The Apple Store came backup right on schedule, just after 8am in the UK, and we made sure we were one of the first to pre-order so we can give PR readers insight from a hands-on perspective rather than reporting what we hear from others. The iPad mini UK pre-order had been completely painless without any problems, and in fact we’d have to say this has been the smoothest pre-order we’ve seen in years.
For UK readers you’ll have the choice of an iPad mini in “Black & Slate” or “White & Silver“, which both start with a price of £269 for the 16GB model. The current shipping times are set for 2/11 “in most areas“, so if all goes to plan most people that order an iPad mini right away will receive their new tablet on the release date.
After you’ve decided on the iPad mini color and storage size, Apple then ask if you want any accessories and most importantly an iPad mini Smart Cover. This will set you back another £35, but it is well worth it considering the added protection. You will have a choice from a number of bright colors, although we can’t help but be drawn to blue each time.
Next up Apple offer a free engraving service as most people know that have ordered from Apple before, which makes a nice extra when ordering the iPad mini as a gift. The problem with getting engraving is that you could see a shipping date much later than expected, so be warned this could setback your iPad mini release date. After confirming everything the iPad mini pre-order landed on a “thank you” page, although we do wonder if all orders went this smooth?
Did you place your pre-order today for an iPad mini or iPad 4, and if so did you run into any problems? If you are after the 4G version of the iPad mini, then you might want to read about EE and their plans for 4G data plans here.