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Ap­ple iPad Mini with Retina Dis­play

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sec­ond with a 6,000mAh bat­tery.

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.

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