Review: iPad Mini, one for the kids – Computerworld New Zealand

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Review: iPad Mini, one for the

It is small and perfectly formed, but Sim isn#39;t tempted by the iPad

It#8217;s hard for me to imagine where Apple#8217;s current of iPads are considered too large. The Mini was launched in November to fit the of those who could.


to its name, the Mini is also and thinner than its predecessors making it easier to hold in one than previous generations. to the heft of the iPad 3, the 308g is practically feather-light #8212; in it#8217;s less than the weight.

The Mini#8217;s … seems to be this size #8212; it can now fit in small handbags, bags, and pockets.

Much like the Nexus 7 and Fire, this smaller makes it better suited as a device. If you#8217;ve tried ebooks on a 10-inch tablet one hand you#8217;ll appreciate move.

Although cheaper and than its larger counterparts, the maintains the same high industrial design. Its aluminium back and front glass have been fitted with the same level of as previous generations of the iPad.

The Mini uses Apple#8217;s new port, which is the smaller, #8216;lightning cable#8217;. This just as well, if not better, the previous 30-pin connector but the cables aren#8217;t as ubiquitious as the type so if you forget your you can#8217;t always trust will be someone in the office a spare.

The Mini has a 5 megapixel main and a 1.2 megapixel front facing for Facetime.


The 7.9-inch has a resolution of 768 by 1024 pixels.

I#8217;ve been comparing it devices like the Nexus 7 and Fire, Apple#8217;s entry the field gives you almost one inch of diagonal screen estate.

The quality of the images on the screen is comparable to the iPad 2. bright, has good colour but isn#8217;t amazing. If you#8217;ve used to the high pixel of the iPad 3 or the latest iPhones, the on the Mini will look stoneage.

The bezels along the left and side of the screen in portrait are only around 1cm thick.

has added palm detection to the iPad Mini iOS builds negates unwanted touches.

Apple has more than one apps in its App Store, this of software is what makes its such an easy sell. an app for everyone, and it#8217;s still that Microsoft, and even haven#8217;t been able to yet.

The iPad Mini can advantage of a large swathe of apps. It has the same resolution as the 2, and any iPad app can be used on the Mini. is in stark contrast to the disparity in where developers need to their apps specifically for the tablet format to work on like the Kindle Fire and 7.

The Mini uses Apple#8217;s A5 which is dual core and to 1 GHz. I wasn#8217;t able to any discernable difference in performance the Mini and an iPad 2, but when more intensive apps iPhoto, there are very lags while performing


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Apple says the Mini has a 10-hour battery and that#8217;s pretty much I got after a full charge.

I used the Mini as my main over four days. In time I browsed the internet, YouTube videos, sent and Tweets, and sync#8217;d with my regularly. I also spent a amount of time editing RAW with the iPhoto app. full charge would last a full day and most of the morning.

Watching longer videos significantly cuts figure to around 6 hours, but I was impressed with the longevity of the

The Mini isn#8217;t a tablet likely to purchase (unless I a really sad moment of envious – the screen size is not right for me, and the lower pixel is just too noticeable after six of using the fantastic iPad 3. after using it for a week I can see it fits into the form ecosystem – for the readers, children, and people who need to extra light (and already own an iPad) this is a tablet.

4 Stars


Dimensions: 200 x x 7.2 mm. 308 grams

Display: 7.9 inch 768 x 1024 pixels

OS: iOS 6

Camera: 5 MP

Apple A5, dual core 1 Ghz

$479 (16 GB, wifi only)

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