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Headline The small tablet that's worth every penny

In many ways, the iPad mini remains the small tablet to beat. The performance enhancements in this version keep it ahead of its competitors, and iOS 9 is now well ahead of Android as a tablet operating system for most people. The quality of third-party applications on iOS, particularly those designed specifically for iPads make it a superior platform overall.

However, the size of the iPad mini now feels like too much of a compromise. If you want something to carry around with you at all times, the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is a better option. And, if you're looking for something that can replace a laptop in many circumstances, the iPad Air – or even the iPad Pro – is a much better option.

It's hard to really see who the iPad mini is actually for, and who it would suit better than either a big iPhone or a bigger iPad. Apple has done an amazing job creating a small, powerful tablet. But it feels like, for most people, a small powerful tablet just isn't useful enough to make it a recommended buy.