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Apple iPad Mini 2 (16GB)


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Apple iPad Mini 2 (32GB)


£26.20

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Apple iPad Mini 2 (64GB)


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Apple iPad Mini 2 (128GB)


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There are three iPad Mini siblings currently available out there, but unusually it’s the middle child (normally neglected!) that in some ways offers the best value for money. Technically far superior to the original, whilst being 20-30% cheaper than its successor, the Mini 2 offers great all-round value for those on the lookout for a small tablet.

 

Apple of Mine Eye

Whilst the original iPad Mini lived up to Apple’s typically high standards in plenty of ways, the firstborn child has nevertheless been utterly eclipsed by the iPad Mini 2 “Retina”. The clue’s in the name. The iPad Mini 2’s screen is twice as good as its older sibling (the iPad Mini 1). With a resolution of 2048 x 1536, it offers a PPI of 326, double that of the first.

If that jargon leaves you scratching your head in confusion, all it means is that the image quality (both static and moving) of the iPad Mini 2 is miles ahead of its predecessor. Whilst there are tablets out there today with still better resolutions, the difference starts to become increasingly marginal above the 320 level or so, meaning that the Mini 2 sits fairly prettily on the rising tide of display standards whilst the Mini itself can only blow mournful bubbles beneath the waves.

The original is still perfectly usable for most web-browsing stuff, of course, but the gap is obvious when you want to watch videos. Apple have also done a good job of making sure the display is bright enough to be seen outdoors (a light sensor adapts the level automatically), with good viewing angles too.

 

Sibling Similarities

Another improvement is the amount of RAM you have available, which is the amount of power you have available to run complicated apps or games. At 1GB, the iPad Mini 2 is hardly a strongman of the computing world, but it’s got enough to handle most things you could throw at it. Processor performance is also pretty nippy and responsive, so you won’t have to wait to open up shortcuts. Furthermore, the Mini 2 runs IoS 8, which most people will find to be blissfully simple to operate, with an enormous catalogue of safe apps that almost defies description.

You can’t get away from the fact that the iPad Minis are all from the same family, though. Whilst the Mini 2 may have more brains (or muscle power, however you want to look at it), there’s still a very strong family resemblance. They’re basically the same size, are available in the same colours (silver and space grey), are made from the same brushed aluminium material… You get the picture. If you’re using it in a cafe, only Apple aficionados would likely be able to tell the difference from afar.

It’s the old saying, though – “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The fact is that the iPad Mini 2 is comfortable to hold, pleasant to look at in an understated kind of way and its brushed aluminium casing feels well constructed, just as first one did. Apple, unlike some of its rivals, seems to grasp that plastic (however well designed) always struggles to feel like a premium product.

 

Cut From The Same Cloth

There are some areas where Apple chose not to address minor flaws. The speakers are still placed at the bottom and sound quality is still nothing to write home about, which is presumably what the headphone jack is for. The iPad Mini 2 charges via a lightning port that’s found in-between the two speakers.

The Mini 2 has a similar camera set up to the Mini 1: 1.2 MP on the front for video calling and 5MP on the back. As far as tablet cameras go, the rear-facing one performs reasonably well, but it can’t get away from the unwieldy slate shape. It’ll take pictures, but it’s not really what tablets were put on this earth to do. Similarly, the Mini 2 shoots 1080P video, even if in practice it doesn’t deal with changing light conditions too well.

Battery life is another area where the iPad Mini (2nd Gen) doesn’t do anything that the Mini (1st Gen) didn’t. Apple promise 10 hours’ usage, but you’re more likely to get 7 or 8 depending on what you’re doing, less if that’s watching films. It’s a decent level of performance, especially given how well the iPad retains power on standby, but it’s not spectacular.

Want to get your mitts on the latest generation iPad Mini? Why not give our iPad Mini 4 review a gander. 

  • If you can live without Touch ID (fingerprint identity sensor) and a Gold or 128GB option, the iPad Mini 2 is the tablet for you.
  • With an A7 chip and M7 motion coprocessor, the Mini 2 is just as powerful as the latest 3rd Generation, but at a more affordable price.
  • But that’s not all folks. The iPad Mini 2 has a beautiful 7.9-inch, 2048×1536, LED backlit retina display with a 326ppi resolution.
  • And its available in two colours (silver and space grey) as well as three different models – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Sweet!
  • At 200MM high, 134.7MM wide, 7.5MM deep and 331g (341g for the cellular version) the dimensions match the 3rd Gen Mini too.
  • Not forgetting the 5MP camera, which can also record up to 1080p HD video.

What’s in the Box

  • iPad Mini 2
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Lightning to USB Cable

Apple iPad Mini (2nd Generation)
The Apple iPad Mini 2 has a top-quality retina screen, more power than the original and all the usual high-class characteristics that we expect from the American firm. Well worth a look.
Design85%
Usability88%
Battery Life98%
Display92%
Sound Quality94%
91%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (3 Votes)
98%