The iPad Mini 4 might be a relatively costly tablet compared with other 7in and 8in models, but we think the high price is justified thanks to proper multi-tasking, impressive display, smooth performance and great build quality.
Multi-tasking, slim and light, high-quality display, smooth performance
Model: iPad Mini 4
Display: 7.9in LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display, 2048x1536 resolution at 326ppi Retina display
Processor: A8 64-bit processor with M8 motion coprocessor
Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB internal storage
Camera: 8MP rear camera with HD 1080p video, 1.2MP front camera
Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, 4G LTE support
Operating system: iOS 9
Battery: 19.1 watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery with up to 10 hours of battery life
Apple has launched the iPad Mini 4, the latest version of its mid-range, small form factor tablet.
The new version offers a processor upgrade, a slimline and lightweight design, and proper multi-tasking abilities. We've been trying out the iPad Mini 4 to see whether it lives up to the usual high-end Apple product standards.
The iPad Mini 4 has the firm's standard unibody aluminium case and glass screen. It's very comfortable to hold for long periods, especially compared with larger tablets, as it's very thin and light, and looks sleek and well designed.
The iPad Mini 4 measures 203x135x6.1mm, making it slimmer than the previous 7.5mm versions. It weighs only 300g for the WiFi-only model, and 304g for the WiFi plus cellular model, again making it lighter than previous mini Apple tablets. The iPad Mini 4 retains the premium Apple look and feel we've come to expect from the brand, with a smooth metallic case and rounded-off corners.
There's a power/standby button and a headphone jack across the top of the iPad Mini 4. There are dual mikes, volume controls and a SIM card slot on the right, and the Lightning charging port and speakers are on the bottom. The iPad Mini 4 doesn't have the silent mode switch on the side; this instead needs to be accessed via Control Center.
The iPad Mini 4 is available in three colours: Silver, Gold or Space Grey. The former two models have white fronts while the latter has a black bezel.
The iPad Mini 4 also sports the Touch ID fingerprint sensor within the home button for extra security. This is a valuable feature for business users, giving them an extra layer of protection for storing sensitive corporate data. The inclusion of Touch ID also means you can take advantage of Apple Pay to buy goods when shopping in the dozens of supporting apps, without needing to enter your payment card and personal details each time.
The iPad Mini 4 features a 7.9in Retina display with a 2048x1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi). The LED-backlit widescreen multi-touch display boasts a fingerprint-resistant, anti-reflective coating. Apple has also combined the three screen layers - the glass cover, touch sensor layer and LCD element.
This all results in incredibly sharp and vivid images and text. The colours on webpages, games and video are extremely bright, images are incredibly detailed and text is clean and crisp, even when zooming in. Watching video or playing games is particularly good on the iPad, as colours are natural, and images are never over-saturated. So even though the iPad Mini 4 might not have the highest resolution or ppi, we had no complaints with the display.
The high-quality in-plane switching (IPS) panel is evenly lit and the impressive viewing angles mean you can see what's on screen whether looking down from the top, up from the bottom, front or side on, or anywhere in between. It's also a great tablet to use outdoors with its anti-reflective display, and we didn't notice too much screen glare.
The iPad Mini 4 is very quick to respond to touch, whether clicking a web link or pinching to zoom. We also didn't notice the iPad Mini 4 picking up too many fingerprint smudges.
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