Apple iPad mini (Wi-Fi)

Verge Review

The iPad mini has arrived — and so has our review. Just last week, Apple introduced the world to the newest member of its wildly successful tablet line, an adorable, diminutive slate with a 7.9-inch display. It even had an adorable ad to show along with it: an iPad mini joining in with a full-sized iPad to play "Heart and Soul" on the piano. But to think of the iPad mini as a companion to the 3rd or 4th generation iPad — some kind of secondary player to the bigger version — would probably be...

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Basic Specs

Thickness .28 inches
Weight .68 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 7.9 inches
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 6.0
Media streaming AirPlay
CPU brand Apple
RAM size 512 MB

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 7.87 inches
Width 5.3 inches
Thickness .28 inches
Weight .68 pounds
Color Black, White / Silver
Speakers Stereo

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 7.9 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 1024 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px
PPI 163
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 6.0
Media streaming AirPlay

Processor

CPU brand Apple
CPU model A5
Cores 2

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 64 GB, 32 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Front Camera

Effective pixels 1.2 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Rear Camera

Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Ports

Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Lightning

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 16.3 Wh
Removable No
Quoted use time 10 hr

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8.9

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  • Dock 9

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Eduardo Padilla (EP) (Currently owns)

    I have a new iPad mini and my experience with this it´s amazing, the camera works fine, the app store include many apps to download, the games looks very good and performance are great, this is my first tablet, I use this tablet for work and entertaiment, for the next year or what it´s the next tablet buy, I don´t have a doubt and I buy a products for Apple but only iPod, Ipad and Laptop for Mac, thanks for the review, best regards

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    Reviewed by shanya (Currently owns)

    iOS 7 tablet has brought new life. She hid the lack of a low-resolution screen new font format. There is a shortage at the assembly of the device, namely the pattern on the screen when pressed to the glass. Also disappointing RAM: full-fledged multi-tasking can only dream of.

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    Reviewed by M. Ryan Norris (Currently owns)

    The iPad mini is simply put, the best iPad that Apple has ever made (at least until they make the larger iPad more like the iPad mini). The design is excellent, very easy to hold, great for gaming, reading, and audio.

    The cameras are decent, the Smart Covers work well on it (although I would have preferred a Smart Case, if Apple ever decided on making them for iPad mini), and iOS 6 runs pretty well considering how much (or little) memory the iPad mini has. The battery life is also excellent.

    If I had one minor complaint, it would be about the display, not necessarily the resolution, but how difficult it is sometimes to tap a button on the screen. Depending on the kind of application that is in use, some buttons are too small for a finger. A stylus might work a little better for a situation like this, but it is a little bit of a hassle.

    Otherwise, the iPad mini would be an excellent choice for someone looking for a great tablet.

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    Reviewed by rsc1027 (Currently owns)

    I love the deign of the iPad Mini and the speakers are great. The screen could be better but overall it is a great device. I've seen better cameras but it's a tablet so I wasn't expecting much from it. The iPad Mini is a fast device, I could easly browse the web on it.

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    Reviewed by WT_Rudi (Currently owns)

    The iPad mini is my first Tablet and before I bought it, I was quite upset as far as the display and the processor were concerned.
    I am now using it for a couple of weeks and I found out that the display is just ok and the performance is not bad at all - it is actually very good! It's very light and has a nice design. Furthermore I do really like the iPad mini's speakers, they put out sound very well!
    It is all in all a very excellent tablet and with its App Store it is unbeatable!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Demonic16 (Currently owns)

    Incredible tablet! For me more comfortable than "big" iPad. Usability is awesome because of 1 hand-take. Materials used for this iPad are look like iPhone 5 & iPod touch 5G in "Black & Slate" variety.
    Good decision for everyone who wants fast gadget with comfortable traveling size!

    P.S. iPad mini Smart Cover'll be good addition as stylish & durable case for iPad mini!

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    Reviewed by whiteshirtonly (Currently owns)

    SOFTWARE: I give iOS 7.5 and the various third party apps 9. I have no doubt that Apple will update iOS to be more powerful. It's already very stable and reliable. Only some functions need to be added, as the competition is stiffer with Windows and Android. It isn't the fastest iPad with its A5 chip, but the software optimization let the device manage the apps pretty well. A well-known architecture like the A5 allows miniaturization and low voltage consumption. That's the trade off to get the desired form factor. The ecosystem of apps gives possibilities and power to the iPad. There is no way to worry about having an app for a certain task or hobby. I find using in portrait mode optimal for tactile keyboard input. Faster than any tactile device I uses, from 3.5" to 10". The size also looks perfect for gaming.

    HARDWARE: the iPad mini is already one of the most beautiful Apple designs. It's incredibly light. 308 grams for a full computer solution. As a minimalist, I couldn't be more happy. The screen is good enough. It is true that it is not a retina display... yet. But the resolution is far enough for the size of the screen. As usual, the quality of the panel is in the average of the Apple offering, ie. excellent. If the iPad mini is your sole device, you won't be disturb be the resolution. The eyes will adapt accordingly. However if you plan to use the iPad mini along with an iPad retina 10", then I believe that the eyes will be tired to adapt the resolution each time you switch. In that regard, be careful. Be also aware that the mini does not have any port other than the proprietary one, called lightening connector. The idea of the iOS products is that the only connection that you need is an "air" connexion, wifi, LTE. Everything else is managed by the apps. You can charge the device on plug or on USB. Battery life is stellar, count a full day of use (9 to 11 hours).

    As an ultra mobile user, I felt in love with the form factor of the iPad mini. I have been using the ipad 2, iPad 3 and the Microsoft Surface. Both products have been incredible so far, with their own strengths and weaknesses. But the mini is almost an new category by its size and weight. It has no competition for now. The trade-off is not having the last powerful chip and the last resolution; I would add relying on the Apple ecosystem only, that some people dislike, but so far now, you can use a lot of third party services instead of iTunes for the music (Spotify, XBox music, ...) or iCloud for the mail+calendar (famous platforms gmail, hotmail, yahoo, ...). Along with the efficient Apple marketing, love it or hate it, the mini will become quickly another iconic product.

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    Reviewed by daveedvdv (Currently owns)

    After using and living with full-sized iPads every since they've been sold, I was expecting the iPad mini to feel a little "small". It turns it doesn't: It feels very _light_, but not at all _small_. This lightness is definitely welcome, and allows me to use it one-handed for much longer than my 3rd-gen iPad for example. After a few days of use, the full-sized iPad feels too hefty, but the mini also does, ironically: I now yearn for a device of this kind that's lighter still (e-paper Kindle/Nook-like devices don't appeal to me though).

    For browsing and e-mailing, performance is "snappy" enough not to notice a difference with the 3rd-gen iPad. A few of my creative apps that require non-interactive rendering are noticeably slower, but it's not bad at all. (I don't play 3D games, so I cannot comment on performance there.)

    The display is not as nice as the retina display, but it's actually quite a bit better than that of the 1st-gen iPad that I own. Overall, it's quite decent.

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    Reviewed by HallaGulla (Currently owns)

    The iPad mini does not have much to offer other than being small in size and lower in price. It packs the technology of yesteryear; Apple has missed a superb opportunity of silencing the ever growing android market. They could have launched this device with all the bells and hooks instead of making us wait for the next version that will have retina display and would be similarly priced.

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    Reviewed by malikona (Currently owns)

    Build quality is second to none, performance and battery life are excellent, the form factor is almost perfect (I've read more books and comics in the few days I've owned the mini than in the previous year), and the quick-charging Lightning adapter is a huge improvement over the 30-pin connector.

    However, the iOS interface still feels a little childish compared to Android 4.X, the thing is just a BIT too wide and could benefit from some more bezel on the sides, and touch targets for small OS elements (like the 'x' button in search fields) sometimes take me a dozen taps to hit. Apple needs to update some of the stock development features (small buttons mostly) to be larger on this display. Could definitely benefit from retina display (size, weight, and battery-life depending).

    On balance this is an awesome device that I carry with me literally everywhere, but I am still not a fan of the endless pages of app icons and the cumbersome settings and notification center OS elements, which Android currently does much better. If this device ran Android 4.X, but still somehow ran all of the available iOS apps, and had a retina display in the same size and weight, it would be almost perfect. As it is, it's just...almost almost perfect.

    I had sticker shock at first, but that's because everyone was speculating a sub-$300 price tag. Still, forking over $500 for a 32GB wi-fi only model w/smart cover, with no cellular data available, felt like a reaming. But, I paid it, and I won't be the only one. As many have said, Apple would have been leaving money on the table this season by charging much less.

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