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I've noticed Apple have announced a new gen of ipad minis and this doesn't interest me in the slightest! I bought my mini back in February and I adore it! It's so light and it's super fast! I'm not sure why a new feature of the new gen are 'fast wifi' because i've never found this one to be slow! Ever!! I decided to get the 32 rather than the 16 as my phone is a 16GB and I always run out of space! I knew I wanted to store loads of music and apps on this ipad, along with movies and so far I haven't had trouble filling it up! A feature that I love that apple have our your photo albums which link to your iphones. I only just noticed this feature and it's amazing! I'm now able to share my iphone pictures on my ipad screen! So much fast than having to upload to your mac then showing people.
I always rave about how amazing this ipad is, I can take it out with me and no-one will know I have it! If your got the bigger ipad now that does raise alarm bells for someone who might want to steal it. But, with my ipad mini, only I know I know it's in there - and sometimes i forget as it's so light!!
..::Why I Bought the iPad Mini::..
In the past I have owned the normal iPad and I currently have the MacBook Pro, iPhone and various iPods - I really do like Apple products. To be honest, this was more of a spontaneous purchase when out shopping rather than planning to go out and buy it for a particular reason.
I am currently studying Multimedia computing at University so having this does enable me to take notes in lectures etc without having to carry around extra paper/laptops.
The iPad mini comes in different variations from memories (16gb, 32gb & 64gb), colours (black or white) and standard wifi or having 3G as an extra.
The device itself is 134.7x200mm which is really good for storing when travelling (can fit in small handbags) and is also very easy to hold in one hand. It weights 308g (0.68lbs) which is very lightweight for a device such as this.
It has a camera of the front of the device which is used for FaceTime mainly - this is 1.2mp. It also has a camera on the back of the device which is 5mp. This can also be used to record 1080p HD videos.
The screen has a fingerprint resistant coating however I don't really see a difference between this and the iPad which does not have this.
For this particular model, it costs £260 from the Apple store and any apple resellers, however if you are to purchase it from any other independent companies etc it can be slightly more.
I really like this device and find it very useful. The fact it is so small means I can fit it into my bag and even some of my coat pockets which is very convenient however it is not too small as to make it hard to use.
The battery life is actually very good compared to their iPhones which are known to be quite poor. When fully charged it will last me a couple of days - I use it quite often.
The back of the device is matte metal granite on the black one and silver on the white device. Although this looks nice, I find that it is very easy to scratch and therefore I purchased a clip on case to protect the back straight away.
Overall I feel that this device is defiantly very useful and I much prefer it to the old iPad just for the convenience of it.
Before buying this, I didn't do a huge amount of research into the product, generally because I trust Apple products are of high standards due to the high, and sometimes off putting price. However, after buying this product, I have found that it is very handy, and could easily replace a computer.
When using this product, I found that the picture quality, and even the home screen quality was of a very high standard. Pictures always appear to be crisp and almost of a HD quality, which is always nice to see on a product so expensive. Photographs are generally accentuated rather than distorted, and the screen does not stretch or squish them depending on the size and shape that they are.
This product is very easy to use, and is very easy for people that are not big users of modern technology products (I know this from experience as my parents freely use my iPad and have no problems with it). The screen isn't sensitive enough that it would take you elsewhere if you accidentally swiped the screen, but they are very responsive to touch, which can be used to your advantage because this ensures that use is efficient and doesn't take up a lot of your time.
The battery life for the iPad, like other appliances, depends on the use of it, but the life is generally quite long, and it is charged reasonably quickly, with a handy percentage rate displayed as oppose to the simple bar, which is not always a great indicator.
The camera quality on the iPad is exceptionally good (as you would expect), but as always, the back facing camera is of a higher standard than the front camera, which all in all is still very good. You can easily zoom in with the camera, although depending on what you are trying to focus in on, the quality is sometimes not as good as you'd like it to be, but I have found that this is the same in the zoom on lots of small appliances such as mobile phones, iPod's and iPad's, so this trait is accepted as an exceptional disadvantage as it is so common.
Generally, Apple products are very simple to use when it comes to installing apps or syncing particular things from one another. The process is quite quick, depending on what you are transferring or downloading, and I think that it is efficient enough to work with as it is mostly all ran through iTunes. The only disadvantage to this process, personally, would be that it is slightly annoying to have to constantly confirm your password each time you download something, unless you download something almost within seconds of something else.
The iPad is very speedy, which is helped along by the fact that it is sensitive to touch, and movements are quick and efficient. The wifi use is very fast and exceeds my expectations, and like use of other appliances on the internet, you can have multiple tabs open at one time. When comparing the internet and general speed with the first generation iPad, the results are generally similar, which was a nice surprise.
The iPad is very hard wearing, but I would definitely recommend getting a cover for it, as it is easy to get marks on the screen, even without knocking or dropping the product. From experience with iPad's, the edges can be damaged easily, but this is another reason why I would recommend getting a cover for it, because not only are they stylish and can be customized, they don't make the iPad bulky, and often have sections of the case which can be used as a stand.
I think, for myself, the memory of this iPad is more than enough for me to work with, as it is more of a play appliance, as oppose to using it instead of a laptop or a computer. I am able to hold over 1000 songs, a couple of movies, and still am able to install mini games that I use to pass the time when I'm bored. With this memory, I can also hold an almost full SD card worth of pictures and videos.
Obviously, the price at first would often put people off because they can be priced up to £500, however I think that the iPad is definitely worth the price, and you definitely get more than what you pay for, so I'd recommend the product to anybody.
I think that overall, this product is great, and definitely worth the money. It is a lot more portable than the first edition iPad, because it is more compact and easy to fit in small places. Because of it being smaller, also, the quality seems to be of a higher standard because there are more pixels to work with, so I feel that this is an all in all better product.
As soon as Apple released the smaller version of the iPad I was online straight away. I received my iPad Mini on Christmas Day (2012) and have loved it since.
With an easy set up, my iPad Mini was being used almost instantly after being opened. The set up works exactly the same as any other apple product (asks for Apple id, Wifi etc.) and I thought it was extremely quick. Being my first iPad I was totally impressed.
The screen of the iPad is of a very high resolution even though I didn't pay for any extras (like people do for no reason!) which surprised me a lot as it is quite an upgrade from my 3rd Generation iPod Touch! The black & slate casing of the iPad is an amazing and great design. The colours go great together and really suites the job of the iPad which works well.
The side buttons for volume etc. are on the opposite side to the iPhone which confuses me often when playing on my Mum's iPhone 5 or Dad's iPhone 4S. Apart from that the buttons work fine and are easy to press.
So the overall look and work of the iPad is fantastic and I would recommend to anyone.
The, "iPad mini" is an incredible little device, that is just as effective and useful as the larger more well known "iPad"
With its 7.9 inch screen the "iPad mini" is perfectly capable for my own needs. These include games, movies and taking notes for university. The keyboard is a sufficient size when held horizontally and allows me to type at the same speed as on a normal laptop, if not faster. Most of the time it will automatically change any errors in spelling, the only exception I found was when using highly scientific words such as thrombomodulin. Excluding this the keyboard and note taking capabilities far exceeded my expectations.
The speed of this tablet is very good. The internet speed and download speeds surprised me greatly. They are truly fantastic, far quicker than my own laptop. I do not own a regular "iPad" so I cannot compare the two, but I see no faults in the speed.
The 32 Gb model is more than enough for me. I have been able to fit all 800 of my songs onto it, 7 movies and about 3 big games (and about 10 mini ones). I would only recommend the 64 Gb model if you know you are going to need alot of space for ALOT of movies. If anything the smaller memory model would have been enough for me but it is always nice to know I can add whatever I want and not be concerned about how much memory it would consume.
What can I say here? This is incredibly easy to carry around with you. Gone are the days of carrying around my heavy laptop. It weighs almost nothing and at the same time is not too small or too large.
Due to the expensive costs of this tablet I have become very defensive around it, so its robustness and durability have not been truly tested. All I can say is I had it in my rock climbing bag which is full of metal and other potentially damaging objects, and all that happened was the cover got a little dirty. (I am very thankful it did not get covered in chalk though, that wouldn't have been good)
BUY A COVER
Of course all tablets will suffer from this. Your screen will get dirty! So go on ebay possibly and buy one of the covers that also acts as a screen cleaner and your screen will look as good as new. (Just dont let your greasy fingered friends touch it immediately after you clean it, you may resent them a little afterwards...)
This model is expensive at just over £300. and almost goes up to £400 if you choose the WI-FI and CELLULAR model (this allows internet access wherever you are). However in my honest opinion I think this is reasonable for the pure amount of extras' i.e. apps you can add onto it. With this 32 Gb model I will never run out of space for apps and as such I think this is a fantastic model that is worth the price.
I cannot review the instruction manual as I did not use it once. The set up is very easy as long as you have your itunes up to date.
So there you have it my review on the "iPad mini" 32Gb model I hope you have as much fun on yours as I have had on mine :).