The iPad mini is unquestionably the nicest looking, best built and most premium tablet in the market. The iPad mini is lighter and thinner yet has a screen almost an inch bigger than its rivals, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD 7”.
iPad mini was the perfect addition to the iPad portfolio. Its size, weight and the fact that it can be held on a single hand makes it special. To compliment this feature, Apple has integrated thumb rejection technology to prevent unwanted touches from the hand which is holding this mini device. Its sleek, thin and light 7.9 inch tablet made of anodized aluminum and glass allows the format reduction pioneered by Amazon and Google.
It has a larger surface than the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD.
The pixel resolution is 1024×769 pixels. The screen is 162 pixels per inch at 7.9 inches.
It is not as dense as the iPad 3 and 4 but at that size it will be much sharper than the previous generations. Like an iPad it comes in 16 GB, 32GB, and 64 GB versions.
Apple mini claims a 10 hour battery life, surfing on WiFi, watching videos or listening music. Where the Nexus 7 is rated by Google at 8 hours.
The WiFi version was shipped to Australia at $369 where the 4G versions started at $509.
It is available in black and slate, white and silver colors where the models can be categorized as a WiFi one and the other with WiFi and cellular. iPad mini also features advanced WiFi that’s up to 2 times as fast as any previous generations of iPad. The things you do everyday might feel a lot whole faster. Built in apps include Safari, App Stores, Game Centre, iTunes, FaceTime. News stand, camera and more. It has a Face Time HD camera with a 5 mp camera on the back.
It still runs on iOS 6 which is Apple’s latest mobile operating system. But not having the retina display is the biggest shortcoming of the product.
The Smart Cover introduced with iPad mini was a delight as it magnetically attaches to the face of the iPad, protecting the screen. It can flip to make it easier for you to use Face Time camera or watch videos.
Its popularity in Australia is notable as the queue for iPad mini extended around the corner by one city block to another when it went on sale at Apple’s flagship store in George Street. 100 million devices were sold in 90 minutes which is astounding. It can be bought on various online retail stores like JB HiFi, Dick Smith, BigW, and other choices based on customer’s preference. With iPad mini 2 on its way, people who haven’t yet invested in iPad mini may want to get the new version. Let’s see what iPad mini 2 has to offer its users; hopefully Apple would restore the retina display in their upcoming product for mini lovers!