  The pictures you took this morning on your iPhone are instantly available to show to family and friends on your iPad Mini Retina.
  • Start watching a great movie on your iPad Mini and continue it at home on your HDTV using Apple TV.
  • You will love the apps provided free with the new iPad Mini Retina that help you with life’s daily tasks including checking email, talking on FaceTime, and of course querying your Siri consultant.
  • And there’s more!  Now included free with your iPad Mini Retina is iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, all optimized for the 64-bit architecture and iOS 7 so you know they will work smoothly and without problems.


  • You can turn on the TV and watch any number of Microsoft commercials implying that iPads lack the ability to stand on their own while in fact the Covers and Cases available for the iPad Mini Retina provide protection and stability that may rival that of Microsoft.
  • There are newly-designed Smart Covers for the iPad Mini that complement its compact size and thin profile.  Each Smart Cover also has the ability to put the iPad Mini to sleep when you close it and wake it up instantly when opened.  The Smart Cover becomes a handy tablet stand when you fold it.
  • In addition to the Smart Covers, there are Smart Cases which protect the iPad Mini Retina front and back.  Richly appointed in fine leather, Smart Cases look beautiful, fold into a convenient stand, and control the asleep or awake mode of the iPad Mini.
  • Smart Covers and Smart Cases come in a variety of stylish colors.

Gifts for Him 2013 Apple iPad Mini Cover Case Colors

Gifts for Him 2013 Apple iPad Mini Retina Display View


  • New for the most recent iPad release is an updated FaceTime HD camera with a next-generation backside illumination sensor for brighter shots under a variety of lighting conditions.
  • The new 5-megapixel iSight camera lets you quickly swipe between stills or 1080p HD video and makes it easy to produce outstanding pictures and video automatically.


  • Like the iPad Air, the Mini Retina comes with dual microphones that work together to suppress background noise while enhancing voice audio in FaceTime calls, video recordings, and Siri conversations.


  • Apple provides a 1-year limited warranty and 90 days of complimentary support on the iPad Mini Retina.


  • Apple paid attention to battery life when designing the new iPad Mini Retina.  You get an all-day, 10 hours of battery life while surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to your favorite tunes.


  • The new Apple iPad Mini Retina weighs in at a lightweight 0.73 lbs. and measures a compact 7.87H (200 mm) x 5.3W (134.7 mm) x 0.29D (7.5 mm) inches.

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Thanks for reading!  I hope this article has given you valuable information that leads you to add this great tablet to your Gifts for Him holiday shopping list and that in any case, you find the perfect gift for the man in your life.

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