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Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
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The display, once a major drawback of its predecessor, now comes with a whopping resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. Due to its smaller size, the new iPad Mini has a higher pixel density (326ppi) than the iPad Air (264ppi). Everything looks better on the new iPad Mini; webpages and e-books no longer need to be zoomed in as the display is able to clearly resolve intricate detail.
Just like the iPhone 5S, 5C and iPad Air, the new iPad Mini is powered by iOS 7. As with any new iOS 7 device, you can download the iWork productivity apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and iLife creativity apps (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand) for free. Previously, these apps would have cost you US$45 in total.
The new iPad Mini is the third product from Apple to be equipped with the 64bit A7 processor and its M7 motion co-processor. The processor clock speed is set at 1.3GHz, which is a tad lower than the iPad Air (1.4GHz). As expected, everything runs very smoothly on the iPad Mini.
Due to the Retina display, Apple had to squeeze in a larger battery capacity to provide up to 10 hours of usage. Our standard battery test revealed that it lasted 50 minutes less than its predecessor, while the ASUS Nexus 7 lasted longer likely due to the smaller 7-inch display and lower resolution screen.
Overall, the new iPad Mini is everything we’ve come to expect from an Apple tablet; it sports a stunning display, is powered by a future-proof A7 processor, while coming in a slim form factor. With the support of over 475,000 tablet-optimized apps and a huge range of accessories, we feel that the iPad Mini is worth the premium it commands.
As to whether you should pick up the iPad Air over the iPad Mini, that should really depend on your preferences and needs. For portability, the iPad Mini is king. For getting actual work done on a tablet device, the additional screen real-estate on the iPad Air is essential. Nevertheless, whatever your choice, you can’t go wrong.