- Apple iOS 8 OS
- Dual Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 1.2MP Front Camera
- 6470mAH Battery
- 16GB Internal Memory
Good things come in small packages! Well, that might not be true all the time can it?
On the 16th of October 2014, Apple had launched the iPad Air 2 as well as the iPad Mini 3. While, iPad Air 2 looked promising enough, the iPad mini 3 is claimed to be a major rip off. The new tablet’s 16 GB version with Wi-Fi would cost Rs. 28,000 and has a few additions from the previous version.
Find out more about the iPad Mini 3 with the following review.
The iPad Mini 3 is the latest offering from the house of Apple. Now as a sign of disappointment, Apple has stuck onto the same A7 processor and M7 motion compressor. There are no significant improvements on this iPad than the earlier version. While the iPad Air 2 features the latest A8 chip, the addition of the A7 chip is very disappointing. Another reason to frown is the exclusion of Barometer from the iPad Mini 3. While the iPad Air 2 features the Barometer, Apple simply ignored it on the Mini 3. The Mini 3 comes in the 16, 64 as well as the 128 GB versions. The new (somehow old) feature on the iPad Mini 3 is the addition of Touch ID finger print scanner. While the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus all feature the Touch ID, this might not be appealing after all. With apple bringing in various apps on its App Store, the Touch ID enables one-touch purchase. Even this feature is limited to the US market only and allows users to replace their credit card with their device to make actual payments.
Thankfully, this tablet comes with the iOS 8.1 that is the latest software update from Apple’s front. Your disappointment begins right from the Dual-Core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM V8 based) CPU on the Mini 3. Its GPU has been given the Power VR G6430 (quad core graphics) touch. You would find the usual Accelerometer sensor accompanied by the Gyroscope as well as the Compass. For once, you’d want to retain your old iPad and be happy about it. The iMessage, Email, Push Email and IM remain usual, but with the new OS onboard, they seem graphically satisfying. The browser on this iPad remains the same (HTML 5, Safari) with no major improvements with the browsing speed and without Java support. The additional features on this iPad include Active noise cancellation that comes with a dedicated mic. There is Siri integration with natural language commands as well as dictation. Apple has infused its iCloud service and iCloud keychain service onto the Mini 3. There is Maps support (that too has a nasty reputation as opposed to Google maps) and the usual features including Predictive text input, Voice memo, Document viewer and editor as well as Organizer.
Same Design, Decent Display:
Let’s visualize a consumer laying eyes on the iPad 3, the first thing she/he would notice is the 200 x 137 x 7.5 mm dimension. That would be followed by the 331 grams weight that the Wi-Fi version carries, whereas the 3G/LTE version carries 341 grams weight. You would find the Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID) that is a new addition to the Mini 3. For a change, this Apple product does not have a bulged back as found on various iPad’s.
The next thing you’d probably ponder about is the screen. The 7.9 inch screen on the mini 3 has a 2048 x 2536 resolution with 326 ppi pixel density. Sadly, Apple has not done anything much with the screen either, except perhaps add the Oleophobic coating that is usually found on iPhones. By adding the anti-reflective coating, Apples hopes to engage its customer with more time gazing at the screen. Honestly, the iPad Mini 3 has no changes in its dimensions as well. The LED backlit IPS LCD capacitive touch screen has 16 Million color integrations with nothing more to offer.
With a massive note of disappointment, the iPad Mini 3 lets us down in all possible ways. There should have been something more substantial about at least the body or even the display.
The iPad mini 3 features Wi-Fi connectivity (Wi-Fi 802.11ac) as well as the Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology. Incorporating MIMO increases the Wi-Fi performance of your Mini 3 2.8 times over its predecessor. There is GPS on board (A-GPS, GLONASS) that works well with various navigation apps. You will also find a TV-Out provision that has been provided on this tablet that can be connected to HD TV sets. As a part of Apple’s rigidity, even this iPad lacks Radio support.
If you aren’t disappointed much, let the “same camera” that was found on the previous iPad mini give you its share of disappointment.
Camera: Apple has finally improved the camera on the iPad Air by introducing an 8 megapixel rear (or as Apple calls it iSight) camera although it has kept front camera at 1.2 megapixels which is disappointing. As far as camera improvements on the iPad Air 2 go users can now take panoramic shots, shoot time-lapse video, slo-mo video and 1080p HD video.
According to Apple, the FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light than iPad Air’s camera, and features burst mode as well as HDR stills and video.
Sadly, the iPad mini 3 camera hasn’t changed much and remains the same as the iPad mini 2. The new iPad Mini 3 has a Primary 5 Mega Pixel camera (with 2592 x 1944 pixels) with Auto Focus. The camera also features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR photo. You won’t find anything new with this camera. The secondary 1.2 Mega Pixel camera found on the front of this iPad is also the same. The secondary camera has a 720P resolution that shoots at 30 fps. You can use Face Time (over Wi-Fi or Cellular) or click selfies with it.
The non-removable Li-Po battery found on the iPad mini 3 lasts for up to 10 hours when fully charged.
This is by far one of the saddest iPad released by Apple ever. Apart from being a major rip off and mood buster, this iPad has nothing more to offer. You can consider getting the iPad Air 2 else, consider getting the new Nexus 9.
Apple iPad Mini 3 Rivals:
Apple iPad Air 2
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10 inch Android
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4