The iPad mini convinces in test with first-class grab, snappier performance, good values and proven iOS handling. Still, Google and Amazon Apple’s mini tablet need not fear.
- Apple iPad mini in the test
- Data sheet
An iPad in miniature? This was not an issue for Apple long time. In particular Steve Jobs looked for 7-inch tablets no need: you are too big to compete with Smartphones and too small to take on tablets. With all due respect – the visionary was mistaken here: the iPad mini sold according to first reports as sliced bread. Market experts even predict that Apple’s mini soon will leave the large iPad in the sales charts behind. But the small is better iPad?
Processing: lightweight with a noble look
The great advantage of the mini is ever in the sense of the word in the hand: it is lightweight, flat and different than iPad with one hand to keep long time-easily a great. No wonder it brings just mere 300 grams – the fourth generation is a 9.7 inch iPad weighs more than twice. This advantage to learn quickly.
Moreover, the high quality and fine appearance of the metal case: it is made of one piece, a so-called unibody enclosure. No creaking, no squeaking, no moving parts – the processing is perfectly, the fine beveled edge that marks the transition between the unibody and screen, precision work.
In short, Feel and form factor of the iPad mini are top notch Apple-like, there currently no other tablet will come – no matter, whether mini – or Maxi format.
Display: Intelligent touch screen
Where is the border around the screen relatively narrow: to hold mini in portrait mode, it come thumb and wrist almost invariably in contact with the touch screen. Incorrect entries are still the exception: while acknowledging the side touching the screen, but performs no command, so you as usual can scroll with the other hand in Web pages, photos, or apps, and zoom.
Clear case: in addition to the light weight is the second prominent aspect of the new Apple Tablet intelligent touch screen. The screen of the mini has a somewhat unusual size 7.9 inches and is compared with its competitors, Google nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD, both with 7-inch display, a size larger.
According to Apple offers iPad mini therefore 35 percent more area, and indeed: on the mini, clearly see more of a Web page as on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. A retina display does not offer the iPad mini however – its resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels, just like in the iPad 2.
Very pragmatic reasons: run all 260 000 apps programmed specifically for iPads without scaling or post processing on the mini. Photos and videos look great on the screen, the displayed colors look very natural.
This is only half the truth: because the comparatively low resolution makes itself felt especially in typography. Who look closely, recognize the blur. This is no k.-o. criterion, but a compromise that you have to take.
Features: Powerful core
The iPad mini is equipped with the now slightly aged two core processor Apple A5 already when the iPad came 2 to use. This isn’t a problem, the chipset is adapted very well to the remaining hardware and runs beautifully around. Also the touch screen responds quickly, apps launch fast and Web pages load fast.
All applications and games that we use regularly in our test scenario, are mini perfectly usable on the iPad. the iOS-6 operating system, which brings together Apple’s closed world of iTunes, app store and iCloud and holds together the heart and the secret of the success of the iPad makes mini the difference is iOS in addition to the handy form factor. No matter, whether books, apps, music or videos – all content is well organized and easily accessible. The offer is very abundant, there is something for every taste.
But just like with the HD Amazon Kindle fire also applies to the iPad mini: The doors are closed to the outside, you move only in the Apple universe. To record with the same contact, either only Wi-FI or Wi-FI and cellular networks are available depending on the model.
The new data Turbo LTE with theoretical download rates of up to 100 Mbit / s is also at the start, just like on the iPhone 5 only in the Deutsche Telekom network, and in combination with an appropriate data plan.
Important to know: iPad-mini models without radio module, also the GPS receiver is missing. The location for the Routing then via an appropriate Internet query via Wi-FI.
Laboratory measurements: Not outstanding, but good
Beautiful colors, solid angle, decent contrast values: The screen of the iPad mini leaves a good impression. Display measurements in the laboratory showed that has iPad mini a good, but not outstanding screen. Also read in the open air is a problem in the bright sunlight.
The 4500 mAh large battery comes in our test scenario from scrolling, download, watch videos and Web surfing on about five hours of typical endurance. This is indeed no peak, but will be fine.
Conclusion: In the comparison somewhat expensive
Mini Apple closes a gap which has opened up between the iPad and iPhone with the iPad. It sprayed that ESPRIT mini properly and could run iPad actually ranked the great, because despite shrinking treatment reaches the screen for surfing, emailing, reading or short videos look completely.
If you so decide to buy a small-format tablet, iPad mini that is an option: class processing, super handy, fixed processor, good display and a sophisticated software package are his strengths.
But Amazon and Google have turned up similarly well with its 7-inch Android tablets and also one perhaps decisive advantage: they are with prices between 200 and 250 euro considerably cheaper than the iPad mini. Apple was so far not known for cheap products – it mini nothing will change with the iPad.
The table shows the official Apple prices for the iPad mini.
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