What's this? Based on Ease of use, Display, Versatility, Performance, Touch response, and Portability (which includes battery life, size and weight.) Due to test upgrades, results may vary from past Ratings.
$149.99 - $399.97
Summary:A smaller tablet from Apple with a 7.9-inch screen and Wi-Fi Internet only, running on the iOS 7 operating system. Uses the Apple app store for downloading apps. Tested with 16GB of storage.
The Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7.9-inch screen. It has relatively coarse screen resolution, 162 pixels per inch. The squarish screen is a better shape for photos than for videos, and it utilizes toughened glass for durability.
The tablet has a 1 GHz A5: ARM Cortex A9 processor with 2 cores. It runs on the iOS 7 operating system. It has 0.5GB memory and is available with 16GB storage.
There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via Wi-Fi. It has a 1.2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera. Optional camera and HDMI cables available.
The tablet measures 7.9 inches long by 5.3 inches wide by 0.28 inches thick, and weighs 0.68 pounds.
About This Brand
Now in its fifth generation, the iPad Air uses Apple iOS, noteable for its intuitive interface and excellent app store. A 7.9-inch version, the iPad Mini, closely mimics the larger model. Apple has retained earlier, less expensive versions—the iPad and iPad Mini with Retina display. Models are also available with 4G service.
We bought the 64 GB version with cellular at around $600. We thought we could use it as a computer replacement while traveling. The iPad mini is not really sophisticated enough for this purpose.<br /><br />While it mostly runs iPad and iPhone apps, most software is not optimized for the iPad mini. It might run well on the full size iPad or the iPhone, but is usually less stable on the iPad mini.<br /><br />This is especially true for productivity software. Basically, the iPad mini is a viewer and not for productivity. So if you want to view emails and look at Facebook, it is okay. Reading books is okay, too, but you have to zoom in for anything you really want to look at. App for the iPhone are sized okay while iPad apps and books are really small on the iPad mini.<br /><br />Still, the size is much nicer to hold than the full size iPad.<br /><br />Battery power is short lived so keep a power source close.<br /><br />I don't know that I regret purchasing the iPad mini, but I must say it is far less functional than I had thought. If you basically want an iPhone or iPod with a bigger screen, it might be right for you. Just don't expect to edit documents or write sophisticated emails with it.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Arron the Business Traveler
from North Saint Paul, MN
(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Lack Of Retina Screen
I have the iPad mini 16GB with cellular modem on Verizon. This replaced my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, which had Android 4.0 ICS. Even though Android has come a long way, it's still no comparison to the ease of use of iOS.<br /><br />My only regret is not getting the 32GB model. With 16GB, it can get a bit cramped trying to fit all of the media on the device that I like to have while traveling.