Great things come in small packages
As the name would suggest, the mini is small. How small? Try 7.9-inches. It’s 1.3-inches smaller than its older sibling and while it’s still larger its competitors, the bigger size allows for 67 per cent more screen usage compared to the Google Nexus 7 when browsing the web in landscape position. And it’s not just the screen that’s shrunk. The mini is 23 per cent thinner than its older sibling, is the same thickness as a pencil and reportedly weighs the same as a pad of paper despite the fact it’s still made of aluminium and glass.
Expect the quality of photos to improve
While the megapixels are the same as in the iPad 2, Apple has developed the optics to make sure that the quality of the images are sharper. The camera incorporates a hybrid filter, often found in DSLRs, to protect the lens from harmful light.
The good bits from the classic model are still there
The size may have been scaled down but the features certainly haven’t. Apple has managed to pack many of the specs that made the iPad 2 so successful into the mini’s small frame. It still has a battery life of ten hours after one charge and also features the A5 chip found in the classic model, ensuring that the performance on the mini is just as good. One thing it lacks is the retina display of the third and fourth generation iPads but it makes up for it by having the same resolution as the iPad 2.
The Wi-Fi speed has had an upgrade too
It’s fast – twice as fast, in fact, as any of the previous-generation models thanks to its dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and the cellular connectivity has improved too. Now, you’ll be able to connect to the internet even when you don’t have Wi-Fi access.