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86
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

The iPad mini isn't just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn't just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple's best tablet yet

Pros
  • Beautiful, thin and light design
  • Stellar battery life
  • Bright, clear display
  • Sturdy construction
Cons
  • Too wide for some
  • Pricier than many 7-inch alternatives
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Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
7.922
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 1020
Model
default

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Mac OS)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Other features

Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
162 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
LTE

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Mac OS)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version)

Other features

Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
162 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
Model
64GB WiFi

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes (Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
OLED
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
32GB AT&T 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
64GB Sprint 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
16GB Verizon 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
16 GB Sprint 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
32GB WiFi

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes (Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Mac OS)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
16GB WiFi

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
No

Location

Location support
Yes (Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
32GB Verizon 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
16GB AT&T 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
64GB AT&T 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
32GB Sprint 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
Model
64GB Verizon 4G

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (6)

Input

Keyboard
No
Predictive text
Yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Wifi loc, Compass)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (5 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Other features

External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Ruggedized
No
TV out
Yes
Screen size
7.9 inches
Screen resolution
1024x768
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (64 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10 hours
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (No)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core