Excerpt: The second-generation iPad mini has been on the market for six months now, and several of us on the Gotta Be Mobile team have been playing around with the new slate since its launch back in November.
Conclusion: Other models with high-resolution displays, running Android or Windows 8.1, may cost less, but no other tablet in this size class today delivers the same mix of performance and robust ecosystem that the iPad Mini with Retina Display does.
Pros: Compact, lightweight design, Brilliant, sharp display with high pixel density, Strong battery life
Cons: Display, like on previous-gen iPads, is glare-prone, Thin-sounding audio, Less-than-ideal speaker positioning
Conclusion: The iPad Mini 2 is our favorite tablet of 2013. With a powerful 64-bit A7 processor and a high-resolution ‘Retina’ screen, it finishes the job that Apple started with the first iPad Mini started.
Summary: Nov 25 2013 - The iPad Mini with Retina display is such a huge improvement over the original that it is hard to use the new one and even consider looking at the older one. In essence, Apple has taken all the things they did with the iPad Air and then offered them in the smaller tablet and with a...
Summary: The iPad Mini with Retina display is essentially the same iPad Mini we used to know and love. It’s just faster and better. The improvements are exactly where we wanted them. Our only complaint is that Apple priced it way higher than we expected (almost 20-25% from the previous version) putting it in...
Summary: It comes as no surprise that the iPad mini with Retina display is a barn-burner when it comes to performance. It’s the first 7” slate to be equipped with a 64-bit processor, and considering that the internal composition here is quite similar to that found in the and the , we expected very similar...
Pros: Sleek, compact design, Fast A7 chip is up to the task of gaming, iOS 7, if you like the new interface, Same long battery life as before, Robust app ecosystem, Nice Retina display
Cons: Needs more system RAM, So-so camera performance, Very pricey for the segment, No Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Summary: Small device, giant resolution. The new version of the little iPad now has a Retina display, but it is also thicker than its predecessor. Apple also bestowed their 64-bit A7 processor on the little tyke, so it is on equal footing with its big brother. Or is it…?
Pros: Bright, high-contrast display, Good touchscreen, Lightning-fast SoC, Excellent battery life, First class manufacturing, Good browser performance, Great speakers..., Such a high resolution display is unique in a device of this size, and subjectively it's a very attractive feature.
Cons: ...that are poorly positioned, No current data transfer standards, Limited color space coverage, Poor color accuracy, Somewhat heavier and thicker than its predecessor, Expensive, A larger array of connections, Flash support and expandable storage.