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For a company that only releases a phone or two every year, Apple certainly have a fair few tablets in their line up. The manufacturer have been in the tablet (or “slate” as they prefer to call it) market for a few years now, meaning iPads have become must have devices in many households. One of their newest models is the iPad Mini 4, a brand new small form tablet that promises plenty of power in an easily carried shell.
Why should you want one? Well, obviously it’s very portable, that smaller size makes it easy to carry around. It’s also got a stellar screen, the kind of beautifully sleek design you’d expect to see from Apple, and an enormous app library too. If you’re currently tablet shopping you’ll know that you’ve got plenty of choices, but the iPad Mini 4 has got to be one of the best of the bunch.
This is very obviously an Apple device. You’re seeing the same smooth, sleek lines, the same gentle curves, as you’d see on an iPhone, meaning the Mini 4 is a minimalistic and yet beautiful device. The ceramic backplate feels warm and secure in the hand, and the volume and power buttons protrude just enough to find them without looking. In short, style is the key word here.
Aside from looks, you’re getting a fair amount of power here too. As well as a nice camera, some excellent screen specs, a fantastic app library, and decent battery life as well. The iPad Mini 4 really is the full package.
A lot of customers are driven to Apple products by aesthetics alone, and the iPad Mini 4 definitely delivers on that score. However, it offers so much more than just style. If you’re looking for a fantastic tablet that will do everything you need and then more, then this is going to be the clear choice.
Let’s turn first to performance specs. Apple aren’t particularly forthcoming with actual numbers, but the iPad Mini 4 seems to run the same A8 chipset that is used on the iPhone 6 models. However, unlike the phones, the iPad has 2 GB of RAM. No, this isn’t the most powerful tablet around, but it is very, very speedy. The average user is going to find the Mini 4 responsive and fast, with no lag at all, even when multi tasking.
In terms of OS, obviously this is Apple so you’re getting iOS. And the Mini 4 does have the new iOS10 version. This gives you more speed and stability, plus a host of new features, including things like night mode (to prevent eye strain from bright screens watched in darkness) and split screen.
Let’s be honest: big performance numbers are unnecessary on a tablet. Most people want a tablet for computing on the go, for movies and pictures, web surfing, not for high end CPU intensive tasks. And this is where the Mini 4 excels. You’re getting a fast little machine that will do what you need it to do, and that Apple operating system is intuitive and very, very easy to use.
The screen on the Mini 4 is really its crowning glory. Obviously a tablet needs a great display, and here you’re getting 7.9 inches of real estate. That’s a fair amount, plenty bigger than the largest iPhone screen, and more than enough room to type, watch, read, and game in comfort. This is a mini device, meaning the screen size is kept down to keep the iPad portable, but you’ll find the user experience is still excellent.
Resolution wise we’re looking at 2048 x 1536 pixels, pretty high for a mini tablet (the same screen resolution can be found on the larger iPad Air tablet). This gives the Mini 4 a brilliant clarity and sharpness, with excellent colour reproduction, and clear, bright pictures.
You’ll hear no complaints from us about this display. It’s hands down one of the best tablet displays around, and it’s a pure joy to look at!
Now a tablet really isn’t a main photography device for most of us (we leave that to our phones), but the Mini 4 does come with an integrated camera. It’s an 8 MP affair, so sharp enough for selfies, video calling and the like, though unlikely to satisfy the serious photo pro. There are a host of effects though, like slow motion video, which is kind of nice. All in all, for casual shots, this camera is more than good enough. There is also a front facing FaceTime camera, capable of HD video.
Battery life is always a concern on tablets, since you’re likely to want to be on the go and not chained to a plug socket. But you should have no worries here. The iPad Mini 4 gets a full ten hours of use per charge, meaning it’s good for even long-haul flights. Those not addicted to high definition video watching are likely to squeeze even more time out of that battery…
There’s a lot to be said about the iPad Mini 4, and we can’t possibly address every feature. However, there are a couple of things that we really do need to talk about. The first thing is that portability. This is the thinnest and lightest tablet from Apple yet. It’s a mere 6.1 mm thick, and weighs in at only 299 grams, meaning carting it around is no problem at all.
Then there’s the app library. Apple’s App Store has by far the largest selection of apps on the market, a big selling point for the iPad Mini 4. Whether you’re looking for the best in gaming, a great video editor, or productivity tricks to make you more efficient, you’ll find what you need in the App Store.
Finally, there is a fingerprint scanner on the Mini 4, so you’ll have that added layer of security for your data, always a comforting thought.
|CPU||1.5GHz dual-core 64-bit ARMv8-A "Typhoon|
|Storage||32 or 128 GB flash memory (16 and 64GB discontinued)|
|Display||7.9 inches (200 mm) 2048x1536 px (326 ppi) IPS LCD with a 4:3 aspect ratio and anti-glare coating|
|Input||Multi-touch screen, headset controls, M8 motion co-processor, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, digital compass, dual microphone, Touch IDfingerprint reader, barometer|
|Camera||Front: 1.2 MP, 720p HD, ƒ/2.2 aperture|
|Rear: 8.0 MP AF, iSight with Five Element Lens, Hybrid IR filter, video stabilisation, face detection, HDR, ƒ/2.4 aperture|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular:|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and MIMO|
|Wi-Fi + Cellular:|
|GPS & GLONASS|
|UMTS / HSDPA|
|850, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|GSM / EDGE|
|850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A and B.|
|800, 1900 MHz|
|A1567: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29 and TD-LTE38, 39, 40, 41|
|Power||3.82 V 19.32 W·h (5124 mA·h)|
|Online services||App Store, iTunes Store, iBookstore, iCloud, Game Center|
|Dimensions||Height: 203.2 mm (8.00 in)|
|Width: 134.8 mm (5.31 in)|
|Depth: 6.1 mm (0.24 in)|
Apple quite simply produce great looking devices, whether you’re talking phones, computers, or tablets, and the iPad Mini 4 is no exception to this. With a fantastic screen, a huge app library, plenty of power, and all the bells and whistles you could want, this is one of the best portable tablets on the market. A sure fire hit for anyone looking to compute on the go.
There are two connectivity options here: you can go for WiFi only, or you can go for a WiFi and Cellular model (a little pricier) that allows you to use 3G and 4G. Both models have Bluetooth. There are also two memory versions, with either 32 GB or 128 GB of internal storage built in. Do remember that there are no SD card slots here, so you can’t add any extra memory later (though you’ll have an iCloud account for online storage).
Okay, so what don’t we like? There really isn’t much. It would be nice to see 3D touch (as featured on the top end iPhones) on the iPad Mini, since we have a feeling it would prove more useful on a tablet than on a phone. Other than that though, we don’t really have any complaints. The iPad Mini 4 ticks all the right boxes and we love it. So if you’re shopping for a great little tablet, this should be your star choice!
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.