The iPad Mini with Retina display is there. It was introduced along with the iPad Air, but went on sale until some time later. The iPad Mini with Retina Display launched much quieter than all other tablets from Apple.
Devices had pre-ordered and picked up a hype of other devices was not clear. Now the iPad mini with Retina display is so because – just in time for Christmas. How does the device beats so, I try to write down here.
To me, I can say that I then put the third-generation iPad to the side and picked up the iPad mini, though it apparently only disadvantages offered. It did not have a retina display, but gave me the opportunity to keep it longer in the hand, as the third-generation iPad with over 600 grams was a millstone.
The Retina display is a fine thing, who compares the iPad mini with retina display with the iPad mini first generation who sees what I mean. However, I changed the time, our eyes are wonderful things, after a while you get used to though to a retina display, but see after a few days not using normal display no longer so grobpixelig from.
So now come both classes of devices from Apple with the Retina display, therefore, and this is really good. Great displays, regardless of whether the tablet is now big or small. I myself enjoyed the opportunity again to look at a retina display without having to hold a heavy Klopper in the hand after the presentation of the iPad Air.
* Processing and feel *
The iPad Mini with Retina display is different in terms of looks hardly by his predecessor. It is 0.3 millimeters and a little heavier. Wog the iPad mini in its wireless variant still 308 grams, the iPad mini with Retina display brings 331 grams on the scale (LTE 312 to 341 grams).
Like its predecessor, is every gram and every millimeter of real quality on the iPad mini with Retina display. For devices in this price range – especially if an Apple logo on it – the customer expects definitely quality workmanship and this he gets the Apple iPad mini with Retina display.
* Technology and performance *
Here Apple has already loaded. Like the large iPad Air installed Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 Motion coprocessor. This is causing many trackers or apps that record movements and Co, for a savings in terms of battery because the Hauptpozessor does not have to be so stressed.
Furthermore, it highlights the technical features, the iPad mini with Retina display on a level with the iPad Air, both devices do not differ in built-up hardware under the hood. The performance is shown in graphic-intensive applications, such as the game Infinity Blade III or other current games. Here you can see realistic graphics smoothly and more developers use the multi-out performance to grace us with better graphics and faster applications.
3dmark mini retina
The 3DMark certifies that the iPad mini with Retina display 14546 points, that is slightly below the iPad Air Here, one should note, however: on any device, on any platform, after each start: the 3D Mark are different point values from the happy times may have a discrepancy of 200 to 300.
In terms of Geekbench we are on the iPad mini with Retina display with 1387 points in single-core score and in 2516 when multicore score, the iPad Air is here something about it and can claim 1480/2691 points. It is certain: as the iPad Air is to use the iPad mini with Retina display for the well-kept demanding game – only on a slightly smaller screen.
* Display *
Apple built into the iPad mini with Retina display for the first time the 7.9-inch Retina display which offers a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, it also has a pixel density of 326 ppi (pixels per inch). It offers 20.1 inches diagonal LED-backlit IPS display.
The color is apparently good. While certainly it operates in normal daily operating only at half brightness, it can still be set very bright outdoor use or for use in particularly bright conditions.
But: Look once the images in direct comparison to. I argue that the iPad is Air visibly better, more vibrant colors. This can be seen especially in deep green or the Roteffekten. With the naked eye, so is visible, which some tests on the net seem to confirm: the set of colors that are shown in the sRGB space (gamut value), does not seem as high as in the iPad Air For normal users certainly secondary, for Photographers and Professionals may not be quite so great – but they should certainly not be addressed with the iPad mini with Retina display.
The screen of my mini iPad with Retina display is perfectly lit. No corner that is of the opinion to show me something brighter. Just a black background image take the own device and consider this in the dark.
The writing is sharp, who names a MacBook Pro with Retina display his own, which is so surely know this effect. The font is incredibly fine and detailed. This is a very big step compared to the first generation iPad mini. The direct comparison is surely convince you myself. The North German would say, “That issn very different and whistles”. Still, Apple should not be in the best discipline display from the competition the forefront of progress, even if it is only interested in a fraction of the customers.
* Speaker *
Sound – hard to put into text. The iPad Mini with Retina display has stereo speakers. They can be quite noisy making without distort, sonically they are in the volume behind the iPad Air, but definitely before I tested Nexus 7 or the G Pad by LG – concerns just what sound volume and warmth. The great thing is that you can just traipse times in a store of your choice to make yourself a picture. This is important. Maybe for some of disadvantage: when holding in landscape mode it hides one of the speakers.
* Camera *
The camera is with 5 mega pixels and the lack of flash behind the iPhone 5S, clear. But raises the question of who really makes photo or video recordings with the tablet. Nice to have, but for me relatively unimportant. With good lighting, acceptable photos can shoot in darker environments rushes the Apple camera. I have incorporated you compare images.
Apple keeps as always, the battery promises. 10 hours of use are given. This is achieved in Mixed Mode certainly, depending on usage but you can achieve more. Heading watch movies? 50 percent screen brightness and a local movie can be played a total of 13.5 hours, these values I have achieved here. The higher the brightness, the shorter the battery life – clear.
Who plays consistently compute-intensive games will get the battery may drain more quickly. If you use the performance-hungry GFX Bench for testing, so one can assume that the battery after almost eight hours is empty.
For train travelers in certain regions might be interesting to know: unless you have the LTE variant and not necessarily go ye surfing, so does the Airplane mode. In the here rather sparsely developed northern corner of the permanent network search for battery power provides.
About the system iOS 7 we have reported here many times before in the past. I think the step made well and I can imagine a return to the old system in no case more. A system may appear calm fresh and bright. Most often, the user gets them nothing, because in the settings it will not often need to get lost. Mostly to set up a device was made earlier and then it can be used.
iOS 7 provides a message center. Here memories, Weather, Chats and Co are shown, as indicated, is of course configurable. There is also the control center. Here can shoot photos using quick access, WLAN or enable Bluetooth, also can display brightness, adjust rotation lock or even the volume. The assignment of each option is set in stone, it is not configurable.
Apple has taken a bold step. Software is supplied free of charge. Anyone who buys an iPad mini with Retina display which has Pages, Numbers, iPhoto, Keynote or iMovie it. Lots of apps for productive user. This allows to create mobile loosely as tables, text documents or presentations. Who writes a lot of lyrics, perhaps should buy a Case with keyboard, alternatively you can also take the normal case and plow the keyboard virtually. This can be known also split for thumb use. Documents can be in Apple’s cloud equal to continue editing, you buy one of another Mac. So you can work seamlessly. Yes – documents can of course also share with other people.
The fact that Apple is the free software this is not to be despised. Had one else ever deeper into their pockets to get all Apple apps, they are now included. Whether it’s office, video or photo: the iPad is now directly a whole corner productive without additional costs for software accrues. You previously had people always say that for documents, spreadsheets and presentations entail extra costs, so this is no longer the case.
* Final words *
The small iPad is very great for people who like the compact mode. Had you previously do without a retina display, if you picked up the mini, so you get today also the high resolution with all its advantages. Still gets the iPad mini with Retina display by me in the matter of screen prints in the B-Note.
The visible difference from the color quality leaves maybe the one or other user with a bad aftertaste. There are 95 percent of people who are not aware of this fact – but 5 percent of this notice and may be disappointed. However, this is complaining on a high level, potentially unsafe should go into the market of their confidence and make yourself a picture. In the next generation Apple may reloading and bring both tablet sizes on a level. Because I expect simply from a device in this price range.
In my opinion, the charge between the individual memory upgrades is too high, also iOS could venture into future times in terms of information-sharing between apps a leap forward. While I can sharen on other systems information from app to app, I have to go with iOS often an additional way: copy information and copy it to the next app. This is – as I already wrote in the iPad Air-Review – the big challenge for Apple in the near future. To give people a more productive solution in hand.
The technical details of the iPad mini 2 at a glance:
Apple A7 processor + M7 coprocessor
Retina Display (2048 x 1536 pixels, 326 ppi) 7.9
16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
WLAN with MiMo technology (a / b / g / n – 2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0
5 megapixel iSight camera
331 grams WiFi, LTE 341 grams
H 200mm x W 134.7 mm x 7.5 mm T
The iPad Mini with Retina display costs from 389 euros (16 GB WiFi), or 509 euros (16 GB LTE) . If Apple likes and wants to stay in this ecosystem, should consider whether the iPad Air not the device of choice is – despite extra charge. Despite the larger pixel density is the iPad Air in my opinion the better iPad, provided that the form factors are unimportant. It has undergone felt the larger step. I personally think the mini form factor way better in person.
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