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The iPad mini is both an incredibly new product and a modest revision of what we already know. It's incredibly new in that it brings to the 7" tablet space features unknown in that market. Before October 23, you could not get a small-sized tablet with cellular data regardless of how much you were willing to spend. For connectivity away from home, you had to depend on the wifi of strangers. Furthermore, neither major player in the 7" space, Amazon and Google, could boast of many legal-specific apps designed with a 7" screen in mind. Some existed on Android, but they were scaled-up versions of phone apps, not designed to utilize larger screens. Apple brought these key features to the 7" space.