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Still undecided about whether to get the iPad Mini? Then maybe this will help, based on my own buying experience. By way of background, back in early 2012 I was looking for something small and portable, mainly to use at home whilst slumped in front of the TV, and for occasional use away from home via wifi hotspots. There was less choice around then so in the end I took the cheapest option and got a 7" Android tablet. However, I was never really happy with it, it seemed quite slow (1.2GHz chip), the capacitive screen was not very responsive, the wifi connection was a bit hit and miss, and I just never felt comfortable with it, so regretfully it spent most of its time in a drawer. In fairness, it was from the budget end of the market, and the instructions that came with it were absolutely useless, so I probably got off to a bad start, but first impressions etc.....
As soon as I got my hands on the demo model I felt completely at home with it - very simple and intuitive to use, very responsive, and very solidly made. So, after a bit more research when I got home, I took the plunge and ordered one on Amazon.
When it arrived I switched it on straight out of the box - it was showing almost a full charge - and it went automatically to the set up routine - any decisions you make can be overwritten later via "Settings" so don't worry too much about getting it right first time. Some reviewers have commented that the written instructions are inadequate, but having already looked at the downloaded instructions I had no problems. Connecting to my wifi (BT Home Hub 3.0) was pretty much instant, and within 5 minutes I was up and running, initially browsing the web via Safari which I found to be very logical and easy to use (better than Internet Explorer? - make up your own mind). Setting up a few bookmarks (favourites) was straightforward having already read the downloaded instructions, but I then discovered that by opening the iCloud panel on my laptop (running on Windows 7) I could synchronise it with the iPad so that all of my IE favourites were automatically transferred to the iPad as bookmarks, including all of the folders/sub-folders, and in exactly the same order. Plus, any changes made subsequently on either machine automatically update on both - additions, deletions, renaming or re-arranging - which makes life much easier.
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The iPad mini is a good size tablet, the screen size is a happy medium. The system operates quickly and mine has never froze or shut itself down. It's lightweight which means it's easy to travel with such as students taking it to school or college rather than a bulky laptop. It's think and stylish design also helps with the travel aspect as it makes it easier to just pop in a bag and take on the go. The back camera is good quart for a tablet camera and the front camera is a decent quality but is not quite as good as the back camera, which is expected. It responds quickly to touch and there is no lagging or waiting around for a response, which makes typing easy and quick. I highly recommend this iPad to people of all ages as it is easy to use and is within most people's price range.
After having to decide between this Apple iPad and other tablets from other companies I finally decided to buy this one and definitely glad that I went with this one!! It's great. So easy to use, I use it to watch programmes on bbc iplayer, itv, 4od players which are great on the iPad. I also let my little one play games on it and let her take pictures of herself! The outer camera is great but he inner camera isn't so clear. To me that is one of the only down sides to the pad. The White colour looks really nice and fashionable and is definitely more girly than the black colour. It is by far the best tablet I have used, having used nexus pads etc. Definitely worth the money you pay for it, even if it is quite expensive! Recommend this to other people, you wont regret it.
I was undecided between the pad mini and the full sized I pad and I am not sure if I made the right choice. I was drawn to the mini because it fits in the handbag and, let’s face it, it is cute. I bought the white one and a nice Ted Baker case and it does look lovely. The main problem I have is that for work/ writing (which is what I mainly bought it for) I am still using my laptop for the bigger screen.
There are many positives to the product. It is light and can fit comfortably inside your handbag; it is quick and it is easy to use. Like all Apple products, the I pad uses the IOS software and you can sync contacts, messages and photos between devices. You can even share documents between devices using the cloud. Personally, I find this useful because I can write on my laptop; I phone and I pad and sync it all together. It is also good if you like to play games and browse the web.
Now for the drawbacks. It is still a little small to use for a sustained length of time without hurting your eyes; I find after half an hour I need to take a break when using the I pad mini. And this is why part of me wishes I had gone for the full sized I pad. One final thing is the memory; I would highly recommend that you don’t get the 16 gig (which I have). With the increasing size of the IOS updates, it doesn’t leave enough space for everything you might want to put on there.
Overall, it is a brilliant product and I do use it every day. However, depending on what you want to use it for, consider the full size and a bigger ‘gigage’. Enjoy!
I've had my iPad mini for over two years now and it's still going strong. They're incredibly difficult to crack if you've got a decent case for it - I've dropped mine multiple times and there's not a single scratch as of yet.
The reason I opted for the mini as opposed to the full size iPad is how easy it is to carry around. I've taken mine to sixth form a few times to do work, and I can barely even feel it in my bag! Whereas the full-size iPads are a lot heavier and perhaps a little inconvenient.
The iPad mini has a lot of great features. It has a main camera on the back and a front camera - although the camera quality isn't great with no flash, I wouldn't class it as an issue.
16GB obviously isn't the largest space available but I've got a lot of apps / photos / music and have experienced no problem with memory space so far.
Personally I use my iPad mini daily, but I know others who rarely pick up their iPad. It just depends on what you want to use it for - I tend to use it for the browser and social media apps which look great on the big screen. I also use it to type up my college work.
I have had the Kindle Fire HD in the past which was nowhere near as good as the iPad mini. It's worth spending that little bit extra for a device which will actually do what it's supposed to with no problems!
I have been using an iPad Mini for around a month. I am satisfied by its working. Though it is known that an iPad is just a larger version of an iPod. Most of the people prefer it for a larger screen. We can buy an full size iPad, but it is expensive, obviously.
iPad Mini has a smaller screen than the other iPads, but for that particular reason it becomes a lot more portable.
It has a front camera that allows video chatting and selfies, of course. The front camera is 1.2 MP. Its main camera is 5 MP. It is not made for photography. However, you can capture photos and make video pretty well. Its camera works even better in natural light.
Its battery life depends upon the application that you are using, plus the background apps. Sometimes it can work up to 8 hours and sometimes its battery drains in 2 to 3 hours.
The 16 GB memory is more than enough for me as I store many songs, pictures and application in the iPad.
It supports Cloud as well.
The e-mail accounts can easily be synchronized and easy to access.
It is excellent for browsing websites for its screen size.
The best feature for me is the books I can read on it. It is so much easy to read books on iPad and you can take it anywhere.
It has been a great device for me so far and I am looking for to using it for a long time, taking advantage of all its features.
I bought my iPad mini as an end of exams treat for myself and it has served me well so far. It is more compact than the iPad - as the name suggests - which means it can easily be held in one hand and slots into a small bag! It has a sleek design and fits in perfectly with all the other Apple products. I opted for the white iPad mini to match my phone and I find the silver back creates an attractive design.
Extremely good value as it does the job of an iPad for a smaller price tag and a more compact size. I have found the16gb memory to be a sufficient amount of storage space as I have more than enough room for my music and copious amounts of apps.
The main flaw I have found with the iPad mini is that it is not compatible with Adobe Flash meaning that certain websites do not work to their upmost potential on this tablet.
I have been reluctant to buy an Ipad for sometime - mostly due to its size and then when the mini came out I thought great! I have not been disappointed. It is the perfect size, is handy to carry around with you and has excellent quality apps. I love the way I can photos and music on my ipad and phone. I think the ipad mini is good value for money. If you have had an iphone it is certainly easy to navigate around. I would definitely recommend this tablet.
I received an Apple iPad Mini as a gift and could not be happier with it. It is a fantastic product and beats all other tablet computers on the market in my opinion.
It is an excellent size - easily held in one hand and controlled by the other. The screen is so clear and bright and the design is just exquisite. It is so sleek and stylish, the white front and silver back make it seem almost space age. It is like a piece of modern art.
You can personalise the iPad by changing the wallpaper, choosing apps, syncing email accounts and other documents amongst many other functions.
I use my iPad for a variety of things including; watching TV and Movies, word processing, playing games, browsing the internet, writing and sending emails...the list goes on.
There are so many apps that you can download for this device, from the Apple App Store. There truly is something for everyone. I also have my iPad synced with my iPhone through the Cloud which is a storage system. This means that any photos or documents I take or download to my iPad automatically appear on my iPhone and vice versa. This is a fantastic addition to an already amazing product line.
The only slight downside is the battery life of this product. If I use it constantly for 3 or 4 hours, the battery life quickly drains. This would be a bit disappointing on a long journey with no power supply. However this is only a slight downside, all the other positives more than make up for this.
I would recommend the iPad Mini to everyone, especially those with limited technological knowledge as it is very simple to use, an excellent user interface.
I brought the Apple -Pad mini for my wife for Christmas and she loves it. I opted for the 16GB version as it has sufficient space as the all the applications she needed. The Ipad is preloaded with numerous apps on it, many of which she is yet to open.
In terms of internet access it comes with safari which is a search engine I hadn't used before. It's easy and straight forward to use and for those creatures of habit it's easy to download the likes of Google etc.
The Ipad is light weight and very easy to hold and use. Also the screen size is ample to easily navigate and also a good size to watch the variety of tv viewings available.
The downside of the Ipad is it's price, it certainly isn't cheap and currently retail around the £240 mark.
For those out there undecided about which which brand to purchase serious consideration should be given to this brand/model.
I can't say I have been a big apple fan so far. I do have an ipod but have so far steered clear of owning an Iphone or an Ipad. I am not a big fan of touch screen technology so it didn't interest me too much. I have though recently been looking to purchase a tablet and wanted something cheap without all the frills. After looking online and reading a few reviews I found several favourable ones pointing me towards the Ipad Mini. Others under consideration were the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus. I decided to go with the Ipad Mini 16gb Wifi in white. I paid £249 on the John Lewis website. I decided to go with them as they also included a 3 year guarantee with the price.
The Ipad itself
Inside the box you obviously have the ipad itself which is white in colour with a glossy finish. The screen size is 7.9 inches with dimensions of 200 × 134.7 × 7.2 mm and it weighs a very slight 308g. It is very light when you pick it up. It is very easy to hold in just one hand. The Ipad mini is thinner and lighter than its main tablet rivals but boasts a bigger screen
Also in the box is a very basic instruction card with a link to see more information and user guide and another information leaflet which in keeping with the product itself are mini in size. You also have the usb cable/charger.You can use this to charge the device via the mains or via usb to a laptop or computer.USB connection also allows you to sync and transfer files, photos etc.
Technicals and features
The mini features a 1 GHz dual core processor. This is the wi-fi version but there is a wi-fi and 3g cellular version available at a slightly higher price. The memory is 512 mb ram. ) It also features a diagonal LED-backlit Multi-Touch display. The resolution is 1024 × 768 pixels. The camera is front-facing 1.2MP and rear-facing 5MP. The oprating system is currently ios7.0.4. There are four buttons and one switch on the iPad Mini which include a home button at the bottom which returns the user to the home screen, and three aluminum buttons on the right side and top: wake/sleep and volume up and volume down, plus a software-controlled switch.
The set up includes choosing things like language and setting up an Apple ID if you already do not have one. You then have to enter your wireless connection settings and then you are connected up to the internet and you can browse, download apps, play music/videos , take photos and explore the various other features.
Apps and software
The iPad Mini comes with several pre-installed applications, including Siri, Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Game Center, Photo Booth, and Contacts. You can sync up your ipad with your itunes so you can listen to your music. I have though chosen to use the Amazon Cloud player app. I purchase a lot of my music from Amazon so this seemed to be the better option for me. The music could be streamed so would not take up space on the device which at 16gb isn't very much.
There are a wide range of apps available via the app store.
I am not really a big ebooks fan but you can also read these on this device. There is an ibooks app as well as an app from Amazon available.
The home screen offers space for 26 apps - 20 on the main screen, with a further six squeezed together on the bottom row .
Another feature is facetime which allows you to have video calls via voice over IP (VOIP). This is kind of similar to Skype.
Siri is a great fun addition to the Ipad Mini which features also on various other apple devices. If you don't know what Siri is it is like a personal assistant on hand for you to answer questions, make recommendations and perform tasks. It works using voice commands.
The camera isn't the best feature of the ipad mini to say the least. This has seemed to always been the case. It is ok for taking spur of the moment / fun pictures but the quality is not too great with the 1.2mp front and 5mp rear camera.
With video it is slightly better with the Mini sporting 1080p on the back and 720p on the front. This allows for pretty good quality videos.
The battery life is excellent at around the 10 hour mark which seems to be more than adequate for most. This is likely to be lower on the 3g version.
The iPad Mini is in my opinion and probably many others the nicest-looking and most well built compact tablet on the market. For the higher price compared to the other two, arguably it should be. In terms of power and performance, there's not a lot to really separate it from the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. When handing over money for an apple product or ithing you are paying for the research, design, craftsmanship and also brand association.
I didn't think I would become an Apple fanboy but this product has certainly converted me to an Apple product admirer if not a total fanboy. It is a fantastic product which I would highly recommend to those considering a purchase for a compact tablet. 5/5 stars from me.
I got the Ipad Mini for my boyfriends birthday a few months ago. The reason I got him one was as he loves to watch videos on his phone, he also needs to look and download videos due to his job . He has an Iphone and ends up using that to view them on the way home from work as he has a two hour train journey. I was nervous at first as I knew this was the cheaper version without 3G and I was not sure if that meant that you could ONLY use it with WIFI. I went into the Apple store to speak to a woman and she explained about using personal hotspot! HOW FANTASTIC.
For a much cheaper price you have access to 3G through using your Iphones 3G.
I would highly recommend it, ofcorse its not as fast as if you were to get the ipad with 3G but wow its worth the money and he loves it, you cant infact tear him away from it.
Great value!!! Fab Size.
There is an app for practically every occasion available on an iPad Mini. These range from things like centimetres to metres or paid to do apps like Maximiles. These are highly useful if you are not good at mental maths or want to earn a bit of cash while out and about.
The interface is easy to navigate and you can get accustomed to it extremely quickly even if they do change the entire interface like with IOS 7. The IOS 7 is not as good as previous versions however and anyone that has used the pervious version is unlikely to enjoy using it. There is one good difference here between iPad Minis, iPads and iPhones as the iPad Mini much like the iPad has some extra hand gestures that make things easier to access.
The battery life is excellent in the iPad Mini but IOS 7 has reduced the life by quite a small amount like the iPhone. Fortunately the battery life is not an overly large issue as if you can still get about 24 hours of pure playing on games out of it without having to charge it. You can play music on with the screen turned off on holiday for about 2 weeks without having to charge it. This makes it an extremely good device to have on an aeroplane as the kids can play away on it giving you peace and quiet to sleep or just relax. The iPad Mini however does have less battery power than an iPad but it does not make much difference really for the price.
The performance of the iPad Mini is brilliant as it will open webpages, switch between apps or even just open apps within seconds. There is nothing that will make you frustrated when using this product. There is also some extra apps that are not available on the iPhone.
I have found however that their is not enough storage space as if you have a lot of apps, music, photos and videos stored on your phone then you can be guaranteed that you will be constantly be getting the "not enough data storage available" message. Much like the iPhone and iPad I think a 32GB device is better.
The iPad mini is basically a bigger version of an iPhone, it fits in the palm of your hand. Most of the time, the battery lasts me a day considering how much I go on it. However, it takes the iPad very long to charge. The camera quality of the iPad is good but still not great, I dont really see that as a major problem because iPads are not designed for camera purposes.
The iPad is very good for education, apple offers apps like keynote, pages and numbers which is free on the iPad. They are also apps in App Store that you can use for educational purposes.
Its so easy to use an iPad. I love the fact that you can slide from one app to the other instead of opening your multitasking bar (you can do this on ios 6+7 not quite sure for the older updates). Also you can close an app by pinching the screen with 4 fingers instead of pressing the home-button which is a huge time saver.
In conclusion, I think the iPad mini is very beneficial and is a must-have for daily life.
Having previously owned a Kindle Fire, I decided to fork out the increased amount so buy an ipad mini. Having only ever previously had an Ipod I was unsure initially whether it would be worth the money. I can report back that it was definitely worth it and I would not change anything about the product.
The range of apps is fantastic and even though it is smaller than the ipad it is just as good for watching films and playing games. There are also a great range of extras e.g. covers which can be used to personalise your ipad. The latest upgrade to IOS 7 is fantastic and though it takes some time to convert to the new layout I have adapted very quickly.
Hope you found this interesting and I urge you to purchase this product. Maybe wait for the latest version to be released and then go for it.