The iPad Mini 2013 with Retina, also dubbed as the Mini 2 ME276LL/A, is currently one of the most popular small-form tablets from Apple. Compared to the original, the Mini 2 offers some great improvements to justify its price which is higher than most of its Android competitors. It has a sharper screen with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, improved cameras and a faster A7 processor that is excellent for gaming, photo, and video editing and is built for handling the more powerful apps coming down the road.
However, its bigger brother, iPad Air 2, is better equipped to handle demanding tasks such as video editing, but you’ll be paying more and sacrificing portability. If the 16GB of storage isn’t enough, you can go as high as 128GB, but that option is very expensive and many will find it too pricey relative to the competition. It also doesn’t come with a fingerprint ID sensor which many were expecting. Side by side you won’t notice any difference between the unibody aluminum design of the Mini and Mini 2, although the latter is a bit thicker and heavier mainly due to its pixel-dense Retina display. All in all the Mini 2 is a well-priced tablet offering the performance equivalent to the iPad Air while remaining compact enough to slip into a handbag or rucksack.
However, users who want to give Android a try have many alternatives that offer better value for the money.
Though it doesn’t tote the same Touch ID goods as the most recent iPad Mini 4, the Mini 2 nevertheless got a hearty update with the advent of iOS 9.3.
Night Shift brings intelligent color temperature-shifting tech to the iPad Mini 2. Whether you are tablet browsing in the morning or nighttime, this new feature automatically shifts the light emitted from the display to a hue of yellow that’s much easier on the eyes.
While it might not seem like a big deal, it’s difficult to go back to a life without Night Shift. The shift in the display’s colour temperature is said to assist in keeping your circadian rhythm in equilibrium. Meaning, unlike other screens, the iPad Mini 2 with Night Shift won’t mess with your sleep schedule.
Wondering whether it actually capable of what it sets out to do, we chose it to job for a few days. The result?
We look forward to the features coming down the line from iOS 10, which the iPad Mini 2 was confirmed to support.
Curious to find out what sorts of new features are coming down the line with the iOS 10 upgrade? We’ve done the legwork and have functioned up our first impressions of the latest software.
The iPad miniature 2 was, in 2013, Apple’s next step in the smaller tablet wars — and using Google and Amazon stepping up their various games, the Cupertino brand needed something which hit with strength.
However, even with that landscape, I was surprised when Apple announced the iPad mini 2 on point, coming with matters like the A7 chip under the hood along with also a 128GB iteration to satisfy the ones that crave a great deal of HD action (though you are now stuck with 32GB maximum).
In addition to this, there’s the much-needed Retina screen (as the title might have told you) and an improvement in battery dimensions over the first iPad miniature to help power those pixels more effectively.
However, there’s the big issue of price, which Apple has had to balance carefully over recent decades. As soon as it’s dropped since the launch of the iPad mini 3 and iPad miniature 4, you are still considering #219 (US$269, AU$369) for the lowest-spec 16GB version with Wi-Fi connectivity only — and Australia did not even receive a price drop!
Given Apple’s choice to allow users to obtain the iWork catalog for free, as well as Garageband and iMovie, you will truly be considering buying the 32GB tablet option to keep things sane.
The slumping of the inner storage will set you back yet another #40/$50/AU$60, but it is well worth the extra cost within my eyes.
Despite the arrival of a ton of cheaper Android tablets in recent years, the iPad miniature 2 does feel like decent value for money given that it is not a loss leader over Google and Amazon, and not just due to the exhausted”Well, it is an Apple device and so spending more should be expected” excuse.
I’ve never bought into this, rather than will. Apple makes well-designed and superior goods, but as the excess price for larger capabilities proves, it is not always justified.
The iPad miniature 2 is an excellent device. There’s no other way to check at it. I was pretty impressed with the original mini when it launched, but bemoaned the low-res display and under-powered chipset powering things along.
I fully expected the iPad miniature 2 to be a different sidekick into a bigger brother, and with the iPad Air revealing itself at the time to be the best tablet in the market, I totally thought we would be getting a more compact iPad using a Retina screen and an A6 chip — thus the choice to make the tablet 64-bit enabled with an A7 CPU was a very great thing to see.
It takes an already well-made device and provides in so much more: the aluminum finish no more feels like a deflection in the fact the original iPad miniature didn’t have the engine to contend with its Snapdragon-powered rivals.
Pay attention to the benchmark speeds later and you’ll see exactly how much better the CPU is for day-to-day tasks over its predecessor and, coupled with the wealthy app ecosystem and improved operating system, you are going to realize how Apple justifies charging the premium price.
The accession of this M7 chip in the iPad miniature 2 seems on the surface to be a little redundant, given you will not be doing much in the way of exercise together with the miniature strapped to your arm.
But, there are journal-style programs which use the info on where you have been and the weather at the time — tiny tasks which don’t need the help of the larger chip, but in all honesty, it’s simply not needed.