Introduction


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:


Design

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.



Display

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.



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39 Comments

1. KRISTIJANJE

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Only 8.0? What gives PA?

3. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

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

38. Altsein

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

18. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

8.0 is too high.

21. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

30. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

36. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Only Apple knows perfection! 8.0 is too modest.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 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! G'Day!

35. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 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???

26. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 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..

5. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

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

25. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 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.

32. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 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).

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"brushed aluminum chassis" Definitely NOT a brushed finish. http://customjewelrytrends.com/jewelry-encyclopedia/brushed-finish/ Brushed is defined by the appearance of parallel lines, a la the One M8.

7. Iodine

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

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

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Maybe? All I know is that it definitely isn't a brushed finish. I think anodized would fit better.

23. Ray.S

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

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

8. T-rex unregistered

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

10. Iodine

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

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

13. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

This is Blasphemy

14. JnCrls unregistered

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

15. Tizo101

Posts: 603; Member since: Jun 05, 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'.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31615; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

22. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

27. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

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

28. Mrmark

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

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

31. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

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

33. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

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

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iPad mini 4
  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 5124 mAh

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