The New iPad Mini Review
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The new Apple iPad has been released: no worries, the price tag won’t scare you away. The retail price for the starter version is $369 AUD. It has of 16 GB of storage, and is available with Wi Fi. If you love to watch movies and listen to music all day long, you can upgrade to the 64GB model for $729 AUD - by far the best version, also featuring 4G LTE.
The iPad Mini comes has a 7.9 inch screen: its design is totally different when compared to the Google Nexus, and even the new iPad.
The iPad Mini weighs in at 308g: the same weight as the iPhone 5. It’s lighter than other tablets on the market because of its lightweight aluminium chassis. The resolution, on the other hand, is not so good. The resolution is 1024X768, with a sharpness similar to the iPhone 3GS. It’s still far behind its big brother the new iPad, which has fancy retina display.
If you already own the new iPad you will notice the difference immediately.
The iPad Mini has visual landscape display which is excellent for web browsing and gaming. The ergonomics require minimal tapping. The location of the volume button is near, but not too near, the mute switch: which is located on the right hand side.
One of the interesting aspects of the iPad Mini is the location of the headphone jack, which can be found on the top. Strange, given that a lot of effort went into putting it at the bottom of the iPhone 5. The speakers are located at the bottom of the iPad Mini, flanking the superfast connector which promises faster data transfer. The speakers provide decent sound, but when it’s set in landscape mode you may get a sense of distortion because of the mono directionality.
The processor is the last generation in the Apple A5 effort; the unit comes with 512MB of RAM. Nothing comparable to the Nexus 7 or the New iPad’s A6X processor, but it’s hard to complain at that retail price.