Reviews and Problems with Apple iPad mini Retina / iPad mini 2
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Review: Apple iPad Mini 3
25 March 2015
Pros: Gorgeous 2048 x 1536 pixel display. 10-plus hour battery life will more than serve your cross-country plane flight, or close to a week of casual daily use. A7 processor (with M7 co-processor) offers more power than you may ever need on a 7-inch tablet. Tons of Retina-optimized apps to choose from.
Cons: Pricey---similar sized and specced tablets go for closer to $200. Stereo speakers both located on one end of the device. Would be nice if it had better networking capabilities.
Summary: Many of you screamed for an iPad mini with a Retina display, and now Apple has delivered. It’s an improvement on last year’s iPad mini in every way possible, but we can’t help but think it’s still a little on the pricey side.
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: While its display isn’t quite as vibrant as the iPad Air’s, the second-generation iPad mini is still a fantastic device packing blistering processing speed and a gorgeous screen in one petite, flawlessly designed package.
Pros: Finally, a small form-factor iPad with Retina display! Unmatched build quality. Fast A7 processor for a first-class experience.
Cons: Display is slightly less bright than the iPad Air. Colors look washed out when compared to iPad Air and iPhone 5s/5c.
Summary: The new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet.
Pros: The iPad Mini with Retina Display adds an excellent high-resolution display that rivals the iPad Air's, a far faster A7 processor, and tops it off with improved Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, with battery life that's as good or better than in last year's Mini.
Cons: A starting price of $399 places it well above the small-tablet competition, and adding more storage or LTE makes it even more expensive. It lacks the innovative Touch ID fingerprint sensor that the iPhone 5S sports.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Each and every year, Apple refreshes their tablet line-up with new hardware and new features. The full sized iPad got faster, lighter, slimmer and even received a new name ( iPad Air ), while the second-generation mini is more impressive than ever, thanks to a major update.