Expert Review of Apple iPad Mini
Apple iPad Mini is designed and developed to battle with Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and Blackberry Playbook and that too at very cheaper rates when compared to the latter gadgets. This device has a 7.9 inches wide LED Backlit IPS LCD display with the screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. This latest version of Apple iPad has looks more like that of an iPhone or iPod touch rather than its other iPad siblings. Apple has blessed this device with the latest and advanced version of its mobile operating system, iOS, that is, iOS 6. Now it is the turn of iOS 6, unveiled by the company at its developers' conference in June, 2012. This latest version of iOS comes with over 200 new features including new Maps applications, more Siri features and Facebook integration and you will get access to more than 7,00,000 applications and games available on the App Store. This device is powered by a dual core Cortex A9 processor that beats at the rate of 1GHz giving a tremendous processing speed to the device. This gadget is loaded with features like Thunderbolt, NFC and USB port along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and two web cameras to give you unlimited connectivity and entertainment. Beyond these details, it also has Apple A5 chipset under the hood that increases the working capacity of Apple iPad Mini. It comes with an internal storage space of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB along with 512MB space for RAM.
User Interface and UI functionality
Apple iPad Mini is only 7.2-mm thick, much thinner than the 9.4-mm thick new iPad 3 and holds a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels for super clear display. This 7.9 inches wide LED backlit IPS LCD display that supports capacitive touch screen with a pixel density of 163 pixels per inch that is a good pixel depth where the individual pixels cannot be perceived with the naked eye. The 16 million colors gives a new look to the display by providing various color combinations that make the screen brilliant, sharp, rich and vibrant. The display has oleophobic coating that gives protection from finger prints. The device is running on the highly advanced and technologically updated Apple iOS operating system of version 6 that gives access to more than 7,00,000 applications and games available on the App Store. No other operating system in the market delivers such a high quantity of applications and games and not only quantitatively but also qualitatively the applications and games available at the App Store are superior to any other platform. On top of this operating system, there is a very user friendly user interface that gives utmost simplicity and easiness while dealing with the tablet. Apple iPad Mini is powered by a dual core Cortex A9 processor whose heart beats at the rate of 1GHz and delivers lightening fast speed to the gadget. To keep the graphics of the display active and responsive, this tablet comes loaded with PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU that brings life to each graphical movement in the device. To enhance the speed and performance of the graphics and the processor, the tablet is installed with Apple A5 chipset that acts as a catalyst and improves the working capabilities of both the processors.
Apple iPad Mini, like its earlier siblings, is fully loaded with all the multimedia features that will give you immense fun and entertainment. Although the device does not supports connectivity to FM radio but apart from this no other facility is missing from the tablet and with the latest and advanced features available you will not miss the absence of FM radio. The audio player provides support to various aural formats for recording and playback so that you do not have to convert the file into the supportable format before playing it. The audio formats supported are AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.
Not only the music player, but the video player too gives back up to multiple formats, which include H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, and PCM stereo audio in .avi file format. Via AirPlay Mirroring you can play video files on the big screen of your Apple TV at a resolution of 720 pixels. You can also use the facility of AirPlay Video streaming and play up to 1080 pixel videos on your 3rd generation Apple TV and up to 720 pixels on the 2nd generation Apple TV. Video mirroring and video out support video recording up to 720 pixels and video playback up to 1080 pixel.
Pictures and Video quality
Apple iPad Mini is a gadget that shows excellence in every stream, be it is the display, the sound quality, the advanced operating system or the powerful processor and continuing the same trend, it gives superb quality service through its 5 megapixels auto focus iSight camera that holds five element lens that gives clear pictures with real touch. The camera has so many features that even after using the device for quite a long time you will still find new features after every single usage. This 5 megapixels primary camera at the rear is capable of capturing images with a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and can also record 1080 pixel videos with a capturing rate of 30 frames per second that keeps the videos in flow without showing any sluggishness.
The features that this primary camera holds are geo-tagging for both videos and photos, touch focus, face detection, video stabilization, backside illumination, tap to control exposure for video or still images, Hybrid IR filter, f/2.4 aperture, tap to focus video or still images, high definition video recording with 1080 pixel resolution, and many more that makes your photography experience full of fun and entertainment. The photos and videos taken from this high megapixels camera have real life touch and give utmost clarity with high definition picture quality that enables you to enlarge the images without distorting the pixels.
This mini tablet has a secondary FaceTime high definition 1.2 megapixels secondary camera that apart from capturing self portraits can also record 720 pixel videos with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and also allows you to make live video calls to your friends and family members. This camera also has some useful features like FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular, Face detection, Backside illumination, tap to control exposure for video or still images, and Photo and video geo-tagging that convert your tablet into a high definition camera.
Apple iPad Mini is available in various variants that are majorly divided into two forms: Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi and Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi plus Cellular. Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi provides support to Internet via Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n at a frequency of 2.4GHz and 5GHz only. Whereas for sharing the content stored in your device you can avail the facility of Bluetooth of version 4.0 that transfers data with tremendous speed at a flick of an eye. The only problem lays here is that you cannot share your data and files with the non-Apple devices even via Bluetooth also. The Bluetooth supports A2DP, and EDR profiles. With the fast and reliable Internet connection, you can always have your movies, TV shows, videos, and photo albums everywhere you go and can access them from any of your iOS device. The other variant of Apple iPad Mini, that is, Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi plus Cellular provides connectivity to Internet via EDGE, GPRS, 3G with HSPA+ speed, 4G with LTE speed, CDMA Rev.A, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n with 2.4GHz and 5Ghz frequencies via WLAN network. The tablet comes loaded with HTML Safari browser that makes your browsing experience unforgettable and will give you quality service with amazing browsing speed. You can open any page with a single tap on it and can also save that web page for offline usage. You can open multiple pages at one time and can easily toggle between those pages with easy and comfortability without spending much of your precious time.
Internal and External Memory
Apple iPad Mini is blessed with a huge storage capacity that allows you to store a tremendous amount of data in your tablet. The device has two variants, which are, Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi and Apple iPad Mini Wi-Fi plus Cellular and these variants are further sub categorized into 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. According to the storage capacity, the price of these models vary, less price for 16GB memory and a little bit higher price for 64GB memory. As you cannot increase the external memory of the device so you have to use this internal memory space only to save your multimedia files and other documents with useful applications. The tablet has 512MB space for RAM so that the device can run and play heavy applications with ease and comfort and can also run multiple applications at one time without showing any sluggishness or lag.
Applications and Gaming
Apple iPad Mini is full of loads of applications and games that will fill your free time with fun and entertainment. The latest and advanced iOS 6 operating system brings more than 7,00,000 applications and games at your service and they all are available on the App Store. With the advanced operating system, your personal talking assistant, Siri, has also become very smart and can know understand your demands and needs more appropriately.
Some of the built-in applications in Apple iPad Mini are Safari that allows you to browse fast, read articles without distraction and share the sites with your friends and social circles, iCloud that keeps your Reading List, bookmarks, and tabs up to date across all your iOS devices automatically, so that you can pick up on one device where you left off on another, iBooks that gives you access to more than 1.5 million books and the books that you purchase from this store will automatically gets update on all your iOS devices, iPhotos that makes it easy for you to share your photos, edit them, make a slide show, remove red-eye, or crop a photo and with iCloud you can have access to the photos taken from one iOS device on the other iOS devices, FaceTime that allows you to talk face to face over Wi-Fi or Cellular and this application allows you to switch between the cameras during a call, Maps that makes your navigation easy and simple with lots of information, Siri that acts as your personal assistant and does all those things that you ask it to do on your behalf.
Siri not only follows your instructions but also guides you on various topics along with providing information. Then there is Newsstand that puts all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions in one place. Messages are also there to keep your conversation going. iMessage lets you send text messages to iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and even Mac computers. Apart from the above mentioned applications there are Calendar, Reminders, Contacts, App Store, iTunes, iMusic, Videos, Notes, Camera, Photo Booth, Clock, Game Center, and lots more.
Apple iPad Mini holds a rechargeable Lithium Polymer 16.3 watt hour battery that provides a maximum time of up to 10 hours for web surfing on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music files. In the Wi-Fi plus Cellular variant you will get a maximum time of up to 9 hours using cellular data network. You can charge your tablet either using the power point or the USB port when connected to a computer. You can also dedicate your long hours playing games, running heavy applications or doing other tasks.
Apple iPad Mini provides connectivity to GSM as well as CDMA networks at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G GSM, 800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz for 2G CDMA, 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz for 3G, LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 MHz and LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz for 4G network. The tablet supports Nano SIM and provides 3G downloading HSDPA speed of 42 Mbps and 21 Mbps, and an uploading speed of 5.76 Mbps whereas the 4G LTE speed provided is 100 Mbps. You can share the files and documents via Bluetooth and can sync your Apple iPad Mini with your laptop or PC using the microUSB port.
Apple iPad Mini is the highly appreciated and most talked about device in the market that holds a 7.9 inches wide LED backlit IPS LCD display that supports capacitive touch screen. It is running on iOS version 6 that gives access to more than 7,00,000 applications and games that are based on the latest technology and are capable of delivering a quality service. With the advanced and fastest Wi-Fi that delivers up to twice as fast speed as any previous generation iPad and access to fast cellular data networks around the world, Apple iPad Mini lets you download content, stream video, and browse the web at an amazingly fast speed. There are many other tablets in the market that can give a tough neck in neck competition to Apple iPad Mini depending upon the price factor or on the technology factor. Some of these devices are Micromax FunBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Apple iPad 3, Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPad 2 32GB Wi-Fi 3G, Apple iPhone 4S, Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 800, Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101G, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, RIM BlackBerry Playbook, HP TouchPad, Apple MacBook Air, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet S1, Sony Tablet S2, Acer Iconia Tab A501, HP Pavilion dm3t Laptop, Motorola Xoom, Toshiba Thrive, Amazon Kindle Fire, Asus Transformer Prime, Asus Padfone, Micromax Funbook Alpha and many more that are expected to hit the market in the near future.