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Apple iPad mini – you will love it

Apple iPad mini

Apple iPad mini

Introduction

The iPad Mini is a mini tablet from Apple, announced on October 23, 2012, as the fifth major product in the iPad line featuring a reduced screen size of 7.9 inches designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. The internal features of ipad2 and iPad Mini are similar.

Design

The iPad Mini sports a non-Retina 7.9-inch  average-resolution display of 1024 by 768  that falls short of the super-high-resolution Retina displays on Apple’s other products like the 9.7-inch iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The iPad Mini is easy-to-hold tablet, at 0.28 inch thin and 0.68 pound; it’s the slimmest and lightest 7-inch-range tablet, although it has a larger footprint of 7.87 inches by 5.3 inches. It’s thinner than an iPhone 5, and seems proportionally as razor-thin as the new iPod Touch.  If they would have gone for a retina display, they would have had to compromise on thickness, weight, price, and power consumption.

Performance of ipad mini – The Mini has a dual-core A5 processor that features in the iPad 2, iPhone 4S and iPod Touch which means the processing power and feature set are similar. For reference the latest iPad, an A6X processor. Where gaming is concerned, the size and weight of iPad mini is going to have the bigger impact on the iOS gaming world. Processor intensive apps such as interactive media work well on the Mini.  It offers storage up to 64 GB.As far as network performance is considered, latching onto networks is fast and range comparable to an iPad, with 802.11a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless capability and Bluetooth 4.0. Typing on the virtual keyboard is much easier as it can be easily held in one hand and type with the other. Audio playback is good through stereo speaker, the headphone jack and over Airplay. Audio quality is comparable to a Smartphone. 5MP rear camera is poor in low light and nowhere near the smartphones. The iPad Mini’s battery has excellent longevity, close to 10 hours, and for days in standby mode. To charge to its maximum through USB takes approximately four hours.

Accessories:
Smart Cover is an essential  accessory, not only as a protector and kick-stand but makes the Mini feel like a book. It is a screen protector that magnetically attaches to the face of the iPad mini. It has three folds, allowing it to convert into a stand, held together by magnets. It also wakes up the unit when the cover is removed. The other accessories include a Bluetooth keyboard, different types of earbuds and adapters for the Lightning connector.

Pros

  • 4:3 screen ratio
  • Battery Life
  • Weight

Cons

  • Lower resolution screen than rivals
  • Price is seen too high
  • No headphones included

Verdict

The iPad Mini is the best looking, best built and most premium tablet in the market. Like its rivals, the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire, the iPad Mini has decent battery life and similar feature set. The difference exists in app count of course. The Mini is thin and light as compared to its rivals with a screen an inch bigger though. Above all its size is most convenient to hold, for carrying in a bag, reading text and working on the move.

 


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