Is Apple’s iPad Mini advertising deceptive? Can you hold it easily in your hand? We compare with the Nexus 7

Is Apple iPad Mini's advertising deceptive? Can you hold it in your hand like the advert? We compare with the Nexus 7

Apple’s advertising for their new iPad Mini shows the tablet being comfortably held  in one hand, with the thumb along the one side and all four fingers comfortably gripping the opposite edge.

Is Apple iPad Mini's advertising deceptive? Can you hold it in your hand like the advert? We compare with the Nexus 7

The more we looked at this the odder it looked, because at 5.50 inches (134.7mm) wide, we think the average person would really struggle to grip the tablet in such a fashion – if they could manage it at all.

Several readers complained to us that they found it impossible to hold it as advertised, so we thought we’d compare it with our Nexus 7, which is considerably narrower than the iPad Mini.

Is Apple iPad Mini's advertising deceptive? Can you hold it in your hand like the advert? We compare with the Nexus 7

[Apple iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD]

We found we were just about able to hold the 4.72in (120mm) wide Nexus 7, but there is no way our fingers could span a device any wider – so either Apple have employed a giant to hold their tablet or there’s some jiggery-pokery going on.

So, how about you guys? Can you get all your fingers around the iPad Mini like the advert?

As an aside, we do find it a little strange that Apple’s advertising for the iPhone 5 was entirely focussed around its supposed wonderfully ergonomic shape, but then they release a tablet that is significantly harder to hold than some of the competition because of its extra width…