I stand by my iPad mini review

Dave Winer at Gizmodo:

By the way, this is why the orchestrated reviews of products are often worthless. I invite Mossberg, Pogue or Gruber to re-review their iPad Mini now, a week after their initial reviews, and let us know if they’re actually using it. And if they still think it’s a winner. I believe it’s not only not a winner, but it signals a new Apple that’s no longer beyond compare, no longer insisting on delighting its users to the point of orgasm.

Dave didn’t ask, but I stand by my review and I’m still using my iPad mini.

  • Techpm

    Wow, that kind of rhetoric reminds me of why I don’t read Gizmodo anymore.

  • “I believe it’s not only not a winner…” I believe Winer needs a better editor.

    Any article starts with “I have been an Apple shareholder for 10 years” signals the writer’s intent to say something really stupid. It’s like these idiots think “I USE APPLE PRODUCTS!” is some kind of get out of jail card that allows them to be absolved of The Stupid.

    Winer is an ass. “I have a high end iPad but I bought an iPad mini. Is it better than my hIgh end one? No.” NO SHIT, SHERLOCK.

    “Steve never would have shipped it.” Come on, Winer. It’s been over a year. LET IT GO….

    • I’d love to know what part of the equation these people would gladly give up for that better screen. Thinness/Weight? Battery Life? Price? Cause I think no mater which way you cut it, a Retina display on the iPad mini was going to affect 2 out of those 3 things.

      I wish I lived this this world without compromises they seem to believe exists.

    • “It’s like these idiots think “I USE APPLE PRODUCTS!” is some kind of get out of jail card that allows them to be absolved of The Stupid.”

      The stupid is believing it necessary to preemptively defend yourself against people who are so blinkered in their opinions, they’ll never consider alternative perspectives or choices as reasonable.

      The comments here are a delight as always when a Gizmodo piece is linked. I’m really sure everyone who writes for Gizmodo has signed in blood the ‘I must help avenge iPhone prototype debacle’ clause.

  • More or less than your 3 or 4 (the big one you use)? Or does it now fit within your daily flow as the post-work device for the couch?

  • Oh God a Winer review and on Jizzmodo at that. Please somebody hand him a glass of whiskey, a revolver with a single shot and a sense of decency….

  • Gizmodo always has been, and always will be, an anti-apple zealot ‘Fox News’ blog. That’s their base. It’s the only thing keeping them in business is to write how much they hate apple and love android.

  • This Gizmodo can sure seem to bear a grudge. Ever since Apple caught them buying stolen iPhone prototype, they tend to jump to negativity against Apple; and the facts don’t seem to stand in the way.

    For the records, I gave up my iPad 3 for a Mini and never considered going back. Retina was an initial concern but it has since mattered less and less compared to thin, light, small and great battery life.

    • Gizmodo’s (real or imagined) “grudge” against Apple goes back much further than the “buying stolen iPhone prototype” story.

      And I say “imagined” because Gizmodo is just playing the best know game on the internet – post anything even slightly negative about Apple and the pageviews come rolling in. It’s the classic HitWhore Strategy employed so successfully by so many.

  • I’d be willing to bet that Winer wouldn’t be at all interested in following up with any of the big-name reviewers, were any of them to express an interest in accepting his “invitation.”

    • They all have. And they have all said they stand by their reviews – although that’s mostly predictable.

  • “Dave didn’t ask”

    He didn’t need to. Have you written any negative review of an Apple product ever? Or perhaps more realistically, have you written a negative paragraph in a review of an Apple product?

    Given your predictable 180 degree turn on the usefulness of smaller form factor tablets the moment Apple brought one to market, nobody would be expecting you to think differently now about the iPad Mini.

    On the general point, I agree with Winer on the usefulness of reviews from a certain segment of the blogosphere. But Gruber has definitely picked up his game of late. There’s a lot more critical thinking and writing going on over there again, and less of the cheap one-liners this site is becoming famous for. Hell, he’s even been in agreement with Paul Thurrott on some points. I may even start listening to his podcast again soon if he keeps this up! I haven’t bothered with “The Talk Show” since his unsavoury and poorly handled exit from 5by5.