Reviews and Problems with Apple iPad mini Retina / iPad mini 2
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Apple iPad mini with Retina display
2 weeks ago
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. With rivals like the Nexus 7 offering incredible value for money, it’s not hard to think that Apple could have priced its mini-me iPad better, perhaps by using last year's internals instead of this year's - or hey, switching to a plastic case.
Excerpt: With its $479 price tag, the iPad mini with Retina display is the most expensive compact tablet going around. But what’s impressive about this 7.9-inch model is how it performs. Apple’s display processing continues to be as buttery smooth as your grandmother’s shortbread and despite Google’s own similarly-focussed ‘Project Butter’, the iPad still looks fractionally smoother.
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 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 the same price range as the bigger iPads.
Conclusion: 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 iPhone 5s and the iPad Air , we expected very similar benchmarking results. Apple's decision to include the top-of-the-line A7 processor in the smaller of the two iPads is commendable.
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.
Conclusion: Despite the powerful internals laying inside the iPad mini’s aluminium shell, I found battery life to be impressive. In my time with the tablet, the 23.8 watt-hour (Wh) only needed charging twice with a decent amount of use each day over a week or so: a fantastic result for a mid-sized tablet with a battery 28% smaller than the iPad Air.
Excerpt: The Good - Superb build quality and design - Cutting-edge processor and graphics performance - iOS 7 a beautiful and powerful complement to hardware - Outstanding built-in and free iWork, iLife apps - Retina display most pixel dense iPad display yet The Bad - Relatively high up-front price - Slightly thicker and heavier than non-Retina model - Retina display outclassed by iPad Air Retina display - No Wi-Fi 802.11ac support Apple's long-awaited iPad mini with Retina...
Pros: - Superb build quality and design - Cutting-edge processor and graphics performance - iOS 7 a beautiful and powerful complement to hardware - Outstanding built-in and free iWork, iLife apps - Retina display most pixel dense iPad display yet
Cons: - Relatively high up-front price - Slightly thicker and heavier than non-Retina model - Retina display outclassed by iPad Air Retina display - No Wi-Fi 802.11ac support
Conclusion: Ever since we saw the original Apple iPad mini, we've been hoping for a Retina screen for this wonderful compact tablet. Now that it has it, it's everything we expected it to be. A high-quality screen with immaculate sharpness makes a world of difference and the all-new chipset inside makes sure everything runs equally fast or even faster than before, even faced with the increased demand of the quadruple pixel count.
Pros: 7.9" LED-backlit IPS LCD touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels, ~ 324 ppi, oleophobic coating, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity with MIMO dual antennas, Optional 2G/3G GSM, CDMA, LTE connectivity (data only, separate models), Optional GPS with A-GPS support (for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model only), Dual-core A7 64-bit 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) chip with M7 motion coprocessor, PowerVR G6430 quad-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, iOS 7 with gesture support and a premium set of free Appl...
Cons: Expensive for a compact tablet, Non expandable memory, extra storage is largely overpriced, Tied into iTunes for uploading most of the content, No standard USB port, No GPS receiver in the Wi-Fi-only version