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Apple iPad Mini 2021: Finally a fresh design for Apple's smallest tablet

The iPad Mini 6 is small, attractive, and optionally also includes 5G.
The iPad Mini 6 is small, attractive, and optionally also includes 5G.
It was about time: The wide bezels are now finally also things of the past in the iPad Mini 6. Find out here, why else the small tablet impressed us.
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Apple's tablets aren't affordable, but at this point they almost have no competitors in some areas. For example, for those who are looking for a powerful tablet with an 8-inch screen, the iPad Mini is almost the only choice.

It is good that Apple has completely overhauled the tablet in its 6th generation, giving it a new design that is oriented on the iPad Pro and iPad Air and otherwise also fits well into Apple's current product line up. The compact tablet now looks much more modern, with its bezels only large enough to hold it comfortably while still offering as much screen real estate as possible in a compact design.

As usual, the Apple tablet offers high-quality workmanship. However, pressure on the screen is quickly reflected in the liquid crystal.

The support for the Apple Pencil 2 and a magnetic holder that allows charging it on the tablet are also new features. You can take notes and do some creative work using the pen just as easily as on the larger Apple tablets.

The Californian manufacturer has also equipped the Apple iPad Mini 6 with its most current processor, the Apple A15 Bionic. Even though there continues to be a performance difference to the iPad Pro, which is equipped with Apple's M1 processor since this year, the iPad Mini is again a very fast tablet that easily surpasses the Android competitors in 2021.

While the screen offers an unusual format, it again shows powerful colors and is very sharp.

Since the battery life and speakers also continue to be convincing, we really like the Apple iPad Mini 6. However, we also have some complaints. Find out what those are in our detailed review of the Apple iPad Mini 6.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 891 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
contact me via: @FloSchmi26, LinkedIn, Xing
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 270 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-10-20 (Update: 2021-10-18)