iPad mini 4 review: why has Apple hidden this great tablet away?

by Ahmed Kaludi November 25, 2015 at 12:32 am
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Review Rating

Overall 10 9
  • Features 9

Good

  • Great screen
  • Compact dimensions
  • Thinner chassis

Bad

  • Old chipset
  • Camera unimpressive

What do you do when you’ve made a massive tablet that’s got tongues wagging? You slip out a well-made teeny one and don’t really tell anyone about it, apparently.

That’s what Apple’s done with the iPad mini 4. The iPad Pro is getting the bulk of the interest in the tablet world at the moment, but that’s a shame – there’s something really awesome here with this smaller model.

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For £319 you’re getting a really decent tablet (the iPad Air 2) squished down into a smaller size – while that’s a year old, that doesn’t mean it’s less impressive. The iPad range struggles to find an equal from the competition, and at this lower cost the mini 4 is definitely worth thinking as a ‘big present’ to someone.

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The design is as you’d expect with a tablet from Apple: it’s got a metal case, curved at the edged, but it’s done in such a way that it feels almost ceramic in the hand. The buttons – a little small, it has to be said – are now limited to just power and volume, with the silencing rocker switch now placed on screen in the Control Center.

 

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