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I sold my mini 5 a few months ago in anticipation of this one. I picked it up Friday.
it is everything I expected but…not a huge amount more; and, in some ways, a bit less.
Despite loving the great-looking new form factor I can’t help but feel the rounded edges of the previous design suited one-hand holding better.
Relocating Touch ID to the side actually makes it harder as there is no visual indication as to where the button is (apart from the hard-to-see front camera).
No Smart connector means there will never be a cute little keyboard similar to the ones for the Pros.
And finally….the space between the icon grid and the bezels is huge! One more column of icons could easily fit each side.
I’m a little underwhelmed but given the lockdown we are currently in (Melbourne) Apple have said you have until the stores open up for returns, so much longer than the usual two weeks. Hopefully more tinkering will get me used to these shortcomings!