Almost universally, the early iPad mini reviews tell the same story. Apple’s smaller tablet is a nice addition to the line, but its non-Retina screen could become its downfall.

Perhaps no one conveyed this better than John Gruber’s wife, who had the following reaction when seeing the iPad mini for the first time:

“Ew, the screen is terrible.”

According to the Daring Fireball editor:

That was my wife’s initial reaction when I handed her the iPad Mini to see what she, an avid daily user of an iPad 3, thought. Her initial reaction matched mine exactly, and perfectly encapsulates the experience. The iPad Mini is not a device you need to spend a lot of time with to understand. My snap reaction from a week ago remains unchanged after a week of daily use.

Priced at $329 and up, Apple’s compact tablet has been criticized by many for its perceived high price and lack of a Retina display. Soon, consumers will decide whether these criticisms are warranted or not. The iPad mini, like the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display, arrives in stores on Friday, Nov. 2.