Gigaom

The recently announced iPad Mini is expected to go on sale on Nov. 2. Apple,(s AAPL) which initially was dismissive of smaller tablets, is joining the ranks of the mini-tablet makers and is launching iPad Mini. The Wi-Fi version of the recently announced tablet will go on sale this week, while the cellular version will follow in a couple of weeks. The initial reviews of the device are out, and here are some of the highlights that will give you a sense of the device and its features.

The New York Times‘ David Pogue

iPad Mini is a far classier, more attractive, thinner machine. It has two cameras instead of one. Its fit and finish are far more refined. And above all, it offers that colossal app catalog, which Android tablet owners can only dream about.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber

It’s really light and easy to hold one-handed. But it’s disappointing…

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