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Apple iPad mini with Retina Display Review

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...Eventually, Apple caved to the demands of the market, and perhaps demands from within its own mothership, as it revealed the iPad mini. In typical Apple fashion, the original mini was priced higher than other 7” slates in the market, with the company all but conceding the sub-$300 tablet market, while plenty of others fought it out at the bottom end of the price scale.

A year later, the next iteration of the iPad mini has been unwrapped, but it’s not your average revamp. Apple claimed that the first iPad mini was “every inch an iPad,” but many argued that the lackluster specifications, omission of a Retina display, and the lofty price tag left a lot to be desired. The iPad mini with Retina display, however, makes good on that claim in many ways.

Still, is the ability to tap into the thriving iOS ecosystem, coupled with a 64-bit processor and a pixel-packed display, enough to justify the price tag? Find out in the pages ahead...


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Good review, just to expensive for what you get though

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realneil replied on Fri, Dec 13 2013 12:17 PM

"the new iPad mini isn’t priced to compete. It’s priced into a category of its own"

A high priced place where Apple seems to be most comfortable.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Dec 13 2013 3:49 PM

Can't say I disagree with that but you do get a higher-end device for the dollars.

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DC7 replied on Fri, Dec 13 2013 6:59 PM

I don't understand why they can't put a GPS and micro SD slot in these things. I was hoping for a GPS in the 5th Gen Touch, seriously looking at the EVGA Tegra Note.

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re: "I don't understand why they can't put a GPS and micro SD slot in these things"

Choose a cellular model ($130 additional) and you get the GPS. If you connect with t-mobile, you also get 200 megabytes of data a month at no charge... and it is good to have data availability if you want GPS, because many GPS programs use real-time internet connectivity for things like traffic rerouting and POI location.

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My quibble with the review is that it keeps talking about the Mini as a 7" tablet, comparing it to Google Nexus, etc. It is a 7.9" tablet, which is essentially 8". It does not functionally compete with 7" Androids, it competes with the more expensive 8" Androids. It has almost 40% more display area than a 7" Android tablet, it's an enormous difference. I use Android as well. I find their 7" models too small. But unlike the 7" models, I find the iPad Mini and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 both comfortable to use. Anything smaller, I'd just use it in a more limited fashion and stick with a phone or iPod Touch at that point.

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realneil replied on Sat, Dec 14 2013 1:52 PM

Dave_HH:
Can't say I disagree with that but you do get a higher-end device for the dollars.

iDevices are elegant and highly functional too. But many of us are forced into buying less expensive devices because of that high price.

It's lucky that other devices are getting to be so darn good.

My iPad second gen is still functioning after being dropped onto some bricks and now has a cracked screen. It still works, but it's cheaper to buy another brand than it is to fix the iPad. Crying

 

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SmogHog replied on Sun, Dec 15 2013 12:44 AM

 

Here's how the screen stacks up

http://www.displaymate.com/Tablet_ShootOut_4.htm

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57612989-37/is-apples-ipad-mini-retina-display-problem-serious/

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Dec 16 2013 3:38 PM

We've corrected this review and downgraded the rating to HotHardware "Approved" due to cost and limitations in RAM and expansion.

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I bought my retina Mini and am happy with it. I don’t use it while comparing my screen constantly to the various metrics published on the web. I ran the image retention text on a Marco Arment's web page, and didn’t see anything on my device that concerned me. The retina screen is nicer that I expected it to be, and I am happy with how I spent my money. 

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asdaheriii replied on Sun, Mar 30 2014 10:12 PM

i love my ipad mini with retina display. it isn't huge and heavy like full sized ipads and its price isn't outrageously expensive. overall i am extremely happy with this tablet

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StaticFX replied on Mon, Mar 31 2014 4:29 PM

I hate mine.....

 

ok i dont have one lol - I got a Nook HD+ because it was far cheaper and really, i wanted to read on it :) - netflix (many google + apps work on it) so that was a bonus

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