The suspense is over, apple has taken the iPad to a total different level of tablet computing with the introduction of the new iPad mini. The iPad mini is not a 7.0inch tablet as expected but a 7.9inch screen size, it is impressively smaller, lighter and kind of attractive than the regular full size iPad.
Apple has improved the design of the iPad, with the introduction of iPad mini, to achieve this Apple has managed to keep the dimensions down by reducing the size of the bezel around the screen and by the edges. There’s a far narrower bezel to the left and right of the screen than there is to the top and bottom. Apple couldn’t reduce the top and bottom bezels too much since the camera and home buttons are placed there.
The Aluminum chassis takes after the same coloring as that of the iPhone 5, with the darker black slate and white silver options together bringing a touch of elegance design.
The iPad mini advance design ensures that users can hold the device comfortably without accidentally interacting with the touch screen. The mini can recognize when your thumb or finger is holding the device; as opposed to interacting with it- this is an impressive feature.
The mini is lighter than the regular iPad at 308g it is significantly smaller than the regular iPad in every dimension (200 x 134.7mm compared to 241.2 x 185.7mm), while at only 7.2mm thick, the iPad mini is 23 per cent thinner than its sibling, with its 9.4mm depth. But it’s the weight of the iPad mini that really stands out compared to its big brother. While the iPad weighs in at 652g, the iPad mini weighs less than half as much at 308g.
The rest of the design is predictably ergonomic when it comes to tapping the minimal level of buttons. The volume rocker keys are close to, but not too near, the mute switch on the top right-hand side. This is near the power button, which is intuitively placed to always be easy to hit when you want to reactivate the iPad mini
Processor and Performance
The mini comes with the same dual-core A5 processor on the iPad 2. The A5 is based on the ARM Cortex-A9 design, and is clocked at 1GHz, while the GPU is a dual-core unit from PowerVR. The A5 is supported by 512MB of RAM.
That makes the mini a considerably less powerful tablet than its big brother, which now sports a dual-core A6X chip – iPad 4, complete with quad-core GPU. However, it’s worth remembering that the super-high resolution Retina display on the iPad 4 requires far more grunt to drive it than the smaller, lower resolution display in the mini 1024 x 768 resolution.
For connectivity the mini comes with Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, with support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0, which opens the door to a world of wireless peripherals and audio products at blazing fast speed.
While the iPad mini has a digital compass, it doesn’t have a built in GPS. This should be much of a hassle depending on how you want to use the mini, but if you’re thinking of using the iPad mini as a Satellite –Navigation System, you might want to get the cellular version.
iOS and Application
The iOS as with all apple mobile products is plainness to use; an average user not familiar with Apple's mobile operating system will familiarize himself with it, in no time. The icons on the home screen are arranged in a 4 by 3 format, they will rotate when you move the tablet into landscape position.
The mini allows you the luxury to place your frequently used applications on the dock for easy access, the ability to place icons in the bottom dock means you can have the apps you want pervading at home screen, while dragging, dropping and placing your applications where you want them to be with ease.
Another feature most users will find catchy is instead of double tapping the home button to switch between applications, touching the screen with all five fingers at once and swiping left and right display recently used application, and pinching all fingers together will return you to the home screen… impressive.
Tablets are not the ideal photo capture tool, some people will prefer to take pictures with their tablets. The camera on the iPad mini is a standard coming with a 5MP camera at the rear of the mini. It's not the strongest camera on a tablet, but does come with some features to help bolster its performance, such as backside illumination to improve the light sensitivity of the sensor and the same five-piece lens that helps filter the light more efficiently for better picture experience.
There's no flash, so while the low light sensitivity has been improved. The 720p FaceTime camera is good, autofocus elements are in place though, so face detection and focus/exposure locks are available.
The video capabilities of the iPad mini are alongside the camera in impressiveness. While it can take 1080p video and stabilize video on the go, the lack of video light or flashlight makes it hard to use in low lighting conditions.
Typing on the mini is easy than on a full-size iPad, if you have small hands. This is ideal if you do not want to use your laptop or in a scenario where you want to send quick emails. Sadly apple won’t be making docking standing for the mini but third party docks will emerge soon form accessory providers.
Support: With the increasing number of iPad users and over three million iPads sold in the weekend that the iPad mini and iPad 4 went on sale – it’s safe to assume that application developers will continue to focus on iOS, giving the iPad mini a definite advantage over its competitors. Storage: The mini comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Storage capacity.
The speed of the processor is adequate for all tasks, the User Interface UI is actually better-engineered for the7.9-inch screen. The lack of a Retina display might leave some disappointed, but the 1024 x 768 resolution on the mini is remarkable.
The mini is not a bad option if you are looking for a gift to buy for a loved one. The advance design and flexibility of iOS6 makes the iPad mini standout above other competitors.