- David Pierce , The Verge
The mini is now so beautiful and so immersive that you’ll never want to look away from the screen...
- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine
The iPad mini with Retina Display boasts the sharpest screen in its class, a powerful A7 chip and epic battery life -- plus the best app selection -- all in a compact and elegant design.
- Beautiful retina display
- Fast performance
- Useful pre-installed apps
- Solid design
- Mediocre camera
This latest release from Apple addresses one of the biggest concerns of the original iPad Mini. By adding a Retina display to the device, you can now enjoy the true iPad experience in a portable, smaller format. Tech Radar notes that the display upgrade is “perhaps the most obvious difference to the tablet” and goes on to say that “its easily a match for the display on the new Google Nexus 7, but we prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio of the iPad mini’s screen, which makes it a more comfortable to browse web pages on.”
However, the display is just the start of what the tablet has to offer. Stuart Miles of Pocket Lint noted that compared to the iPad mini, it is “noticeably faster than its predecessor. It's more powerful than the old iPad 4, getting innards closer to the iPhone 5S.”
Whether you are looking for a new tablet or simply upgrading an existing device, reviews agree that the new Mini 2 will be at the top of the charts for some time.
Patrick Goss of Tech Radar says that it is “faster, prettier and more featured, the new iPad mini is everything we hoped it would be” and Jonathan Bray of PC Pro notes that “for people upgrading from the original, it should be an immediate and visible boost to the way in which the mini handles.”
The latest model is more than an incremental update to the original. Most hardware has been upgraded or completely replaced. Powered by the same A7 chipset in the iPad Air, reviews show that the Mini 2 performs fluidly and offers plenty of power for the most graphic intensive apps and games. PC Pro notes that they were able to “whizz around iOS 7 and launch apps without experiencing any undue delay or stuttering.”
There are a couple of things to keep in mind about the device.
The first is the camera. While it has received an upgrade from the original, boasting a 5-megapixel sensor, many reviews note that it still takes pictures that are just average. Patrick Goss of Tech Radar said that it “isn't going to (nor should it) replace your primary camera, but for every-day quick snaps it's a step up from the original iPad mini and perfectly acceptable.”
The other consideration is the price. This latest edition has some stiff competition from other manufacturers at much lower price points. However, before you balk at the price, consider that the device comes with iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynotes pre-installed. For anyone already using a Mac this provides plenty of options to make the most of your new device and integrated seamlessly with your desktop’s programs as well.
Pocket Lint sums up the new Mini well when it states “We always liked the iPad mini because of the size and convenience: it was the iPad experience that you really could slip into your pocket. But now it's all of that and more and although it will cost you to get the cheapest model, a fair hitch-up over the original.”
Reviews (8.9/10 Avg. rating)
The simplest, most affordable iPad
Able to deliver performance and battery life that’s still hard to beat
The iPad mini wins when you combine speed, screen resolution, battery life and weight.
The battery life of 10hrs 15mins from a tiny 23-watt-hour battery is quite remarkable, particularly given the performance the A7 is capable of.
Throw in the low 330-gram weight for the Wi-Fi only version and this is a potent mix. Packing 2048×1536-pixels into a 7.9-inch I-PS panel means colours aren’t just great, you can forget spotting any pixels – few can match the pixel density here. Plus, you also still get HDMI output via the optional Lightning Digital AV Adapt... Full review
A great upgrade over the original iPad Mini
It's a premium 8in tablet but at a very premium cost
Drops all of the compromises of its predecessor and is the best small tablet
There's no doubt in our mind that the iPad Mini with Retina Display is the best small tablet. It perfectly balances screen resolution and size with portability, with Apple producing a tablet that fits comfortably in one hand. Build quality is excellent, too, putting this tablet above the cheaper, but still great, Google Nexus 7.
Most importantly, with this model Apple has removed any compromise between this and the iPad Air. Personally, we slightly prefer the larger screen of the Air, especially as that tablet doesn't feel a lot bigger than the Mini. Still, if you want to save a... Full review
Apple has created a miniature masterpiece
Apple upgrades its iPad Mini with a top-notch Retina display and a super-charged new processor
Perfect balance of size and specs
A superb tablet in almost every way
Easy to carry around, looks great, and offers much faster performance than its predecessor
It's so awesome to own one I love it
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