Apple iPad Mini
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MD528LL/A
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.00 - $425.00
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 10/30/2012
- Updated on:10/22/2013
The good: The iPad Mini's ultrathin and light design is far more intimate and booklike than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience. The screen's dimensions elegantly display larger-format magazines and apps.
The bad: The iPad Mini costs too much, especially considering the lower resolution of its 7.9-inch non-Retina Display. The A5 processor isn't as robust as the one in the fourth-gen iPad and iPhone 5. Typing on the smaller screen is not quite as comfy.
The bottom line: If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.
by dupont128 on September 9, 2013
Pros: Design is great.
Hardware is great.
Software is great.
Summary: The first glimpse of the iPad Mini makes you feel that it is just a miniaturized iPad but the more you look closer into the tablet, the differences become more ...
Summary: The first glimpse of the iPad Mini makes you feel that it is just a miniaturized iPad but the more you look closer into the tablet, the differences become more prominent. The side bezels are a lot slimmer and rightfully so allows you to hold the tablet with just one hand. However the weight ensures that your other hand kicks in to support the tablet within minutes. The thinner bezel also adds to the overall form factor of the design. There is the usual mute button and the volume controls on the right. The volume up and down are now separate switches compared to the unified two click system in previous generations. The power button sits on the top. All the buttons feels really solid and long lasting because they are carved out from the same piece of aluminum used for making the iPad Mini.
Nicely Sized, But A Bit Pricey For Its Class
by thisistheslam on June 9, 2013
Pros: smaller form factor make the iPad mini a better portable device than its bigger brother, doesn't feel slow or choppy, looks good as always
Cons: limited by iOS platform, no good for real productivity, not as high end as some Apple products are when introduced
Summary: The iPad Mini makes total sense and no sense to me at the same time. It shrinks the iPad design down and becomes a fantastic mobile solution for those wishing ...
Summary: The iPad Mini makes total sense and no sense to me at the same time. It shrinks the iPad design down and becomes a fantastic mobile solution for those wishing to be entertained and socially connected while on the go. However, the same thing can be said for the iPad and all the other mobile OS' out there and their tablets. I will say the iPad Mini has the most consistent performance out of all of the 8" and lower tablets, but it isn't a total hit for me. I owned a Nexus 7 up until recently, and I'll take the iPad mini over it, but with Windows tablets coming in the same size, I'll be hard pressed to understand why I'd pay $330 for a 16GB tablet that does the same thing all the other tablets have done for the past several years. That, to me, makes this a good product, but one with obvious boundaries. Until iOS is updated, an iPad will just be an iPad, and not the convenient mobile computer that Microsoft and OEMs pushing Windows 8 are going for. That, to me, is a deal breaker that will have increasing weight going forward. If you're an all-Apple user/family, this would make sense. But if you've already got an iPad, why bother with another one? Maybe for kids, but it's still the most expensive thing in the ARM world that is a smaller-sized tablet. I just can't get excited about it like I did with other tablets of the past.
Would be perfect with retina
by WMacaulay on May 13, 2013
Pros: 01 Size is perfect
02 Performance is excellent compared to other tabs I've tried
03 Construction is magnificent. Really solid
04 Great for business and creative professionals
Cons: 01 Retina display will come sometime, I'm sure
02 Screen precision with stylus isn't spot-on
Summary: I use the Mini as a sketch and creative device in architecture and construction. I considered Android, but the apps just aren't there yet with the same depth there ...
Summary: I use the Mini as a sketch and creative device in architecture and construction. I considered Android, but the apps just aren't there yet with the same depth there are with iOS. While I'm not a Mac guy - all my PCs are Windows-based - I already have an iPhone so an Android tablet wasn't tempting. Autodesk has slew of apps for iOS and that helped seal the deal for me.
The size of the Mini is part of what makes it so good: I find the iPad 4 a bit too large, and the Mini just a bit small, but still prefer the size of the Mini.
The Mini does everything well: content creation, e-reader, mail and calendar, browsing - I'm using my PC and my phone much less as a result of the Mini.
If my 75 year old grandma can do it, you can!.
by amandaridgeway on May 13, 2013
Pros: Easy to manipulate. Very Light. Portable.
Cons: Keeps you from doing the dishes.
Summary: I got my grandma a Ipad mini and she is now able to Facetime and follow the family with Facebook. Very light weight and easy to manipulate through. If my ...
Summary: I got my grandma a Ipad mini and she is now able to Facetime and follow the family with Facebook. Very light weight and easy to manipulate through. If my 75 year old grandma can do it you can!.<iframe src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=ama072f-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B00746W3HG&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe>
Excellent small tablet.
by tmybrgr3 on April 21, 2013
Pros: Lightweight and very thin (weight feels like a kindle)
No compromises in terms of being an iPad (its the same experience)
Magazines look great on the device (sans some text)
Pictures and video are decent
Doesn't lag in terms of speed
Cons: Lack of retina display (but the screen isn't that bad)
Summary: I have an iPad3 Retina, iPhone 5 and Macbook Pro Retina so I am definitely into the clarity of the retina displays and will definitely get a mini with one ...
Summary: I have an iPad3 Retina, iPhone 5 and Macbook Pro Retina so I am definitely into the clarity of the retina displays and will definitely get a mini with one when it arrives. But for travel and just general reading, the mini cannot be beat. I was very hesitant to get one but am really glad I did. The text can be a bit fuzzy on magazines or websites but it is not so bad that you get a headache or are not able to read it is just not crystal clear - sort of like having slightly dirty glasses on. So its not bad. Especially if you take into account build quality and weight. If you are looking for thin and light you won't be disappointed. Trust me the bigger iPad is amazing but it is quite heavy to hold with one hand for a reading session or for travel. Give it a try Apple has a 14-day return policy and trying at home probably will make you a convert.
One of my best purchases of all time.
by ibrocky on April 17, 2013
Pros: - Lightweight (super light!)
- small as my moleskin journal
- no glitches
Cons: - I am not bothered by the lack of retina at all.
- wish it had more than 512mb of memory
- Apple is holding back on the potential of this device.
Summary: The potential of this device is tremendous and the sad thing is that I have to wait a while before the REAL iPad mini comes out. I'm extremely satisfied ...
Summary: The potential of this device is tremendous and the sad thing is that I have to wait a while before the REAL iPad mini comes out. I'm extremely satisfied with the purchase. I don't care about the iOS limitations because it's very consistent. Bottom line, it works!!
Lack of retina doesn't bother me at all because it's been very functional in all that I do with it.
My main purposes for this device: note taking (Evernote), scheduling, quick emails, reading (kindle, chrome, safari, pocket), and personal banking.
iPad mini will not fail you at all. It's very consistent and will be awesome at what it does.
I love this product!!
by zedd94 on April 13, 2013
Pros: Very light, easy to use. Had the original Ipad. I considered going with a Retina display, but for internet browsing, reading and app use, this is the best bet. If you will use it more like a computer, consider the full size with Retina display.
Cons: No retina display, but that is not a deal killer. Side by side at the Apple store, the difference was not night and day. More like day and early morning.
Summary: I loved my original Ipad, and it still works. This product meets my needs of portability and being able to hold it in my hands to play games or read ...
Summary: I loved my original Ipad, and it still works. This product meets my needs of portability and being able to hold it in my hands to play games or read without my hands getting fatigued. I opted for 32g this time because my app library and media consumption is bound to go up. If in doubt check out the full size and mini side by side at the Apple store or your local Best Buy. I bought mine at Apple. The customer service at the Apple Store is the best I have ever received anywhere. And if not for them, I would've spent more money on the Ipad w/Retina, and in the end less satisfied. The apps and internet browsing are optimized for the mini, so everything fits. Used HBO Go last night, and it was a joy to watch a program with headphones while in bed. I did opt for Apple Care, since I anticipate taking this with me almost everywhere I go. If you want a device that works, sets up in minutes out of the box, a host of apps, great media content, and ease of use: GET The Ipad Mini. I have been an Apple user for 5 years. I have considered the Nexus 7. However, the extra money is well spent since I know it meets the criteria I mentioned above. You can find the price is coming down for certain retailers. I suspect a Retina display is coming soon, but that didn't stop me. If a Retina display Mini comes out, I'll just buy that for my wife. And I got the Smart Cover. I love it.
by TechStink on April 11, 2013
Pros: Small and light.
Cons: Resolution to read books and email.
Summary: I bought this to dump my big iPad 3 but that was a mistake. The resolution on the mini was horrible.Text was choppy and brightness was kind of gray ...
Summary: I bought this to dump my big iPad 3 but that was a mistake. The resolution on the mini was horrible.Text was choppy and brightness was kind of gray and not bright like the iPad 3 even with adjustments. I returned back to store after 2 days. I'm moving on to the new Galaxy Note 8.0 with the better resolution and flexibility of USB and memory card.
Surprisingly Love the iPad mini & Screen Size
by blue5ft3 on March 9, 2013
Pros: Screen size-remarkably bigger than 7" tablet. Siri, great rear camera, stereo speakers, VERY light, NO lag. Apps use full screen, not stretched out phone apps. Webpages are full size, Easy typing & to hold GREAT battery life IOS apps Metal=STURDY
Cons: There are no cons for me
Summary: I don't care about Retina displays. I think once they add it, the iPad mini won't be as quick or have the fantastic battery life that it has ...
Summary: I don't care about Retina displays. I think once they add it, the iPad mini won't be as quick or have the fantastic battery life that it has now. I take this everywhere. It takes very nice pictures. The sound is good. The biggest thing with the iPad mini was how surprised I am at how much I like it and use it. The Nexus 7 sits there. As much as I love my iPad 4 w/Retina Display, it's my sit down to use and work device now. I honestly recommend it. I heard someone say you have to feel and use it to see how great it is. I think that's true. I just love this tablet and it's so very light, it's a pleasure to use. Typing is easier than I thought it would be too. I wish I had gotten a model with more storage. This has been great to get for the kids also, who have to use iPads for school. Our school system uses the iPads. I think the price being higher than 7" tablets is well worth the money.I'm sorry for lack of punctuation, and the choppy sentences under Pros. The characters are limited, causing me to chop them to bits.
Updated on Mar 9, 2013
Coming from an iPad 2 to an iPad Mini I'm happy with it
by NateWilzon on March 3, 2013
Pros: -Screen is more crisp than the iPad 2i for sure and more colorful.
-Love the cameras both are much more improved over the iPad 2.
-Wifi is noticeably faster as well.
-Speed is great actually a tiny bit faster than iPad 2. (Smaller screen maybe?)
Cons: -No Retina display (honestly don't care about it even though it looks beautiful when I had my iPhone 4)
- Older processor (however it really doesn't matter on a small screen to me)
Summary: Beautiful device, the design is much more comfortable to hold than the iPad 2 it looks higher quality too thanks to the new design. (I have the black model) the ...
Summary: Beautiful device, the design is much more comfortable to hold than the iPad 2 it looks higher quality too thanks to the new design. (I have the black model) the price is a tiny bit high, not insanely however since it being an Apple product I'd much rather "over pay" than underpay for a slow bogged down android tablet (don't get me wrong I love android). The speed of iOS is still unmatched, Siri works wonderfully, cameras are surprisingly good, screen is crisp, very easy to type on with your two thumbs now thanks to the smaller size, also did I mention... How LIGHT this device is?! That was the most shocking to me was it is as light as a feather.Forgot to mention one downfall is that the battery takes a LONG LONG LONG time to charge
Overall very happy with it, sadly I know they will just come out with another one with a Retina display and ill be left out lol.
Updated on Mar 3, 2013
However the battery does last a long time. Well over 10 hours using it all day pretty much.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MD528LL/A
- Description: iPad mini makes one thing clear: its 7.9-inch display more than measures up to the complete iPad experience. View web pages in Safari. See where you are and what's around you using Maps. Flick through your photos and watch videos in vivid detail. And wave hello to the family on a FaceTime call. The iPad mini display uses the same LED backlight technology as iPad to give you plenty of pop per square inch. iPad is known for its fast, fluid performance, and iPad mini doesn't disappoint. It features the powerful and power-efficient A5 chip, which makes everything you do feel smooth and natural. From the little things like switching from app to app and swiping from page to page, to the big things like editing photos, watching movies, and playing games. An impromptu performance on the subway, the winning shot at your daughter's soccer game, and an awesome 360-degree view from the top of the mountain - the iSight camera on iPad mini lets you capture all these unpredictable, beautiful, spectacular moments. In 1080p HD, no less. The spacious iPad mini display gives you a great view of whatever you're filming. And with automatic video stabilization, your recording is free of bumps and shakes. So your videos are instantly ready to share.
- Type 7.9 in,
IPS TFT active matrix - LED backlight
- Display Resolution 1024 x 768 ( 163 ppi )
- Touchscreen Yes
- Features Fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating
- Operating System Apple iOS
- Carrier AT&T ,
- Processor Apple A5
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Flash Memory 16 GB,
- Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0,
- Rear-facing Camera 5 megapixels
- HD Video Recording 1080p
- Features Video stabilizer,
Tap to focus,
Photo and video geotagging,
Face detection in still images,
5-megapixel iSight camera,
FaceTime HD camera
- Front-facing Camera 1.2 Megapixel
- Supported Text Formats DOCX,
- Supported Still Image Formats PPT,
- Supported Digital Video Formats H.264 High Profile Level 4.1 (up to 1080p),
MPEG-4 SP (up to 640x480),
Motion JPEG (up to 1280x720)
- Audio Microphone , Speaker
- Supported Digital Audio Formats AAC,
- Preloaded Software Messages,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.6.8 or later,
Microsoft Windows 7,
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 or later,
Microsoft Windows Vista,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 or later
Expansion and Connectivity
- Interfaces 1 x Headphones,
1 x Lightning
- Technology / Form Factor Lithium polymer
- Capacity 16.3 Wh
- Run Time 10 hour(s)
- Run Time Details Web browsing over Wi-Fi - up to 10 hour(s),
Video playback - up to 10 hour(s),
Audio playback - up to 10 hour(s)
- Color Black & slate
- Sensors Accelerometer,
Ambient light sensor,
Three-axis gyro sensor,
- Features Front camera ,
- Included Accessories Power adapter
- Cables Included 1 x Lightning to USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.3 in
- Depth 0.28 in
- Height 7.87 in
- Weight 0.68 lbs
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year,
Technical support - Phone consulting - 90 days
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 5 - 95% (non-condensing)
- Min Storage Temperature -4 °F
- Max Storage Temperature 113 °F
- Max Altitude Operating 9840 ft