The iPad Mini is not the best table Apple does (it’s 11-inch iPad Pro). It’s not enough tablet either (it’s iPad Air). It’s the awkward one. A little too small, but a little too big, and requires quite a radical change in how you use a tablet if you have used any other iPad before. But boy, after a week of using the newly refurbished Mini, I still think it is very damn appealing.
A mini tablet is good for books and even movies.
What is it?
An update to Apple’s thinnest tablet.
It feels a bit crowded to use pen.
What do I mean by that? Maybe it’s not wise first. After all, the iPhone XS Plus has a much nicer 6.5 inch OLED screen, the iPad Pro has the big and beautiful screen with a faster refresh rate. They shaved and shaved them in until they are a razor edge and the Mini-heels look old-fashioned and too thick in comparison.
But have you ever tried reading a book on an iPhone or the medium-sized iPad? It feels either too small or too big. The Mini with its 7.9 inch 2.048 with 1,536 resolution display, is like the Baby Bear’s bed. It’s just right. The framing is big enough, I can keep the iPad in one go and not accidentally girl to the next page as I do with a larger iPad. I found myself reaching all week, even though it does well during twelve hours of marathon reading while my Kindle Oasis lasts for days. It is partly because I could skip to a Game of Thrones wiki to update myself on characters I read about instead of reaching my phone as I do with my oasis.
And yes, the iPad Mini is great for watching videos as well. It will not flop down when the person in front of me on the plane twists his place back like a big iPad, and the color of colors similarly, the Quantum Realm scene in Ant-Man and Wasp looks very bright and not muddy. Having the wider P3 color range is not necessary, but I’m sure it will be helpful if I want to edit pictures of my dog on the Mini for Instagram.
Which is a little easier to thank thanks to Apple Pencil support, which was sincere for a long time once in the future. (Seriously how hard is it to carry pen support?) Even though Penna support also feels … unnecessary? With the help of the pencil on mini’s small screen, everything becomes crowded, a smaller pen, which is more suitable for the smaller Mini, makes things feel a little less thanked.
And here I am where I nitpick in a very nice way. The screen is really too small to create content and take advantage of the A12 CPU in the heart of the case, but it also feels too big to look at things. If I’m just watching a movie and not watching a movie while doing something like playing Stardew Valley then there are huge black bars that make the movie a little less intimate. It’s ugly.
With a starting price of $ 400, it’s also quite appealing, especially when compared to last year’s simple, heavier iPad, has a lower resolution display and a narrow processor. If I have to spend under $ 400 on an iPad, I’d rather the little quick than the big, big, slow.
But the real question, the one I am thinking about if the iPad Mini has a place in my grubby hand in 2019, is that, like any other non-Pro iPad, it just feels old.
Apple did a lot to add gesture support and Face ID to Pro last year, and I love these features. At Pro I stumble up and go home, while at Mini I stumble on the Home button. At Pro, I look at the camera to autoload a password for LastPass, at Mini I hope the finger I press for the Touch ID button has already been programmed.
Super minor irritations, but also those Apple have been solved and chosen to exclude! It leaves the iPad Mini feeling less like the stylish screen on the screen (seriously, the screen is beautiful) and more like a lazy update. Apple pushed out so there would be some cheaper devices for people to buy to use with all the new services
It’s so much thinner than the original Mini. Photo: Alex Cranz (Gizmodo)
Speaking of the bigger problem Apple currently has hardware. Everything feels uninspired. Well, certainly, like the new AirPods, this new Mini is an outstanding hardware that you will never hate when you use it. But it has not created any wheel; It has pushed forward no conversation (except criticism of Apple). It’s just an update. And it feels like there could have been so much more.
With Samsung and Huawei who are doing folding phones, which are mainly foldable versions of the iPad Mini, it’s time for Apple to make a bold statement. Only Apple chose to continue and offer the most modest updates. Which means right now, the iPad mini is an exceptional purchase and the best choice for people searching under the 8-inch screen real estate it and folding phones provide. But in a year? Or two?
- The updated monitor looks wonderful and gets older iPad Minis seems lame.
- Touch ID is not as good as Face ID.
- A home button is no longer as good as gesture support.
- This is still the best little tablet you can buy, and a wonderful upgrade of the ereader.