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iPad Mini Review: Final Verdict After 12 Weeks Of Use

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So, after having used the iPad Mini for an extended period, 12 weeks to be more specific, is it worth buying the small tablet? Check out our long-term iPad Mini review below for the answer.

iPad Mini review

The Apple iPad Mini has the same A5 processor as the Apple iPad 2 and the Apple iPhone 4S. It comes with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB for a cost of £269, £349 or £429. The device is 20cm x 13cm x 7.2mm and it has a display of 1024 x 768, a battery of 16.3 watt that is said to last around 10 hours, a HD video camera and camera of 5 megapixels.

The Apple iPad Mini is superb and gets five star reviews, apart from the problem with Maps, and I didn’t have any issues with it.

The pros of the tablet are that it fits easily into the pocket and it matches the Kindle when it comes to reading on the bus or train and it is easy to hold when you are reading or browsing the web in bed. If you own an older Apple iPad the device is able to sync with it. The camera is more useful on the tablet thanks to it being smaller.

There are some cons and these include the Lightning connector, which it shares with the Apple iPhone 5. This means that if you own an older Apple device you have to carry two chargers with you, or buy an adapter. The other downside is that there is no Google Maps for the Apple iPad Mini by default (nor GPS antenna).

Kindertown, who are known for their children’s apps have said that their boost this Christmas was down to the Apple iPad Mini being bought for children, after all the size makes it perfect for a child. The device is ok for playing games on the move. GTA: Vice City has been re-released on both of the Apple iPads and although the game did play smoother on the Apple iPad with the A6X processor, it played well on the Apple iPad Mini too, even with the small screen.

The Apple iPad Mini is not the perfect device for typing on for long documents, unless you pay out for a wireless keyboard. However emails are easy enough to type and I found them better than trying to type on a larger tablet.

Whether it is worth the outlay is hard to say. I still go for the older Apple iPad as the screen is near enough the size of a laptop display. The dearest Apple iPad Mini is £30 more than the cheapest of the full sized Apple iPads. However if you want something smaller that you can put in your bag and use for reading or browsing, then the device is a winner. I liked the Apple iPad Mini, however browsing, tweeting and playing games was easier and more fun on one of the larger Apple iPads.

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.