Apple iPad Mini Review

Apple launched Budget iPad Named iPad Mini. This was the successor to iPad Mini 4 which was launched in 2015. ipad Mini was released in Globally in the US on 18 March 2019.

Apple released Another model named iPad Air Along with iPad Mini when I’m using iPad Mini I felt it is compact in the hand and had a Single-Camera Setup on the front & back and features an HD+ IPS LCD screen. but is also has the DNA of iPhones. Everything is Going to change after arriving the iPad Os which was previewed at WWDC 2019.

it features the Apple 12 Bionic chip from Apple which is available on iPhone Xs, Xs Max, iPhone XR. this chip is made of 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 2 parts; the first part features 6 x ARMv8.3-A low power cores named as Tempest which are clocked at 1.8GHz, second part features 2 x ARMv8.3-A high powered cores named as Vortex which are clocked at 2.49GHz. it has Apple 4 Core GPU which increases its work by 25% compared to Apple A11 Bionic the last processor from Apple in 2018. it has an Intel LTE XMM7560 Modem which has Download and Uploads speeds of 600 & 250MBPS. it has also dedicated NPU for AI Capabilities.

This iPad Mini has a Single-Camera setup which comprises a 8MP Sensor and 7MP sensor for Selfies. I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of iPad Mini and Jump into the Review

iPad Mini Specs:

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  • 7.9″ Retina display
  • Apple A12 Bionic Chip with M12 Motion Co-Processor
  • Apple 4 Core GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Nano Sim / Nano Hybrid
  • 64 / 256 GB Internal Storage
  • 8MP f/2.4 Rear Camera
  • 7MP F/2.2 Selfie camera
  • iOS 12
  • Touch ID
  • Dual 4G Volte
  • 2780 mAH battery with 10W fast charging support
  • Wifi / Bluetooth 5.0 LE / GPS / LTE
  • 3.5mm Jack / Lighting port

Review:

7.9″ HD+ IPS LCD screen :

Here in the Display Department iPad Mini Features an Excellent HD+ IPS LCD panel 16:9 screen with 326 pixels per inch, the color reproduction from LCD Panel is good and Colours are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also good. There are No issues & problems with screen quality iPad Mini. It is Very bright of 500 Nits to see in direct sunlight Like iPhone XR.

Stereo Speakers and Headphone Jack:

In iPad Mini Apple Used their traditional Stereo Speaker System which were is very loud and Equal to their iPhones. In terms Of Loudness, it is very loud Which is Comparable with a Mini Bluetooth Speaker. these Speaker does not have support to Dolby Atmos Or Smart Amp but the sound output is good and Produce accurate Sounds. Earpiece performance in LTE version is also Awesome

Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, In terms Of Headphone Audio, iPad Mini and iPad Pro are Equal. the headphone jack provided with an Optimized and clear sound without any Software Support like Dolby Audio and OZO Audio and it is direct Copy of iPad Pro With Headphone jack and headphones are present in the Box Which a Good Experience While Taking Calls And Listening Music. Apple Has Done a Good job By Providing 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Earphones.

Build Quality : 

 iPad Mini is Build with an Polycarbonate Body on side and front and back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. it provides a good look and feels a bit Cheap Because it is made with Polycarbonate Body. Through this iPad Mini was Build with Polycarbonate Body and Plastic Back there are no issues of creakiness with build quality.

Rear fingerprint scanner: 

iPad Mini Features a Front mounted fingerprint sensor which is present on the bottom front of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user.

Weight balance:  

iPad Mini feels very light with 7.9” Screen and 5120 mAh battery equipped because of Polycarbonate Frame. This iPad Mini can be used by one hand and weight balance is done very well.

Battery life:

 My iPad Mini lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 26% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 5120 mAH Battery. We got 7.5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. you will get above 8.5hr Battery life if you use on WiFi Model 8Of iPad Mini. The ideal drain of iPad Mini is very low as iPad Pro. the 5W Charging charges the iPad Mini in 2hr 30min.

iOS Operating System :

Here the iPad Mini comes with the iOS Operating System. So We cannot see Dual apps and other features in this iOS. We cannot see the unnecessary apps that are wasting Ram on the phone. we can get two years of iOS Version Upgrades and of security updates on iPad Mini very Quickly at a time.

The iPad OS arriving in September to iPad Mini will change every thing and add some new features like system wide dark Mode, Floating Keybord, Simple text editors, Files, Split Screen for easy Multi tasking, All new Hone screen, Improvements in Apple pencil.

Performance: 

My iPad Mini managed to do day to day tasks very well like the Elder Brother iPad Pro. there are No issues and problems with the UI and there are no heating issues with iPad Mini

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this iPad Mini. It features 3GB ram and I did not notice any lags and there are no reloading of apps on this iPad Mini Multitasking experience is nice.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9, Godfire, Leo’s Fortune and PUBG at High graphics setting without any lags & frame drops in the game.

Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, iPad Mini features a Single-Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly in iPad Mini. lets divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

1. Main Camera: the 8MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4 with EIS. the daylight pictures are Excellent and contain very good details. Exposure is in control with decent Dynamic range to take good photos in good lighting Conditions. in low light Conditions, because of Larger aperture it has more noise in image. The image Quality is average too.

Video recording can be done up to 4k@30fps .the video footage has awesome Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good in 4k@30fps And 1080p FHD recording. the video quality in the low night conditions is Average.

Selfie camera :

 iPad Mini features an 7MP selfie camera with 73 field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.2. the Picture quality is fantastic and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions. In lowlight images the noise levels are high because of smaller Aperture.

Video recording can be done up to 1080p @30fps with Front Camera .the video footage has awesome Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. 

Widevine L1 support:

 iPad Mini has Widevine L1 support to stream HD videos from Amazon Prime or NetFlix which is good to see.

All Sensors : 

iPad Mini has all sensors Like accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Auto Brightness Sensor which is good to see.

Pros:

  • Very Light to Hold
  • 8MP Front Camera And Rear Camera are Excellent in Day light conditions
  • Awesome Performance A12 Bionic Chip
  • Marvellous Battery Life
  • Apple pencil Support

CONS:

  • Older Design with 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Camera Performance is Average in Low light Conditions
  • takes Laing time to Full the Battery
  • No gesture Navigations present

VERDICT:

if You want an Budget iPad with all new A12 Bionic chip, with Apple pencil support then iPad Mini is the Only Option. There is also iPad 6th gen with Apple Pencil Support but not with A12 Bionic Chip.

If you are using iPad Mini then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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