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The iPad mini is the ultimate gaming device

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Battery life for longer game playing: "In my harsh battery test, where I play videos back to back with the screen set at 75 percent and the Wi-Fi on to collect email, the iPad mini exceeded Apple’s battery life claim of 10 hours and lasted 10 hours and 27 minutes. "

Camera for possible Kinect-like motion control and interactions: "I found the cameras did a very good job. I conducted several clear video chats using the 1.2 megapixel front camera, and the 5-megapixel rear camera produced very good photos and videos. The stereo speakers sounded good to my ears."

Price is similar to a Gameboy + 3 or 4 games: "The $329 price may well tempt some budget-conscious buyers who have lusted for an iPad. But Apple believes the lower size and weight, not the price, are the key attractions."

It's light: "The iPad mini weighs just less than 11 ounces, and is only 0.28 inch thick. That’s 53 percent lighter and 23 percent thinner than the standard iPad. It’s 5.3 inches wide versus 7.3 inches for its larger sibling."

It can be held with one hand, which means you can hold it one hand and "cut the rope with the other," -- a perfect hybrid between android/iphone/ipod touch and tablet .

It has a backlit screen. I repeat, it has a backlit screen.

This may not seem like a big deal to many folks, but just 10 years ago, there did not exist a handheld gaming device that had both backlit screening, rechargeable batteries, *and* long battery life. I'm looking at you GameGear:

The gameboy advance SP was the first nintendo gameboy released in America - in February of 2003 -- that had a backlight screen.

Folks without kids who owned gameboys won't understand how revolutionary this was; with a GBA, Gameboy Pocket, or Gameboy kids could not travel in the car -- or anywhere at night -- and play their gameboys. They couldn't play their gameboys in their beds at night with the lights turned out. They couldn't even play their gameboys in their houses where there wasn't good lighting. While this seems hilariously a first world problem (considering, realistically, we're dealing with mostly first worlders who would be able to purchase an iPad mini) this is a BIG DEAL.

The iPad mini will be the biggest consumer technology device of the holiday cycle for two reasons: families & gaming.

Most gaming devices, portable or not have backlit screens. The DS, the PSP, every feature phone, iphone and android phone, the PSvita, android tablets, the 3DS (also this is what you're calling the ''gameboy'', which is Nintendo's latest handheld)... anything with a screen is backlit, heck even camera displays are backlit. Releasing an electronic with a screen that wasn't backlit in the last 10 or so years would have been a disaster. I don't understand why that's a big deal. Also, it is impossible for the ipad camera to function like Kinect does. Kinect uses 3d tracking, which senses depth and movement by people, the ipad mini camera just takes images, still or moving.

The 3DS goes for about $130-$160 depending if you get the regular or XL variety. Each 3DS games costs anywhere from $5 to $40 dollars.

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