Congratulations on the new iPad Mini...first and important, since you must have a computer to be logged in the Apple Support Communities asking your question, download the iPad and Mini User Guide, that has all the information you will need about your new purchase.
Chapter 2 discusses Setup of the new iPad and Mini.
You need to either have a WiFi network or computer running iTunes to proceed with the setup. What do you have available, and do you have email you want to setup?
thanks ralph for speedy reply. At home i only have mtn online data flash drive. i nether have wi fi nor itunes.
basically, it seems my mini wants me to setup network because it doesn't allow me to go any further than network setup.
all i wanted to do was just to get into it and start checking it out
When you start the Mini, can you get beyond the screen that wants you to attach to iTunes or a network? If you can get to the home desktop, the screen that just shows the included apps, tap Settings, then highlight General if it is not already in highlighted, then About and at the top will be Name > there you want to give your Mini a name, such as kgomos iPad Mini, or what ever you want to name it
You can manually enter email account info but that would be a lot better to do with a network connection as the Mini can download the info it needs for preloaded providers such as gmail, or AOL,
If you do not have internet access at home, do you have an iCloud account seetup? I am assuming you have an Apple ID since you are on here asking questions. If so, while it isn't secure, can you go somewhere that you can access a wireless network, such as a coffee shop or a library? You can do al of the setup things much more easily that way.
Do you have the User Guide that should have come with the Mini? That and the PDF file I linked to above will offer a great deal of help.
thanks ralph. so far i haven't been able to pass beyond the itunes/network screen. i have not seen my home desktop yet. can't wait.......
when i get home i will take my mini to a network enabled area as u suggested and perfom the setups.
i don't have icloud account (can create one quickly) and i have downloaded the manual you sent me, thanks
i will definately let u know how it goes. thanks so much
Instead of typing all of this and making mistakes with my magic fingers , if you can print out the iCloud Account FAQ, after clicking on Expand All...the first item is how to create an iCloud account. Since you must already have an AppleID you are half way there. And the iCloud account is free for the first 5 GB of storage...Mail, Calendars, Contacts, Photo-Stream do not count against that 5 GB...and you can turn on backup to iCloud on the Mini so you don't need to use a computer to backup your content.
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You can download a complete iOS 5 iPad User Guide and iOS 6 iPad User Guide here: http://support.apple.com/manuals/ipad/
Also, Good Instructions http://www.tcgeeks.com/how-to-use-ipad-2/
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iPad How-Tos http://ipod.about.com/lr/ipad_how-tos/903396/1/
You can download this guide to your iPad.
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