The iPad Mini 4 retains the look, feel, and quality you know and love from Apple products while shrinking things down. It's a handy little tablet that's a great all-arounder. It makes for a superb e-reader and excels at basic tablet functionality such as surfing the web, messaging, using apps, and playing games.
For children or those new to tablets, the iPad Mini 4 is a smart first choice. With serious improvements to the hardware and software compared to its predecessors, the iPad Mini 4 punches well above its weight. The only downside? The hefty price tag.
Clocking in at 8" tall, 5.3" wides, and only 6mm thick, the iPad Mini 4 casts a sleek profile. It's simple to operate with two hands, is incredibly lightweight, and can easily be tossed into a purse or bag for computing on the go.
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The swooped curved edges and ceramic are attractive, sturdy, and feels premium. Otherwise, the iPad Mini 4 looks pretty generic. If you've seen one iPad, you've seen them all. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I reckon it's about time the iPad line got a makeover.
Easily the best part of the iPad Mini 4 is its screen. The stunning 7.9–inch Retina display renders colorful, clear, and sharp images. Even compared to newer tablets, the iPad Mini 4 still impresses. There's hardly any reflection or glare, and the screen is bright and legible even while outdoors on sunny days.
The iPad Mini 4 is powered by an A8 chip with second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture. The processor is a tad slower and outdated by today's standards, but the tablet still runs buttery smooth. Launching apps and the camera are quick, swiping and scrolling are responsive, and multitasking is a breeze.
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The iPad Mini 4 can run the latest iOS but can't take advantage of 3D Touch technology and several other improvements, however, you can expect regular and consistent software and security updates.