- iOS 7.0.4 OS
- Dual Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 1.2MP Front Camera
- 16GB Internal Memory
Apple’s products are known for the style and indigenous technology they come with. This iPad mini is the second generation of tablet series of Apple and has identical design as first generation iPad mini series but differs in features. This has nearly the same hardware as iPad Air.
The device’s much touted feature is its display. With Retina Display, screen resolution is 2048×1536 which results in a pixel density of ~326 PPI. The screen is 7.9 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and due to Retina Display the screen looks as good as iPad models. This makes it the best display available in the Tablet market. This has over 3.1 million pixels which is a million more than an HDTV, 4 times the resolution of previous iPad mini. So you get the best viewing and reading experience and there is no chance of text or pictures getting blurred. The display responds to other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes.
Processor and Operating System:
The aim of iPad mini was to give you a full functionality of iPad in a slim and sleek design. This was made possible by powering the device with Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture. This processor gives you a fast and improved performance as it is the most powerful processor built by Apple till date. It is coupled with Apple M7 motion co-processor whose main function is to collect sensor data and taking the load of main CPU by processing the same. And this is the reason why Apple proudly boasts of their device as a device that never hangs. The Processor is Cyclone Dual-core with improved clock speed of up to 1.3GHz. And when it comes to efficiency, you can blindly trust on these two processors. And still if you do not trust this, the RAM is increased to 1GB which increases the device performance. This device runs on iOS 7 which has refined typography, new icons, translucency, layering, physics, and gyroscope-driven parallaxing. However, it was announced that iPad Mini would receive an iOS 8 update which adds more functionality to your device.
Design and Hardware:
The design is basically the same as first generation iPad mini with inclusion of Retina Display. It has the same hardware components as iPhone 5S, but uses the same home button as iPad mini which was in the first generation iPad but the device lacks Touch ID and fingerprint sensor. It has space grey coloured back panel instead of slate-coloured one which was in first generation iPad mini. The classy white colour is still there. The device dimensions are 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm and it weighs 331 g which is light weight and slim, and easy to handle.
As is common with iPad devices, this device also has 4 buttons: a home button which takes user from any screen to home screen, a wake/sleep button, and two buttons for volume control. It also has a switch whose function depends on the device settings for example put the device in or out of Silent Mode or to lock/unlock the orientation of the screen.
If you are concerned about environment then you might like what Apple has done with this device. The aluminium enclosure is highly recyclable. And every iPad mini is free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Apple has one of the strictest BFR-free and PVC-free standards in the industry. The device is equipped with 5 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera. This is actually a bit disappointing as compared to other Tablets available in the market at the same price range. The camera quality is also a big letdown given the device has the best display in the industry.
Storage, Multimedia and Connectivity:
The device has in built 16 GB of memory. This is pretty much the same which its competitiors are equipped with. However, absence of microSD card slot for expandable memory is disappointing. However there are variants of 32/64 and 128 GB inbuilt memory available too. Given the quality of the device 16 GB seems very low for it. This device is capable of playing media formats like MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ (audio) and H.264, H.263 (video). Comparing to Samsung devices in the same price range, this also is a disappointing thing as Samsung devices support larger set of media files. It is a Wi-Fi only model and for Indian market there is no voice call or 3G facility available. Rest of the connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, USB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Dual band.
iPad mini is the best device in tablet series when it comes to display and performance. However, absence of microSD card slot, poor camera quality and no voice calling is unsatisfactory and is unable to justify the pros of the device. However, having an Apple product is a status symbol in itself. So, if you are into that, you can definitely buy this product and enjoy the fantastic display and amazing performance.
Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display 16GB Rivals:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Apple iPad Air
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Google Nexus 7 2013