Wed, 07 Nov 2012 Apple iPad mini review
We put the iPad mini to the test. Complete with benchmarks and hands-on testing of the 7.9in screen dimensions and keyboard
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Pros: Lightweight, portable nature, high quality display, small form factor, Smart Cover, functions just like a full-sized iPad, 7.9in display great for gaming, movies, and magazines; 10 hour battery life; Apple build quality, craftsmanship and materials; all iPad apps optimized for the display
- Cons: Considerably more expensive than rival 7in tablets, on-screen keyboard smaller than iPad, non-Retina Display a disappointment for iBook readers, camera is poor
- Min specs: Apple A5 (ARM Cortex-A9, dual-core); PowerVR SGX543MP2 (dual-core); 7.9in (1024 x 768) 163ppi IPS display; IOS 6.0; 512MB memory; 16, 32 or 64GB flash storage; 802.11a/b/g/n with channel bonding; Bluetooth 4.0; 5.0Mp rear camera; 1.2Mp front camera; 1920 x 1080 video capture; 3.5mm headset jack; Lightning dock connector; 16.3Wh, non-removable lithium polymer; 200 x 134.8 x 7.4 mm; 307g (67g SmartCover)
- Wi-Fi: £269 (16GB), £349 (32GB), £429 (64GB)
- Wi-Fi + 4G: £369 (16GB ), £449 (32GB), £529 (64GB)
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
The iPad mini is a definite ‘buy’ in our book. If you can spare £269 the 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi is a great little device to own. Even if you’ve got an iPad it’s portability and lightness make a lot of difference to usage. We’re not so sure if it’s worth upgrading to 32 or 64GB and £100 extra for Cellular seems a tad outrageous (especially when combined with EE’s high 4G pricing) and we haven’t had chance to test out the 4G version yet.
Wed, 07 Nov 2012Reviewed by: andywilliams
Duration of ownership: 6 days
Strengths: Great portable size, weight, construction and fast enough for all the , including games, that I use. Looks superb. Keyboard great to type on with thumbs.
Weaknesses: Some web pages text too small on opening - quick click to enlarge solves that. Loss of retina display - got used to that!
Overall Evaluation: Is this the iPad Apple should have made 1st? I've sold my iPad 3 and Kindle and replaced both with iPad mini 32GB. Much less bulk to carry around, same great functionality as iPad 3 concentrated in a smaller size. Shame there's no retina display, but maybe smaller form doesn't need this. I love it and can't see the need for the iPad at all now.