92
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iPad mini with Retina display review: as good as the Air, just smaller

Summary

The iPad mini matches the full-sized iPad Air in display quality, design and performance. Just be prepared to pay more than you would have for last year's model.

Pros
  • Stunning display
  • Solid performance
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No Touch ID
  • Relatively expensive
iPad mini with Retina display review: as good as the Air, just smaller

Last year Apple introduced the iPad mini, a second size option for its tablet lineup. In addition to being, well, miniature, it featured a beautiful design -- so beautiful, in fact, that the iPad Air now mimics it. More importantly, with a starting price of $329, consumers at last got an iPad at a more mid-range price point. As you can imagine, it appealed to folks who couldn't afford the full-sized model, and it was also intriguing for people who craved something a little more portable. By the same token, it was also panned by power users who thought the mini should have the same high-end specs and Retina display as the 10-inch model. In short, Apple had two iPads that were capable of attracting two different groups of people.

This year Apple stirred the pot. The new iPad mini not only features nicer hardware than its predecessor; it's also equipped with the same specs as its larger sibling, the iPad Air. For starters, the 2013 mini adds a Retina display, along with Apple's top-of-the-line A7 processor and a larger battery. But, it also comes at a higher cost. We know, we know: It's a premium tablet, but is $399 too much to pay for a brand-new 8-inch slate? Is there anything else in the mid-sized tablet market that would work at a lower price? And since the two iPads are no very similar, are there any factors to consider outside of size?

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Scores

Engadget

92
 

Breakdown

Design and form factor
8.9
Features
8.7
Storage capacity
7.3
Ease of use
8.0
Durability
10.0
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Specs

iPad

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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Specs

iPad

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
iOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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