Apple iPad Mini Review

Posted: November 6, 2012
Apple iPad Mini Review

The iPad Mini from Apple features a 7.9-inch IPS display, a dual core A5 processor and more for only $329. But what sets this tablet apart from its older brother, the iPad? Matt Mira and John Barrowman take a look.

What You Need To Know

  • The iPad Mini measures 5.3" by 7.8" tall and the whole thing weighs 0.68 pounds.
  • The tablet is also very thin as 0.28".
  • The design features an aluminum back.
  • The button layout is familiar if you've used an iPad in the past with a sleep/wake button, the volume rocker and the home button.
  • The real thing to know about this is that it's genuinely more comfortable to hold than other tablets on the market.
  • The screen's resolution is 1024x768, which sounds good until you realize the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD have higher resolutions and smaller screens.
  • If you have an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or the latest iPad with Retina Display, this screen will make you think you forgot your glasses somewhere.
  • The screen looks fuzzy and while the size does lend itself to reading, we didn't like reading on this particular screen.
  • Watching online videos was a better experience but the screen itself wasn't perfect for that either.
  • There's an issue with the aspect ratio, which isn't 16x9, so most of the new media you watch is going to be suffering from letterboxing.
  • However, the color reproduction and brightness is good.
  • The screen is the perfect size for surfing the web.
  • The iPad Mini uses Apple's A5 processor with 512 MB of RAM, which leaves us with a small version of the iPad 2.
  • The tablet runs iOS 6, which is a very good OS with a very bad navigation and map application.
  • The 5 megapixel camera shoots 1080p HD video and a front camera for Facetime, both of which worked very well.
  • The nice thing about the size of the iPad Mini is that you won't look as ridiculous as you normally would when trying to take photos.
  • Facetime is actually better on this sized device because it's light and more mobile.
  • The picture resolution will appear to be better than the larger screen on the iPad, but this isn't the same overall.


  • $329 for the 16 GB iPad Mini.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The iPad Mini is a great size device and one of the most comfortable 7-inch tablets we've used.
  • The screen is not up to part with what most users will be used to from Apple.
  • The price is very high.
  • If you're looking for a 7-inch tablet, save yourself a lot of money by getting the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD.

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