Apple iPad mini Retina

Specifications

Apple iPad mini RetinaNotebook: Apple iPad mini Retina (iPad Series)
Processor: Apple A7
Graphics Adapter: Imagination PowerVR G6430
Display: 7.9 inch, 4:3, 2048x1536 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.328kg
Price: 389 euro
Average Score: 90.58% - very good
Average of 24 scores (from 38 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 91%, features: 79%, display: 92% mobility: 93%, workmanship: 91%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Apple iPad mini Retina

89% Review Apple iPad Mini Retina Tablet | Notebookcheck
Small device, giant resolution. The new version of the little iPad now has a Retina display, but it is also thicker than its predecessor. Apple also bestowed their 64-bit A7 processor on the little tyke, so it is on equal footing with its big brother. Or is it…?
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs iPad mini with Retina display: Apple and Samsung's mini tablets go head to head
Source: PC Advisor English
It's difficult to decide which tablet is best without having both devices in our lab for thorough testing. I am an Android user, and would take the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4's larger, higher-resolution screen, more compact size and weight, potentially faster performance, micro-USB port, better cameras and fingerprint scanner over anything the iPad mini has to offer. But if you are a fan of Apple's devices, the software alone may make this decision for you.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 06/25/2014
iPad Air vs iPad mini 2 Retina comparison review: Which iPad is best?
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
Which iPad would we recommend? Obviously that depends on your needs. If portability is top priority, the iPad mini 2 remains the best option, although the iPad Air is so much slimmer and lighter than previous 'full-size' iPads that it's close to catching up. The iPad Air can be used one-handed for quite a long time without tiring the arm, which makes it great for reading - although if that's all you want to do with your iPad, you could save some money and just get the old iPad mini (or a Kindle, at that). The A7 processor on the new iPads make them superb games machines, and ideal for photo and video editing, especially for the next few years as such apps get more demanding.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2014
83% Review: Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
Source: PC Authority English
Other tablets are substantially cheaper, but the iPad mini is more powerful and longer-lasting, and the sheer quantity and quality of choice in the Apple App Store remain ahead of rival devices. If you can afford it, this is the best compact tablet going.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 67% performance: 100% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
80% iPad mini 2
Source: It Pro English
Overall, the iPad mini 2 represents a huge improvement over the original. The increase in price is just about justified as everything about the iPad mini 2 from the build quality to display oozes quality. It's not as good valaue for money as the Nexus 7 (2013) or as versatile as the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4in, but the mini 2 is a fantastic tablet.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/27/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% iPad Mini 2 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
The addition of the Retina screen is a real boost to the 8in tablet range from Apple, and it’s impressive that this extra-high quality display and faster processor haven’t dented battery life. We’d definitely award the iPad Mini 2 our top score if it wasn’t for the even higher starting price now attached to the device; it’s a premium 8in tablet but at a very premium cost.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/14/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
iPad mini 2 Retina vs iPad Air comparison review: Which new iPad should I buy?
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
Which iPad would we recommend? Obviously that depends on your needs. If portability is top priority, the iPad mini 2 is still the best option, although the iPad Air is so slim and light that it's close to catching up; the iPad Air can be used one-handed for quite a long time without tiring the arm, which makes it great for reading - although if that's all you want to do with your iPad, you could save some money and just get the old iPad mini. The A7 processor on the new iPads make them superb games machines, and ideal for photo and video editing, especially for the next few years as such apps get more demanding. But the iPad Air has the larger screen to go with those activities - we'd rather edit movies on a 9.7in screen, and games are more immersive on the larger device. Hopefully we've summarised the strengths and weaknesses of Apple's new iPads effectively, but our last word would be this: if you heart is set on one of the new iPads, is portability or the screen your first priority? The two lines have got closer on both fronts, but the iPad Air remains the best option for a stunning visual experience, while the iPad mini 2 is a great buy if you want to slip a fast, powerful computing device in a handbag or rucksack pocket.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 02/10/2014
100% Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display review
Source: Expert Reviews English
There's no doubt in our mind that the iPad Mini with Retina Display is the best small tablet. It perfectly balances screen resolution and size with portability, with Apple producing a tablet that fits comfortably in one hand. Build quality is excellent, too, putting this tablet above the cheaper, but still great, Google Nexus 7. Most importantly, with this model Apple has removed any compromise between this and the iPad Air. Personally, we slightly prefer the larger screen of the Air, especially as that tablet doesn't feel a lot bigger than the Mini. Still, if you want to save a bit of money or need a tablet that can be used comfortably in one hand, the iPad Mini is a brilliant choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/03/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
83% Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display review
Source: PC Pro English
It’s testament to the sheer quality of Apple’s efforts that the iPad mini with Retina display doesn’t feel outlandishly expensive. Other tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7, or the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, offer substantially better value, but the iPad mini is more powerful and longer-lasting, and the sheer quantity and quality of choice in the Apple App Store remains ahead of rival devices. For most people, the Google Nexus 7 remains the better buy, but if you can afford it, the iPad Mini with Retina display is the finest compact tablet out there.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 67% performance: 100% features: 83% workmanship: 83%
100% iPad mini with Retina display review, iPad mini 2 fully tested
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
If it’s a smaller, lighter iPad you are after you can’t go wrong with the new iPad mini with Retina display. It’s better than last year’s model in all the ways that really matter, especially in terms of the screen and the speed. While the iPad mini costs slightly more this year than the original iPad mini did at launch, we think the increased cost isa small price to pay for the updated technology. While it would be nice if the iPad mini 2 had slimmed down, it’s hardly fat, and the iPad Air is practically the same thickness.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/17/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
Apple iPad mini 2 Retina vs original iPad mini comparison review
Source: PC Advisor English
The new iPad mini is a tablet for which many people have been waiting eagerly. With it's 'better than HD' Retina screen and new, much faster processor, it's a considerably better tablet. But it's also more expensive, while the old model is still on sale at a lower price.Maybe you already own an iPad mini and are wondering whether to upgrade. The decision isn't easy, but we're here to help. Read on to find out whether to buy an iPad mini 2 or not.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/24/2013
80% iPad mini with Retina display review: a superb tablet in almost every way
Source: PC Advisor English
The iPad mini with Retina display is a fabulous tablet. The screen is excellent and more than worth the minimal weight gain. Performance is also excellent, and the 64-bit processor makes this much more future-proof than the original iPad mini. The higher price (compared to the original cost of the iPad mini) may be frustrating, but it’s arguably better value than the iPad Air as well as being more portable. If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 80% workmanship: 90%
Apple iPad mini with Retina Display
Source: Hot Hardware English
From a design standpoint, there’s really nothing to see here that wasn’t seen already in the initial version of the iPad mini, but the overall package is far more compelling. The form factor suits those who are only interested in smaller tablets that can be used in one-handed operation, but more importantly, the iPad mini with Retina display offers plenty of reasons for those who ignored the first edition to finally bite.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2013
95% Apple iPad mini Retina Review
Source: Techspot English
It’s clear after using the device that the iPad mini with Retina display is the best small-sized tablet that money can buy. Its build quality is second to none, combining a portable form factor with premium materials, and performance that is on-par with the iPad Air, which is exactly what you want to see despite its smaller size. Apart from the performance, the key improvement over the first-generation iPad mini is the display, which packs 3.1 million pixels into a 7.9-inch 4:3 panel. The crispness is certainly eye-catching and fabulous for reading text, and while the display is not without its flaws (gamut-wise), it’s reasonably easy to simply gloss over them. Of course it’s entirely up to whether you prefer the size of the iPad mini or iPad Air, but the former excels in the small-tablet arena.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/27/2013
Rating: Total score: 95%
80% Apple iPad Mini With Retina Display Review
Source: Comp Reviews English
The iPad Mini with Retina display is such a huge improvement over the original that it is hard to use the new one and even consider looking at the older one. In essence, Apple has taken all the things they did with the iPad Air and then offered them in the smaller tablet and with a $100 lower price than the Air. The display in particular is incredibly sharp and a beauty to behold.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display
Source: Reg Hardware English
Would I recommend the new Mini? To anyone already in the Apple ecosystem, yes; to OS-agnostic new buyers, no. The new iPad Mini is a very nice mid-size tablet, but I honestly can’t see a reason for Joe Soap to favour one over, say, the Nexus 7, or the Kindle Fire HD or HDX if you don’t mind being tied to Amazon. That’s not because the Mini is an inferior product, simply because it’s a much more costly one.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2013
100% Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display review
Source: Stuff TV English
If it wasn’t for the tiny niggles of colour reproduction, performance and price, we’d give the iPad Mini with Retina display the overall tablet crown. Colours look slightly more vivid and accurate both on the iPad Air (which also performs ever-so-slightly better) and key, cheaper rivals such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX. Then there’s price - now we know the Mini isn’t quite as good as the Air in absolutely every respect, making that £80 difference bigger than it may at first seem. The Retina Mini is now our favourite small tablet, beating the Google Nexus 7 to that coveted second spot in the list of the best tablets you can buy right now, and narrowly missing out on the overall top spot, which remains the lofty perch of its bigger brother, the iPad Air.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%
100% iPad Mini Retina review
Source: T3 English
But if, like us, the size and feel of the Mini is of most importance, it offers such a boost in performance and display quality, it's worth the upgrade. The Retina resolution feels like the missing piece of the Mini puzzle and keeps it at the top of our tablet table. We thought the iPad Air was a stunning piece of technological invention; this just takes all of that goodness and puts it into a device that's more manageable in more real-life situations. We love it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% iPad mini 2 Retina review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
Just like the iPad Air before it, the iPad mini 2 has a strong case for being crowned the best tablet in its class. However, the iPad mini 2 comes with a serious set of solid and very price-conscious competitors. The iPad mini Retina has improved exactly where it needed to. Better screen, better camera and much faster processor are all present, but it’s not a wildly different experience from the original iPad mini. That’s no bad thing as the iPad mini 2 is one of the best small-form tablets on the market, even if the extra cost is a little hard to justify.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/19/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 100% features: 100% display: 100% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100%
as good as the Air, just smaller
Source: Engadget English
In the course of a year, the iPad mini has hit puberty, and matured quite a bit. It's an iterative update, for sure, but one that makes it vastly better than the original. Because it now offers a Retina display, fast connectivity and a powerful processor, the mini now shares top-tier product status with the iPad Air. This is precisely the iPad mini we've been waiting for, but it comes with a price hike of $70 over last year's model.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/15/2013
iPad mini Retina Display review – the holy grail of tablets
Source: Slashgear English
As upgrades go, you can’t fault the iPad mini with Retina display. Apple took the two biggest complaints – speed and screen – in hand, and returned with a tablet that looks great, performs great, and still delivers on battery life and portability. The tempting option might have been to dilute the update so as to leave the iPad Air clearly in the lead as the full-sized flagship, but Apple is obviously so confident in the equal allure of each model, it has no reason to artificially delineate the range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/15/2013
90% Apple iPad mini
Source: Wired Magazine English
The iPad mini is exactly the type of product we expect from Apple. Stunning good looks, a display so high resolution it’d take a magnifying glass to pick out the pixels, and unparalleled performance. This is the smaller iPad that should have debuted last year, but hey, better late than never.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/15/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Apple iPad mini with Retina Display Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The iPad mini with Retina Display is simultaneously a splurge compared with 7-inch Android tablets and one heck of a value in the context of Apple's own tablet lineup. For $100 less than the full-size iPad Air, you get the same sharp screen resolution and blazing A7 chip in a more compact design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Apple iPad mini With Retina Display
Source: PC Mag English
So you're paying $170 extra here (up from last year's $120 difference) to get iOS apps rather than Android apps. If you're an iPhone user, or you're attracted by unique iOS exclusives like the Infinity Blade series of games, Toca Boca kids' apps, or the iWork office suite, that investment will probably be worth it. But I think all of those apps play even better on the big iPad. If you're looking for cross-platform applications like Kindle book reading, comics reading, casual games, or Web browsing, you can get them on a great tablet that costs a lot less. That makes the iPad mini a very highly rated tablet, but still not quite our Editors' Choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

Apple iPad mini Retina
Source: Mac & i - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/16/2014
100% Apple iPad mini Retina Wi-Fi (16 GB)
Source: PC News - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 100%
96% Silber - Klein, leistungsstark und stylisch
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/19/2014
Rating: Total score: 96% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 95%
98% Apple iPad mini Retina
Source: SFT - Heft 3/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 98%
95% Apple iPad mini Retina
Source: Chip (Print) - Heft 2/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2014
Rating: Total score: 95% features: 92% display: 94% mobility: 89% emissions: 98%
92% Apple iPad mini Retina Display WiFi + Cellular (16 GB)
Source: Stiftung Warentest - Heft 1/2014 German DE→EN
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 92% display: 88% mobility: 97%
iPad mini mit Retina-Display im ersten Hands-on-Test
Source: Mobicroco German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/12/2013
Apple iPad Mini mit Retina Display
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Positive: compact dimensions; high resolution display
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/17/2013
100% iPad mini Retina, la tablette d'Apple qui a tout d'une grande
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 100%
Apple iPad mini Retina: обзор особо четкого планшета 7,9". ZOOM рекомендует
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/16/2013
Apple iPad Mini Retina – Прикоснитесь К Идеальному
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Excellent display and camera; stylish design; good performance; good autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/28/2014
Обзор Apple Ipad Mini С Экраном Retina. Лучший Компактный Планшет
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Aluminum body; loud stereo speakers; huge database software; battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2013
90% Đánh giá iPad Mini Retina - đắt nhưng đáng tiền
Source: Sohoa VN Express VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/29/2013
Rating: Total score: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
83% Recenzja tabletu iPad mini z ekranem Retina
Source: Tablet.bg BU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 83%
Ревю на Apple iPad mini (Retina) – най-добрият мини таблет, но на висока цена
Source: Tablet.bg BU→EN
Positive: Beautiful aluminum case; extremely high performance; screen with great detail, brightness, contrast and color reproduction; long battery life; quality camera; powerful and clear stereo sound. Negative: High price; no MicroSD memory card slot; colors range of the display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/07/2013

Comment

Imagination PowerVR G6430: Multi core (4 cluster) graphics card for ARM processors that supports OpenGL 4.x and ES 3.0

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


A7:

Apple-developed SoC for use in the iPhone 5S and iPad Air. Offers two "Cyclone" ARM cores (ARMv8, 64-bit) and an integrated PowerVR G6430 GPU.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


7.9": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.328 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-11-19 (Update: 2013-11-19)