It's hard to avoid photos of the alleged iPad Mini, which have been popping up for weeks all over the Web. But it's hard to gauge the tablet's precise weight from these images, some of which seem convincingly real. Apple has made the iPhone 5's thin-and-light attributes a cornerstone of the new phone's marketing campaign, but will it be able to make the same lightest-in-class boast for the iPad Mini?
Of course, lighter is almost always better when it comes to mobile devices, and Apple's 7-inch slate competitors are true flyweights: the Nook HD is 11.1 ounces (315 grams); the Google Nexus 7 is 12 oz. (340 g); and the Kindle Fire HD is 13.9 oz. (394 g). If reports of the iPad Mini's 7.85-inch screen are true, the device may actually be the heavyweight in its weight class.