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Best compact tablet on the market
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB White
Member Name: ajbluestar
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB White
Advantages: brilliant design, great battery , extremely light and portable, wide range of apps
Disadvantages: nothing major maybe the price
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.
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