Apple iPad mini with Retina display
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.
- Stunning display
- Solid performance
- Long battery life
- No Touch ID
- Relatively expensive
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Apple iPad mini with Retina display
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- 91AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE14 ReviewsAllThingsD80An iPad Thatâ€™s Mini in Screen Size OnlyOverall, the iPad Mini with Retina display is a winner. Plenty of people will now consider this a viable alternative to the full-size iPad without any of the miniature downsides.Ars Technica90Review: Appleâ€™s Retina iPad mini is the small taIf money's no object, the Retina iPad mini is the best small tablet you can buy today. It might even be the best tablet you can buy today, period. If you passed on the iPad mini last year in hopes of getting a Retina model this year, you made the right call; this is the one you were waiting for.AnandTech90Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: ReviewedThe lower weight and smaller form factor are just tough to give up. Apple could’ve made the decision a lot easier by giving the mini true display parity with the Air though.Wired90Apple iPad miniThe iPad mini is exactly the type of product we expect from Apple. Stunning good looks, a display so high resolution it’d take a magnifying glass to pick out the pixels, and unparalleled performance. This is the smaller iPad that should have debuted last year, but hey, better late than never.Gizmodo90Retina iPad Mini Review: A Sight for Sore EyesThe only reasons not to buy an iPad mini—assuming you'd like to buy a tablet in the first place—are matters of personal preference and bankroll.Engadget90iPad mini with Retina display review: as good as tIt's an iterative update, for sure, but one that makes it vastly better than the original. Because it now offers a Retina display, fast connectivity and a powerful processor, the mini now shares top-tier product status with the iPad Air. This is precisely the iPad mini we've been waiting for...PC Mag90Apple iPad mini With Retina DisplayThe new iPad mini has a super-sharp Retina display and packs all of the power of the iPad Air into a more portable package.CNET90iPad Mini with Retina Display review: Pricey, mighThe new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet.Ars TechnicaNot RatedHands-on with the new iPad Air and Retina iPad minEspecially with the thinner, more delicate fonts included in iOS 7, non-Retina displays are showing their age these days. The Retina mini fixes this completely with its 2048×1536 7.9-inch display. Putting the same resolution in a smaller screen makes for an even sharper display.Laptop MagazineNot RatediPad Mini Retina Display Hands-on: High ResolutionThe iPad mini’s 2048 x 1536-pixel screen blows away other Android slates ... Everything from the icons and text underneath them to pictures in iPhoto and the New York Times website looked sharp. This is as flawless a visual experience you’ll have on a small tablet.GigaOMNot RatedHands on thoughts of the iPad Air and iPad mini wiThe display is incredibly vivid, crisp and bright. The feeling I got when looking at the display was the same feeling I had when I first saw the original retina display iPad. The difference is tremendous.CNETNot RatedApple announces iPad Mini with Retina Display; staThe new tablet feels exactly like the first-generation iPad Mini. This is a good thing, since the first Mini has a near perfect feel. However, while it feels great, it's all about that screen.EngadgetNot RatediPad mini with Retina display hands-onCompared to the original iPad mini that came out last year, this is a rather significant bump in pixel density, and we came away much more impressed with the mini as a result.TechCrunchNot RatedHands On With The New iPad Mini With Retina Displa...considering that you do get an iPad essentially as powerful as its larger sibling in such a small, one-hand holdable package, it really is worth the minor price hike, based on my initial impressions.AnandTechNot RatediPad mini with Retina Display: Hands On [video]This looks great with the higher resolution display ... it's a lot smoother than the last one.Pocket-Lint100iPad mini with Retina display review...the iPad mini with Retina display is one of the best tablets on the market, if not the best tablet on the market. Fantastic portability, amazing battery life, a great screen, a huge array of apps, and all the processing power ... You won't be disappointed.CNET UK90Apple iPad mini with retina display reviewIf you're planning to buy a tablet to watch video on a commute, this is the one to go for. The better screen and faster processor are a massive improvement on last year's model. Want.MashableNot RatedHow the Retina iPad Mini Stacks Up Against CompetiThe iPad mini with Retina display is considerably pricier than other similar-sized devices on the market. Its cheapest model is $399 for a Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB. By comparison, the full HD Wi-Fi Nexus 7 starts at $229.Washington PostNot RatedHands on with the new iPad Air, iPad mini, MacBookThe difference in the display quality is the real story here, and it’s immediately noticeable, as it was when Apple upgraded to retina display on the iPhone.SlashGearNot RatediPad mini with Retina display hands-on...the iPad Air is certainly a beautiful feat of engineering and design, with the iPad mini with Retina Display now offering the same screen resolution, same performance, and same camera, we’re still left feeling like we’d opt for the smaller tablet, certainly if we were mobile users.Pocket-LintNot RatediPad mini 2 pictures and hands-onThe iPad mini 2 looks to be a real powerhouse and certainly in our play compared to the iPad mini is noticeably faster than its predecessor ... If you like portability this is still the one to go for we think. Nice.Digital Versus100Review: iPad Mini with Retina Display, A Vast ImprIt's powerful, versatile thanks to iOS 7 and the now-free iSoftware suites, and has a superb, highly detailed screen and heavy-duty battery life. It's clearly one of the best tablets on the market.The Verge90iPad mini with Retina display reviewThe iPad mini with Retina display is a fantastic tablet, but one that defies categorization.The VergeNot RatedApple iPad mini with Retina display hands-onIn essence, Apple chose not to change the iPad mini's basic formula to compete with these new tablets. It kept the same basic form factor as its predecessor, leaving the screen at a 4:3 aspect ratio that helps maintain compatibility with iOS' massive library of apps.CNNNot RatediPad Air and Mini: Hands-onWhile we didn't have enough time alone with a Mini to verify the veracity of the company's claims, everything appeared to zip along just as quickly as the Air.IGNNot RatedApple iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display HThe Retina display is a welcome addition, but with a price tag that is typically associated with larger tablets, it'll be a tougher sell when it launches next month.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: iPad mini 2 with Retina display reviewFaster, prettier and more featured, the new iPad mini is everything we hoped it would be and, although there was nothing that we didn't expect, it should be noted that this is a tablet that ticks every box.T3Not RatediPad Mini Retina preview: Hands-on...with a faster processor, an 128Gb memory option, much better FaceTime HD camera, M7 co-processing and that utterly beautiful hi-res Retina screen, it's hard to change our view of it remaining the best small form-factor, if not THE best tablet on the market.Expert Reviews100Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display reviewIt perfectly balances screen resolution and size with portability, with Apple producing a tablet that fits comfortably in one hand. Build quality is excellent, too, putting this tablet above the cheaper, but still great, Google Nexus 7.TrustedReviews90iPad mini 2 Retina reviewThe iPad mini Retina has improved exactly where it needed to. Better screen, better camera and much faster processor ... the iPad mini 2 is one of the best small-form tablets on the market, even if the extra cost is a little hard to justify.Expert ReviewsNot RatedApple iPad Mini with Retina Display review - handsGiven the faster processor and the high-resolution screen, it's certainly looking as though the iPad Mini with Retina is going to be the small tablet to buy and a worthy upgrade to the existing model.TrustedReviewsNot RatediPad mini 2 RetinaThe iPad mini 2 comes packing the same 64-bit A7 processor as the iPhone 5S. Based on our benchmarking of the 5S it’s an impressive performer and wipes the floor with the A5 processor on the original mini.Huffington Post UKNot RatediPad Air And iPad Mini Hands-On: What Are Apple'sThe new iPad Mini looks and feels exactly like the old one - except someone has lifted off the annoying sheet of semi-opaque plastic from the screen ... the Retina display is the screen the Mini should have always had, and it looks fantastic.
- 91AVERAGE USER SCORE39 ReviewsEngadget Reader80July 29, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 21, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The iPad Mini with Retina Display is truly a great tablet. The tablet runs very smooth, i hardly ever experience any lag. The iPad is great with games, but not perfect, and navigating the web is a breeze. This iPad is a good multitasker and can run several apps in the background all at once. I enjoy playing music while browsing the web, or even playing games, and yet hardly ever experience any lag. One thing I really hate about the iPad Mini with Retina Display is the saturation and contrast of the display. It's quite faded and dull. If compared to the iPad Air 1 & 2 or even iPhone 5s, the difference is quite noticeable. Other than that, the display has great resolution, it looks sharp and crisp. The design and form factor of the iPad Mini is also really good, it looks and feels professional. I would recommend this tablet to a friend, but not if he's picky with display colors like me.Engadget Reader100December 30, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 10, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Ipad Mini With Retina Display was released nearly a year ago. I brought this Ipad Mini in January and have loved the whole experience of using it is extremely fast and has great performance it also has brilliant form factor. The battery life needs improving drastically like it does with all other apple products at the moment in time. Durability is quite good but you will need a case if you end up dropping it a lot. Overall the Ipad Mini is a great product and i cant wait to see what Apple does to the Ipad Mini in SeptemberEngadget Reader60May 22, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Just overflowing with planned obsolescence. Thought I would be getting a real up-to-date model, but after using an Android tablet and smartphone this is like going back in time. Great design and build, but disappointing in so many ways. BTW, no camera flash, low light pathetic performance. Keyboard is horrible, even split. Can't move the cursor back without deleting or having to reposition with your finger.Engadget Reader90May 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100May 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100May 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've been using tablets since 1994 starting with the Newton Messagepad 110 through countless WinCE devices, Tablet versions of Windows OSes (modified 2000, XP, Windows7 & 8), BB's Playbook and Android so I've pretty much seen them all. I have to say the Mini Retina is the closest thing to the Holy Grail of tablets.Engadget Reader100April 30, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great tablet, I've been very happy with mine with no real complaints. Good screen, very solid battery life and it's easy to use with some nice features. Very happy with my iPad Mini Retina.Engadget Reader90March 29, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 28, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60February 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80February 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I think the regular mini is a far better value. Like I said above, I barely notice the retina aspects that were revolutionary to so many (and I have an iphone 5, too, so I should be jaded with all non-retina things...). I can see the retina benefits when reading small print text, especially when side by side with my old iPad mini, then you can definitely tell a difference, but if they weren't side by side, it'd more difficult to notice. I also think the slight increase in width and weight are noticeable, and when directly compared with the old mini, especially so. Maybe I need finer tuned eyes and to hit the gym more often... but that's my 2 cents. Oh, and thus far, I haven't really noticed a big difference in speed with the new chip inside either. Thus, I think a cheaper regular model is the way to go. All that said, they're both great products, but the best value, for me, is the regular iPad Mini.P.S. - The shutter button or the other shutter control (the up/down volume buttons) always seem to be in the wrong place for selfies whereby you almost always block the lens to reach them... Why can't you use your iphone to control the shutter of the iPad camera, and vice versa? Can you with an app? This seems like a no-brainer.Engadget Reader100February 4, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 4, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 4, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 29, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best all-around tablet experience I've seen. This is a device I want to take with me everywhere.Engadget Reader100December 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 17, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 17, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100December 13, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader70December 10, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had a love and dis-love (don't want to say hate) relationship with iPads. This will be the third one in two years I've bought and returned in less than 2 weeks. The first two I had were the full size iPads, and this one is the mini with Retina.When I returned the first two, I thought it was too big, and was confused going between my iPhone and iPad with notifications un-even on both (maybe it's my own OCD). Then I thought finally, the Mini was here in a retina form and I'd be good. I liked it, but wasn't in love with it, and still think the size is a bit too big to go with one hand. I think overall, the iPad just doesn't work for me as a person. I think I can get by with my phone and Air. But I know plenty of others who love it!Sithlord218790December 9, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have had a 3rd gen iPad with Retina display since it came out 2 years ago. It is a fantastic tablet. One of my main uses for my ipad is reading (books, magazines, and blogs such as Engadget) The retina display is great for this but the size and weight were not the best. I wanted to get an iPad mini but the non retina model just wouldn't cut it for heavy reading. Now that the retina display is available in the mini it perfectly fit my needs. I have also found it to be even better for playing games as the smaller size makes landscape use much more comfortable. I would very highly recommend this tablet.Engadget Reader100December 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Everything is very nice! No complaints so far!Engadget Reader100December 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - Engadgetwinterjoey90November 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 26, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The retina iPad mini is essentially the perfect product. The screen is sharp, colorful, and bright. The exceptional screen resolution reduces eye fatigue and makes text easy to read. The thin and light form factor makes it easy enough to be held in one hand and fit into a large pocket.It is a very expensive tablet, but I think it's the best tablet on the market.Engadget Reader90November 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Ok, lets just say it from the start. This is what the iPad Mini should have been last year. Or at least what i wanted it to be.The new Mini with Retina is by far a significant upgrade from the 1st model and i am not just talking about adding the Retina display. We moved up to the A7 chip with the M7 coprocessor. the new Mini has two WiFi antennas instead of one and MIMO technology. Where the 1st Gen was basically an iPad 2 that shrunk this one is in essence the new Air just smaller. Where before the iPad was behind the iPhone in now both the Air and Mini are standing with the iPhone. the only real difference now is the screen size.This years iPads are tough tho chose between because it really is a size difference. yes there seems the a slight better processors speed on the Air than the Mini and there are articles on how the color is not quite right. But to be honest these are things i canâ€™t seem to notice.The Mini for me is the best iPad. I prefer the smaller size. Its easy to hold great for reading and gets great battery life. its everything i want in a small tablet.Engadget Reader90November 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I am thrilled at the size and weight and it's everything I expected. If you type a lot you should consider the Air, but otherwise two thumbed typing is manageable.Engadget Reader100November 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Replaced my 2012 Mini with the new rMini and couldn't be happier. Screen is awesome, so are performances and battery life. Impressive little device.Had a 9,7in iPad before and for me, the Mini is the perfect size.Only small complain is about the price which is a bit high. $399 for 32Gb would have been a good deal IMO.Engadget Reader100November 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I used to take my iPad Mini with me everywhere. For me the only fault was the display, which the Retina iPad Mini obviously fixes. It makes a lot of difference in the render of text.Much faster than it's predecessor, the Retina iPad Mini may be small, but it has it where it counts. It is noticeably faster than the iPad Mini.Note that the Retina iPad Mini comes with a 10W charger - so if you pack a couple larger iPads on for a road trip, make sure you bring the 12W charger.This is a really big upgrade and if you use your iPad everywhere like I do you'll really want to consider it.
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