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Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)
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Apple iPad Mini (2nd Gen) A7 1.3GHz 64GB 7.9" Tablet

Trusted Reviews Recommended Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice igen.fr 8.5 Out Of 10
A7 1.3GHz iOS 64GB Feb 2014
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Every Little Bit As AmazingAny way you look at it, iPad mini is just incredible. And the stunning Retina display is only the beginning. With a new A7 chip, advanced wireless, and powerful apps all... More
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4 Reasons For

Apple Tablets Have Excellent Reviews

Apple A7 processor tablets have excellent reviews on average and across all tablets Apple is one of the best brands.

1080p Video Recording Mode

This tablet has a 1080p video recording mode, which is typical of many A7 processor tablets that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Very Long Browsing Time

The browsing times of A7 processor tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the iPad Mini (2nd gen) range from 9h to 10h, and the average browsing time is 9.5h. With a browsing time of 10 hours, the Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)'s browsing time is one of the longest amongst A7 processor tablets that are a similar age to the iPad Mini (2nd gen).

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Narrow

When compared to other tablet computers of a similar type and age to the iPad Mini (2nd gen) that we have assessed the width of, the iPad Mini (2nd gen)'s width of only 134.7 millimeters is one of the narrowest. A7 processor tablets that have been available for around the same time as the iPad Mini (2nd gen) have widths of between 130mm and 200mm.

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3 Reasons Against

Not 3G Compatible

Most similar spec tablets that were released around the same time as the iPad Mini (2nd gen) are not 3G compatible. The iPad Mini (2nd gen) is no exception to this as it too is not 3G compatible.

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Not 4G Compatible

Most A7 processor tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the iPad Mini (2nd gen) are not 4G compatible. The Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen) is no exception to this as it too is not 4G compatible.

Tablet computers which are 4G compatible that might be worth considering include the Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)[plb_2144809_price].

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 7.9 inches, the iPad Mini (2nd gen) has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst A7 processor tablets of this age. The average screen size of tablets of a comparable spec and age to the iPad Mini (2nd gen) is 8.6".

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 7.9" tablet computers currently available including the Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)[plb_1847201_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Gigaset QV830[plb_2981383_price] (8"), or the Apple iPad Air[plb_2981411_price] (9.7").

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple iPad Mini (2nd gen)

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Apple tablet has been on the market for over two years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.3 gigahertz, the iPad Mini (2nd gen) has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec tablets that are a similar age to the iPad Mini (2nd gen).

We compared this tablet to all the other 1.3GHz processor clock speed tablet computers and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)[plb_2519374_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

At 64 gigabytes, the iPad Mini (2nd gen) has a relatively standard internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablet computers of this age and spec.

If you want a larger internal storage capacity then you might want to consider the Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)[plb_2519391_price] (128GB).

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Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 5 megapixels, the iPad Mini (2nd gen) has a pretty typical rear camera resolution compared to most of the other A7 processor tablets that have been available for around the same time as the iPad Mini (2nd gen).

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Two Processor Cores

Compared to the other 25 tablet computers of this age and spec that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the iPad Mini (2nd gen) is a two processor core tablet computer which is average.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2 processor core tablet computers currently available including the Apple iPad Mini (3rd gen)[plb_1847201_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a tablet computer with more processor cores then you might also want to look at the Gigaset QV830[plb_2981383_price] (4 processor cores).

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Specification

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Processor Family
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Internal Memory
Software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Operating System Version
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Storage Medium
Display
Screen Size
Aspect Ratio
Touch Screen Technology
Multi-Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Camera
Rear Camera Resolution
Geotagging
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera
Video Stabilizer
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording Mode
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
Auto Focus
Digital Zoom
Rear Camera
Audio
Frequency Range
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Networking
4G Compatible
3G Compatible
AirPlay
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Bluetooth
4G WiMAX
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Lightning Connector
Combo Headphone / Microphone Port
Headphone Jack Size
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Phone Features
Video Calls
Voice Calls
Messaging
Instant Messaging
E-Mail
Performance
Document Format
Video Format
Video Compression Format
Image Format
Audio Format
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
GPS
Supported Archive Format
Design
Size
Form Factor
Colour
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Battery
Browsing Time
Continuous Audio Playback Time
Continuous Video Playback Time
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Thickness
Width
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Operating Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter
Keyboard Included
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Docking Connector
Kids Tablet
64-Bit Computing Architecture
WiFi
SIM Card
Total Storage Capacity

4 Awards

Trusted Reviews Recommended Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice igen.fr 8.5 Out Of 10

Expert Reviews

(17)
13 October 2015
Retina display
Same, speedy 7 chip as iPad Air
Stunning design
Portable
Suveren hyopplst skjerm kombinert med fet lyd, lekker design og massevis av prosessorkraft
Slightly heavier more expensive than original iPad mini, iPad mini 3 offers Touch ID (but not much else)
4GLTEmodellen blir for dyr og den fs kun med 16 eller 32 gigabyte lagerkapasitet som ikke kan utvides
15 May 2014

After the fanfare that heralded the new iPad Air, Apple was rather less effusive about the new, upgraded edition of its compact tablet ? the iPad mini with Retina display. Yet, while it shares the... Read more…

Finally, a small formfactor iPad with Retina display Unmatched build quality
Fast 7 processor for a firstclass experience
Pretty light and thin by today's standards, very powerful hardware, excellent screen, excellent audio, pretty good camera, games look fantastic, all the productivity you need with associated apps, And
Highquality display
Smooth, fast performance
Display is slightly less bright than the iPad Air
Colors look washed out when compared to iPad Air and iPhone 5 5c
Are all things we can live with, without regretting the purchase, that's why this is a very solid slate
The iPad Mini Retina gets from us a 9.6 out of 10 for design, a 9.7 for hardware and a 9.5 out of 10 for OS and UI
The final grade is a 9.6 out of 10
23 November 2013

And then the big story: Same screen.Oh, it's smaller, all right: 7.9 inches diagonal instead of the iPad Air's 9.7. But it's exactly the same number of pixels, smaller and packed in closer... Read more…

Gorgeous build, stunning Retina screen
All day battery life
Much faster than the original Mini
Size and weight for daily use
Excellent build quality, iPad Air Performance in a compact shell
Very expensive compared to 78in tablets
Pricey
No Touch ID
High price point
More expensive than a Nexus
23 October 2013

The iPad mini 2 has improved exactly where it needed to. Better screen, better camera and much faster processor are all present, but it's not a wildly different experience from the original iPad...

Trusted Reviews

Great screen
Same premium design
Good battery life
7 chip
Retina display
More expensive than the competition
Lack of Touch ID
Higher price
Iterative evolution
More expensive than predecessor
8 November 2012

If Apple's iPad mini was equipped with a retina display, we wouldn't hesitate deeming it the best iPad ever. The iPad mini is an exceptionally constructed tablet with excellent battery life and an...

Good Gear Guide.com.au

Outstanding design and build quality
Excellent battery life
Fantastic apps ecosystem
Decent build quality, good battery life, iOS 6
Beautifully designed
Non-retina display
Some smaller UI elements
Expensive
Screen isn't as good as other Apple devices
5 processor doesn't offer top end performance
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User Reviews

(80)
Reviewed 5 August 2014 by Suz63

We bought this for a holiday abroad, to keep in contact with our children. There are so many places to connect up to free wifi which helps. I also took a camera which has stayed in my bag as his... Read more…

Looks nice
75 with rebate
Heatsinks look nice and work
Seems pretty tough
Hasn't given me any weird problems
These are all pretty minor
Okay BIOS, a bit confusing for overclocking(I have never overclocked before, just kinda messing around
The back panelshield was slightly annoying(very minor
The box makes it look cheesy. (Again, very minor. Just want Gigabyte to change that on their new boxes
I overclocked my 3.5GHz FX 6300 to 3.8 or 3.9GHz, and my computer would have to boot a few times before it actually started properly
Reviewed 6 April 2014 by 01Pamela
(Verified Purchase)

Have purchased 2 refurbished and one new iPad...can't tell the difference between them...

Size
Weight
Capability
Great image
Easy to Use
Needs a full time phone
Better sound volume
Have not found any problems
The BIOs remind me of the 1990s. Odd blue screen with grey type. No mouse functionality. For a company that offers good bios in other boards, I would have wanted UEFI bios here. Not a terrible loss, b
No SATA 3.0, does not support DirectPath for ESXi
Reviewed 17 December 2013 by Beth65

Replacement for iPad Great service for John Lewis came just when promised...

Easy to use
Perfect size
Adequate Storage
Compact Design
Easy To Use
Was quite expensive
Not expandable memory
Nothing
Reviewed 27 October 2015 by Pets2

I am still learning about all the facilities on this I-Pad but very useful, especially when my husband is using our main home computer! It is also just the right size to fit my handbag so can... Read more…

App Availablity
Easy To Customize
Screen
Has so Many things to do
It was very good when it worked
It discharges fast
Stopped working. .. wouldn't do anything
I sent it in to Gigabyte assuming they would repair it or send a replacement. They sent it back about three weeks later, without any explanation of the problem
I assumed it was fixed, but after reinstalling the machine again it powers the fans, but won't boot up
Now I am stuck with a dead mother board. I've been without a computer for a month. Thanks Gigabyte. Or is Gigabad
Reviewed 6 October 2015 by Oakseyairfield

When the iPad first came out I wasn't convinced of its usefulness, but the mini is great. I can do all my office work on the go. A great bit of kit Also very useful if you are into flying,... Read more…

Easy to use it
Works great. great speeds with fast boot times. stable. I left an earlier review that was 1 egg, but it was my error
Small compact size
Fast And Fun
Well-featured motherboard with dual VRMs and 6 SATA ports. I planned to run AMD FX 8320 but ended up with 8320E. I haven't done any overclocking, I left the computer on for several days and haven't ha
Home button has always problem
Can't be used as a cell phone should be able to
Does Not Have Instruction
I had some issues installing Debian Testing on this board, I ended up installing through UEFI, had to disable IOMMU in bios or mouse and keyboard wouldn't work during OS install
Another issue I had with the motherboard is VIA V 805 USB 3 controller chip, and I suspect it's the same issue other people reporting in Windows -- system freezes when trying to send bulk data over US
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