iPad Mini

iPad Mini

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A while back, the release of the iPad mini was unveiled and with the release came a tablet that was 7.9in screen, which looks a lot smaller that the lager 10″ tablet original iPads have. The iPad mini weighs in at 300g that makes it 90g heavier than the Amazon kindle. Seeming that is weighs 90 g more it is still really light and thin making it easy to for long periods of times in a single hand unlike the 10”, which can be a bit more difficult. Even though it is very slender it feels like it has been well built, with the aluminium build showing nearly no flexes when applying pressure to it. As expected, it is stylish coming in with three colours to choose from black, slate, grey and silver.

Everyone has been concerned about the very thin bezel that is on the left and right sides of the iPad mini screen. The reason for this is due to the fact that it looks like it would be very difficult to hold the iPad mini comfortably but Apple has cleverly made it so that it will tell the difference between when you are holding it and when you are interacting with the touch screen. Like everything, even though it has its flaws it is still works surprisingly well.

iPad Mini

iPad Mini

Other than the obvious change in dimensions, the other most noticeable change that has happened to the iPad mini that the larger counterpart does not have is the lower screen resolution. Such things as text looks more fuzzy and images have got less detail to them then they would on a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel display found on a full sized iPad. This should not be a problem though as it is still a usable screen just takes a little time to get used to if you are used to a higher resolution tablet.

One concern we had with the smaller 7.9in display was how tricky it may be to control when using it with some more complex or powerful apps that are available from the app store. one of these apps was apples own Garageband. This app was designed to be used on the larger 10in iPad. Surprisingly we came across no problems make the app perfectly easy to use and still usable. All apps seem to run smoothly along with the iOS, which is due to the A5 CPU, which is used in the fifth generation iPod touch. Battery life was another area of goodness especially when it is in a small tablet. It lasted up to about 12 hours while it was playing videos on a loop.

The iPad mini is an attractive device due to its small size, low weight and its sturdy but sleek build. It does have it draw back of the smallest size at 16GB Wi-Fi costing £269 where you could buy 32GB Asus Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HD for around £200. These tablets are more than good enough to surf the web, read an eBook or watch a video on. What hold to iPad mini at top is the versatile of it many thanks to its huge selection of apps.

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