Just in the nick of time Apple has launched the new iPad mini 2 with retina display (to give it its full official name) to enable us to declare it the best 2013 tablet for gaming. Just a little time ago we declared that the award should go to the Nexus 7, but at that time it seemed as if the iPad Mini 2 wouldn’t appear until sometime in the New Year. The Nexus is a great tablet for gaming, and in terms of specifications there is little to choose between it and the new iPad Mini 2, however the build of the iPad Mini 2 is so much better than that of the Nexus 7 that it wins hands down. Naturally the iPad mini 2 with retina display is somewhat more expensive, but then you don’t get a sleek machined aluminium case for peanuts. With a price tag of £320 for the entry level model the iPad Mini 2 is no toy, but you never know, with a little luck you might find one in your Christmas stocking.
Although the new iPad Mini 2 might be considered to be overkill for gamers whose main interest in games is Angry Birds or who enjoy playing blackjack and poker at an online casino such as Lucky Nugget’s Australian casino for example. Admittedly those kinds of games are not as demanding as some of the high end console type games which are now available for iOS and Android operating systems. The problem is though that once you pick up and use the new iPad mini 2 with retina display it is very difficult to put it down again. You can get by with less, but do you really want to? You might need to pay a little more, but then you are paying for quality.
The new iPad Mini 2 marks a new beginning for hand held tablet gaming. It certainly deserves the awards as the best 2013 gaming tablet and surpasses its main rival, the Nexus 7, but a large margin in terms of build quality and ergonomics.