8.4/10
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The Apple iPad Mini (2019) currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 26 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

If you’re looking for a smaller tablet, reviewers loved the iPad Mini (2019). It’s ultra-portable, powerful, and affordable. You can’t ask for much more.

What's good

  • Price
  • 1st Generation Apple Pen support
  • Excellent performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

What's bad

  • No storage expansion options
  • Older-looking design
  • No Face ID
  • So-so cameras

It’s been nearly 4 years since the last iPad Mini model update. With their latest release, Apple looks to bring their ultra-portable small tablet into a more modern era -- even if you can’t tell by looking at it. But with tablet and phone sizes increasing by the year, is a tiny tablet still worth buying? Reviewers are weighing in on Apple’s latest release. Let’s see what they’re saying...

Design

If you’ve seen the Apple iPad Mini 4 from 2015, you’ve seen the iPad Mini (2019). In fact, a few reviewers mentioned getting confused between the two when comparing them.

This means you’ll find the chunkier bezels and chins of Apple’s older devices and a Touch ID sensor on the front instead of Face ID authentication.

While some reviewers wanted a more modern design, most were happy with the older format by the end of their reviews.

Phone Arena appreciated the older design because of the tablet’s smaller size, noting, “... we find that holding it, as is, can be tough to avoid accidentally touching the display, so the bezels are perfectly OK with us.

At just 8 inches by 5.3 inches by 0.24 inches, this tablet bucks current trends of huge displays to offer a near pocket-friendly option for enjoying your favorite apps and media on the go or at home.

Display

Around front, you’ll find a 7.9-inch, 2048-by-1536 pixel display with a pixel density of 326 PPI. While the screen looks similar to earlier models, that’s not a bad thing. Apple still cranks out some of the best displays on the market.

The new model also supports a wider DCI-P3 color range and True Tone technology for color-sensitive tasks such as photo editing. And screen lamination and an anti-glare treatment make reading easier in bright environments.

Overall, reviews indicate the tablet offers a flexible, beautiful viewing experience whether you’re at the park or cozy in bed.

Engadget says, “... The display looks as punchy and accurate as possible no matter the lighting conditions. While I'd appreciate if this screen were a little brighter -- the iPhone XS series has the clear edge here -- this is still the best the mini's display has ever looked.

Performance

This is the area where updates are most obvious. The tablet features an A12 Bionic processor with an M12 coprocessor and Neural Engine -- the same setup used in the iPhone XS and XR. Paired with 3GB of RAM, reviewers had no issues with sluggishness or crashing.

Whether you’re looking to edit video or watch Netflix, the iPad Mini (2019) has it covered.

Phone Arena found performance stellar, saying, “The A12 Bionic chip powering the iPad Mini is the best mobile processor in the game right now and it makes short work of any task on the mini.

Software

The tablet runs iOS 12.2 and is sure to receive updates for years to come. Reviewers found gesture commands slightly awkward but otherwise loved the multitasking features and general layout of the interface.

Storage

The baseline iPad model includes 64GB. But there are no expandable storage options. So if you think you might need more room, upgrading to the 256GB will provide extra flexibility.

Cameras

Like most tablets, the iPad Mini (2019) focuses more on quick snapshots and video chats with their cameras. You’ll find an 8MP rear camera and a 7MP front-facing lens.

In good lighting, they can capture clear pictures -- though shots lack detail compared to many smartphones. Low-light shots are predictably noisy and dim though. So plan to stick to your phone or point-and-shoot for most photography.

Engadget sums up opinions regarding the cameras well, saying, “... they just might be the least thrilling things about this new mini.

Battery Life

Apple is always tight-lipped about battery specifics. However, they state the iPad Mini (2019) can reach 10 hours of use on a charge. Reviews show Apple’s estimate is accurate. However, a full recharge requires a whopping 4 hours.

Also, the tablet doesn’t use USB-C. Instead, Apple kept their older Lightning connection. So charging nightly is the best way to avoid needing to carry an extra cord or charger to keep your iPad topped off.

ZD Net praised the tablet’s endurance, saying, “The battery easily lasts me a full day, which includes my 1.5-hour train commute and full work day in the office.

Audio

Overall, audio performance impressed reviewers. The down-facing stereo speakers offered well-rounded sound with more bass response than most phones and plenty of volume.

There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening or better immersion and Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting your wireless headphones or headset.

Accessories

The latest release brings 1st Generation Apple Pencil support to the iPad Mini. While the smaller screen makes the tablet less than ideal for larger art or graphics work, reviewers found the tablet perfect for taking notes.

The laminated display also provided a more “paper-like” writing experience for those who found earlier Apple Pencil devices odd to use.

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The Takeaway

Reviews for the iPad Mini (2019) are very positive. The only complaints centered on the older design. Still, Apple’s build quality is some of the best available. So while the device might not look as modern as the latest iPad Pros, it still offers a premium experience.

Mac World says, “The iPad Mini is the best small tablet you can get. I like that it’s unabashedly a tablet at a time when Apple is encouraging all kinds of conversations about whether iPad Pros can replace traditional laptops.

Stuff calls the iPad Mini (2019) “the best small tablet money can buy, with an excellent mix of portability, power, and apps.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
7.9"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Apple Insider

Coming in as Apple's cheapest tablet —other than last year's iPad —it is clear there will be compromises made in terms of features compared to Apple's other tablets. For example, iPad mini 5 supports Apple Pencil, but like the new iPad Air, it only supports the first generation model and must be cha...

- Andrew O'Hara, Apple Insider
Macworld

The exterior design of the iPad hasn't changed much since 2015, which means it doesn't have some of Apple's better recent tablet features. Still, the A12 Bionic chip packs a heavy punch and support for the first-gen Apple Pencil makes it a more versatile tablet than before.

- Leif Johnson, Macworld
ZDNet

It's lightning fast with an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, advertised as providing three times the performance and nine times faster graphics versus the A8 chip in the iPad Mini 4. While I haven't explored it much, augmented reality is also supported on iPad Mini 2019. Battery life is advertise...

- Matthew Miller, ZDNet
PhoneArena

It’s a much more capable device in terms of processing power. Apple’s done quite a nice job of making older devices run like new, especially recently, and, to begin with, none of these devices are slow, anyway. The main advantage gained here is protection against obsolescence – whether it be to run...

- Corey Gaskin, PhoneArena
Stuff

If you want something for games, telly, and a bit of reading, it’s a solid bet, too. If you need something more, you might be surprised at how capable this tiny device is, although the Air or Pro line remain smarter investments for being productive. That said, if you’re flush with cash and want an a...

- Craig Grannell, Stuff


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Screen Size
7.9"

The Apple iPad Mini (2019)'s screen size is 7.9 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm) Hexa-core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
19.1WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 19.1 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad Mini (2019) Specs

Overview
Release date March 18, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System iOS 12

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Processor Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm) Hexa-core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 19.1 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 9 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.32 x 13.48 x 0.61 cm (8 x 5.3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 300.5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 7.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Wide color display (P3), True Tone display, Antireflective coating
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Multi-shot, Self-timer, Aperture F2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5th Generation

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Critic Reviews


Apple Insider

Fresh internals and an updated display

from Apple Insider

Coming in as Apple's cheapest tablet —other than last year's iPad —it is clear there will be compromises made in terms of features compared to Apple's other tablets. For example, iPad mini 5 supports Apple Pencil, but like the new iPad Air, it only supports the first generation model and mus...More

Coming in as Apple's cheapest tablet —other than last year's iPad —it is clear there will be compromises made in terms of features compared to Apple's other tablets. For example, iPad mini 5 supports Apple Pencil, but like the new iPad Air, it only supports the first generation model and must be charged using the Lightning port. Other compromises include the fact the bezels are still large, there is no Face ID, and there are no huge improvements to the camera. Most people are going to be perfectly fine passing on all these features. Apple focused on the mini where it mattered —performance —and that's exactly what we got.

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Macworld

Petite, portable power

from Macworld

The exterior design of the iPad hasn't changed much since 2015, which means it doesn't have some of Apple's better recent tablet features. Still, the A12 Bionic chip packs a heavy punch and support for the first-gen Apple Pencil makes it a more versatile tablet than before.

Read full review

The exterior design of the iPad hasn't changed much since 2015, which means it doesn't have some of Apple's better recent tablet features. Still, the A12 Bionic chip packs a heavy punch and support for the first-gen Apple Pencil makes it a more versatile tablet than before.

Read full review

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ZDNet

A beloved classic with internal improvements and Apple Pencil support

from ZDNet

It's lightning fast with an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, advertised as providing three times the performance and nine times faster graphics versus the A8 chip in the iPad Mini 4. While I haven't explored it much, augmented reality is also supported on iPad Mini 2019. Battery life is advert...More

It's lightning fast with an A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, advertised as providing three times the performance and nine times faster graphics versus the A8 chip in the iPad Mini 4. While I haven't explored it much, augmented reality is also supported on iPad Mini 2019. Battery life is advertised at the same 10 hours seen on the iPad Mini 4.

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PhoneArena

Light and small with class-leading internals

from PhoneArena

It’s a much more capable device in terms of processing power. Apple’s done quite a nice job of making older devices run like new, especially recently, and, to begin with, none of these devices are slow, anyway. The main advantage gained here is protection against obsolescence – whether it b...More

It’s a much more capable device in terms of processing power. Apple’s done quite a nice job of making older devices run like new, especially recently, and, to begin with, none of these devices are slow, anyway. The main advantage gained here is protection against obsolescence – whether it be to run the latest games in the coming years, or to handle larger video editing projects, or whatever your fancy may be.

Read full review

Less

Stuff

The best small tablet money can buy, with an excellent mix of portability, power and apps

from Stuff

If you want something for games, telly, and a bit of reading, it’s a solid bet, too. If you need something more, you might be surprised at how capable this tiny device is, although the Air or Pro line remain smarter investments for being productive. That said, if you’re flush with cash and wa...More

If you want something for games, telly, and a bit of reading, it’s a solid bet, too. If you need something more, you might be surprised at how capable this tiny device is, although the Air or Pro line remain smarter investments for being productive. That said, if you’re flush with cash and want an additional iPad that’s very pocketable, powerful, and good for on the move, this update instantly shifts the mini from ‘miss’ to ‘hit’ – even if it looks like it beamed in from 2015.

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VR-Zone

Same, same, but different

from VR-Zone

With an intensive day of usage, the iPad Mini ticks all the boxes: power, functionality, and portability all check out well. With mere first impressions in hand, it is obvious that the iPad Mini (2019) is ideal for students, and for on-the-go productivity applications.

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With an intensive day of usage, the iPad Mini ticks all the boxes: power, functionality, and portability all check out well. With mere first impressions in hand, it is obvious that the iPad Mini (2019) is ideal for students, and for on-the-go productivity applications.

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Engadget

Still the best small tablet

from Engadget

This time, Apple gave its small tablet the same performance as its flagship iPhone XS, an improved screen, and support for its Apple Pencil. That makes for a definitively modern iPad experience, but the mini’s dated design makes the tablet feel a little older than it should. And beyond that, Ap...More

This time, Apple gave its small tablet the same performance as its flagship iPhone XS, an improved screen, and support for its Apple Pencil. That makes for a definitively modern iPad experience, but the mini’s dated design makes the tablet feel a little older than it should. And beyond that, Apple hasn’t broken any new ground here; everything good about the new mini has appeared in the company’s other products before.

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Daily Express

Apple's latest tablet is mini but mighty

from Daily Express

This smaller tablet now comes packed with more power and extra features which offer a huge improvement over its predecessor. There's very little not to like about the refreshed mini and it's perfect for those who want a tablet experience in a smaller form factor.

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This smaller tablet now comes packed with more power and extra features which offer a huge improvement over its predecessor. There's very little not to like about the refreshed mini and it's perfect for those who want a tablet experience in a smaller form factor.

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Digital Trends

The best small tablet you can buy today

from Digital Trends

The iPad Mini is the best tablet for people looking for something small, but powerful. At $400 it’s still expensive, but the market for small tablets is devoid of comparable choices.

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The iPad Mini is the best tablet for people looking for something small, but powerful. At $400 it’s still expensive, but the market for small tablets is devoid of comparable choices.

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iNews

A significant upgrade for an old fan favourite

from iNews

The fifth generation iPad mini is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor, but, if you’ve been hoping for brand spanking new features, this isn’t the device to deliver them. There isn’t a single feature or aspect which isn’t already available in another iPad, though how important this i...More

The fifth generation iPad mini is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor, but, if you’ve been hoping for brand spanking new features, this isn’t the device to deliver them. There isn’t a single feature or aspect which isn’t already available in another iPad, though how important this is to you will hang largely on what you want from your tablet. If you’ve been longing to use Apple Pencil but balked at the price/size of the iPads able to support it, or have been slavishly devoted to the mini cause, it’s the perfect device.

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