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Apple iPad mini 4 Review

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Apple iPad mini 4 Review

Apple iPad mini 4 Review
Apple iPad mini 4 Review
Apple iPad mini 4 Review
Apple iPad mini 4 Review

Apple’s latest iPad mini, the 4th generation model to be exact, helps to diversify the company’s portfolio, which recently got expanded with the introduction of the iPad Pro, but for those looking to keep it slim, compact, and simple, the iPad mini 4 is always worth the look. However, are there enough improvements and upgrades to warrant a refresh, or an incentive to upgrade?

The package contains:

  • Apple iPad mini 4
  • Wall Charger
  • Lightning Cable
  • Apple decals
  • Users start guide


Same premium iPad mini design, but with additional trimmings.

Did we really expect anything drastic or different with its design, especially when the iPad line as a whole has its own characteristic look and feel? Not really, but for anyone upgrading from the iPad mini 3 or 2, you might find it a bit surprising to know that your existing set of cases and covers won’t be compatible, despite its overall design DNA being relatively unchanged. Technically speaking, the iPad mini 4’s dimensions have subtle changes that in many aspects trim off the fat to give it an incremental improvement, like its lighter weight (304 g) and slimmer profile (0.24” thin). So yeah, you’re going to need to buy new cases for this one.

True to its form, it’s the same aluminum chassis that we’ve seen before – with the chamfered beveled edge running the entire perimeter of the tablet. While its design is a recycled one, it’s nonetheless still one of the more premium-made tablets on the market, which is a comforting sight to behold. It’s thin, incredibly light in weight, and for the most part, it’s also easy to handle despite being on the wider side. Everything else about the tablet is unchanged from before, too, so its various ports, buttons, and Touch ID finger sensor are situated in all their usual locations.

Apple iPad mini 4 Review


Brighter and more color accurate, this Retina Display is definitely an improvement.

With the iPad mini 4, it’s no shock to find a display with the same characteristics – a 7.9-inch 1536 x 2048 IPS-LCD based panel with an oleophobic coating. Details, naturally, are rich and plentiful here once again, ensuring that our eyes won’t have any issues making out what’s on screen.

Even though it seems that nothing has really changed here as our eyes look on, we should point out that the display is noticeably brighter and more accurate with its color reproduction. This time, it achieves a peak luminance of 426 nits, which makes it far more visible outdoors when compared to last year’s reach of 312 nits. In addition, Apple improved its calibration in the sRGB color gamut chart, as both the color blue and green are more accurate – hitting each reference value squarely this time.

Contrast is a bit lacking, with darker greys being brightened a bit, but overall, we welcome this brighter and more color accurate Retina Display.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPad mini 4 426
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch 337
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 387
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posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:15 1

1. KRISTIJANJE (Posts: 64; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)

Only 8.0? What gives PA?

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:29

3. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

It's a reasonable score. There's not much of a change but a chip upgrade.

posted on 02 Jan 2016, 18:57

38. Altsein (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)

Really? Not much change?

Just having a much better screen than last year's iteration already warrants an upgrade. There's also the increased RAM which makes tremendous difference.

Take some time and do some research about the iPad mini 3 screen quality.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 07:32 17

18. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 586; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

8.0 is too high.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 08:49 5

21. redmd (Posts: 1350; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

8.0 is too high for basically the same device a year ago.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 15:36 9

30. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Coming from PA, 8.0 is surprisingly low for an Apple product.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 07:40 1

36. joey_sfb (Posts: 6533; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Only Apple knows perfection! 8.0 is too modest.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:27

2. GreenMan (Posts: 1787; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

Wait till you hear geezers (< or Dudes?) whining & complaining over 8/10 Score, which IMHO is very honest & unbiased...

While reading this fine review, I just couldn't help but notice something really REALLY awkward...

Why iPhone 6S Plus doesn't have this split screen & 'minimizing' feature of this Tablet???

It'd have greatly helped Apple to differentiate 6S Plus from the... Er... 'Regular' iPhone 6S, don't you think???

Well... Whatever!


posted on 29 Dec 2015, 19:41 1

35. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 841; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

The reason they omit certain gestures from the 6/6S Plus that the iPads have is they have to clearly differentiate the phone from the tablet. It's stupid because they're both iOS, but it's smart because they want people to want the iPad.

Same reason why they refuse to put Mac OS in an iPad. iPad Pro could EASILY have been a Mac OS device, but they want people to want a Mac, as well as the iPad and iPhone. Each device needs to be desirable and only a reminder of what they could have. A small taste instead of a huge bite.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:30

4. GreenMan (Posts: 1787; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

BTW, you have one quite neighborhood... So calm, quite & peaceful, I LOVE IT!!!

You see, my neighborhood is like a little CIRCUS!

I guess that's the only thing I like about American Culture... They're too lazy to go outside, make some noise & have some fun!

Couch Potatoes, are they naught???

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 10:34 1

26. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

Let's see.. American culture is too lazy to go outside? Way to stereotype a whole culture.. That would be like me taking your comment and saying all foreign countries are to stupid to act civilized just based off that one line. Dumb..

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:35

5. scarface21173 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

It has not offered anything new. Its just last years ipad air 2 in a smaller size. Thats it.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 09:53 6

25. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)

Let's see:

-they reduced the weight to ~.65lbs from ~.75lbs
-upgraded the chip to an A8
-the tablet is easily the best tablet you can get for the price other than the iPad Air 2

Be honest guys, Apple could invent time travel and you guys still would hate on Apple.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 16:03

32. Coconut00 (Posts: 485; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

Yes, it is the iPad Air 2 in a smaller size, but 100 dollars cheaper. The only difference is A8X chip vs A8. Also, some people (myself included) like smaller tablets, and the Mini 4 is a pretty big upgrade from the Mini 3 (which did not offer anything new apart from fingerprint sensor and a new color).

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:40

6. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

"brushed aluminum chassis"

Definitely NOT a brushed finish.


Brushed is defined by the appearance of parallel lines, a la the One M8.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:42

7. Iodine (Posts: 1393; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

What about "blasted" aluminium finish with "polished" chamfers ?

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:48

9. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Maybe? All I know is that it definitely isn't a brushed finish. I think anodized would fit better.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 09:19 1

23. Ray.S (Posts: 383; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Sorry, yeah, it's not brushed aluminum finish. We fixed it.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:47

8. T-rex (unregistered)

For all you who were complaining, fruit logo carries only +1 point

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:49 1

10. Iodine (Posts: 1393; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

8.0 ? For the best mini iPad ever, by faaaar ? There is something wrong in there.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 06:55 1

13. catze86 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)

This is Blasphemy

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 07:09

14. JnCrls (unregistered)

The battery life of Ipad mini 2 is a bit longer.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 07:20

15. Tizo101 (Posts: 515; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)

shouldn't receive a 9 or 9.5? I mean it's exactly the same as last year. I wonder what the iPhone 5s running iOS 9 would get if it were to be reviewed as a new device.

on a different note, I got a warning for says 'idiots' - please give me my one week sentence now, clearly my comment was 'civil'.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 07:30

17. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3359; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

I'll Admit, Apple Makes Damn Good Tablets(iPad Pro???) And The Mini 4 Deserves At The Very Least An 8.8

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 08:44

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 24329; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Shoulda made the Apple Pencil backwards compatible. These tablets would be far better, and let us choose the size we want. Still a great tablet.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 08:56 1

22. Coconut00 (Posts: 485; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

8.0 is too low. Especially when they gave the mini 3 an 8.0. The mini 3 should have gotten something like a 6.5 and the mini 4 something like a 9.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 10:37 1

27. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

I'm surprised with Jonny boy reviewing it didn't get a 9

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 10:56 1

28. Mrmark (Posts: 303; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

Usually a Con would be that the design hasn't changed . But with Apple it becomes a Pro.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 16:00 1

31. hado86 (Posts: 156; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

The best mini tablet you can buy and a great companion to my 6p.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 18:34

33. fyahking (Posts: 963; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

ugly! Same design for the last 10 years. Wtf?

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Display7.9 inches, 1536 x 2048 pixels (324 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Apple A8, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Typhoon ARMv8-A processor
Size8 x 5.3 x 0.24 inches
(203.2 x 134.6 x 6.1 mm)
10.72 oz  (304 g)

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