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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    Faster, thinner and with a better screen, the iPad Mini 4 is a return to form and the best small tablet. 2014's iPad Mini 3 was a perfectly respectable tablet, but unfortunately it just wasn't the upgrade from the iPad Mini 2 that most people were expecting. Rather than revamping its internals, the only new feature introduced was Apple's Touch ID sensor and that was your lot. As a result, the Mini 3 seemed pretty poor value by comparison with its older brother. Fortunately, it looks like Apple's back on track this year, as the iPad Mini 4 seems to improve on its predecessor in pretty much every way, cramming eerily similar iPad Air 2 specs into a significantly smaller body, looking to bringing an even greater level of parity between the small and large tablets Apple puts out. Build quality There's one thing that seems to have remained a constant yet again, and that's Apple's excellent build quality, with the iPad Mini 4 seemingly retaining its crown as the best-made mini tablet. Its aluminium body, which is available in gold, space grey and silver, looks stunning, but still provides that reassuringly rugged feel that you expect from an Apple tablet. You just don't get this re-assuredness from plastic tablets, with the iPad Mini 4 blowing them all out of the water. There are a couple of minor changes here, which I feel are for the better. As was also the case with the Air 2, the iPad Mini 4 no longer has the switch on the side, which could be set to toggle the screen rotation lock or silent mode. However, given that rotation lock is now in the swipe-up Control Centre menu in iOS and you can make the iPad silent by holding the volume down button, the button has now become quite unnecessary; in fact, I didn’t miss it on the iPad Air 2, as is also the case here. There's also some newly redesigned volume buttons on the side too, so that rather from jutting out from the surface, they now sit inside a little hollow, which is yet again very similar to the button design on the iPad Air 2 Moving from the iPad Mini 2 and 3, the 4th iteration also has slightly different speaker grills at the bottom (one row of holes at the bottom, rather than stacked rows), and the size is now very slightly different: at 203x134x6.1mm the iPad Mini 4 is slightly taller and thinner than the iPad Mini 3 (200x135x7.5mm). During use, I felt that there’s very little difference between the new model and the older models: it’s actually extremely comfortable to hold and use one-handed, as you'd expect. Display In use, there wasn't anything particularly wrong with the iPad Mini 2/3’s screen: it was bright and clear. But, put the older iPads next to a tablet with a better display, such as the iPad Air 2 and the differences became much more obvious, with the iPad Mini losing out on colour accuracy and detail in images. The Expert Reviews colour calibration tests sadly reaffirmed this, finding out that the iPad Mini 3 was sadly only capable of displaying 67.1% of the sRGB colour gamut. This time around, we've now got a brand-new IPS panel with the iPad Mini 4 and the results are somewhat spectacular in comparison. I found that the new display was considerably better than the older version, with the colour calibrator registering that the iPad Mini 4 was capable of producing 94.8% of the sRGB colour gamut. What this means in real terms is that there's more detail in photos and more accurate colours, and I certainly found that the new display was one of the best that I’ve used. There's been no alteration with the resolution in this year's model, with the new screen maintaining the same 2,048x1,536 resolution of the iPad Mini 3. At a high 324ppi, it means that everything looks extremely sharp. I have to say that this improved screen makes a clear difference to the product and it’s good to see that the one slightly weaker area of previous models has been improved substantially. Performance and battery life Up until this point we’ve had two generations of the iPad Mini using the same old A7 chip, but Apple has boosted the iPad Mini 4 with an A8 chip this time around, the same as used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It's worth noting that this is not the A8X chip, as used in the iPad Air 2, which has three cores and greatly improved graphics performance. It’s also not the new A9 chip, as used in the iPhone 6S. Still, the difference in performance from the previous generation is definitely noteworthy. Running GeekBench 3, which measures processor performance, I found that the iPad Mini 4 scored 1694 in the single-core test and 3058 in the multi-core test; a clear improvement over the 1385 and 2485 respective scores of the iPad Mini 3. That also puts the iPad Mini 4 in good stead against its closest competition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, which scored 1244 and 4182 - it's higher multi-threaded performance is because it has quad-core processor. Web performance was also exceptionally good, thanks to the combination of the slickness of Safari, paired with the efficient processor and operating system. Running the PeaceKeeper browser test, we got an exceptionally high score, showing that this tablet can easily cope with any website. In the GFXBench Manhattan benchmark, the iPad Mini 4 scored 925 running at native resolution and 1330 in the 1080p offscreen test. It shows that it’s more than capable of running any existing game you throw at it. Indeed, firing up Hearthstone, which is surprisingly graphically intense, the iPad Mini 4 ran the game beautifully as you'd expect. The 5,124mAh battery was also incredibly good at keeping its charge, with the tablet lasting for 10h 43m in our video playback test with the screen set to a brightness of 170cd/m2. That’s a little over an hour more than the iPad Mini 3, which is mostly down to a more efficient OS and processor. It's also the best iOS tablet battery life score I've seen this year, as it beat both the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 in our battery life head-to-head table. It's still got a some way to go before it matches other small compact tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, but it's still pretty good overall. iOS 9.2 The iPad Mini 4 originally had iOS 9, which brought with it some beautiful optimisations and animations for the diminutive tablet. The biggest introduction at the time, however, was the Split View mode, which allows you to run two apps side-by-side. It instantly makes the iPad Mini feel much more like a productivity tool. Now, iOS 9.2 has been released and is available on the iPad Mini 4, but it wasn't quite so revolutionary. You do get some useful new apps, however, such as Apple News that brings curated news articles presented in an attractive and easy-to-use manner. Mail Drop, in particular, is also a welcome addition, which lets you attach large files to emails up to 5GB. It works by sending a preview of the attachment to the recipient who will then be able to download the attachment within 30 days. Camera The 8-megapixel camera installed in the iPad Mini 4 is up from the 5-megapixel camera in the iPad Mini 3, which certainly means that there’s more detail in our test shots. Outside, I’m pretty impressed with the camera, as my test shots were well exposed with plenty of detail across all parts of the image, from the brightness of the sky to the darker parts in shadow. Inside and the camera’s limitations start to show up, with noise creeping into the image and colours becoming significantly more muted. It's worth mentioning that there’s no flash on this model, so if it gets too dark you simply won’t be able to take any shots. Given that most people will have a smartphone with them that's not necessarily a problem; what's important is that you can at least take some pretty good shots with this tablet outside when you need to. There’s the usual range of options we’ve come to expect from Apple devices here, including Panoramas, 1080p video and 120fps slow-motion at a resolution of 1,280x720. Video, as with images, works best outside where there’s lots of natural light, but suffers a little inside from image noise. TouchID As with the iPad Mini 3, this new tablet also has the TouchID fingerprint reader, which is becoming a substantially more important part of iOS. For starters, it gives you a quicker way of logging into your iPad, rather than having to type in a six-digit code (the default code length for iOS 9). It's also being used by many more apps too, such as for logging into your Amazon account. Finally, you can use it to authorise Apple Pay payments in-app, which saves having to type your credit card details in. Storage There’s no memory card slot, as is normal for Apple, so you need to buy the model with the right amount of storage for you. The entry level model has just 16GB of storage (£319), which isn’t really enough. Next up is the 64GB model (£399), which is the one that most people will buy; at the top is a 128GB version (£479). It’s a shame that 32GB isn’t available as the entry-level option. Wi-Fi and 4G As with previous generations, you get a choice of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+Cellular models. The first has 802.11ac Wi-Fi for fast wireless connections, which you’ll notice if you’ve got an 802.11ac router and a quick internet connection when you’re downloading apps or large files, such as films. If you pay the extra $100 for the Cellular model, you also get a built-in 4G receiver, so that you can also get online when you like. You can fit any standard microSIM, although the iPad Mini 4 comes with an Apple SIM built-in. I have to say that this such a brilliant idea, as the Apple SIM can connect to any supporting cellular network, letting you buy the data plan that’s the best value for what you need now, and then letting you change to a different provider later.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apples crowning jewel: A perfect all use device

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    Coogan
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    The iPad Mini is probably *the* best purchase you can make in the last 5-7 years out of hundreds of electronic devices invented, by Apple or otherwise. All iPads and minis are great investments and worth every dollar but with the mini it's more bang for the buck, being an incredibly intuitive all round tablet 90% of the population can find to useful for personal and professional use. The base model runs on wi-fi, which saves money because it doesn't require a data plan (which can be expensive). It's size and capabilities outmatch larger, heavier devices (like the larger iPad or Air, which go for $200+) and screen is large enough to enjoy clear viewing of videos/clips/tv and beats struggling to see that on a small screen cel phone. I recently upgraded to a new laptop and cel phone yet find I use my mini iPad more than both combined. I take it everywhere without any effort and is lightweight enough to forget your have it in a bag/purse. Has plenty of memory, a clear sharp screen, easy to use keyboard, high quality camera and speakers. Battery life is very long and charges fast. My 2nd generation mini (from late 2014) was still working just fine but I only decided to upgrade when I saw a sale on the newest model (mini 4) with more memory which I was needing because I take thousands of photos & create music. I was happy to give my older iPad-mini to my Grandma who loves it to bits, though never had any interest in having a cel phone or new fangled computer. She's 87, sharp mind but slowing down activity wise so appreciates the minis lightweight easy to keep at hand size, and can use it effortlessly without worrying about security issues, hacking, loss of personal info, or learning the ins and outs of the cumbersome Microsoft world of old computing with hunting through and creating files, patches, debugging, mind numbing upgrades, etc. She uses it to check email and text messages from family, gets pics of them and friends, does her banking, makes and checks pharmacy medicine refills and online Scripps shipments, checks doctor appts, reads news from all over, research her particular interests, watches many things through YouTube, reads e-books, listens to fav music, streams digital radio, loves podcasts, and fun stuff like downloaded cool (free) apps from the Apple store- plays new easy to learn but challenging games like Flow, Triominoes, Tap Colors, and old favorites like Othello, solitaire, Scrabble, Concentration, Chess, etc. It's hugely important for seniors to stay busy, use their mind and be connected with people or they can slip deep into depression and worsen conditions like dementia, etc. If they're not able to socialize in a personal way due to geographical or physical limitations using just this type of device can keep them interested, learning new things and engaged. Going online is second best- and the new tech capabilities makes it very easy and affordable now versus being tied to a cumbersome old desktop computer or bulky heavy laptop, or restricted to a tiny cel phone screen and keyboard with limited data and space. Note you can also watch live TV and movies via common cable subscriber apps (Comcast/Xfinity etc) you can download for free and use even if its a family member or friend who is the primary cable acct holder. I've done this with Xfinity and chip in for a close friends monthly cable subscription rather than waste money having my own acct and paying for services I don't need. This TV app is extremely handy and allows for watching anywhere- sitting at at desk/table/in bed, waiting somewhere (doc office/airport/etc). With things like this no wonder many people are cutting basic cable home service! Besides that there are hundreds of handy apps that open up new worlds and the only limitation is a closed, uncurious mind. Life's short, don't hesitate to explore and embrace this amazing technology tool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I'll take an iPad over a Galaxy Tablet Any Day

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    I actually bought this at Best Buy at the end of July 2017 at a Black Friday in July Sale - plus I traded in a Samsung Tablet to get a bigger discount. After owning a couple of other Apple products and seeing how reliable they are, as well as Apple's customer support has always been a positive experience, I knew that buying this iPad Mini 4 was a good choice. Even though I am an Android phone user, I prefer to keep my music on a separate device. I prefer Apple over Android when it comes to my music and entertainment. I have an iPod Touch from about 2010 (and it still works), and I used that device a few times a week, especially to listen to music during a long commute. But after a few years, the battery would not hold a charge anymore and it needed to be plugged in constantly. I was considering getting another iPod touch, but the strange thing is Apple's pricing - for a while, the 128 GB iPod touch was the same price as the iPad Mini 4 128 GB - $399. That didn't make any sense, at all. Apple has since dropped the price of this iPod touch to $299 sometime later in 2017. It was a no-brainer decision here - I went for the iPad Mini 4. Build quality is great, something I know Apple is known for. The display is really incredible, The camera is pretty good, not the best, I won't split hairs, I know many people out there who will go into details about the camera, but it's good for casual or everyday pics. If people want a better camera then they can move up to one of the iPad Pro models or use their phones, as I would use my LG phone to get better pics. I am not a gamer, so even though I have several games on the IPM4 that are more mainstream and not the high-level or high-intensity games that people use to review performance - it works great for me. I realize 2GB of RAM is not the best, would have been great to see it bump up to at least 3GB. The one complaint - I wish the battery life was better. Now I bring the iPad Mini 4 when commuting, obviously a big upgrade from the iPod Touch, but much more portable than the larger iPad (I also own an iPad 3 with the 9.7" screen, which has stopped receiving updates around Oct 2016, but still works, it's just slowed down). For those of us who have phones with displays that are not mega-colossal it's great to have the iPad Mini 4 around, to use as a 2nd device, especially to use the Wi-Fi HotSpot feature. Per the title of this review, it's obvious that I don't like Galaxy Tablets. And I hope that the person/party responsible for posting my review will allow me to be honest but critical of Samsung based on my experience - and these additional reasons are relevant as to why I chose to come back to Apple. I used to own a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, got it for Christmas a few years back. Great tablet, loved it - had a beautiful display, was definitely fast enough, and I wanted to give it a try. But the issue with this Galaxy Tablet is that it started on KitKat, and Samsung never offered any update for the tablet past or beyond KitKat, not even to Lollipop. When I contacted Samsung's customer support earlier this year in 2017, both via online chat on the computer as well as calling phone support, I was told multiple times by Samsung technical support representatives that there would be an update for the Galaxy Tab Pro. This update was going to happen later on in the 2017 year, but all the reps that I communicated with could not give me a timeframe as to when this update would happen. Bottom line, Samsung threw us Tab Pro owners under the bus, by not offering an update to this tablet, and not only that, I was lied to multiple times by Samsung Customer reps. After doing some research I realized there were other ways to perform an update to the Galaxy Tablet by utilizing custom ROMs, but I didn't want to mess around with that. In Comparison -- the iPad 3 that I still have from 2012, I was able to update it for 4 years, from IOS 5.1 all the way till 9.3.5 . From my experience, there's a big difference between Apple and Samsung. Apple stands behind their products. Samsung on the other hand, from what I experienced is not worth my time or money anymore. I decided to use the Trade in Value for the Galaxy Tablet towards the purchase of the iPad Mini 4. I tried Samsung's Android Tablet, and the tablet itself was great, but I don't deal with companies like Samsung who not only don't support their customers but also lie to them. I realize there are other Android Tablets out there, and i would like to try another Android Tablet at some point, but for now I am sticking with Apple and the iPad Mini 4, and my non-Samsung Android phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent little powerhouse

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    ScottMurphy
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    This is my second iPad Mini and I'm a repeat satisfied customer. My eldest son had the original first generation iPad Mini for a number or years and then turned it over to me when he got sick of it. I grew to love the small form factor and extreme portability of the device. Eventually the original iPad Mini became obsolete and out of date and I was no longer able to get updates for the device or the apps on the device. I had grown fond of the smaller form factor and wanted another "mini" device. When Best Buy had their one day sales around this past Christmas and I saw this device go on sale I pounced on it. I use this iPad Mini 4 to do some reading, streaming my music to my bluetooth speakers, and also watching my online shows streamed to my TV set. The device has all the muscle I need and is the perfect size for me - I prefer the smaller form factor/screen size. Don't be fooled by the so-called "smart people in the media" who write this iPad Mini off due to it's older chipset. When used as I described above, this little machine is a workhorse. I even used this one for some light web surfing, e-mail, and instant messaging. Out of the box it comes with an ample 128 GB of internal storage and has a crystal clear and sharp display with colors that really pop. I've even used this to watch some online shows/movies while traveling and it certainly gets the job done. I highly recommend this iPad Mini 4. Watch for it on sale and you'll find yourself with a nice little device and the satisfaction of saving some money on your investment. My only other suggestion is to put it in a durable and protective case (I chose the Otter Box) to keep the device safe. Also, for a smaller form factor device, this also gets surprisingly good battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the iPad Mini 4

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    Frances
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    After returning a Samsung Galaxy, which is a little bit bigger than the iPad Mini 4, I bought the ipad mini after doing some research on the different models and bc I didn't want to keep lugging my laptop around with me to my long medical appts every week. I needed something that wasn't as heavy to hold and smaller for my hands bc I have arthritis and the larger tablet models are just too big for me to hold bc they would make my hands hurt. I've tried a couple different ones and didn't like them. So I bought the gold iPad Mini 4 with 128GB and couldn't be happier. Not only is it very slim, sleek and beautiful, the response times on the touch screen are very quick and snappy which makes loading web pages and doing other tasks a breeze. I do have trouble with the fingerprint sign in feature for some reason. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn't and I've reset my fingerprints a couple of times. At this point, it's just easier and quicker for me to use the 6 digit pin sign in instead. But other than that, I can't find anything about the iPad that I don't like. If you own an iPhone, you won't be happy with any other type of tablet. The Samsung Galaxy I originally purchased just didn't cut it and had to return it within a week of purchasing it. Once I bought the iPad and started using it, I felt very comfortable that I had made a very good decision in buying it bc of my familiarity with the iOs format. Also, Best Buy matched an online price I found from another competitor giving me an even better deal. The iPad of course cost more than the Samsung Galaxy, but to me it was worth spending a little more $$ to get a better product. I just wouldn't have been satisfied with any other brand of tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The iPad Mini is truly a great tablet!

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    Gixer
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    I rated this iPad Mini a 4 out of 5 stars purely because it doesn't offer the latest tech/performance that Apple has available in the current iPad models. If it were updated, I’d give it a 5. However, do not let that fool you. The iPad Mini is still an awesome device. I am a long time Windows and Android user who is familiar with Apple products. Although I love Android, I realize that the only Android devices that receive similar support and updates to Apple devices are Google's own Android products. That being said, Google does not make a comparable device. Again, going to another brand isn’t an option, I don't want a product that’s going to be placed on the back-burner after its replacement is introduced. That seems to be the case with most Android based tablets. MS does not produce a comparable product either in terms of size. If you are an Android user and are on the fence about buying this product or an iPad, just go for it. Google makes it easy to forget you’re no longer in their ecosystem by making nearly all of the most important Google apps available in iOS, same with MS. On the other hand Apple needs to strongly consider updating the iPad Mini. The size is perfect for mobility, the build quality is still exceptional even though the device has been on the market for a few years now. The screen is still class leading as well. Bigger isn’t always better with tablets and at some point you have to ask yourself why is your less functional tablet getting larger than your fully capable laptop? I should also mention that the battery life is great as well. Outside of the slightly dated hardware, this is a solid product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still A Great "Entry" Level Tablet

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    ArtVandelay
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    Although the Ipad Mini 4 is starting to show its age (as of this writing it is over 2 years old which is ancient by technology standards), it is still a spectacular tablet. Gone are the lower storage capacities of 16 and 64 gb which used to cost $399 and $499 respectively. The only option is the top of the line 128 GB which back in the day cost $599. Despite it being on the market for quite some time, the current price of $399 (even less when on sale which is quite often makes this mini extremely attractive). The original 16 GB mini 4 only gave you about 11.8 GB after factoring all the preinstalled apps that come with it, which isnt a lot at all. Download a few games and movies and basically that's it. The 128 GB all but guarantees you'll never run out which I love since I download movies, games and take tons of pictures. The colors are beautiful and bright, the resolution is second to none and this mini will be more than enough for 99% of the people out there. I use mine for streaming videos, light game playing and email/surfing the internet. Yes this uses the older A8 processor but unless you're a die hard gamer, you won't need the Ipad Pro. To be honest I wanted the Pro 10.5 especially since it was on sale for 499 at Target, but I got this mini for 299.99 for 128 GB when the pro was only 32. Not to mention that within a year the Pro will be updated so you're spending all that money for an older product. I came from a mini 2 and this is a great upgrade. For the price I could not recommend it anymore! I love the size and how light it is (even lighter than the mini 2; less than 300 grams!) Sadly apple will not come out with a mini 5 as the demand for small tablets has dwindled with the popularity of phablets, so even though it is showing it's age, if you want one act quick (especially if it's on sale). You won't be disappointed! If this had the A10 processor found in the Pro, IMO this would be the best tablet on the market. Pros - can hold in one hand, light, beautiful colors and graphics, long battery life, price (got mine for 299), large storage size (128 gb), basically everything on this tablet is a pro except for the A8 Processor (which in it's defense is still pretty fast and more than enough for all but the hardcore gamers) Cons - Like previously mentioned the only "con" is that it still uses the A8 processor which is lightning quick compared to the Mini 2's processor. Still I can't help but wish this at least had the A9

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enjoyable but with flaws

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    ebany
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    Overall I like the iPad mini. It's lightweight and ergonomic, I can comfortably type with two hands in portrait mode, which is not possible with the regular iPad. I haven't noticed any performance issues either, it's been responsive and stutter free in use. The iPad mini is more than just a blown up phone. Unlike smartphones, it typically allows you to access full versions of websites which for me makes web browsing much more enjoyable. Battery life is good as well. The iPad mini does have flaws though. When watching Netflix I noticed that the display will dim and brighten repeatedly. I don't have auto brightness on, apparently it's a bug that's been with the iPad for years and only goes away if you turn on a setting called 'assistive touch,' which then leaves a gray circle somewhere on the screen that you have to try and hide somewhere in the letterboxing. I haven't noticed this issue with youtube, but I did with youtube TV. Also, although I prefer the display ratio of the iPad for web browsing, when watching a video that is widescreen, about half the display is wasted with black bars. The display aside from that is nice, but it's definitely no OLED. The other issue I have is that when multitasking with 2 apps, you can only split the display vertically. That's fine in landscape mode, but in portrait mode you're left with a display area about 2 inches wide and 7 inches long. It's really weird that apple still hasn't better implemented this feature. Overall though the iPad mini is a good tablet, and it's become the device I use most both at home or on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    iPad mini was a good quality.

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    Mm726910
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    I like iPad mini because it’s so easy to use. The iPad mini 4 is part of a dying breed of tablets. As phones become ginormous an 8 inch tablet doesn't make as much sense to many people anymore. However, if your phone is five to six inches or smaller an 8 inch tablet still serves a good purpose. It is bigger and more enjoyable to watch movies and play games on, and can still complement your cellular phone. Plus, the iPad mini 4 is considerably more portable than the regular sized iPad which isn't huge but is a bit cumbersome to carry with you on a regular basis. If you enjoy reading books in particular on a tablet or e-reader the iPad mini 4 is an excellent size for this purpose. It is incredibly light, while offering a super sharp screen with good color and contrast while having less reflection due to the lamination process used on the Mini 4. It is speedy enough for most everyone's needs, however it is not the fastest or the latest and greatest product from Apple. That being said, if you don't want to spend $600 on Apple's iPad Pro and or would like a tablet that is a bit easier to handle you can't go wrong with the iPad mini 4.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great tablet in a smaller size

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    Kiotie
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    The Apple experience is the same across all platforms. If you're an Apple person or own other Apple products you know what you're getting into so it comes down to size. I enjoy the smaller tablet for holding and portability. The Mini's are renowned for their battery life and this is no exception. I typically go a week between charges which I find fantastic although it is not as good as my Gen 1 Mini. I attribute this to the higher resolution screen and better processor in the Gen 4 but I'm happy to make this trade off. This is not my primary device and used mostly for media consumption at home before and after work: YouTube, YouTubeTV, Netflix, Amazon Video, Vudu... While that is my primary use I do have all my other normal apps loaded and those work as expected too. If I had one real complaint is that the screen format. When watching widescreen video it crops quite a bit of the screen and for a 2:39:1 movies that means you have about a 3 inch band in the middle of actual screen and the rest is black bar. If you're a video watcher there are other tablets in the Android line that make better use of the screen real estate but NONE of them seem to handle bluetooth audio as well as Apple and it really irks me to watch something with audio out of sync like I'm watching a foreign film or something. So thats the compromise I have to accept, smaller watchable screen with fully sync'd audio. As of 12/17 the processor is still very good, no issues or slowness and it is running the latest iOS 11.1.2. This is my second Mini, I jumped from a Gen 1 to this Gen 4 and its not let me down. I'm sad to see the Mini line die off, guess I'll have to look at an Android 8" when I'm due for my next upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    iPad mini - Right Size and Capacity

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    XOSherlock
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    I decided it was time to upgrade from my iPad 4 and I wanted to go with a mini this time around. For me the size is perfect! I love the form factor. I use it around the house all the time and with my Parrot drone. The size makes it great to just throw in my laptop bag or car and take with me. My opinion is I will use my laptop for more task/work oriented things, like writing this review. I use my iPad for Facebook, email, web surfing, home automation, video and photography tasks and a whole lot more. The 128GB is perfect! My previous iPad had 16GB and I was not able to load multiple movies, video and music to take with me. The screen is gorgeous and Netflix looks great on it. The camera does a great job for photos and video. I am so happy to have upgraded and love having the fingerprint sensor on it like my iPhone. I found a nice Solo case for it and I am happy! Bought my wife one for the holidays this season too :-). She loves hers as well. If you have a laptop handy consider the smaller mini. I found I am using this one a lot more just because of its size.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love / Hate

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    I love iPads. I've got three of them going back to an original and still working version 1 from shortly after they came out. I've also got three or four flavors of Android tablets, a couple of Kindles, and a pretty spiffy Asus Windows 10 two in one lap top with a detachable keyboard that works great as a tablet, but for certain tasks the iPad can't be beat. I use iPads almost exclusively for reading web pages and watching streaming video and it's perfect for that. What I hate is iTunes. Part of the reason I don't watch my own saved movies, or read my own saved books on an iPad is the infernal lengths I have to go to in order to transfer a single PDF from my computer to the iPad. I'm sure that some of this is me, but I'm not alone in this. My sister who lives and works in the figurative shadow of Apple's corporate HQ, and who is as Apple a person as I am not, loathes iTunes just as much as I do. Perhaps it's genetic :) Anyway, the mini itself is great. It's much smaller than my full size tablets obviously, but the screen is crisp and the size hasn't caused any problems with my stubby fingers using it. I haven't checked the specs on this one as compared to my older two but it's noticeably faster as I'd expect it would be. The extra memory - the other two are both pokey 16 GB device - is nice but I don't imagine I'll come close to needing it. I got it during one of the holiday sales at $299 which also makes me smile - though I'm sure by now that's the MSRP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    iPad Mini4: A Regular Staple in my Kit

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    WhiteDogSnores
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    The iPad Mini is by far the best sized tablet, and the ‘latest’ gen4 with 128gb WiFi is the best of the best. Yes, it’s been a long time coming since Apple updated this particular footprint, and rumor has it that Apple has no plans to continue with the Mini, but in truth there’s nothing those current iPad models have that we need given we all also have laptops for any taxing work (a la MS Office etc). My wife, my Mom, and my sister all have the Mini (I have 2; one charging while the other is used), and I’ve already started stocking replacement batteries for these tablets for when they stop holding an adequate charge — as we have no plans to switch to the larger, more expensive models being pushed today (or change ecosystems for that matter) when the batteries get dim on ours. They are perfect for one-handed reading, and they pack so easily in both my carry-on and my office brief. For our family (who use these devices extensively every day), its the Mini or nothing. Take a hint, Apple... if you want us to buy more iPads, stop trying to force us into footprints we’re not interested in, and listen to your customers. Build the next iPad Mini! You have a winner on your hands with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Device for Travel

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    Centauri06
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    I primarily use my tablets as a means to consume streaming media, games, basic internet browsing, etc. I travel frequently for work and use this device all the time. I have noticed that its battery life is a little bit less than my previous iPad mini 3, but it's a small complaint for an otherwise extremely reliable, beautiful device. I love packing this thing away as though there isn't anything there. Combined with the smart case, cover and a zippered sleeve from Amazon, I'm never worried about dropping, or damaging it while I board planes, get into rental cars, etc. It's a great device to wind down with at the end of a work day in a hotel. I will say that if you have a large phone, 5" and up, you will wonder how much difference there is between this device and your phone. As a former iPhone 6s Plus owner, I can say that it is nice to put the phone down for awhile and just enjoy a movie. That may be more psychological than anything, but I do appreciate having my iPad as my standalone media device. I can't wait for the next iteration, as the screen in this device is likely the most beautiful Apple currently places in it's iPad range. The pixel density is great, every image is crisp. My advice: decide what size is truly practical for your purposes and then make a decision. I value size and portability over better processing and a larger screen. Everyone's needs are different, this fits mine extremely well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    From iPad to Tablet back to iPad Mini

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    Amanda
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    I used to have one of the first versions of the iPad back in 2008. It was okay but was nothing to go home about and the app variety was slim. In 2014, I was gifted a Smart Tablet but it was not very user friendly; it eventually would not load properly or connect to wifi after 4 years of use. My old iPad from 2008 which I sold to my parents was still working after 10 years (let that sink in). After purchasing a regular size iPad for my boyfriend in 2017, I missed the smooth performance and easy-to-use ways of Apple products and was interested in an electronic device that was slightly bigger than my iPhone 8 but not a full laptop. I can say the iPad mini is a great size if you are just wanting something that is slightly bigger than your phone. There are way more apps to download now ,and I enjoy having the mini size as I feel the regular size is too big for me. It is compact enough for travel in a small bag or purse. Very glad I am back to the iPad. I will never go back to a Smart Tablet again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great! But may not be worth upgrading from 2/3.

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    I have a Mini 2 and I had hoped upgrading to a Mini 4 would make a noticeable performance difference. There are some features the 4 has over the 2, but overall, the experience is very similar. Some apps even load faster on the 2 - not sure why. I ran the benchmarks, and the 4 is technically a good deal faster, but in actual use, it isn't really that noticeable. I love touch ID on the 4. The 4 can do real multitasking [due to the extra memory], but I prefer the screen colors on the 2 [over-saturated on the 4]. The 4 has 128GB storage memory, while my 2 only has 16GB. I am torn between keeping the 4 or sticking with the 2. I don't think there will be much difference in obsolescence - both are 64-bit processors and should be supported by iOS for some time. If Apple would make a Mini 5 with face ID, smaller bezel [still need a place to grab onto], and the A10 or A11 processor, they'd have a real winner! I fear they might have abandoned the Mini in favor of the larger phones. That's a shame - the Mini is a perfectly sized tablet for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This was an excellent deal!

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    In reality, I already had an iPad tablet, only 16GB, and bought this one just so I'd have 128GB and could download some sewing class videos I'd bought online (that could ONLY be downloaded to an iPad) and have room to spare. Little did I know that I'd love this tablet so much, as so much had changed since my last one! It's FAST, reliable, and does everything I need it to do. Looks like I'll be using it for a whole lot more than I'd planned. You can't go wrong with this one when you find it on sale, that's for sure, with all the room in it. Just to let others know, if you want to watch classes (or anything, really) onyour big tv screen, you can buy a Lightening to HDMI adapter that will plug into your iPad and then into the HDMI port on your smart tv, and watch everything that's on your iPad screen. Since I couldn't get some of my classes on DVD, that was a perfect solution for me as I prefer that huge tv screen, lol... I mean, the iPad is fine, but after an hour of watching tiny detail work, it's worth it for the adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice hardware, frustrating software

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    I have used Android for several years, but decided to try an iPad for the learning experience. About 90% of the apps I use also have Apple versions, so that all works pretty well. The frustrations are: 1) I use LastPass for security. On Android, it auto-fills passwords on most sites. On iOS, Apple requires changes to each app before LastPass can work with it. Almost none of my normal apps are supported, so there is a lot of cut and paste required. 2) I use the SwiftKey keyboard on Android with a number key line across the top. Swiftkey, and all other keyboards on iOS, don't have the number line. The result is passwords with letters and number are very cumbersome to input, switching from the letter to number keyboards constantly. 3) Apps icons can only be four rows across, and can't be placed anywhere on the screen. All icons are automatically moved as close to the top as posslible. I like to have apps icons in the same relative places on my phone and my table. These iOS restrictions meant I essentially had to redo all my Android phone icons to match the iOS placement restrictions. Bottom line: I think iOS is overbearing and kind of sucks compared to Android.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my specific needs

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    I have an iPad Air 2 128GB which is almost full to capacity. I got an iPad Pro 12" with Christmas sales but that was just too large to carry around so I gifted it and replaced it with the mini 128GB. The size is perfect to carry around in a pocketbook or tote. The battery lasts a long time. I use it to make videos or get air drops when at dance so I can practice routines later. Also for mail, facebook, games and streaming TV. It doesn't always respond as quickly as the Pro - for example there seems to be a momentary delay before a video starts playing which I don't notice with the Air 2 or the Pro before I gave it away. That is a minor issue. Eventually I would like to get the Pro 10 in the 512GB capacity as it seems to be able the same size as the Air 2 so that is still manageable. Unfortunately WiFi is not available at the dance studio where I practice the most so internal storage is very important since accessing the cloud is not an option. If the mini came in a larger internal storage capacity, that would be ideal but it doesn't. Overall I'm very pleased with the mini & it is becoming my go-to over the Air 2.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect Ipad

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    Within the family we have 5 of these Ipads, one for each of the kids and one I use to travel. We have had 1st, 2nd and 4th generation full size Ipads, Samsung Galaxy Tablets is various formats and sizes, as well as a couple of Nabi 2s in the early days. The Ipad mini is far and away the best of the bunch. It has a beautiful display for watching movies, fantastic battery life, it small and light enough to travel with easily or for smaller hands/people to not be fatigued, yet large enough to be comfortable for playing games, watching movies/steaming content and reading books. Lastly, the Apple environment makes life so much easier than Android and Android devices. The extra years that Apple has been in the mobile game shows in the polish and performance of the apps, the apps store, etc. The compatibility issues with Amazon and google content that existed a few years ago have all been addressed, taking away the few minor things that were an annoyance. As stated in the review title, the Ipad mini is the best overall Ipad, but honestly it is my opinion that it is the best overall tablet on the market for the everyday user.

    I would recommend this to a friend