iPad mini 2 with Retina display review

A great tablet that still costs a little too much

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iPad Mini 2 review

The camera interface on the iPad mini 2 is something of a confusing one, as just like the iPad Air it's got a stripped-down version of the iPhone 5S app.

This means that instead of the ability to take Slo-Mo videos and make them look amazing on the larger screen, you've instead got the option to take a photo, a video, or a square photo for portrait shots.

You at least get HDR mode, but even the filters, which have similar options available in the separate Photobooth app out of the box, aren't available.

Given the architecture is almost identical from the new iPhone to the iPad Air and mini 2, we can see why these options aren't there.

We're not going to get that upset, as this might minimize the amount of people using their iPad to take a picture. It's not a good look, and you shouldn't be doing it.

We're more tolerant of this on a smaller iPad, and we have to say that despite only taking 5MP stills the output is very impressive.

iPad Mini 2 review

The ability to lock auto focus and exposure is still very handy, and in portrait mode especially it was very easy to actually take pictures thanks to the even weight of the device.

Flicking between the modes was no hassle with one hand, and while we noted a couple of times when the auto focus took too long to kick in, when it got it right we were really pleased with the results.

Being able to edit them on the device with iPhoto was brilliant too, although you're more limited with what you can do with the smaller screen. We kept wishing we could alter them on the Air instead, which has a much larger capacity for editing thanks to the increase in size, if not pixel count.

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A quick shot without autofocus does highlight blur

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Close up macro mode works better than expected

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Definition can be well captured

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Setting exposure can lead to awful pictures

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Here the sky is selected

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Here HDR mode fixes the balance nicely

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HDR mode doesn't help much in the darker scenes

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Darker images are really well-defined despite the added noise


Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity128 GB
Processor ManufacturerApple
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPowerVR G6430
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A, EDGE
Product FamilyiPad mini
Cellular Network SupportedGSM, CDMA2000
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformiOS
Operating SystemiOS 7
Brand NameApple
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeA7
Screen Size20.1 cm (7.9")
Screen Resolution2048 x 1536
Weight (Approximate)340.2 g
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology, Retina Display
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Cellular Generation3G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height199.9 mm
Width134.6 mm
Depth7.4 mm
Screen ModeQXGA
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product ModelME840B/A
Product NameiPad mini with Retina Display
Product LineiPad mini
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberME840B/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing InformationWe've expanded the definition of mini.

iPad mini was designed to give you nothing less than the full iPad experience. So when we thought about which enhancements to bring to the new iPad mini, there was only one answer:all of them. We packed a Retina display, the A7 chip, the M7 coprocessor, advanced wireless, and more into its small form. It has a huge amount of power and capability, but it's still nice and mini.

Package Contents
  • iPad mini with Retina Display
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year