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Apple iPad mini Review

Apple iPad mini 8.5
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Continuing to be a standard practice, there’s nothing new with the tablet’s camera interface, as it relies on the same exact UI from before. Certainly, we appreciate its uncluttered layout and lightning quick snapshot speed, but hardcore camera buffs will be appalled by its lack of manual seeing and shooting modes. Basically, the camera interface is predominantly taken up by its viewfinder – with only the option to add a grid under its settings.

The camera interface - Apple iPad mini Review
The camera interface - Apple iPad mini Review
The camera interface - Apple iPad mini Review

The camera interface


In general, we have to admit that the iPad mini’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is able to produce some pleasant shots with its quality – especially for a tablet. However, it’s still obvious that it’s nowhere close to the quality put out by some of the smartphone elites out there. As long as there’s sufficient lighting, it produces shots that have a good balance between details, colors, and exposure. With shots taken in lower lighting situations, many of its deficiencies become more noticeable – like its softer details and heavier presence of noise.


Thankfully, there’s also a lot to like about its 1080p video recording quality too, as it proves more than usable for variety of settings. Yet again, we’re seeing a very balanced performance with this one! As long as there’s sufficient amount of lighting, its quality is filled with average details, smooth 29 frames per second recording, gradual exposure, and clear audio recording.

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Donning the same music interface we’ve been familiar for some time with the iPad, there’s nothing terribly different with this one on the iPad mini. Compared to other newer things, it’s conventional looking by today’s standards, but we’re at least thankful for being practical in getting the job done listening to music. Interestingly enough, we find its audio quality to be above-average compared to other things we’ve seen of late. Aside from the powerful output heard with its stereo speakers, its tone is evidently powerful with minimal distortion.

The music player has the same old interface - Apple iPad mini Review
The music player has the same old interface - Apple iPad mini Review
The music player has the same old interface - Apple iPad mini Review

The music player has the same old interface


Putting our attention on its Photo App to view stored content, it doesn’t break the mold in the very bit, since we’re given a few editing functions and the usual sharing opportunities via Facebook, Twitter, email, text messaging.

The Photo App - Apple iPad mini Review
The Photo App - Apple iPad mini Review
The Photo App - Apple iPad mini Review
The Photo App - Apple iPad mini Review

The Photo App



Despite having limited codec support out of the box, the iPad mini proves its usefulness in running high-definition videos. Looking down on it, the display is pleasant enough to view, despite its lower resolution, since it delivers a smooth playback to keep our interest affixed on it.

The Video player delivers a smooth playback - Apple iPad mini Review
The Video player delivers a smooth playback - Apple iPad mini Review

The Video player delivers a smooth playback



Software:

Making it well known, the experience doesn’t deviate from what we’ve seen already with the 9.7-inch iPads. Love it or hate it, the Apple Maps experience is once again witnessed on the iPad mini, giving us cool things like voice guided turn-by-turn directions and 3D maps with specific locations. However, it undoubtedly requires some additional refinements to make it a venerable substitution to other things we’ve experienced – like having transit directions. When it comes to reading, the iPad mini offers a palm rejection feature with most of its native apps, which eliminates the hassle of seeing unexplained things.

Apple Maps - Apple iPad mini Review
Apple Maps - Apple iPad mini Review
Apple Maps - Apple iPad mini Review
Apple Maps - Apple iPad mini Review

Apple Maps


Moving past all of its native features, there’s no arguing that the platform is packing plenty of tablet-optimized apps, which aids it to keep it in good light with the company. In fact, iOS is filled from head-to-toe with a healthy lineup of third part apps, which of course, helps to increase its visibility amongst hungry tablet users.

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posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:02 17

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Good, Good... Next, iPad mini vs. Nexus 7!

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:47 7

6. brar.arsh (Posts: 201; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Why not Nexus 10, ipad will burst into pieces.. LOL

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 06:04 12

11. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Nexus 10 should face the iPad 4, TBH, neither of the iPad mini or the iPad 4 can compete against the Nexus 10 ! its just so... best... tablet... Ever ! :)

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:36 2

16. brar.arsh (Posts: 201; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Adding +1 andhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Preliminary-benchmarks-show-the-Nexus-10-Mali-T604-graphics-breaking-the-offscreen-test-records_id36280#4-

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:13 7

24. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Nexus 10 is not even in the same ball park as the iPad 4. iPad 4 from a benchmark perspective sends the Nexus 10 home crying, limping and begging for mercy.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Preliminary-benchmarks-show-the-Nexus-10-graphics-trailing-behind-the-iPad-4_id36280

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 18:01

39. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


You might have learned something about the results of those benchmarks if you had scrolled down and read the comments. It's very likely the N10 that was tested was either not the final product or wasn't optimized correctly, or both. Results on paper differ from results of real-world application if you didn't know. This is further proved by the SGS2's performance in one of the benchmarks which put it above several flagships.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:48 4

8. MeoCao (unregistered)


Nexus 7 wins big time, but I believe Google must add the camera, and a good one.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 06:21 4

12. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


this thing got 8.5 on the review...for what? Looking pretty...I mean its a superficial product but the rating shouldn't have been above 7

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 13:49 2

30. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Sad "tech journalist" we have this days......so this thing wins over nexus 7 because...its pretty ??..display resolution is sub-par, no GPS, no NFC, not even a quad-core processor, and only 512 MB RAM...and yet above the other more capable tablets ??? I wonder how many $$$ apple spend in all these sites....

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:21 15

2. Birds (Posts: 1165; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I'm not really surprised it got a score that high. Overall, it is still an impressive tablet, considering it's a refresh of the iPad 2. I mean I still think it's over priced and I still think that the Nexus 7 is a better deal, for a variety of reasons, but the iPad Mini will sell (Mainly because it is made by apple) and Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles ECT will have some stiff competition.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:24 12

3. ElektronicGeek91 (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


OVER RATED!!..... OVER RATED!!.... OVER RATED!!....#college game

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:24 5

4. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Fandroid will come and say : it's overrated ! It deserves a 7

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 06:04 11

10. nobelset (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


No one did. You fail

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 23:27

34. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


You win

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:35 3

5. mydi.maus (unregistered)


ipad mini w/low resolution but still beats nexus 7 and kindle fire hd,and if apple continues to make mini 2 or what ever,still will crush those 7 inch tablets next year.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:25 2

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So what makes this better than the Nexus 7 other than a rear camera? You can take your iPad Mini but I'll get much more out of a $199 16GB Nexus.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:48 2

7. GayAtheist (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)


Where is that colourful wallpaper from?

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 05:50 3

9. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


How come its equal to a surface ? Naah overall it should get 7.8

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 17:36

38. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Anything above a 6/6.5 is being too generous. The same thing over and over again and for a reason (or lack thereof) PA reviewers keep giving apple's trash high ratings and bad ratings to other devices that are more than worthy of 9 ratings if not higher.

Also, I know I posted a comment before but the applearena staff must have deleted it. Hardly any of the sheepple's comments are being moderated and they're letting some of their alts. cause more and more trouble. Come on applearena staff, don't make it blatantly obvious that you favor them.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 06:35 6

13. iameer (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)


Next product cycle of ipad mini will be the 'Resolutionary ipad mini 2'.... with retina display, new i sight cam with panorama..... and every person will be queuing up for this nonsensical upgrade as apple makes u believe..... Grow up people.....

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:29 2

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


An 8.5/10. Ha. Not surprised. It distant reserve anything over a 8. iOS 6 isn't different from iOS 5, recycled specs, and a $330 price point is what stops many people from buying it.

Way to go Apple, you released a product just to see if people will buy it.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:45 2

17. josephnero (Posts: 559; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Am i the only one who skips the interface part of apple products review?
Cause is been same like since first iphone

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:56 12

18. twens (Posts: 982; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


8.5? Phone arena, you forgot to mention that,the iPad mini like all apple products despite being responsive can not do the following basic mobile needs.
1: no file manager or file transfer between a PC without the use of iTunes
2: safari can't download or even upload files in 2012?????
3: no Bluetooth file transfer with other Bluetooth devices????
4: no NFC????
5: no true multitasking????
6: no form of customization????
7: individual mp3 songs cant be uploaded or send through whatsapp
8: the entire OS realise heavily on third party apps to make the phone functional.
All this flaws and yet you guys never mention them when reviewing an apple device???
I have people who have actually returned their apple products simple because it doesn't support Bluetooth file transfer. Don't you think its time you educate people about the basic missing features in IOS rather than always focusing on responsiveness?

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:21

26. robocopvn (Posts: 436; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


sorry guy but money covers their eyes already !!

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:25

27. RedFox (Posts: 18; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Thanks for such a useful and helpful information .

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:32 2

19. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


You should add iOS 6 to the CONS. Also, what's with the never-ending exclamation points?

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:47

20. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


you bros sound mad

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 09:00

21. sonisoe (Posts: 417; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I think apple is being careful, the screen isnt retina display, cos they dont want people switching to the mini with a lower profit margin.... I just hope at least apple put in the a6 processor instead of a5. i have an ipad2 which u know is installed with the a5, and it lags or unresponsive at times.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 09:19

22. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


The price should be a con too. I would much much rather buy a nexus 7 for 200$ with a quad core than this with an old A5 chip....

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:07

23. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


How much did they pay the reviewers? A smaller ipad 2 with worse screen 8.5...We're in 2012! Should get 8.5 maybe a year ago, today it's a plain 7.

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Display7.9 inches, 1024 x 768 pixels (162 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches
(200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm)
11.01 oz  (312 g)

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