Apple iPad Mini 2 (2013)

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The Apple iPad Mini is a bestselling 2013 7-inch tablet that received positive reviews for a gorgeous high-resolution retina display, a blazing fast A7 processor, a storage upgrade option up to 128GB, Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity, great battery life and a compact design.  Some reviewers felt the base price to be very expensive relative to the competition and wanted the Mini to come with a touch ID fingerprint sensor like on the iPhone 5s. For buyers who need tablet just for e-books, web browsing and video playbacks, there are plenty of other cheaper tablets but  for those who want more in terms of power, performance and stunning visuals, the iPad Mini is a great tablet. If video editing is primary use, we recommend the 9-inch iPad Air which offers similar performance and features at a slightly higher price.

Positive Reviews
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  • Retina displa
  • Fast processor
  • Great battery life
  • Compact design


  • No Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Pricier than competitors

Bottom Line

While there are some strong Android competitors, the iPad mini 2, now available at a lower price, is the best value iPad thanks to its great screen, stable performance and robust design.

  • Weight: 0.73 lbs
  • Processor: Apple A33 Cortex A7 1.3GHz
  • Display Size: 7 inch
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2
  • Operating System: Apple iOS 7
  • Battery Life: 10 hours

Critic Reviews

  • 92
    Engadget November 15, 2013

    The iPad mini matches the full-sized iPad Air in display quality, design and performance. Just be prepared to pay more than you would have for last year's model.

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  • 90
    WiredUK November 19, 2013

    Apple has taken its landmark tablet and made it significantly better. There's no doubt this is the best small tablet on the market, and should budget not be a primary factor in a buying decision then it's the device to go for.

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  • 93
    TheVerge November 14, 2013

    The mini used to be the lesser one, the reductive one, the one you bought if you couldn’t fit or afford the iPad. Now it’s just the smaller one.

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  • 90
    TechRadar December 9, 2013

    The iPad mini 2 is flawless in so many ways. From a rich app catalog to the best design on the market, the mini 2's only real downfall is its price. If your pockets are deep you'll simply love it.

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  • 90
    TrustedReviews December 4, 2013

    The iPad mini Retina has improved exactly where it needed to. Better screen, better camera and much faster processor are all present, but it’s not a wildly different experience from the original iPad mini.

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  • 90
    CNet November 13, 2013

    The new iPad Mini somehow shrinks down the iPad Air into an even more compact package, sacrificing nearly nothing. It's more expensive than before, but it's also the perfect smaller tablet.

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  • 80
    LaptopMag November 14, 2013

    The iPad mini with Retina Display boasts the sharpest screen in its class, a powerful A7 chip and epic battery life -- plus the best app selection -- all in a compact and elegant design.

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  • 90
    PCMag November 14, 2013

    The new iPad mini has a super-sharp Retina display and packs all of the power of the iPad Air into a more portable package.

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Full Specifications

Operating System Apple Apple iOS 7
Weight 0.73 lbs
Battery Life 10 hours
Connectivity 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 802.11bgn
Internal Storage 16GB
Removable Memory None
Display Size 7 inch
Display Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
Display Type IPS
Display Technology LED Backlit
Front Camera 1.2 MP
Rear Camera 5 MP
Additional Features LED Backlit display
Dimension (LxWxH) 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.3

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