Many people search for “reviews on iPad Mini,” as they continue to try to make a decision on a tablet. Many sites compare the iPad Mini to its larger forebears, the iPad and iPad 2. However, very few of them combine the review with the comparison, which would be very helpful in helping you decide which device to purchase.
Sure, you know how much you’re willing to spend and you may even have an idea of what features you want, but unless you have a review with a comparison, you’ll either be spending too much time surfing for information or you’ll be making a less than fully informed decision.
What Is the iPad Mini?
Calling the iPad Mini ‘mini’ is something of a misnomer. The iPad measures 9.5 inches tall, 7.31 inches wide, and just under 4/10 of an inch thick. Now compare that to the Mini at 7.9 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, and 3/10 of an inch thick. In other words, the Mini is two inches on a side smaller than the “full-size” iPad. I’d say calling the Mini an ‘iPad Small’ or a ‘Small iPad’ would be more accurate.
The iPad and iPad Mini are both tablets based upon Apple’s iOS© operating system. They’re for people who don’t want to or can’t carry a notebook around, but for whom a smartphone isn’t powerful enough.
What Do Reviews on iPad Mini Say is Different?
Besides the size, there isn’t much difference between the two offerings from Apple. Both are available with 16GB, 32GB, or 64Gb of internal storage space. They can both run the same apps, although, they do come “stock” with a different set of apps. Both are equipped with 801.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi capability and Bluetooth 4.0, standard. Additionally, both can be purchased to be used on certain wireless carriers’ networks (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T), so you can stay connected away from Wi-Fi signals.
For those that like Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature, both devices come pre-configured to make using the service easy, with built-in microphones and front-facing 1.2MP cameras. Both devices also come with a suite of features that the front camera can use, such as face detection, tap to control exposure settings, 720p HD video, and photo and video geotagging.
They both also come with a 5MP rear camera that is capable of taking video at 1080p with a wealth of features that one would expect from a strong multimedia computing company, such as Apple.
Don’t have the steadiest of hands when taking video? No problem, both devices have a video stabilizing routine. Both can also use the rear camera to take video in full 1080p HD.
So, besides the size, what’s different about them? The iPad Mini can display video at 1024×768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi), while the two-inch larger iPad can display that same video at 2048×1536 at 264 ppi. So, you get double the resolution with the larger iPad. The Mini also makes use of a Multi-Touch display, whereas it’s big brother has the retina display.
The larger iPad also comes with Apple’s faster A6X quad-core processor, whereas the Mini only uses the A-5 dual-core processor. This means that the Mini will be significantly slower when it comes to processor-intensive activities, like loading movies.
For those that want to save a little money and use your handheld device using the SIM card from your phone, you’ll have to buy the iPad, since the iPad Mini uses a Nano-SIM. This means that if you choose the GSM version of the Mini, you’ll have to get a second number to use the cellular connectivity option.
What Do the Reviews on iPad Mini Say?
Most of the reviewers were fairly unanimous in being incredulous about the more than $300 low-end asking price for the Mini. However, they are all aware that Apple tends to overprice their products. Most of the reviewers thought that price-conscious buyers would hold out for something like the seven-inch Google Nexus, with identical storage and connectivity options, but at just over half the price of the Mini.
Overall reviews were mixed. Some of the reviewers said that Apple could have saved some money (thus saving the customer money) by skipping the rear-facing camera, since using it is clunky and awkward, as well as uncomfortable and silly-looking. Besides, if you’ve ponied-up the $330 or more for the Mini, you probably already have the iPhone 4S or 5, both of which have a much better camera and are much easier to use.
However, if you’re trying to choose between the bigger iPad and the iPad Min, the reviews on iPad Mini writers all agree — the Mini is easier to pack than its big brother, something which, if you’re not considering an Android tablet, makes them choose the Mini.
Featured photo credit: Yutaka Tsutano