A look at the new iPad Mini from Apple:

• First take: 7.5 (out of 10).

• Likes: Extraordinarily thin and light; solid aluminum case; less expensive than larger iPad; runs same wide range and number of tablet-customized apps as iPad.

• Dislikes: Pricey compared with other mini-tablet rivals; display is lower resolution than rivals and larger iPad; processor is same as used in last-year’s iPad 2.

• Specs: 7.9-inch 1024x768 display; dual-core Apple-designed A5 chip; 1.2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear cameras.

• Price: Depending on storage capacity, $330-$530 for Wi-Fi only models and $460-$660 for 4G models.

• Web: www.apple.com.