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Apple iPad Mini 2 (16GB) tablet

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Price $270.00

A smaller tablet from Apple with a 7.9-inch screen and WiFi internet only, running on the iOS 8.3 operating system. Uses the Apple app store for downloading apps. Tested with 32GB of storage.

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The Apple iPad Mini 2 (16GB) is a smaller tablet computer with a 7.9-inch screen. It has very fine screen resolution, 324 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 1.3 GHz Apple A7 processor with 2 cores. It runs on the iOS 8.3 operating system. It has 1GB memory and is available with 32GB storage.

There is a headphone jack with a volume control, a built-in microphone, and stereo speakers. Internet connectivity is via WiFi. It has a 1.2-megapixel webcam, and a 5-megapixel camera. Optional cables for camera and HDMI connection available.

The tablet measures 7.9 inches long by 5.3 inches wide by 0.3 inches thick, and weighs 0.73 pounds.


Mobile data Mobile data Can use a cellular carrier's data plan to connect to the Internet.
Internal storage (GB) Internal storage Storage for the operating system, downloaded apps and user content.
Operating system Operating system The underlying program that runs the user interface and applications.
iOS 8.3
Length (in.) Length The length of the tablet measured to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Width (in.) Width The width of the tablet measured to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Depth (in.) Depth The thickness of the tablet to the nearest 0.01 inch. For tablets with a non-flat profile, the average thickness.
Resolution Resolution The pixel dimensions of the screen, length by width. Combined with the screen size, this determines the pixel density, which is the true measure of the ability to display image detail.
2048 x 1536
Pixel density Pixel density A measure of observable detail on the screen. Pixel density of about 300 pixels per inch or higher eliminates any detail loss due to screen resolution limitations if viewed about 10 inches away.
Camera MP Camera MP Megapixel resolution of the outward-facing camera.
Webcam MP Webcam MP Megapixel resolution of the user-facing webcam.
Color Color Indicates the available colors of the case of the tablet. A slash separates multiple colors on the same unit, while a comma separates available color choices.
gray, silver


Memory-card reader Memory-card reader A slot for a standard memory card (usually a micro-SD) to expand storage or transfer files.
Webcam Webcam An inward-facing camera for video chat or selfies.
Camera Camera An outward-facing camera for shooting photos or video recordings.
GPS GPS Can receive satellite data for precise navigation.
Fingerprint-resistant screen Fingerprint-resistant screen Screen coating reduces adhesion of skin oils and makes cleaning easier.
Detachable keyboard included Detachable keyboard included Price includes a detachable keyboard that folds like a laptop.
Detachable keyboard optional Detachable keyboard optional A detachable keyboard that folds like a laptop is available at additional cost.
Swype-capable keyboard Swype-capable keyboard Offers an alternative way to type by sliding a finger to each letter in a word.
Approved app market Approved app market Can access a rich variety of apps authorized by the operating system manufacturer.
Capacitive touchscreen Capacitive touchscreen A capacitive touchscreen requires less pressure and is more precise than the resistive type, but cannot sense gloved fingers.
Detachable carrying case Detachable carrying case Includes a detachable carrying case.
Active stylus optional Active stylus optional An optional stylus ("pen") is available that can interact with the screen to draw lines of varying width.
Active stylus included Active stylus included Includes a stylus ("pen") that can interact with the screen to draw lines of varying width.


Act as WiFi hotspot Act as WiFi hotspot Can use a mobile data plan to connect other devices to the Internet. Some carriers charge extra for this.

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