Apple iPad mini 4 64GB WiFi Review
Apple’s iPad mini is the latest iPad of the company’s portfolio. It has the same beautiful slim design and great screen the iPad Air 2 before it had. With a dual core micro processer, the mini 4 has excellent performance with the only major down side of this tablet being its small sized battery.
As expected, the Mini 4 has maintained Apple’s remarkable standards as regards design and aesthetics. The sleek design has been maintained form 2014’s Air 2 with the weight being shed off a little. The weight difference is just a fraction of a pound less, so most people may not take note of it as fast. The body has the same metallic frame common with Apple devices with the Apple logo imprinted at the back side of the tab.
While the iPad Air 2 has a much bigger screen, the Mini 4 has a much higher screen resolution density. The 7.9 inch screen holds an astounding 326 pixels per inch, making for the most crystal crisp images, texts and videos ever experienced on a tab. The display is a unit laminated panel, with the gap that previously existed between the arsenic glass covering and the internal display panel. While this gap was minute, almost micro, the changes brought about by its removal are pronounced.
This change means reduced glare, more clarity and color contrast, as well as better blacks and improved viewing angles. The stereo speakers are placed along the bottom edge and these offer good quality sound system. They may not be loud enough to fill up a room, but the sound is clear and crisp. With headphones however, the issue of not being loud enough is completely eliminated. The solid home button also typical of Apple devices is placed at the bottom of the tablet, with the capacitive return button next to it.
In terms of software, Mini 4 features Apple’s version 9 operating system. This most recent software has its focus mainly on stability and thoughtfulness. It makes use of Siri’s proactive setting to predict what kind of information or application you might want to use at a particular time, and then surfaces them on the screen. It is almost like the common predictive input in keyboards, except now instead of predicting words, it predicts applications and information.
A majority of people are not big on shooting pictures on tablets, but there are a few who are, and if you are one of those few, then this iPad is not a bad choice, even with the low resolution lens of the cameras. The main camera has an 8.0 mega pixel lens and can capture decent shots. For better quality pictures, you will just have to use your smart phone, hopefully it has a better lens than this. The front facing camera is 1.2 MP and its aperture lens is f/2.2.
Other than taking the normal pictures, the camera also has a burst mode and can also HDR photos and video shooting.
The processor is slower than that of the Air 2 and the battery is also of a lesser capacity. If you have used Air 2 before, you will notice the chipset struggling at some instances but this can be reduced by managing background applications.
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