iPad mini/4 LTE data release date: Today; Sprint is first 4G carrier store

The iPad mini and iPad 4 release date has arrived for the LTE version. Sprint (NYSE:S) is the first 4G data carrier to have the latest Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) SKU in stores. But don't all rush at once, 'cos stocks are, umm, "limited."

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers all rush at once.

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Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Kent German notiert sich Dingenskirchen:

...buyers waiting for the LTE version...will have their chance...in Sprint carrier stores...Friday.

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[It] will cost significantly more than its Wi-Fi-only sibling [starting at] $459.99.  MORE

Mikey Campbell gets inside the story:

Sprint on Thursday was the first U.S. carrier to announce it would begin selling Apple's newest 4G LTE iPads. ...will be offered with month-to-month plans, meaning there will be no subsidy.

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plans range from $14.99 for 300MB of data...to $79.99 for 12GB [with no] activation fee.  MORE

But laequis compares and contrasts:

Google just announced the availability of the new Nexus 7 with LTE/3G for $299. The comparable iPad Mini is $559!  MORE

Jamie Condliffe advises, "Grab one while you can":

"Limited quantities of the new iPad" will be available. ... It's not clear how limited...it might pay to play safe and get down there early.

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If you pre-ordered an LTE-equipped iPad Mini...reports suggest that the devices have already started arriving.  MORE

But what of the Mini's inferior display? Nick Bilton muses thuswise:

I’ve used them both and I have to say, the iPad Mini, although fuzzier...is incomparable to the larger iPad. Picking them both up...feels like picking up a feather and a dumbbell.

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The iPad Mini...fits in my jacket pockets [it's] the perfect size. Sure, it doesn’t have a [retina] screen...but the weight and shape instantly negate that.  MORE
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