August 18, 2017

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iPad mini with Retina display review

Every inch an iPad.

Last year, the overwhelming message of the iPad mini was simple: the iPad mini was smaller, but it was still an iPad. Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Jony Ive all reminded us over and over that Apple had to make hard choices to make the iPad mini — it had a lower-resolution screen and a weaker processor — but said that the iPads’ commonalities trumped their differences.

In many ways, that was true: Apple’s experience has always mattered more than its specs, and the iPad mini converted buyers and fans alike despite the compromises. But even for those who bought Apple’s tablet, there was one feature noticeably missing: a bright, beautiful, high-resolution Retina display. Without one, the Apple experience feels obfuscated in ways both literal and figurative.

This year, the iPad mini with Retina display really is every inch an iPad. It’s no longer out of date, or worse in any way. It comes with the same A7 processor as the new iPad Air, the same storage and connectivity options, the same battery life, and — most importantly — a Retina display with the same resolution. For $399 with 16GB of storage, it’s everything the iPad Air can be — only smaller and $100 cheaper.

Last year, Apple needed to convince us that specs didn’t make the iPad. This year, equality isn’t just about offering the same look and the same apps – it’s about offering the exact same experience. Now, like the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air and like every TV you’ve ever purchased, there isn’t a better option and a cheaper option. There are just two options: iPad Air and iPad mini.

iPad mini with Retina display review Reviewed by on . The mini with Retina display easily gets the 10 hours of battery life Apple advertises, and that’s with heavy, constant use; in most cases the battery should easily last three or four days. There is one notable exception: with brightness all the way up.
4.6

Review Overview

The mini with Retina display easily gets the 10 hours of battery life Apple advertises, and that’s with heavy, constant use; in most cases the battery should easily last three or four days. There is one notable exception: with brightness all the way up.
Design 90%
Display 100%
Camera(s) 85%
Speakers 81%
Performance 100%
Software 85%
Battery life 95%
Ecosystem 100%
92% Most Wanted

Summary:

I’m getting used to the core tenets of iOS 7. I still don’t like the slow animations or the often-needless representations of layers and transparency, but I’ve come to understand the OS for what it is. As we discovered with the iPad Air, though, iOS 7 isn’t finished or polished.

User Rating:

26%
(272 votes)
The mini with Retina display easily gets the 10 hours of battery life Apple advertises, and that’s with heavy, constant use; in most cases the battery should easily last three or four days. There is one notable exception: with brightness all the way up.
Design
Display
Camera(s)
Speakers
Performance
Software
Battery life
Ecosystem
Most Wanted

Summary:

I’m getting used to the core tenets of iOS 7. I still don’t like the slow animations or the often-needless representations of layers and transparency, but I’ve come to understand the OS for what it is. As we discovered with the iPad Air, though, iOS 7 isn’t finished or polished.

User Rating:

1.3/5
(272 votes)
The mini with Retina display easily gets the 10 hours of battery life Apple advertises, and that’s with heavy, constant use; in most cases the battery should easily last three or four days. There is one notable exception: with brightness all the way up.
90%
Design
100%
Display
85%
Camera(s)
81%
Speakers
100%
Performance
85%
Software
95%
Battery life
100%
Ecosystem
92%
Most Wanted

Summary:

I’m getting used to the core tenets of iOS 7. I still don’t like the slow animations or the often-needless representations of layers and transparency, but I’ve come to understand the OS for what it is. As we discovered with the iPad Air, though, iOS 7 isn’t finished or polished.

User Rating:

26%
(272 votes)

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