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Apple iPad Mini Review

 

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Background

Apple have been releasing a whole array of different generation iPad’s since the release of the original iPad back in 2010. Since then, Apple have just been releasing the same iPad each time but with an improved screen and processor.

However, with the release of the iPad Mini, Apple changed the screen size from 9.7 inch to 7.9 inch; this reduction of 1.8 inch makes all the difference in terms of portability. Some people say that the iPad Mini was produced as a result of fierce competition from Google’s nexus 7. Others insist that Apple had always had a plan of producing a smaller version of the iPad. Whatever the reason, one thing that is for sure, the iPad Mini is excellent. 

In Depth

Nowadays, the modern consumer is always on the move, whether it be from home to work, or on a longer journey. A lot of these consumers persist on having some sort of tablet which can easily be carried around, yet still be able to fill all their needs in a complete package. Such needs include, surfing the web, reading books, watching movies etc. Although the original iPad could cover all these, it felt somewhat too big. The iPad mini plans on changing this perception with its small 7.9 inch screen; 7.2mm thin body and incredibly light weight of 308g. These features make the iPad mini perfect. It can be held comfortably for a long period of time due to its small scale factor and weight. The ipad mini is constructed with a full aluminium body making it very strong but still light, all adding up to an exceptional build quality.

Quite a few people have complained about the screen’s quality in comparison to the retina iPad models, mainly due to its lower screen resolution. However, I found the iPad Mini’s screen pretty good; its sharp, bright and colourful. It has a LED screen with  a resolution of 1024×768 and a Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.  Of course, the screen is not as sharp or as bright as the larger retina iPad models, but it still has a GOOD screen. Although, there are those who think that for the £270 asking price, Apple should have included a retina screen as this would have really improved the critical reception revived by the ipad mini.

Now regarding the power that drives the iPad Mini, Apple has packed an A5 chip. This is not Apple’s most powerful or latest chip, so then why the A5? When choosing the right processer, Apple had to compromise between cost of production and size of the processer. Had Apple used their latest A6X processer, this would have increased the price of the iPad Mini. The A5 is the same processer used in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S; it produces 1ghz of power as opposed to the 1.4ghz produced by the A6X. In my experience, I found the feel of iPad very fluent. The processer provided enough power for most tasks. As many people will not be using the iPad mini for extremely CPU intensive tasks, the A5 is adequate. The iPad Mini has a 512 MB DDR2 RAM built, this again, is plenty for most tasks. The iPad mini packs 10 hours of battery life. This means that you can read books, watch movies and browse the internet without having to worry about the battery running out.

 

The ipad mini is on the market for £270.

Pros

  • Excellent portability
  • Great build quality
  • Fast
  • light and thin
  • Great battery life
  • Great design

 

Cons

  • Could have come with a retina screen
  • Expensive when considering competition
  • Does not come with headphones
  • limited power of GPU

 

 

Verdict

 

The iPad Mini  fits the 7 inch market perfectly, it is great for travelling and general use.

I think that the iPad Mini is the best iPad Apple has produced, due to the lower price and size. But there are those who can’t justify spending £270 on the iPad Mini, which is understandable, but  in my opinion it is worth it.

 

 

Other alternatives may include:

Google Nexus 7

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Kindle fire HD

Please feel free to discuss and comment in the comment section below.

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