If it's a smaller, lighter ipad tablet you are after you can’t go wrong with the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2. It’s better than the original máy tính bảng ipad mini in all the ways that really matter, & we think it's better than the newer ipad mini 3 which is more expensive & only offers cảm ứng ID as an extra

At a Glance

Expert’s Rating


Slightly heavier và more expensive than original ipad tablet miniiPad mini 3 offers cảm ứng ID (but not much else)

Our Verdict

If it’s a smaller, lighter máy tính bảng ipad you are after you can’t go wrong with the new ipad tablet mini with Retina display. It’s better than last year’s model in all the ways that really matter, especially in terms of the screen and the speed. While the máy tính bảng ipad mini costs slightly more this year than the original máy tính bảng ipad mini did at launch, we think the increased cost isa small price lớn pay for the updated technology. While it would be nice if the ipad tablet mini 2 had slimmed down, it’s hardly fat, và the ipad Air is practically the same thickness.

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The ipad tablet mini 2 was Apple’s second entry into the 7in tablet market, the successor khổng lồ the original ipad mini, which launched in 2012, and succeeded by the ipad tablet mini 3, which launched in October 2014. It is now a year and a half old, having been released in October 2013. For more information about which máy tính bảng ipad to buy, read our máy tính bảng ipad buying guide, updated for autumn/winter 2015.

Competing with the likes of the Google Nexus 7, và the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the ipad mini 2 has a 7.9in Retina display, an A7 processor, & a gorgeous, slim & light design. It runs quả táo 8, Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

The máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 was a big step up from the original ipad tablet mini, as we explain in this review, with the main selling point being the stunning Retina display that brings it much closer lớn its 10in sibling, the ipad tablet Air, when it comes lớn specs và hardware.

When the máy tính bảng ipad mini 3 was introduced it was a disappointment due to lớn the fact that despite it’s higher price, the máy tính bảng ipad mini 3 offered little that the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 didn’t – apart from the option of a gold finish, và the cảm biến ID for unlocking the device. Read our review of the ipad mini 3 here.

Here, we bring you all of our thoughts about the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2, including how it compares with the original ipad tablet mini, & the ipad mini 3, và how it compares khổng lồ the ipad tablet Air & iPad Air 2. We also have benchmark tests for power, performance & battery life (although these benchmarks were performed running ios 7 when the device first launched); we also have features & specifications of the máy tính bảng ipad mini & what they mean in daily use. Read on for our full ipad tablet mini 2 review.


iPad mini 2 review: máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 vs máy tính bảng ipad Air

When the ipad mini launched in 2012 the choice was simple. On one hand you had the full kích thước iPad with its Retina display & faster processor, & on the other hand was the thinner, and crucially, lighter ipad tablet mini. As long as you didn’t mind the smaller screen và the fact that the processor was inferior to lớn the normal iPad, the mini was the clear choice for anyone put off by the extra bulk of the máy tính bảng ipad 4.

All that changed with the launch of the máy tính bảng ipad Air và the Retina ipad mini in October 2013. If you want smaller & lighter you might think that the máy tính bảng ipad mini with Retina display is the obvious choice, but there is a less noticeable, though still significant, difference between the weight of the two models now that the máy tính bảng ipad Air has arrived.

The original ipad Air weighs 469g to lớn the ipad mini 2’s 331g (478g và 341g for the Cellular models) that 138g difference compares to a 184g difference between 2012’s ipad 4 (653g) and the original ipad mini (which at 308g was actually 23g lighter than the newer model).

The máy tính bảng ipad Air 2 is even lighter than the original Air, at 437g (444g for the celular model).

The ipad tablet mini 3, however, weighs exactly the same as the ipad tablet mini 2.


It’s not just the weight difference, the máy tính bảng ipad Air was slim, but the ipad tablet Air 2 is even slimmer. It’s now 6.1mm rather the máy tính bảng ipad mini’s 7.5mm (the ipad tablet mini 1 was just 7.2mm). So, while there’s a weight difference between the mini và the Air devices, it’s less pronounced than it was. The real distinction is now the size of the screen: 9.7-inch verses 7.9-inch.

So if you’re looking for a tablet to lớn carry around with you on trips out and on the commute, the extra portability of the máy tính bảng ipad mini is likely to appeal. We also think it’s better for gaming as it’s easier to lớn hold thanks to its smaller, lighter nature. However, there is no difference between the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 and 3 in terms of weight & dimensions, so we really don’t think it is worth paying the extra £80 for the newer model.

Some may find that the iPhone 6 Plus is a better option for this kind of appliction, indeed it is believed that these bigger phablet phones are the reason why tablet sales are not growing. Read: iPhone 6 Plus vs ipad tablet mini 3 comparison

For watching movies and TV shows that you’ve downloaded from iTunes or a catch up service lượt thích BBC iPlayer, we think the máy tính bảng ipad Air is better. Plus, productivity apps such as Pages, Keynote and Numbers feel easier khổng lồ use on the bigger screened máy tính bảng ipad Air.

iPad mini 2 review: design

At first glance the ipad mini of 2012 và the ipad mini of 2013 look very similar, despite the fact that the colours of the 2012 mã sản phẩm are described as black & white by Apple, while the 2013 models are Space Grey & Silver, with just a slight tweak khổng lồ the shade of the brushed aluminium on the back of the tablet.

The ipad tablet mini 3 has one big difference lớn the previous two models – you can buy a gold version. Gold proved a popular option for the iPhone và Apple has now roled out that colour choice to lớn the ipad Air và Mini ranges. If you want a gold máy tính bảng ipad the ipad tablet mini 3 is your only option.

The difference with the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 is that, while the kiến thiết of the mini is unchanged, the thiết kế of the 10in máy tính bảng ipad has changed, và as a result the ipad Air looks much like the máy tính bảng ipad mini, just bigger.

We love the thiết kế of the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 – even without the choice of a gold finish. We think it’s still the best-looking 7in tablet available, with top-notch build unique and a sleek, sophisticated look.


Left: máy tính bảng ipad mini 2012; Right: máy tính bảng ipad mini with Retina display 2013

iPad mini 2 review: Retina display

The main difference between the ipad mini 2 and the original máy tính bảng ipad mini (which is still available to lớn buy) is that the newer ipad mini models feature a Retina display.

The ipad tablet mini 2 offers double the resolution of the original ipad tablet mini at 2,048×1,536 pixels. This is the same number of pixels as the máy tính bảng ipad Air, but because the screen is smaller, there are more pixels per inch (324ppi, compared khổng lồ 264ppi on the Air). The ipad mini 3 has the same resolution, despite the fact that táo bị cắn made some improvements lớn the screen of the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2 it didn’t touch the screen of the ipad tablet mini 2. Read our nhận xét of the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2.

The 2012 ipad tablet mini offered 163 pixels per inch (ppi) so the difference is clear when you look at the three devices together. You wouldn’t necessarily miss the Retina display if you didn’t have one, as the display of the original máy tính bảng ipad mini is not bad at all. But it’s really a case of what you don’t know won’t hurt you, because once you start using a Retina display it’s hard to go back.

Apple uses ‘Retina’ as the term to lớn describe a display that has a high enough pixel density that the human eye can’t make out individual pixels at all. See: What is a Retina display?

Just how much clearer is the Retina display? The pages of a book in iBooks were significantly clearer on the newer device, with the text crisper và more defined. We took a screen shot of the same page, with the same form size text, và zoomed in on the words. The ipad tablet mini with Retina suffered very little blurring around the characters, while characters on the older ipad mini were very blurry.


Left: máy tính bảng ipad mini 1; Right: ipad mini 2: iBook


Left: ipad mini 1; Right: ipad mini 2: zoomed in on iBook, in this example you can really see the difference

It’s not just the clarity of the Retina display image though. We also noticed that the screen of the ipad tablet mini 2 with its Retina display emits more light compared to lớn the ipad mini 1. The Retina display looks brighter & the white background of our page looked whiter. We’d say that there is a slightly blue tint khổng lồ the older máy tính bảng ipad mini.

We ran tests using a Datacolor Spyder4Elite & found that the ipad mini 2 with Retina display was indeed brighter than the old model. The ipad tablet mini 1 measured 293 lumens, while the máy tính bảng ipad mini with Retina display managed 315 lumens.

There have been reports of differences in the colour gamut of the two devices, as well, with the ipad tablet mini with Retina display apparently not as good as its predecessor when it comes to colour accuracy. However, this will not be an issue for you if you aren’t performing colour sensitive work on your device, & it may be Apple’s strategy lớn maintain its claimed 10hour battery life on the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2.

There have also been reports of image retention, or image burn, on some ipad mini with Retina display models. We are aware that táo khuyết has exchanged some devices that experienced this problem, but we have never experienced it ourselves.

The Retina display certainly adds a lot to lớn the new ipad tablet mini so we would say that paying the extra £40 for the Retina display is a good move. There’s that little difference in price! The ipad mini 1 costs £199, the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 is £239.

The Retina display of the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 is a huge selling point for the tablet. When táo bị cắn dở launched the máy tính bảng ipad mini in 2012, many were disappointed about the lack of the high-res display, especially because they’ve been used lớn using one since the ipad 3. So when the ipad mini with Retina display was launched, it was met with a more positive reaction, with many potential ipad mini customers rushing out to lớn buy the device they’d been waiting for since the original máy tính bảng ipad mini’s launch.

iPad mini 2 review: Camera

The rear-facing camera inside the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 offers 5-megapixels & 1080p video. The front-facing camera is 1.2-megapixel or 720p. This is exactly the same as the camera in the 2012 ipad tablet mini, although the front-facing camera has had a bit of an tăng cấp for low-light so, along with the new dual microphones, you should find FaceTime đoạn clip calling quality improved. The camera in the ipad mini 3 is identical.

We’re not keen on using a tablet khổng lồ take photographs, but we have seen it happening out in the real world, so clearly it’s happening. We think you’ll be satisfied with the results of the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2, but don’t expect anything close lớn the results you’ll get from Apple’s newer iPhones, such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or even the iPhone 5s.

You can see some example photographs taken with the ipad mini 2 below.

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Left: máy tính bảng ipad mini 1; Right: ipad mini 2: low ligh, notice the shelving is brighter in the ipad mini 2 picture


Left: ipad mini 1; Right: ipad tablet mini 2: day time, notice the sky is a little less blown out in the ipad mini 2 picture


Left: ipad mini 1; Right: ipad tablet mini 2: detail, notice how the ipad tablet mini 2 caught the patchwork detail in the screen

In the case of video clip footage we did find that video clip shot on the new máy tính bảng ipad mini appeared khổng lồ be sharper (when viewed on our iMac screen) than those taken on our first generation ipad mini.

The máy tính bảng ipad mini 3 has exactly the same camera as the ipad tablet mini 2.

iPad mini 2 review: Battery life

Apple claims that the ipad tablet mini 3 offers 10 hours battery life, which is the same as every other iPad. Táo tests battery life in terms of how much web surfing over Wi-Fi, đoạn phim watching and music playing can be managed. Surfing the web over a mobile connection will reduce the battery life to lớn 9 hours, according to lớn Apple.

Our tests are a little more challenging and involve looping high-definition videos at specific volume và screen-brightness levels until the máy tính bảng ipad turns itself off. We found that the ipad tablet mini 2 lasted an impressive 10 hours, 42 minutes. That’s actually longer than the ipad Air 1 lasted in the same thử nghiệm (the Air shut down a couple of minutes shy of 10 hours). In comparison, in the same tests last year the ipad mini lasted 9 hours và twelve minutes, compared khổng lồ 9 hours và 21 minutes for the fourth-generation iPad.

This extra battery life is thanks lớn the bigger battery inside the Retina ipad tablet mini. It’s a 23.8Wh battery that can be charged via the Lightning cable connected either to lớn your computer or directly khổng lồ a nguồn outlet using the adapter.


iPad mini 2 review: Speed and processor power

2012’s iPads had significant differences in terms of processor. Where the máy tính bảng ipad 4 featured an A6X processor the ipad mini made vì with the A5 chip also found in the ipad 2. The 2013 iPads both feature the same A7 chip, along with its 64-bit architecture, và the accompanying M7 motion coprocessor. This was a break from Apple’s tradition of featuring a superior cpu in the full-sized iPad, and removes one of the obvious differentiators between the two devices. Hãng apple rectified this with the launch of the ipad tablet mini 3 & the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2 – the ipad Air 2 got the faster A8 và M8 processors, while the ipad mini 3 retained the A7 và M8 processors of the earlier model.

When it launched we felt it was curious that táo khuyết didn’t choose lớn feature the lower spec A6 cpu in the Retina máy tính bảng ipad mini (or a variant of that chip). This would have made a clear distinction between the two devices & helped táo bị cắn dở sell more ipad Airs (on which the company will make bigger margins due lớn its higher cost). When it launched the ipad tablet mini 2 offered exactly the same specifications as its more expensive, & larger sibling, và cost £80 less. In 2014, when táo bị cắn launched the máy tính bảng ipad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 the two devices were still £80 apart, despite the huge jump in specs from the mini to the Air.

Additionally, the processor in the ipad mini 2 was actually clocked at a lower speed than the ipad Air, which is clocked at 1.39GHz, according lớn Geekbench 3. Incidentally, the A7 chip in the iPhone 5s is clocked at 1.30GHz. We assume that the processor in the máy tính bảng ipad mini 3 is similarly clocked.

Apple claimed that the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 is up lớn four times faster than its predecessor, and up lớn eight times faster when it comes khổng lồ graphics performance. Our tests found that it is indeed faster, but it doesn’t quite live up to Apple’s claims.

The ipad tablet mini 2 managed an average of 2222 in Geekbench 2, which is roughly three times faster than the original iPad.

The mini 2’s Geekbench 3 score was 1395 for a single core và 2521 in multi-core mode, which is not much slower than the máy tính bảng ipad Air 1, which returned a score of 1480 points for a single core & 2683 points in multi-core mode.


Both the máy tính bảng ipad Air & iPad mini with Retina display feature 1GB RAM. The original ipad tablet mini featured 512MB RAM. The extra RAM makes application switching much quicker và smoother, and in our experience you will experience fewer phầm mềm crashes due to low memory. The extra RAM is another great reason lớn pay the extra for the Retina ipad mini.

When it comes khổng lồ graphics the ipad tablet mini 2 is superior to its predecessor, though not quite the eight times faster táo bị cắn dở claims. In our graphics tests (the Egypt HD demo – a game demo featuring a complex scene) the máy tính bảng ipad mini with Retina display managed 48fps, twice as fast as the original máy tính bảng ipad mini. In the Egypt HD graphics demo the ipad tablet Air also played at an average framerate of 48 fps. We can’t imagine anyone being disappointed by these gaming capabilities.

In SunSpider 1.0.2 (a browser speed test) the new ipad mini completed the demo in 397ms, compared to lớn the 1300ms taken by the original ipad tablet mini, which is a very impressive result.

iPad mini 2 review: Connectivity

The Retina ipad tablet mini has dual-antenna WiFi and tư vấn for MIMO, which makes the transfer tốc độ of the newer ipad mini much faster than its predecessor, at 300Mbps rather than the original mini’s 150Mbps. You’ll get công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.0 with the máy tính bảng ipad mini 2, và that aforementioned Lightning connector for charging & syncing.

If you choose the cellular option, you’ll get access khổng lồ 3G & 4G LTE bands, & you’ll also get a GPS receiver. We talk more about whether you should opt for Apple’s cellular ipad mini 2 below.

iPad operating system

If you already own an ipad mini the fact that the ipad mini 2 runs quả táo 8 will be no matter, as your existing ipad tablet mini is quite capable of running quả táo 8. However, if you own an original first generation ipad tablet your experience of game ios 8 may be limited. Original iPads from 2010 cannot run game ios 8, and the ipad 2 is feature limited when it comes to quả táo 8. Many features, including Siri, are not available on the older model. There is no additional tiện ích ios 8 functionality offered by the ipad tablet Air 1 compared with the ipad mini 2.

If you have never owned an iPad, but own an iPhone that is capable of running ios 8 you will be able lớn enjoy many of the features that you are used to lớn on your táo bị cắn dở device & all the music, movies và apps you’ve purchased from táo bị cắn will be available to tải về again onto your ipad tablet for free. Already owning an iPhone is a very good reason to buy an iPad.

It’s not only tiện ích ios 8 that helps sell the iPad. There is also không tính phí software available to tải về directly from táo as soon as you register your device. Táo apple offers Pages, Numbers và Keynote, as well as iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband, as free downloads to lớn owners of new devices. You’ll also find a wealth of software on the app Store as well as iTunes music khổng lồ download, movies khổng lồ watch, và electric versions of books to lớn read or listen to.

If you have yet khổng lồ own an iPhone, the máy tính bảng ipad is a much cheaper way to get the quả táo experience. With an ipad tablet mini 2 starting at £239 that’s £80 less than the iPhone 5c at £319. IPhone pricing is complicated though, with various discounts available depending on the network you sign up to, & the length of your contract, of course you also have to tài khoản for the monthly fee for your contract. If you choose the Wi-Fi only máy tính bảng ipad mini these extra costs will never come into play.

Read more about ios 8 in our ios 8 review.

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Should I get a Wi-Fi or Cellular máy tính bảng ipad mini?

In the case of every máy tính bảng ipad there is an option, at point of purchase, lớn pay £100 more & get an ipad tablet that can take a SIM card so you can access the web via 3G or 4G networks. The ability khổng lồ connect khổng lồ the web while on the move is something that will be a matter of personal choice, but is a real boon for commuters who enjoy using the máy tính bảng ipad on their journey to & from work.

In our experience a Wi-Fi model is adequate. You will discover that you can join a number of Wi-Fi networks on the go. In fact BT has announced that anyone running ios will be able khổng lồ automatically connect to its UK public WiFi hotspots, as long as they have a BT Broadband account. There is a BT Wi-fi iOS phầm mềm that can be downloaded here (free to existing broadband subscribers).

You can also nội dung your connection from your iPhone if you have one và if your contract allows it, although in our experience sharing a connection (via General > Cellular > Personal Hotspot) can make your iPhone get hot very quickly. Of course, if you haven’t got unlimited data on your iPhone contract, it’ll eat up your data quicker too.

There is also the option of purchasing a separate thiết bị di động broadband dongle lượt thích the MiFi from Three. You can giới thiệu a mobile connection from that device to access the internet on your máy tính bảng ipad mini 2 while out and about.

How much storage space bởi vì I need for my máy tính bảng ipad mini?

Aside from the choice of colour (Silver or Space Grey) & the Wi-Fi or Cellular options, there is a choice of four storage capacities for the Retina ipad tablet mini 2. The choices include 16GB, 32GB, 64GB & 128GB. The ipad Air has exactly the same storage options, while the original ipad mini & the máy tính bảng ipad 2 are only available with 16GB of storage.

For many people 16GB will be enough. Thanks khổng lồ iCloud many of the files that could be cluttering up your device are actually stored on Apple’s servers. Táo khuyết will store the following in iCloud: Pages, Keynote và Numbers documents, & the last 30 days of your photos (though this will change with ios 8 lớn be even better). You can also tải về any apps, music, or movies you have purchased from the app Store on any of your devices. Should you delete anything khổng lồ save space, you will be able to lớn re-download it for không tính tiền at a later date.

However, we would still recommend getting more storage if you can afford to as you are likely khổng lồ quickly fill up your device with photos, videos, music & movies. After a year’s use our 64GB ipad tablet mini has 23.9GB left. Despite having a capacity of 64GB, the device reports a capacity of 57.3GB (due khổng lồ operating system requirements), so we are using just over 33GB of space which suggests that a 32GB máy tính bảng ipad might not have been sufficient for our needs. A 128GB device on the other hand would have been over kill for us, but might suit the needs of people that use their ipad mini 2 as their main device, has an enormous truyền thông media collection or likes lớn keep all of their apps on the device at all times.

The move from 16GB lớn 32GB costs an extra £80, as does the move from 32GB khổng lồ 64GB và the move from 64GB to 128GB. If we were prepared khổng lồ up our budget we’d probably opt for the extra storage over the cellular option, too.

Should I wait for the ipad mini 4?

If you’re considering buying a ipad tablet mini now, it’s worth noting that we expect lớn see a new mã sản phẩm of the 7in táo bị cắn dở tablet in October, alongside a new model of the ipad tablet Air. There’s not much information about the new tablet yet, but you can expect a processor upgrade, possible camera improvements and also a touch ID fingerprint sensor like the one found in the iPhone 5S. See: ipad tablet mini 4 rumours