Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB Black
Member Name: JoelM
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB Black
Advantages: Very fast, seems durable, beautiful display, convinient
Disadvantages: The risk of theft
I was so sceptical about tablets before but I had come into some money and bought one because my friend had one and I used it pretty much constantly so I decided to get one maybe simply because I wanted it and for no other reason.. at the time. But then again at the time I personally never saw a use for tablets. Simply because they weren't better than a desktop, laptop or console. So what is the point? But you really have to try one out to understand at least I did.
Now I have a completely different view I use this all the time, to watch TV, Movies, play games browse the internet etc.
I chose the iPad over any other tablet as I have an Android Phone (HTC Desire C) and I will continue to so. I wanted apps individual to the App Store as I already had apps individual to the Play Store on my phone. The reason I got the 16GB is simply because I wasn't going to use it for that much so I wouldn't need a 32 GB storage. 16GB is more than enough for a wide range of games and man many songs. I'm no where near the full storage of it yet and I have 450 songs and around 15 games 30 apps overall.
The main reason I got the mini is because I want to go around using it, the bigger iPad is not convenient to do so. It is very light and you can do pretty much whatever, listen to music, read books, play games etc. You could also go on the internet and browse Facebook if you got the version that also has mobile internet I unfortunately did not but I didn't feel I needed that functionality. Would be nice though. The only problem I would have with the carrying it around is the worry of it being stolen which is a big possibility. Apple does offer a year warranty with the iPad and after you can get third party insurance for it if you so wanted.
Are there differences from the 'normal' iPad? Yes there is a few nothing massive though, obviously the smaller screen size, it is lighter, it is thinner. The components are slightly scaled down but it is still lightning fast, I will give all the specifications later on in the review.
Here are the specifications and features:
-Wireless and Mobile: It is 2.4GHz and 5GHz this may sound like gibberish to most basically the Wifi works perfectly as does the Mobile internet.
-The display: 7.9 inch LED multi touch, 1024x768 resolution 163 pixels per inch and fingerprint resistant coating. It is very durable and will last.
-Processor: Dual core A5
- HD front facing camera, 720p HD video, 1080p HD video recording
- Facetime is a feature that is intergrated so you can talk to anyone with an Apple device past 4th Gen. You do obviously need WiFi or Mobile Internet for this.
-Face detection software
-Autofocus through the camera
-Built in 16.3 watt-hour rechargeable lithium polymer battery
- Up to 10 hours constant use
-Charges via the lightning cable from main plug power of a computer
-Has a digital compass
-Supports all types of mail and attachments
- Can be connected to external sources like a TV or an Apple TV
-All audio formats are supported (you wont need them all but they are supported)
-Comes in a range of languages already built in I wont list them all
-Siri actually works on the iPad! You can control it by voice most of the time if you so wish
-Full screen zoom magnification, when you zoom in on a webpage text you can easily see it and it loads quickly
- Operates at up to 35° C not that you would need it to get up to that temperature, it also doesn't overheat no matter how much you use it. In the unlikely situation it ever does a warning will come up and it will shut down
- If you don't have an Apple I.D or don't want one you will be disappointed as you need it for any app to be downloaded
- Apple have been environmentally friendly as it is easy to recycle once it reaches the end of its life, and it has these environmentally friendly features (if you are interested)
Mercury-free LCD display
Arsenic-free display glass
Recyclable aluminium enclosure
The iPad mini comes with these Apps already installed (you cannot remove some of them)
-Safari (the web browser)
-Photo Booth (Editing and taking photos)
- Newsstand (All news into one app)
-Game Center (tracks your progress on all games through your apple I.D and any friends are also shown to you, great social app)
-Contacts (Apple I.D for face timing and E-Mail contacts)
Sorry for the dull tide of features but there really is that many and you will need to know before you decide which tablet you would want. Deciding if a particular feature is something you could not live with or if you need a particular feature that this tablet does not offer etc.
Overall I would recommend an iPad to anyone that is looking for an all round entertainment device, you will be very happy with the iPad.
I have not come into any problems so far it has been lightning fast, screen has not faltered or cracked, no app problems or crashes etc. If I do come across any I will update this review.
£270 may seem a bit steep but it really is worth it, anyone who is sceptical about it should seriously research and consider a tablet. The only thing I would say is the Mobile Internet feature is something that anyone who is very integrated with social media will need, if you are out and about a lot. Also for the feature of watching movies, YouTube videos or TV on the go.
Summary: Great product that I am not regretting buying!
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