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- Beautiful 7.9" Retina Display: The difference has never been clearer. iPad mini with Retina display is amazing to hold. And behold. Every photo is incredibly detailed and vibrant, and every line of text is remarkably crisp and clear. With higher resolution than an HDTV, it's stunning - on a whole new scale. 2048 x 1536 screen resolution.
- A7 Chip: Don't let its size fool you. iPad mini is powered by the new 1.3Ghz A7 chip with 64-bit architecture. A7 delivers killer performance - up to four times faster CPU and up to eight times faster graphics performance than the previous generation - without sacrificing battery life. So you get incredible power in a device you can take with you wherever you go. Up to 10 hour battery life.
- Powerful Apps: It comes ready to work and play. iPad apps are like no other. Because they're designed just for iPad, they look amazing and use every pixel of the beautiful display. iPad mini comes with great built-in apps for the everyday things you do, like checking email and surfing the web. To help you be even more creative and productive, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote are now available for free. And over 475,000 other incredible iPad apps are just a tap away in the App Store. With apps like these, iPad mini can do just about anything - which means you can too.
- FaceTime HD and iSight Cameras: Built-In 5 MP webcamand a built-in 1.2 MP front facing camera.
- iPad mini and iOS 7: Beautiful Design, Beautifully Integrated. iOS 7 was designed to take advantage of 64-bit architecture. So it's every bit as advanced as the iPad mini it runs on. And with new features like smarter multitasking, Control Centre and AirDrop, iOS 7 makes the experience of using iPad mini even more beautiful and simple. Because iOS 7 and iPad mini weren't just designed to work together, they were designed to enhance one another.
- Advanced Wireless: Do more in more places. iPad mini keeps you connected faster than ever. In more locations than ever. Using two antennas instead of one, alongside MIMO technology, iPad mini delivers twice the Wi‑Fi performance of its predecessor. And the Wi‑Fi + Cellular model supports more bands than ever, so you can make quick, easy connections the world over
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The iPad mini 2 (Retina display) blew me away in almost every category. It was by far the best purchase I'd ever made.
At first I was quite sceptical about the size of the iPad mini, I thought it would be too small to watch videos and too small for browsing the web. Well, my gosh was I wrong! The tablet is perfectly sized (in my opinion) and is perfect for travelling. The tablet is very light so it's great for reading at night and holding the tablet one-handed. The great thing about the size, is that there are only small bezels around the sides of the iPad, this makes a really immersive experience when watching videos. The iPad is also extremely thin which is also great for travelling and makes the whole iPad feel lighter. Overall, Apple did a superb job in the portability side of things and you won't be disappointed.
When I first saw how thin the iPad mini was, I thought this would be yet another tablet that has had the battery life sacrificed for looks but in actual fact, it both looks good and has great battery life! In my testing I got around 9 hours with heavy use of watching videos, web browsing and listening to music. Please note though, listening to music draines your battery extremely quickly, even more so that watching full HD videos! I'm not sure why this is as watching videos requires powering the pixels of the screen and the speakers, compared to music only requiring speaker use. However it still lasted around 8.5 hours of listening to music so you've got absolutely nothing to worry about.
I, and I'm sure many others, didn't really think anything of the 'retina display' I just thought it would be a good quality 1080p (Full HD) screen. But in actual fact, the screen resolution is amazing, coming in at 2048x 1536. This means that you can't see any pixels on the display which makes the iPad experience that slight bit more special. Well done Apple! The colours are also extremely accurate too so this tablet is superb for video/photo editing if that's what you like doing. The contrast ratio is also superb so the blacks are blacker and the whites are whiter. Overall, the screen is incredible, I couldn't of asked for anything better!
This tablet is of course made by Apple so the unboxing experience was superb. You first have to slide the lid off of the box, and then you are met by the main attraction itself. You then pick the iPad up and beneath it you see a quick start guide alongside some stickers. Finally, there is a wall plug that's bigger than the iPhone wall plugs which means that your iPad can charge faster. (More amps).
The rear facing camera is 8 megapixels so if used correctly with sufficient light, can take some decent photos. But let's be honest, who takes photos with an iPad if you have a smartphone/digital camera. The front facing camera is a 1.2 mega pixel camera so don't expect incredible selfies but if you do the odd Skype call or conference call then the 720p video does the job. There is a picture of a keyboard that I took with it to give you an idea of the quality.
1. You should probably buy a case but DO NOT buy a case from Apple as they are very overpriced. I recommend looking at 'spigen' and 'Belkin' cases on Amazon.
2. If you are planning on watching lots of videos on your iPad, I definately recommend picking up the black version as you get big letterboxes on your screen. (Black separation bars)
3. Buy an extra lightning cable (NOT FROM APPLE). Look on amazon but look for the ones that say 'MiFi Certified' as the ones without these don't work after a week of use.
This iPad I superb for literally everyone! It's great for the family, great for work and great for playing games. Here is a sum up of good and bad points:
- Great battery
- Great Screen
- Super Portable
- Very fast
- Very reliable
- Well priced
- Thin and light
- Looks good
- Has great Apple support if you need it.
Room for Improvement:
- Letterboxing when watching videos.
If you found this review helpful then please click the "yes this review was helpful" button. Many thanks, Ross.
With an iPad, you can do pretty much anything you can do on a laptop/Desktop computer. With the added benefit of it being much more portable.
✓ Shop online
✓ Create and edit documents
✓ Do online Banking – pretty much all of the main banks have their own apps for iPad's making it even easier to do your day to day banking from your tablet
✓ Read and reply to emails from the comfort of your sofa
✓ View and organise photos – useful for when friends and relatives come around and you want to show off those holiday photos!
✓ Video call using Skype or Apples own Facetime (similar to Skype for use with another Apple Device)
✓ Read or research online
✓ Read books – you can purchase books from Apple's iBooks, the Kindle store and any other book stores which have an app in the Apple Store
✓ Watch films – you can watch Netflix, LoveFilm or any other subscription services which have an app in the Apple Store
✓ Watch TV – there are several apps available for iPad's which will allow you to catchup on TV. There's TVCatchup, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Demand 5, you can even order TV shows on demand from iTunes
✓ Play games – there are over 1 million apps in the Apple App Store and many of these are games
✓ Listen to the radio / music – either by streaming music from the internet or playing music stored locally on your iPad
*** What are the cons? ***
- Not all printers are 100% compatible with iPads – ideally you will need a printer that supports AirPrint. However this is becoming more of a standard feature with newer printers.
- You probably won't have as much storage as you would on your PC – however lots more information is now stored online rather than locally on your device, meaning you don't actually need all that much local space
- You can't play CD's/DVD's – so before you scrap your old PC, you may want to convert all those old CD's to mp3's!
- Can't read information from USB sticks – Although you can get around this problem by storing files on cloud storage.
*** How do I know which iPad to get? ***
Picking an iPad can be ridiculously difficult when you consider there are over 50 different variations of the iPad. You've got several different models, memory configurations, colours and different screen sizes.
For the purpose of this review, I'm not going to include the older iPads (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Generation). Although you can still pick them up, they are relatively old models as a result you will often find they have a lower performance and especially with the 1st and 2nd generation iPads, a noticeably lower quality screen.
For that reason, I would personally recommend one of the models mentioned below.
Step 1 – Pick a Size
First step is to pick a size. Either the 7.9” Mini or the 9.7” Air.
Which would you benefit from most? Large screen or portability? Do you want it mainly for using at home to read, watch videos and play games on the sofa, or are you planning on using it on the move, maybe while travelling to work, etc.
You can pay about £80 more for the larger screen. So think carefully!
Step 2 – I've chosen the Mini
There are 3 iPad Mini Models to choose from (The iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3).
- iPad Mini 3 -
This is the latest iPad Mini. This device is essentially the same as the iPad Mini 2, but with a feature called TouchID. For those fairly new to iPads, you're probably asking yourself what TouchID is, I know I did at first.
Touch ID is Apple's biometric fingerprint authentication technology. With it, the Home button can now unlock your device and authorize your purchases on the iTunes Store, making it impossible for purchases to be made if your device is stolen or if you kids get hold of your tablet!
- iPad Mini 2 -
This is last years iPad Mini, formerly known as the Retina iPad Mini is essentially the same device as the iPad Mini 3 but without the TouchID feature. Don't care about TouchID? Why not save yourself a few quid and go the iPad Mini 2.
A major point of differentiation between the original iPad mini and the iPad mini 2 is the display. Both are glossy, use IPS technology, and are LED-backlit, but the original model has a non-retina 7.9-inch 1024x768 display at 163 ppi and the 2 model uses a much higher resolution 7.9-inch 2048x1536 display at 326 ppi.
- iPad Mini -
If you just want an iPad and the slightly improved screen or TouchID don't matter to you, you can pick up the original iPad mini at a more affordable price. Maybe if this is your first iPad purchase, an original iPad mini might suit your needs more than one with several features you probably won't use.
Step 2 – I've chosen the Air
If you've selected the air, its even more straight forward to pick as there are just 2 models (iPad Air & iPad Air 2)
- iPad Air 2 -
The iPad Air 2's performance has been improved - the Air 2 has 12x the processing performance of the original iPad and 180x the graphics performance.
Now has an 8Mp rear facing camera, where as the original Air only has a 5Mp camera.
The Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick, an 18% reduction on the already skinny Air, making it the thinnest tablet in the world.
The Air 2 comes with touchID (the finger printer scanner mentioned earlier in the review).
- iPad Air -
If you're not bothered about the TouchID feature, having an ever so slightly thinner tablet and can cope with a 5Mp camera, then the original iPad Air could be worth considering if you want to try and save a little money.
Step 3 – Need 3G/4G?
This really depends again on how you plan on using your iPad. If think you're going to want internet access on the move and you're not likely to have access to WiFi, this is worth considering, however you will pay extra for this feature.
3G/4G is essentially wireless broadband for your tablet. You will pay a set amount monthly and this will enable you to use the internet on your tablet even when you are not connected to a WiFi network.
Remember that you can often turn your Mobile Phone into a wireless hotspot and piggy back off that anyway. So for some, this feature might not actually be necessary.
Step 4 – Picking how much memory you need
Memory on an iPad is essentially storage space. This will be used to store all your pictures, videos, music, etc. Keep in mind that once you have decided how much memory you need, it can't be updated like a PC, so if its not a lot more money for that extra space, its definitely worth considering!
Also keep in mind that in the future, music and video files will probably become larger and larger as the quality improves. So if you want your tablet to be a little more future proof, you'll probably find more memory is better!
Step 5 – Pick your colour (the easy bit)
This is a personal choice really, so little advice I can give.
With the older models you will only be able to pick between Black/Grey and White/Silver.
With the newer models, you can still have the classic colours, but you also have the choice of White/Gold if you wish.
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