Apple iPad mini with Retina display (Wi-Fi)

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Every inch an iPad. Last year, the overwhelming message of the iPad mini was simple: the iPad mini was smaller, but it was still an iPad. Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Jony Ive all reminded us over and over that Apple had to make hard choices to make the iPad mini — it had a lower-resolution screen and a weaker processor — but said that the iPads’ commonalities trumped their differences. In many ways, that was true: Apple’s experience has always mattered more than its specs, and the...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.29 inches
Weight 0.73 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 7.9 inches
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 7
Media streaming AirPlay
CPU brand Apple

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 7.87 inches
Width 5.3 inches
Thickness 0.29 inches
Weight 0.73 pounds
Color Gray / Black, Silver / White
Speakers Stereo

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 7.9 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 2048 px
Resolution (Y) 1536 px
PPI 325.89
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 7
Media streaming AirPlay

Processor

CPU brand Apple
CPU model A7

Storage

Internal size 128 GB, 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 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

Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Lightning

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 23.8 Wh
Quoted use time 10 hr

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Eddie Sebin Oh (Currently owns)

    iPad Mini w/ Retina is a first tablet that i've owned, and it's not far away from perfection.
    Design is so gorgeous with that aluminum and chamfered edge. Much better than Samsung's cheap scratchy plastic.
    Display is also very good: it's Retina, what do you expect? 326 PPI was high enough to make my eyes chuffed and with that colourful iOS 7, the experience was even better. However, when i compared it with my iPod touch 5th gen's Retina display, the colour reproduction was sort of dimmer.
    Camera and Speaker was also good, but not like "holy-crap-amazing" like the Retina display.
    Performance-wise, A7 chip was a real surprise for me. A jump from A5 chip in my iPod touch 5th gen to A7 chip offered me to experience blazing fast processing power. I used to play heavy car-driving games like Asphalt 8, GT Racing 2, etc. and they never lagged once.
    iPad mini 2nd gen runs on iOS 7, and that's a good thing. As I mentioned before, iOS 7 goes really well with that stellar Retina display and it is very elegant and simple to use, just like other iOS did. Everything just works. That's what i like about iOS and OS X.
    10 hrs of battery life that Apple claimed was not that different from my daily use. After my '8 am-10 pm' high school life and when i return home, there is usually almost 50% of the battery remaining. That is AWESOME.
    Ecosystem=iOS 7=475,000 tablet-optimised apps=no need of explanation.

    iPad mini with Retina. As David Pierce said, there's no compromise anywhere.

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    • Design 10
    • Display 9
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 8
    • Performance 10
    • Software 10
    • Battery life 9
    • Ecosystem 10
    • Dock 9
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