Apple iPad Mini (2012) 7.9-inch

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The original Apple iPad Mini is a bestselling mini tablet released in 2012 that received positive reviews from critics for a slick ultra-portable design, excellent battery life, an extensive app store, decent app performance and quality cameras. Reviewers were however critical of it’s high price rag relative to similar specs Android tablets, a low resolution display, and potentially awkward touch typing due to the smaller screen size. Some reviewers also reported the mini was slightly uncomfortable to hold. Overall the iPad mini received positive feedback as a solid entry for Apple into the mini tablet market.

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  • Weight: 0.68 lbs
  • Display Size: 7.9 inch
  • RAM:
  • Operating System: Apple iOS 6
  • Battery Life: 10 hours

Critic Reviews

  • 80
    CNet.com October 30, 2012

    If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.

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  • 80
    LaptopMag November 6, 2012

    The iPad mini's superior design, unparalleled app selection and extra-long battery life make this tablet a cut above the 7-inch competition.

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  • 80
    PCMag November 7, 2012

    The iPad mini lets you run the best library of apps in the biz on a tablet you'll actually want to carry, but it's not the best small-screen tablet you can buy.

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  • 90
    TheVerge October 30, 2012

    The iPad mini is an excellent tablet — but it's not a very cheap one. Whether that's by design, or due to market forces beyond Apple's control, I can't say for sure.

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  • 90
    TechRadar April 11, 2013

    The iPad mini ushered in a major change for Apple and aside from the slightly disappointing screen we loved this tablet.

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  • 90
    TrustedReviews December 9, 2013

    Certainly the most desirable 7-inch tablet on the market, the iPad mini’s £269 starting price is considerably higher than the competition but for that outlay you get a device that, although not specs superior, is a far more enticing option than much of what is already on the market.

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Full Specifications

RAM
Operating System Apple Apple iOS 6
Weight 0.68 lbs
Battery Life 10 hours
Connectivity Bluetooth | Wi-Fi | GPS | USB v2.0 | 3.5mm jack
Internal Storage 16GB
Removable Memory None
Display Size 7.9 inch
Display Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels
Display Type IPS
Display Technology LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Front Camera 1.2 MP
Rear Camera 5 MP
Graphics PowerVR SGX543MP2
Additional Features Accelerometer, gyro, compass
Dimension (LxWxH) 7.87 x 5.3 x 0.28
Warranty 1 year

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