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Apple® iPad® Mini – The Shrunken Apple

February 25, 2013

pros and cons of Apple iPad Mini

The iPad® Mini is a smaller version of the classic Apple® tablet. It is surprisingly good and, for some users, its size is optimal. Apple® has big ambitions for its iPad® Mini with hopes for it to be its next bestseller. And with some of the features this little package possesses, it just might be.

The iPad® Mini is an important product for Apple®. In the tablet market, this California-based technology company currently is the leader; but according to the latest statistics, Apple® is slowly losing its position. It is expected that the arrival of the iPad® Mini will shift this downward trend back up. This may be especially true in the 7-inch tablet market space where competition is fierce as popular, cheap tablets running the Android™ operating system continue to eat away at the share dominated by Apple®. The company also may have to start looking over its shoulder as tablets running Windows® 8 hits the marketplace.  

There is a lot riding on the success of the iPad® Mini for Apple®. Take a look at some of its key features and see if this Apple® is all it’s cracked up to be.

Basic Features of the Apple® iPad® Mini:

Operating system: Apple® iOS 6.0
Networks: GSM, WCDMA, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA (21,1|5,76 Mb/s)
Display: 7.87'', IPS LCD, 1 024 × 768, 163 DPI
CPU: Apple® A5 (2× Cortex-A9 1 GHz, 45nm/35nm)
Dimensions: 7.87 in x 5.3 in x 0.28 in (200 × 134 × 7,2 mm)
Weight: 0.68 lbs (312 g)
Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 16.3 Wh, Run time 10 hours
Camera: Back - 5MPx (2 592 × 1 944), front - 1,2MPx (1 280 × 960)

Compact dimensions

The diagonal size of the screen’s 7.9 inches is ideal. Compared to classic 7-inch tablets, this one is almost 1-inch longer diagonally, which is a significant difference. The total display area is considerably larger and most users really appreciate it. For example, when writing, most of the content can be seen on the display. Unlike slightly smaller versions, this benefit is especially noticeable when writing while the device is horizontal.

Its in-hands manipulation works surprisingly well, despite the fact that the sides of the screen have a much narrower margin than its bigger sibling. Apple® also has incorporated thumb rejection technology, which detects thumb touches around the edges of the screen and yet ignores them until more than half of a thumb is placed on the screen.

Hardware

In the ultra-thin body of the iPad® Mini runs the dual-core A5 processor, which clocks 1 GHz. Hand-in-hand with the processor, the mini is powered by 512MB DDR2 RAM ​​and a dual-core PowerVR® SGX543MP2 GPU. This new generation of A5 processors is in the iPad® 2s as well, and has the same performance as the older generation except it adds 32nm technology. This second-generation chip offers smaller dimensions, integrated memory and, thanks to this new technology, lower-power consumption. It has almost the same parameters as iPad® 2 or iPhone® 4S.

Multimedia

Two media features in the iPad® Mini that need to be mentioned are its audio speakers and camera. Finally, stereo speakers - two integrated stereo speakers are located on the back side of the tablet. They may not be ideally placed; but Apple® couldn’t fit them on the front side of its unique design.

The camera, on the other hand, is a different cup of tea. Most tablet users want to be able to take nice photographs and the iPad® Mini is a device you can rely on. The camera boasts a resolution of 5 MP. The quality of its photographs are better than average. The sensor is similar to the iPhone® 4S and 5, namely its lens is composed of five lenses, aperture of f/2.4 and an infrared filter.

Pros:

  • Slim body and aluminum construction
  • 7.9-inch display
  • Mobile data thanks to HSDPA and LTE
  • Fast and reliable operating system
  • Camera

Cons:

  • Lower screen resolution compare to its competitors
  • Missing memory card extension
  • Standard microUSB only via reducer

Price: $329 USD (at the time this review was written)

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