iPad mini review

Apple's new tablet is called the iPad mini. It is small, reminiscent of an e-book. This is a bad display. But this can be forgiven, given the rest of the features.

Design, construction

Like any other device from the company, iPad mini will instantly make you want to either give away money, hold the tablet to your chest and run away without looking back, or burning hatred. There are many people who do not accept company games with design. Many believe that the popularization of complex technology does not bring anything good and computers, smartphones, tablets should remain the lot of guys REALLY UNDERSTANDING. Well, Apple continues to bring these technologies to every home. Let's say I don't think any girl would seriously want to try a Windows tablet. Because it's not fashionable, because it's difficult, because it's not heard by millions of people - even those who don't know how to use a computer have heard about the iPad. I am silent about tablets with Windows. Yes, and Android is not far behind, smartphones are one thing, but tablets are still mostly a pitiful sight. This also applies to the operating time, and displays, and performance. In an article about the announcement of the iPad mini, I wrote about the reasons that probably prompted Apple to release this product. You can read all the lyrics there, but here let's talk about a specific gadget.

As with the iPod mini, I'd like to point out Apple's pettiness. It would seem, well, why not put EarPods in the kit right away? After all, it is clear that a person will use the tablet, including for music, and for talking on Skype or FaceTime. The incomprehensible tradition of not adding a headset to the kit began with the first iPad and continued this year. You'll either have to buy a headset separately or use what's available. I would advise EarPods, apparently, there are some settings and they make the sound of headphones paired with a tablet very good. However, this applies to both iPhone and iPod.

The box is very small, made of cardboard, two times smaller than the packaging of a regular iPad. It most closely resembles a Kindle box. And the tablet itself most of all resembles an e-book, at first it is generally unusual to perceive it as an iPad. Comfortable to hold with one hand, fits easily in a jacket pocket or even in the back pocket of jeans.

Naturally, this is very convenient, especially for those people who often use the tablet in public transport. It's not just about where the iPad mini can be hidden. When you read a book or play while holding the device with two hands, it is not very visible. Especially if it's a black mini. The body is completely black, and the back, and the frame around the display. From afar, you won't know what it is. I note that here the unibody case is made of aluminum, the metal pleasantly cools the hand. The case is matte on the back, the display is covered with glass with an oleophobic coating. The prints are clearly visible both in front and behind, although the black color masks it well. There are no scratches in two days of active use. I personally really like the design, one of those things that seems to be not needed, but I want to have it at hand - although I can’t imagine how to fit mini into the ecosystem. Given that there is both a regular iPad and a MacBook Air.

The device exists in two colors, black and white, I've seen both, I like black more, but white too. In general, it is not white, the frame around the display is of this color, and the back of the case is silver.

Reminiscent of the design of the iPhone 5. It seems to me that this option is clearly for girls. The version with a radio module has a plastic antenna cover on the back, the version with Wi-Fi has a completely metal case.

On the bottom of the case there are holes for the speaker (or speakers), a Lightning connector, on the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microphone. Exact dimensions - 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm, weight - 308 grams. The radio version weighs 312 grams.

The volume of the speakers is sufficient for listening to music or watching videos, but it is better to use a headset.

Display

For starters, the facts, the diagonal of the display is 7.87 inches, the resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. At the presentation, everything related to resolution was carefully avoided, still, in the days of Retina, to show a “revolutionary” gadget with a regular screen.

Now the lyrics. The most painful place of the device is the display. As an ardent lover of Apple technology, I can come up with many excuses for the screen and the company, but. But in fact, if you have used an iPad with Retina, you will immediately understand. The display is disgusting. Bad. The guys at Apple taught us to see beautiful letters as if they were drawn on the screen. They also taught us to enjoy sharpness, brightness. And now I see, as if slightly blurred letters on the mini screen. I watch a movie, but my brain is busy with something else, namely a comparison with a regular iPad, where the same movie looks much better. I'm talking about photos and browsing in Safari.

I understand everything, in fact, a new segment for Apple, in fact, a test of the pen in an unknown area, it is not clear whether it will work or not (apparently, it has). Probably with Retina the price would be different. Nothing to scare users. From a business point of view, everything is correct.

That's right, and from the point of view that people who have not used the iPad with Retina do not notice the catch. I don’t mean those who saw in the pictures, and then go bankrupt on the Internet about a bad Apple. And those to whom the iPad with Retina really helps in business. I specifically invited several owners of such tablets to evaluate the tablet, at first admiration for the appearance, at first they say about the display that it is not bad, then they already notice: “It’s a pity that it’s not Retina.”

Management

The placement of controls is traditional for iOS devices, under the display is the Home button, on top is the on / off button, on the right is the volume control and the mute lever (it also prohibits image rotation).The main control element is the display, as in other Apple devices, it is instantly addictive even for those who are used to dealing with buttons. The management here is very good. And given the size and weight of the device, it is now much easier for both the child and the girls to play or use programs. Although, with the representatives of the weaker sex, everything is a little more complicated. For example, my girlfriend noted that she would never change a regular iPad to a mini - yes, her tablet weighs more, but there is a larger display, and this is an important point (she uses the iPad for work). I think many will share this opinion. I personally love the compactness of the iPad mini, it's really great, but after Retina it's impossible to look at the display without shuddering.

As you know, there are very narrow bezels around the display. Accordingly, if you hold the device in one hand, then by pressing the edge of your thumb, you could run some programs. Apple came up with a solution, the areas next to the frame do not respond to pressing, or rather, you need to hit exactly the icon. In life, there are no problems because of the frame, I did not notice that the mini somehow differed in terms of control from the big brothers.

Memory and modifications

There are six modifications in total, the main differences are in the presence of 4G, well, and the traditional memory division for Apple, 16/32/64 GB. Strictly speaking, there are not even six, but nine modifications, since the iPad mini A1454 is equipped with a module that supports the following standards: GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 4 and 17). And the iPad mini A1455 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5 , 13, 25). Apparently, LTE will not work in Russia.

Food

The claimed battery life is 10 hours in normal mode, and the specifications do not specifically say what exactly can be done, the description is blurry "Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music". The device holds a charge well, that is, you will not have such a surprise as when using an Android tablet, you lie in the car fully charged for an hour, and suddenly ten percent is already gone. Here the operating time is controlled and predictable. It may not be worth counting on ten hours, but nine hours is quite possible. Do not forget only about the brightness, it is hardly worth keeping it maximum, it is quite comfortable to work with the device in any conditions, even if the brightness slider is set to half.

It is curious that the included AC adapter is the same as with the iPhone 5, and not the old one, as with the regular iPad. In any case, it will take about four hours to fully charge. You can charge both from USB and from the mains adapter. This is another device that uses the new Lightning connector. You know, it may seem ridiculous, but it might seem to many that third-party companies made more money on Apple accessories. Naturally, this is the wrong view of things, even before the advent of Lightning, the company was earning millions by selling original cables, adapters, cradles, power supplies and other add-ons.There are several motives for using Lightning in the company, these are compactness and reliability, but let's not forget that Apple always tries to tailor clothes to itself. In this case, these clothes are a huge market for accessories, billions of dollars and hundreds of companies. I note that Apple is well reminded who is the boss in the house. Do you want to make things under the new connector? Let's get together for a conference. We listen about the chips in the cable and the features. We write down. We pay. Or we don't pay, it's not clear yet. We produce accessories. We get the right to the inscription "Made for iPhone (iPad, iPod)" on the package. We get the right to be in the Apple Store. Left-right. Left-right. Got used to the old connector? Lots of fakes? Funny people make millions on cables for two cents? Press everyone, build, remind who and what.

I want to note that only Apple consumers forgive such tricks. For example, those same consumers poured tubs of slop on the well-known Sony company every time the company tried to come up with something of its own. Take at least WP-port for Walkman players. Well, or some other prank.

Personally, I've come to terms with Lightning. One cable for iPad with regular connector. One for iPhone 5. Purchased for the occasion adapter. And one more, with a long cable. You have to get used to living in a new way! Left-right, left-right.

Operating system and performance

Is used iOS 6 here, and I will again link to the review of this version, where everything that should be written is written.

The update 6.0.1 has just been released, the list of changes is as follows:

  • Fixed an issue that prevented iPhone 5 from installing software updates over the air.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause horizontal lines to appear over the keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause camera flash to malfunction.
  • Improved the reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to WPA2 encrypted Wi-Fi networks.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented iPhone from using cellular networks in some cases.
  • Introduced a single Cellular Data toggle for iTunes Match.
  • Fixed an issue with password protection that in some cases could result in access to Passbook card information from the lock screen.
  • Fixed a bug that affected Exchange Meetings functionality.

I haven't noticed any significant changes yet.

The A5 processor has long been familiar to us from the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, it is also used in the fifth generation iPod Touch.

An old horse won't spoil the furrow, but it's not that old. The tablet works smartly, and this applies not only to basic applications, but also to games. On the screenshots you can see which toys I launched, none of them had problems. But in terms of startup speed, and in terms of speed in general, a regular iPad (as it is called, “third”) still seems better to me.

Here are some screenshots from a program that measures performance. Especially for those who need graphics! More charts!

There is Bluetooth, version 4.0, there is Wi-Fi. There were no problems with the connection. Wireless headphones can and should be used, my choice is Parrot Zik.

The microphone is not bad, it is quite possible to use for communication via Skype or FaceTime. The voice recorder will have to be installed from the AppStore.

Camera

Or rather, cameras. Above the display there is a FaceTime camera (1.2 MP), video in HD (720p), you can read about FaceTime in a separate article.

There is a 5 MP camera at the back, sorry again, the weather in Moscow is disgusting, so the pictures are dark. There is autofocus, backlighting, video recording in HD (1080p), focusing on the object that you specify. The camera works quickly, there are no complaints. I think the pictures are good. Naturally, the device is much more suitable for shooting than a regular iPad, if only because of its miniature size.

Conclusions

I won't even write how much the device costs in Russia now - once again Apple pretended that our market, it seems, does not exist. So, there will be no deliveries of iPad mini to you. In the US and some other countries, prices are as follows: $329 for 16 GB, $429 for 32 GB, $529 for 64 GB. The 4G and Wi-Fi version will be available in a few weeks for $459, $559 and $659. Apple's traditional $100 step.

You can best evaluate the device yourself, dear reader. The gadget is charming, except that the display let us down. Although this is subjective. Logic suggests that it would be better for everyone to wait for the mini version with 4G, but if you are going to give a child, then Wi-Fi will be enough.

Among other tablets with a similar diagonal display, mini stands apart. Naturally, we are talking about gadgets with Android. Yes, a number of such tablets can easily replace a phone as well. But what do they look like? How long do they work? How stable? What are the basic features? How easy are they to manage? After all, how famous are these toys? After all, most consumers buy some things not only for themselves, but also to say something to the world? Accordingly, like some other things from Apple, the iPad mini can be a loser. When you compare it on the website of an online store with classmates.

But when you come to the store and take the mini in your hands, that's when the magic begins.

I'm not advocating in any way, but Apple has once again turned out to be a charming gadget, not like the competition. Same Women\'s White Fashioned Choker Necklace iPad, only more convenient. Maybe the mini will be your first Apple device. Well, then everything goes according to a familiar scenario. Rejection of Windows. Access point replacement. The person does not look for or choose anything else (and is not present on the forums or in discussions) and is ready to forgive Apple for any pranks.

iPad mini review

Apple's new tablet is called the iPad mini. It is small, reminiscent of an e-book. This is a bad display. But this can be forgiven, given the rest of the features.

Design, construction

Like any other device from the company, iPad mini will instantly make you want to either give away money, hold the tablet to your chest and run away without looking back, or burning hatred. There are many people who do not accept company games with design. Many believe that the popularization of complex technology does not bring anything good and computers, smartphones, tablets should remain the lot of guys REALLY UNDERSTANDING. Well, Apple continues to bring these technologies to every home. Let's say I don't think any girl would seriously want to try a Windows tablet.Because it's not fashionable, because it's difficult, because it's not heard by millions of people - even those who don't know how to use a computer have heard about the iPad. I am silent about tablets with Windows. Yes, and Android is not far behind, smartphones are one thing, but tablets are still mostly a pitiful sight. This also applies to the operating time, and displays, and performance. In an article about the announcement of the iPad mini, I wrote about the reasons that probably prompted Apple to release this product. You can read all the lyrics there, but here let's talk about a specific gadget.

As with the iPod mini, I'd like to point out Apple's pettiness. It would seem, well, why not put EarPods in the kit right away? After all, it is clear that a person will use the tablet, including for music, and for talking on Skype or FaceTime. The incomprehensible tradition of not adding a headset to the kit began with the first iPad and continued this year. You'll either have to buy the headset separately or use what's available. I would advise EarPods, apparently, there are some settings and they make the sound of headphones paired with a tablet very good. However, this applies to both iPhone and iPod.

The box is very small, made of cardboard, two times smaller than the packaging of a regular iPad. It most closely resembles a Kindle box. And the tablet itself most of all resembles an e-book, at first it is generally unusual to perceive it as an iPad. Comfortable to hold with one hand, fits easily in a jacket pocket or even in the back pocket of jeans.

Naturally, this is very convenient, especially for those people who often use the tablet in public transport. It's not just about where the iPad mini can be hidden. When you read a book or play while holding the device with two hands, it is not very visible. Especially if it's a black mini. The body is completely black, and the back, and the frame around the display. From afar, you won't know what it is. I note that here the unibody case is made of aluminum, the metal pleasantly cools the hand. The case is matte on the back, the display is covered with glass with an oleophobic coating. The prints are clearly visible both in front and behind, although the black color masks it well. There are no scratches in two days of active use. I personally really like the design, one of those things that seems to be not needed, but I want to have it at hand - although I can’t imagine how to fit mini into the ecosystem. Given that there is both a regular iPad and a MacBook Air.

The device exists in two colors, black and white, I've seen both, I like black more, but white too. In general, it is not white, the frame around the display is of this color, and the back of the case is silver.

Reminiscent of the design of the iPhone 5. It seems to me that this option is clearly for girls. The version with a radio module has a plastic antenna cover on the back, the version with Wi-Fi has a completely metal case.

On the bottom of the case there are holes for the speaker (or speakers), a Lightning connector, on the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microphone. Exact dimensions - 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm, weight - 308 grams. The radio version weighs 312 grams.

The volume of the speakers is sufficient for listening to music or watching videos, but it is better to use a headset.

Display

For starters, the facts, the diagonal of the display is 7.87 inches, the resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. At the presentation, everything related to resolution was carefully avoided, still, in the days of Retina, to show a “revolutionary” gadget with a regular screen.

Now the lyrics. The most painful place of the device is the display. As an ardent lover of Apple technology, I can come up with many excuses for the screen and the company, but. But in fact, if you have used an iPad with Retina, you will immediately understand. The display is disgusting. Bad. The guys at Apple taught us to see beautiful letters as if they were drawn on the screen. They also taught us to enjoy sharpness, brightness. And now I see, as if slightly blurred letters on the mini screen. I watch a movie, but my brain is busy with something else, namely a comparison with a regular iPad, where the same movie looks much better. I'm talking about photos and browsing in Safari.

I understand everything, in fact, a new segment for Apple, in fact, a test of the pen in an unknown area, it is not clear whether it will work or not (apparently, it has). Probably with Retina the price would be different. Nothing to scare users. From a business point of view, everything is correct.

That's right, and from the point of view that people who have not used the iPad with Retina do not notice the catch. I don’t mean those who saw in the pictures, and then go bankrupt on the Internet about a bad Apple. And those to whom the iPad with Retina really helps in business. I specifically invited several owners of such tablets to evaluate the tablet, at first admiration for the appearance, at first they say about the display that it is not bad, then they already notice: “It’s a pity that it’s not Retina.”

Management

The placement of controls is traditional for iOS devices, under the display is the Home button, on top is the on / off button, on the right is the volume control and the mute lever (it also prohibits image rotation).The main control element is the display, as in other Apple devices, it is instantly addictive even for those who are used to dealing with buttons. The management here is very good. And given the size and weight of the device, it is now much easier for both the child and the girls to play or use programs. Although, with the representatives of the weaker sex, everything is a little more complicated. For example, my girlfriend noted that she would never change a regular iPad to a mini - yes, her tablet weighs more, but there is a larger display, and this is an important point (she uses the iPad for work). I think many will share this opinion. I personally love the compactness of the iPad mini, it's really great, but after Retina it's impossible to look at the display without shuddering.

As you know, there are very narrow bezels around the display. Accordingly, if you hold the device in one hand, then by pressing the edge of your thumb, you could run some programs. Apple came up with a solution, the areas next to the frame do not respond to pressing, or rather, you need to hit exactly the icon. In life, there are no problems because of the frame, I did not notice that the mini somehow differed in terms of control from the big brothers.

Memory and modifications

There are six modifications in total, the main differences are in the presence of 4G, well, and the traditional memory division for Apple, 16/32/64 GB. Strictly speaking, there are not even six, but nine modifications, since the iPad mini A1454 is equipped with a module that supports the following standards: GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 4 and 17). And the iPad mini A1455 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5 , 13, 25). Apparently, LTE will not work in Russia.

Food

The claimed battery life is 10 hours in normal mode, and the specifications do not specifically say what exactly can be done, the description is blurry "Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music". The device holds a charge well, that is, you will not have such a surprise as when using an Android tablet, you lie in the car fully charged for an hour, and suddenly ten percent is already gone. Here the operating time is controlled and predictable. It may not be worth counting on ten hours, but nine hours is quite possible. Do not forget only about the brightness, it is hardly worth keeping it maximum, it is quite comfortable to work with the device in any conditions, even if the brightness slider is set to half.

It is curious that the included AC adapter is the same as with the iPhone 5, and not the old one, as with the regular iPad. In any case, it will take about four hours to fully charge. You can charge both from USB and from the mains adapter. This is another device that uses the new Lightning connector. You know, it may seem ridiculous, but it might seem to many that third-party companies made more money on Apple accessories. Naturally, this is the wrong view of things, even before the advent of Lightning, the company was earning millions by selling original cables, adapters, cradles, power supplies and other add-ons.There are several motives for using Lightning in the company, these are compactness and reliability, but let's not forget that Apple always tries to tailor clothes to itself. In this case, these clothes are a huge market for accessories, billions of dollars and hundreds of companies. I note that Apple is well reminded who is the boss in the house. Do you want to make things under the new connector? Let's get together for a conference. We listen about the chips in the cable and the features. We write down. We pay. Or we don't pay, it's not clear yet. We produce accessories. We get the right to the inscription "Made for iPhone (iPad, iPod)" on the package. We get the right to be in the Apple Store. Left-right. Left-right. Got used to the old connector? Lots of fakes? Funny people make millions on cables for two cents? Press everyone, build, remind who and what.

I want to note that only Apple consumers forgive such tricks. For example, those same consumers poured tubs of slop on the well-known Sony company every time the company tried to come up with something of its own. Take at least WP-port for Walkman players. Well, or some other prank.

Personally, I've come to terms with Lightning. One cable for iPad with regular connector. One for iPhone 5. Purchased for the occasion adapter. And one more, with a long cable. You have to get used to living in a new way! Left-right, left-right.

Operating system and performance

Is used iOS 6 here, and I will again link to the review of this version, where everything that should be written is written.

The update 6.0.1 has just been released, the list of changes is as follows:

  • Fixed an issue that prevented iPhone 5 from installing software updates over the air.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause horizontal lines to appear over the keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause camera flash to malfunction.
  • Improved the reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to WPA2 encrypted Wi-Fi networks.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented iPhone from using cellular networks in some cases.
  • Introduced a single Cellular Data toggle for iTunes Match.
  • Fixed an issue with password protection that in some cases could result in access to Passbook card information from the lock screen.
  • Fixed a bug that affected Exchange Meetings functionality.

I haven't noticed any significant changes yet.

The A5 processor has long been familiar to us from the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, it is also used in the fifth generation iPod Touch.

An old horse won't spoil the furrow, but it's not that old. The tablet works smartly, and this applies not only to basic applications, but also to games. On the screenshots you can see which toys I launched, none of them had problems. But in terms of launch speed, and in terms of speed in general, a regular iPad (as it is called, “third”) still seems better to me.

Here are some screenshots from the program that measures performance. Especially for those who need graphics! More charts!

There is Bluetooth, version 4.0, there is Wi-Fi. There were no problems with the connection. Wireless headphones can and should be used, my choice is Parrot Zik.

The microphone is not bad, it is quite possible to use for communication via Skype or FaceTime. The voice recorder will have to be installed from the AppStore.

Camera

Or rather, cameras. Above the display there is a FaceTime camera (1.2 MP), video in HD (720p), you can read about FaceTime in a separate article.

There is a 5 MP camera at the back, sorry again, the weather in Moscow is disgusting, so the pictures are dark. There is autofocus, backlighting, video recording in HD (1080p), focusing on the object that you specify. The camera works quickly, there are no complaints. I think the pictures are good. Naturally, the device is much more suitable for shooting than a regular iPad, if only because of its miniature size.

Conclusions

I won't even write how much the device costs in Russia now - once again Apple pretended that our market, it seems, does not exist. So, there will be no deliveries of iPad mini to you. In the US and some other countries, prices are as follows: $329 for 16 GB, $429 for 32 GB, $529 for 64 GB. The 4G and Wi-Fi version will be available in a few weeks for $459, $559 and $659. Apple's traditional $100 step.

You can best evaluate the device yourself, dear reader. The gadget is charming, except that the display let us down. Although this is subjective. Logic suggests that it would be better for everyone to wait for the mini version with 4G, but if you are going to give a child, then Wi-Fi will be enough.

Among other tablets with a similar diagonal display, mini stands apart. Naturally, we are talking about gadgets with Android. Yes, a number of such tablets can easily replace a phone as well. But what do they look like? How long do they work? How stable? What are the basic features? How easy are they to manage? After all, how famous are these toys? After all, most consumers buy some things not only for themselves, but also to say something to the world? Accordingly, like some other things from Apple, the iPad mini can be a loser. When you compare it on the website of an online store with classmates.

But when you come to the store and take the mini in your hands, that's when the magic begins.

I'm not advocating in any way, but Apple has once again turned out to be a charming gadget, not like the competition. Same Women\'s White Fashioned Choker Necklace iPad, only more convenient. Maybe the mini will be your first Apple device. Well, then everything goes according to a familiar scenario. Rejection of Windows. Access point replacement. The person does not look for or choose anything else (and is not present on the forums or in discussions) and is ready to forgive Apple for any pranks.

iPad mini review

Apple's new tablet is called the iPad mini. It is small, reminiscent of an e-book. This is a bad display. But this can be forgiven, given the rest of the features.

Design, construction

Like any other device from the company, iPad mini will instantly make you want to either give away money, hold the tablet to your chest and run away without looking back, or burning hatred. There are many people who do not accept company games with design. Many believe that the popularization of complex technology does not bring anything good and computers, smartphones, tablets should remain the lot of guys REALLY UNDERSTANDING. Well, Apple continues to bring these technologies to every home. Let's say I don't think any girl would seriously want to try a Windows tablet.Because it's not fashionable, because it's difficult, because it's not heard by millions of people - even those who don't know how to use a computer have heard about the iPad. I am silent about tablets with Windows. Yes, and Android is not far behind, smartphones are one thing, but tablets are still mostly a pitiful sight. This also applies to the operating time, and displays, and performance. In an article about the announcement of the iPad mini, I wrote about the reasons that probably prompted Apple to release this product. You can read all the lyrics there, but here let's talk about a specific gadget.

As with the iPod mini, I'd like to point out Apple's pettiness. It would seem, well, why not put EarPods in the kit right away? After all, it is clear that a person will use the tablet, including for music, and for talking on Skype or FaceTime. The incomprehensible tradition of not adding a headset to the kit began with the first iPad and continued this year. You'll either have to buy a headset separately or use what's available. I would advise EarPods, apparently, there are some settings and they make the sound of headphones paired with a tablet very good. However, this applies to both iPhone and iPod.

The box is very small, made of cardboard, two times smaller than the packaging of a regular iPad. It most closely resembles a Kindle box. And the tablet itself most of all resembles an e-book, at first it is generally unusual to perceive it as an iPad. Comfortable to hold with one hand, fits easily in a jacket pocket or even in the back pocket of jeans.

Naturally, this is very convenient, especially for those people who often use the tablet in public transport. It's not just about where the iPad mini can be hidden. When you read a book or play while holding the device with two hands, it is not very visible. Especially if it's a black mini. The body is completely black, and the back, and the frame around the display. From afar, you won't know what it is. I note that here the unibody case is made of aluminum, the metal pleasantly cools the hand. The case is matte on the back, the display is covered with glass with an oleophobic coating. The prints are clearly visible both in front and behind, although the black color masks it well. There are no scratches in two days of active use. I personally really like the design, one of those things that seems to be not needed, but I want to have it at hand - although I can’t imagine how to fit mini into the ecosystem. Given that there is both a regular iPad and a MacBook Air.

The device exists in two colors, black and white, I've seen both, I like black more, but white too. In general, it is not white, the frame around the display is of this color, and the back of the case is silver.

Reminiscent of the design of the iPhone 5. It seems to me that this option is clearly for girls. The version with a radio module has a plastic antenna cover on the back, the version with Wi-Fi has a completely metal case.

On the bottom of the case there are holes for the speaker (or speakers), a Lightning connector, on the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microphone. Exact dimensions - 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm, weight - 308 grams. The radio version weighs 312 grams.

The volume of the speakers is sufficient for listening to music or watching videos, but it is better to use a headset.

Display

For starters, the facts, the diagonal of the display is 7.87 inches, the resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. At the presentation, everything related to resolution was carefully avoided, still, in the days of Retina, to show a “revolutionary” gadget with a regular screen.

Now the lyrics. The most painful place of the device is the display. As an ardent lover of Apple technology, I can come up with many excuses for the screen and the company, but. But in fact, if you have used an iPad with Retina, you will immediately understand. The display is disgusting. Bad. The guys at Apple taught us to see beautiful letters as if they were drawn on the screen. They also taught us to enjoy sharpness, brightness. And now I see, as if slightly blurred letters on the mini screen. I watch a movie, but my brain is busy with something else, namely a comparison with a regular iPad, where the same movie looks much better. I'm talking about photos and browsing in Safari.

I understand everything, in fact, a new segment for Apple, in fact, a test of the pen in an unknown area, it is not clear whether it will work or not (apparently, it has). Probably with Retina the price would be different. Nothing to scare users. From a business point of view, everything is correct.

That's right, and from the point of view that people who have not used the iPad with Retina do not notice the catch. I don’t mean those who saw in the pictures, and then go bankrupt on the Internet about a bad Apple. And those to whom the iPad with Retina really helps in business. I specifically invited several owners of such tablets to evaluate the tablet, at first admiration for the appearance, at first they say about the display that it is not bad, then they already notice: “It’s a pity that it’s not Retina.”

Management

The placement of controls is traditional for iOS devices, under the display is the Home button, on top is the on / off button, on the right is the volume control and the mute lever (it also prohibits image rotation).The main control element is the display, as in other Apple devices, it is instantly addictive even for those who are used to dealing with buttons. The management here is very good. And given the size and weight of the device, it is now much easier for both the child and the girls to play or use programs. Although, with the representatives of the weaker sex, everything is a little more complicated. For example, my girlfriend noted that she would never change a regular iPad to a mini - yes, her tablet weighs more, but there is a larger display, and this is an important point (she uses the iPad for work). I think many will share this opinion. I personally love the compactness of the iPad mini, it's really great, but after Retina it's impossible to look at the display without shuddering.

As you know, there are very narrow bezels around the display. Accordingly, if you hold the device in one hand, then by pressing the edge of your thumb, you could run some programs. Apple came up with a solution, the areas next to the frame do not respond to pressing, or rather, you need to hit exactly the icon. In life, there are no problems because of the frame, I did not notice that the mini somehow differed in terms of control from the big brothers.

Memory and modifications

There are six modifications in total, the main differences are in the presence of 4G, well, and the traditional memory division for Apple, 16/32/64 GB. Strictly speaking, there are not even six, but nine modifications, since the iPad mini A1454 is equipped with a module that supports the following standards: GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 4 and 17). And the iPad mini A1455 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5 , 13, 25). Apparently, LTE will not work in Russia.

Food

The claimed battery life is 10 hours in normal mode, and the specifications do not specifically say what exactly can be done, the description is blurry "Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music". The device holds a charge well, that is, you will not have such a surprise as when using an Android tablet, you lie in the car fully charged for an hour, and suddenly ten percent is already gone. Here the operating time is controlled and predictable. It may not be worth counting on ten hours, but nine hours is quite possible. Do not forget only about the brightness, it is hardly worth keeping it maximum, it is quite comfortable to work with the device in any conditions, even if the brightness slider is set to half.

It is curious that the included AC adapter is the same as with the iPhone 5, and not the old one, as with the regular iPad. In any case, it will take about four hours to fully charge. You can charge both from USB and from the mains adapter. This is another device that uses the new Lightning connector. You know, it may seem ridiculous, but it might seem to many that third-party companies made more money on Apple accessories. Naturally, this is the wrong view of things, even before the advent of Lightning, the company was earning millions by selling original cables, adapters, cradles, power supplies and other add-ons.There are several motives for using Lightning in the company, these are compactness and reliability, but let's not forget that Apple always tries to tailor clothes to itself. In this case, these clothes are a huge market for accessories, billions of dollars and hundreds of companies. I note that Apple is well reminded who is the boss in the house. Do you want to make things under the new connector? Let's get together for a conference. We listen about the chips in the cable and the features. We write down. We pay. Or we don't pay, it's not clear yet. We produce accessories. We get the right to the inscription "Made for iPhone (iPad, iPod)" on the package. We get the right to be in the Apple Store. Left-right. Left-right. Got used to the old connector? Lots of fakes? Funny people make millions on cables for two cents? Press everyone, build, remind who and what.

I want to note that only Apple consumers forgive such tricks. For example, those same consumers poured tubs of slop on the well-known Sony company every time the company tried to come up with something of its own. Take at least WP-port for Walkman players. Well, or some other prank.

Personally, I've come to terms with Lightning. One cable for iPad with regular connector. One for iPhone 5. Purchased for the occasion adapter. And one more, with a long cable. You have to get used to living in a new way! Left-right, left-right.

Operating system and performance

Is used iOS 6 here, and I will again link to the review of this version, where everything that should be written is written.

The update 6.0.1 has just been released, the list of changes is as follows:

  • Fixed an issue that prevented iPhone 5 from installing software updates over the air.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause horizontal lines to appear over the keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause camera flash to malfunction.
  • Improved the reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to WPA2 encrypted Wi-Fi networks.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented iPhone from using cellular networks in some cases.
  • Introduced a single Cellular Data toggle for iTunes Match.
  • Fixed an issue with password protection that in some cases could result in access to Passbook card information from the lock screen.
  • Fixed a bug that affected Exchange Meetings functionality.

I haven't noticed any significant changes yet.

The A5 processor has long been familiar to us from the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, it is also used in the fifth generation iPod Touch.

An old horse won't spoil the furrow, but it's not that old. The tablet works smartly, and this applies not only to basic applications, but also to games. On the screenshots you can see which toys I launched, none of them had problems. But in terms of startup speed, and in terms of speed in general, a regular iPad (as it is called, “third”) still seems better to me.

Here are some screenshots from a program that measures performance. Especially for those who need graphics! More charts!

There is Bluetooth, version 4.0, there is Wi-Fi. There were no problems with the connection. Wireless headphones can and should be used, my choice is Parrot Zik.

The microphone is not bad, it is quite possible to use for communication via Skype or FaceTime. The voice recorder will have to be installed from the AppStore.

Camera

Or rather, cameras. Above the display there is a FaceTime camera (1.2 MP), video in HD (720p), you can read about FaceTime in a separate article.

There is a 5 MP camera at the back, sorry again, the weather in Moscow is disgusting, so the pictures are dark. There is autofocus, backlighting, video recording in HD (1080p), focusing on the object that you specify. The camera works quickly, there are no complaints. I think the pictures are good. Naturally, the device is much more suitable for shooting than a regular iPad, if only because of its miniature size.

But when you come to the store and take the mini in your hands, that's when the magic begins.

I'm not advocating in any way, but Apple has once again turned out to be a charming gadget, not like the competition. Same Women\'s White Fashioned Choker Necklace iPad, only more convenient. Maybe the mini will be your first Apple device. Well, then everything goes according to a familiar scenario. Rejection of Windows. Access point replacement. The person does not look for or choose anything else (and is not present on the forums or in discussions) and is ready to forgive Apple for any pranks.

iPad mini review

Apple's new tablet is called the iPad mini. It is small, reminiscent of an e-book. This is a bad display. But this can be forgiven, given the rest of the features.

Design, construction

Like any other device from the company, iPad mini will instantly make you want to either give away money, hold the tablet to your chest and run away without looking back, or burning hatred. There are many people who do not accept company games with design. Many believe that the popularization of complex technology does not bring anything good and computers, smartphones, tablets should remain the lot of guys REALLY UNDERSTANDING. Well, Apple continues to bring these technologies to every home. Let's say I don't think any girl would seriously want to try a Windows tablet.Because it's not fashionable, because it's difficult, because it's not heard by millions of people - even those who don't know how to use a computer have heard about the iPad. I am silent about tablets with Windows. Yes, and Android is not far behind, smartphones are one thing, but tablets are still mostly a pitiful sight. This also applies to the operating time, and displays, and performance. In an article about the announcement of the iPad mini, I wrote about the reasons that probably prompted Apple to release this product. You can read all the lyrics there, but here let's talk about a specific gadget.

As with the iPod mini, I'd like to point out Apple's pettiness. It would seem, well, why not put EarPods in the kit right away? After all, it is clear that a person will use the tablet, including for music, and for talking on Skype or FaceTime. The incomprehensible tradition of not adding a headset to the kit began with the first iPad and continued this year. You'll either have to buy a headset separately or use what's available. I would advise EarPods, apparently, there are some settings and they make the sound of headphones paired with a tablet very good. However, this applies to both iPhone and iPod.

The box is very small, made of cardboard, two times smaller than the packaging of a regular iPad. It most closely resembles a Kindle box. And the tablet itself most of all resembles an e-book, at first it is generally unusual to perceive it as an iPad. Comfortable to hold with one hand, fits easily in a jacket pocket or even in the back pocket of jeans.

Naturally, this is very convenient, especially for those people who often use the tablet in public transport. It's not just about where the iPad mini can be hidden. When you read a book or play while holding the device with two hands, it is not very visible. Especially if it's a black mini. The body is completely black, and the back, and the frame around the display. From afar, you won't know what it is. I note that here the unibody case is made of aluminum, the metal pleasantly cools the hand. The case is matte on the back, the display is covered with glass with an oleophobic coating. The prints are clearly visible both in front and behind, although the black color masks it well. There are no scratches in two days of active use. I personally really like the design, one of those things that seems to be not needed, but I want to have it at hand - although I can’t imagine how to fit mini into the ecosystem. Given that there is both a regular iPad and a MacBook Air.

The device exists in two colors, black and white, I've seen both, I like black more, but white too. In general, it is not white, the frame around the display is of this color, and the back of the case is silver.

Reminiscent of the design of the iPhone 5. It seems to me that this option is clearly for girls. The version with a radio module has a plastic antenna cover on the back, the version with Wi-Fi has a completely metal case.

On the bottom of the case there are holes for the speaker (or speakers), a Lightning connector, on the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, a microphone. Exact dimensions - 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm, weight - 308 grams. The radio version weighs 312 grams.

The volume of the speakers is sufficient for listening to music or watching videos, but it is better to use a headset.

Display

For starters, the facts, the diagonal of the display is 7.87 inches, the resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels. At the presentation, everything related to resolution was carefully avoided, still, in the days of Retina, to show a “revolutionary” gadget with a regular screen.

Now the lyrics. The most painful place of the device is the display. As an ardent lover of Apple technology, I can come up with many excuses for the screen and the company, but. But in fact, if you have used an iPad with Retina, you will immediately understand. The display is disgusting. Bad. The guys at Apple taught us to see beautiful letters as if they were drawn on the screen. They also taught us to enjoy sharpness, brightness. And now I see, as if slightly blurred letters on the mini screen. I watch a movie, but my brain is busy with something else, namely a comparison with a regular iPad, where the same movie looks much better. I'm talking about photos and browsing in Safari.

I understand everything, in fact, a new segment for Apple, in fact, a test of the pen in an unknown area, it is not clear whether it will work or not (apparently, it has). Probably with Retina the price would be different. Nothing to scare users. From a business point of view, everything is correct.

That's right, and from the point of view that people who have not used the iPad with Retina do not notice the catch. I don’t mean those who saw in the pictures, and then go bankrupt on the Internet about a bad Apple. And those to whom the iPad with Retina really helps in business. I specifically invited several owners of such tablets to evaluate the tablet, at first admiration for the appearance, at first they say about the display that it is not bad, then they already notice: “It’s a pity that it’s not Retina.”

Management

The placement of controls is traditional for iOS devices, under the display is the Home button, on top is the on / off button, on the right is the volume control and the mute lever (it also prohibits image rotation). The main control element is the display, as in other Apple devices, it is instantly addictive even for those who are used to dealing with buttons. The management here is very good. And given the size and weight of the device, it is now much easier for both the child and the girls to play or use programs. Although, with the representatives of the weaker sex, everything is a little more complicated. For example, my girlfriend noted that she would never change a regular iPad to a mini - yes, her tablet weighs more, but there is a larger display, and this is an important point (she uses the iPad for work). I think many will share this opinion. I personally love the compactness of the iPad mini, it's really great, but after Retina it's impossible to look at the display without shuddering.

As you know, there are very narrow bezels around the display. Accordingly, if you hold the device in one hand, then by pressing the edge of your thumb, you could run some programs. Apple came up with a solution, the areas next to the frame do not respond to pressing, or rather, you need to hit exactly the icon. In life, there are no problems because of the frame, I did not notice that the mini somehow differed in terms of control from the big brothers.

Memory and modifications

There are six modifications in total, the main differences are in the presence of 4G, well, and the traditional memory division for Apple, 16/32/64 GB. Strictly speaking, there are not even six, but nine modifications, since the iPad mini A1454 is equipped with a module that supports the following standards: GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS / HSPA + / DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 4 and 17). And the iPad mini A1455 supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5 , 13, 25). Apparently, LTE will not work in Russia.

Food

The claimed battery life is 10 hours in normal mode, and the specifications do not specifically say what exactly can be done, the description is blurry "Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music". The device holds a charge well, that is, you will not have such a surprise as when using an Android tablet, you lie in the car fully charged for an hour, and suddenly ten percent is already gone. Here the operating time is controlled and predictable. It may not be worth counting on ten hours, but nine hours is quite possible. Do not forget only about the brightness, it is hardly worth keeping it maximum, it is quite comfortable to work with the device in any conditions, even if the brightness slider is set to half.

It is curious that the included AC adapter is the same as with the iPhone 5, and not the old one, as with the regular iPad. In any case, it will take about four hours to fully charge. You can charge both from USB and from the mains adapter. This is another device that uses the new Lightning connector. You know, it may seem ridiculous, but it might seem to many that third-party companies made more money on Apple accessories. Naturally, this is the wrong view of things, even before the advent of Lightning, the company was earning millions by selling original cables, adapters, cradles, power supplies and other add-ons. There are several motives for using Lightning in the company, these are compactness and reliability, but let's not forget that Apple always tries to tailor clothes to itself. In this case, these clothes are a huge market for accessories, billions of dollars and hundreds of companies. I note that Apple is well reminded who is the boss in the house. Do you want to make things under the new connector? Let's get together for a conference. We listen about the chips in the cable and the features. We write down. We pay. Or we don't pay, it's not clear yet. We produce accessories. We get the right to the inscription "Made for iPhone (iPad, iPod)" on the package. We get the right to be in the Apple Store. Left-right. Left-right. Got used to the old connector? Lots of fakes? Funny people make millions on cables for two cents? Press everyone, build, remind who and what.

I want to note that only Apple consumers forgive such tricks. For example, those same consumers poured tubs of slop on the well-known Sony company every time the company tried to come up with something of its own. Take at least WP-port for Walkman players. Well, or some other prank.

Personally, I've come to terms with Lightning. One cable for iPad with regular connector. One for iPhone 5. Purchased for the occasion adapter. And one more, with a long cable. You have to get used to living in a new way! Left-right, left-right.

Operating system and performance

Is used iOS 6 here, and I will again link to the review of this version, where everything that should be written is written.

The update 6.0.1 has just been released, the list of changes is as follows:

  • Fixed an issue that prevented iPhone 5 from installing software updates over the air.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause horizontal lines to appear over the keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause camera flash to malfunction.
  • Improved the reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to WPA2 encrypted Wi-Fi networks.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented iPhone from using cellular networks in some cases.
  • Introduced a single Cellular Data toggle for iTunes Match.
  • Fixed an issue with password protection that in some cases could result in access to Passbook card information from the lock screen.
  • Fixed a bug that affected Exchange Meetings functionality.

I haven't noticed any significant changes yet.

The A5 processor has long been familiar to us from the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, it is also used in the fifth generation iPod Touch.

An old horse won't spoil the furrow, but it's not that old. The tablet works smartly, and this applies not only to basic applications, but also to games. On the screenshots you can see which toys I launched, none of them had problems. But in terms of startup speed, and in terms of speed in general, a regular iPad (as it is called, “third”) still seems better to me.

Here are some screenshots from a program that measures performance. Especially for those who need graphics! More charts!

There is Bluetooth, version 4.0, there is Wi-Fi. There were no problems with the connection. Wireless headphones can and should be used, my choice is Parrot Zik.

The microphone is not bad, it is quite possible to use for communication via Skype or FaceTime. The voice recorder will have to be installed from the AppStore.

Camera

Or rather, cameras. Above the display there is a FaceTime camera (1.2 MP), video in HD (720p), you can read about FaceTime in a separate article.

There is a 5 MP camera at the back, sorry again, the weather in Moscow is disgusting, so the pictures are dark. There is autofocus, backlighting, video recording in HD (1080p), focusing on the object that you specify. The camera works quickly, there are no complaints. I think the pictures are good. Naturally, the device is much more suitable for shooting than a regular iPad, if only because of its miniature size.

Conclusions

I won't even write how much the device costs in Russia now - once again Apple pretended that our market, it seems, does not exist. So, there will be no deliveries of iPad mini to you. In the US and some other countries, prices are as follows: $329 for 16 GB, $429 for 32 GB, $529 for 64 GB. The 4G and Wi-Fi version will be available in a few weeks for $459, $559 and $659. Apple's traditional $100 step.

You can best evaluate the device yourself, dear reader. The gadget is charming, except that the display let us down. Although this is subjective. Logic suggests that it would be better for everyone to wait for the mini version with 4G, but if you are going to give a child, then Wi-Fi will be enough.

Among other tablets with a similar diagonal display, mini stands apart. Naturally, we are talking about gadgets with Android. Yes, a number of such tablets can easily replace a phone as well. But what do they look like? How long do they work? How stable? What are the basic features? How easy are they to manage? After all, how famous are these toys? After all, most consumers buy some things not only for themselves, but also to say something to the world? Accordingly, like some other things from Apple, the iPad mini can be a loser. When you compare it on the website of an online store with classmates.

But when you come to the store and take the mini in your hands, that's when the magic begins.

I'm not advocating in any way, but Apple has once again turned out to be a charming gadget, not like the competition. The same Women\'s White Fashioned Choker Necklace iPad, only more comfortable. Maybe the mini will be your first Apple device. Well, then everything goes according to a familiar scenario. Rejection of Windows. Access point replacement. The person does not look for or choose anything else (and is not present on the forums or in discussions) and is ready to forgive Apple for any pranks.

I'm not advocating in any way, but Apple has again turned out to be a charming gadget, not like the competition. Same Women\'s White Fashioned Choker Necklace Women\'s White Fashioned Choker Necklace iPad, only more convenient. Maybe the mini will be your first Apple device. Well, then everything goes according to a familiar scenario. Rejection of Windows. Access point replacement. The person does not look for or choose anything else (and is not present on the forums or in discussions) and is ready to forgive Apple for any pranks.