Apple iPad mini Review

Broadening its depth, it surely took Apple a long time to steer into new territory with its much-vaunted iPhone, but nevertheless, they introduced the world an unfamiliar iPhone with a larger 4-inch display. Strangely enough, they’re doing the same thing now with the iPad, as the aptly named iPad mini is set to appease those who have a flare for compact tablets that are easier to travel around with. And to tell you the truth, the timing couldn’t have come any sooner, seeing that we’ve been witnessing such fierce competition in the sub 8-inch category.

By now, we’re fairly familiar with what entails the iPad mini, but upon looking at its $330 starting price point, it’s still somewhat rather difficult to swallow after quickly peeking at its specs sheet. Still, beauty as we all know is more than simply skin deep – so let’s explore everything and see if there’s something more grand beneath it all.

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One quick look at its name justifies what you can expect with the design of the iPad mini. See that word attached to iPad? You guessed it folks, this baby is merely a shrunken down or “mini” version of Apple’s popular 9.7-inch tablet. Although there’s nothing fresh with the design of the iPad mini, there are a couple of noticeable differences – like how it employs the same chamfered beveled edge of the iPhone 5 around its trim. Above all, though, it stands out primarily for its impeccable construction, something that’s notably unmatched! In fact, not only does it instill a sense of durability and strength thanks to its aluminum chassis, but it’s incredible to see how skinny this thing is at 0.27-inches thin – making it skinnier than even the iPhone 5!

Of course, it’s wider to hold in the hand over other 7-inch tablets on the market, which is attributed to its larger screen size and its choice of employing a 4:3 aspect ratio. Regardless of that, we’re still able to grasp it with a single hand – albeit, we’re stretching it to the limit. Having its weight (11.01 oz) evenly distributed, we find it to complement the overall sturdiness of the tablet. The more we think about it, there’s nothing else out there within the same size category that comes close to the premium nature of the iPad mini.

Distinctively an Apple device, it sports a recessed physical home button beneath its display. Naturally, accidental presses are non-existent with it, since it requires a firm push to activate. Meanwhile, on the opposite edge above the display, there’s a 1.2-megapixel iSight camera for all your self-portrait and video chatting need, which also has the ability to shoot videos in 720p.

Along the trim of the iPad mini, there’s nothing out of the ordinary, since it employs all the same set of buttons, ports, and switches found with its bigger sibling. Yet again, there are no problems activating its power button and separated volume control, seeing that they’re both pronounced in feel and springy in response. Next to the volume control, there’s the mute switch that places the tablet into silent mode.

On the top trim of the tablet, we find its 3.5mm headset jack and microphone – so there’s nothing different here. However, there’s a major shakeup found along the bottom edge of the tablet! Specifically, gone is the typical Apple 30-pin port from yesterday, and instead, it’s now flaunting Apple’s new and proprietary Lightning docking port. Also, the iPad mini has chosen to sport two speakers, as opposed to the single one from before, as they’re surrounding both sides of the tablet’s Lightning port.

Lastly, Apple is nice enough to bless this with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features an F2.4 lens and 1080p video recording – but there’s no flash. For a moment there, we thought Apple would merely outfit it with some paltry offering, since it was expected to be compete against some of the cheaper Android tablets on the market. So yeah, we’re glad they decided to give it some love in this category.


In this day and age, high definition displays are surprisingly abundant in super-affordable tablet category as well! Knowing that, we’re disappointed the most to find out that the iPad mini isn’t following suit, but rather, it decides on sporting a low resolution of 1024 x 768 with its 7.9-inch IPS LCD display. When Apple has been talking a lot of talk about its various Retina Displays (iPhone and iPad), they really would’ve made a statement by following suit with the iPad mini, but that’s sadly not the case here.

Indeed, it’s not as sharp looking when compared to other tablet HD displays, even more when its 162 ppi



1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

6. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

11. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 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 ! :)

24. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

39. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 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.

8. MeoCao unregistered

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

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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

30. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Sad "tech journalist" we have this 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....

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

3. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

10. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

No one did. You fail

34. thelegend6657 unregistered

You win

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.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

7. GayAtheist

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 16, 2012

Where is that colourful wallpaper from?

9. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

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

38. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 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.

13. iameer

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 17, 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.....

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

17. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

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

18. twens

Posts: 1177; Member since: Feb 25, 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?

26. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

sorry guy but money covers their eyes already !!

27. RedFox

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Thanks for such a useful and helpful information .

19. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

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

20. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

you bros sound mad

21. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 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.

22. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 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....

23. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 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.
iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh

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