Apple iPad mini 2

Released November, 2013
  • 7.8"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
No longer must we agonize over pixelization, just because its 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS LCD Retina Display is glorious for its sharp visuals and strong details.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
7.3 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPad mini 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad mini 2
5.7
Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad mini 2
7.2
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad mini 2
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad mini 2
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 1 more

7.3

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad mini 2
7.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPad mini 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad mini 2
750

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini 2
1,384
MediaPad M3
8,224

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini 2
1,426 ms
Kurio
3,315 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
14.9 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPad mini 2


8.5
The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.

7.0
The new tablet was unveiled alongside a new iPad 4, a new Mac mini and a stunning new 13in MacBook pro Retina display, and will be arriving well in time for Christmas and Thanksgiving thanks to an iPad mini release date of 2 November.

8.5
In general, we have to admit that the iPad mini’s 5-megapixel auto-focus camera is able to produce some pleasant shots with its quality – especially for a tablet.

9.0
But regardless of market positioning, the iPad mini has to be viewed in a world with a $199 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD — two strong performers that are a far cry, at least in price, from the iPad mini.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Display: In this day and age, high definition displays are surprisingly abundant in super-affordable tablet category as well!
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
Beyond that, however, it’s still one pleasant looking display thanks to its neutral color production, wide viewing angles, and high brightness output – making it the ideal candidate for outdoor usage.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
The A6X speeds up the iPad back to levels you'd expect, and it handles Retina Display graphics even better.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Resolution

Still, even the third-generation iPad with its Retina Display has suddenly become the recipient of a surprising seventh-month upgrade, to a very similar-looking device now known as the "fourth-generation iPad.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)
The Retina Display also remains the same, and it's still as lovely as ever.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)
Again aided by the introduction of the Retina Display, watching videos on the tablet is better than ever thanks to its high resolution display.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

Operating System

As much as we appreciate the static and simple nature of the platform, it’s still clearly lagging behind the competition when it comes to personalization, as it lacks the dynamic and visual allure of what Android and Windows RT has to offer.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
At the end of the day, beyond the visual enhancements and new features, it’s just nice that the platform still lays claim to one of iOS’s foundational principles – having an easy, intuitive, and simplified experience.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Naturally, they’re all great and prove quite useful to the overall experience, but it would’ve been beneficial to see some new ones to accompany the updated iOS 7 experience.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

Apps

It surely handles basic tasks with minimal fluff, but even processor intensive ones like 3D gaming, are all easily accomplished.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Additionally, Siri is on board with the experience, and it just goes to show how Apple keeps on making it smarter and wiser.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
To be exact, they include the 5-finger pinch gesture to “close” or “minimize” apps, 5-finger swipe gesture for quick and easy switching between apps, and the 5-finger swipe gesture to go into the platform’s multi-tasking view.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

Operating system

Software: Making it well known, the experience doesn’t deviate from what we’ve seen already with the 9.7-inch iPads.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
I'm not going to go into great detail about iOS 6 since we've already seen it on other products (and in fact have a review of it right here).
by The Verge (Oct, 2012)
Needless to say, the visual changes and new features put forth with iOS 7 are all refreshing, but unfortunately, we don’t see a whole lot of it in the camera app.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 7.8"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536
PPI 326 ppi

network

Wi-Fi 802.11n
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support None
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 331 g
Size 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm
Battery life 10 hour
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