Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White)


Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White)

Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White)

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch Display; 1024-by-768 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A5 Chip
  • 5 MP iSight Camera; 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 0.68 lbs

iPad mini features a beautiful 7.9-inch display, iSight and FaceTime cameras, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. And over 275,000 apps on the App Store made for iPad also work with iPad mini. So it’s an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.

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List Price: $ 329.00

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  1. 940 of 1,000 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A phenomenally portable twist on the iPad that finally breaks the mold of 7″ tablets., December 2, 2012
    Scott Showalter (Ohio, USA) –

    This review is from: Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White) (Personal Computers)

    Conceived from its sleek, glossy 10″ counterpart, the new iPad Mini boasts one gigantic new trait over the full-sized iPad: the ability to hold it in one hand. This almost revolutionary twist on the device that sparked a frenzy in the tablet world has finally brought joy to those that have held out hope of such higher portability in an iPad for so long. But does the iPad Mini live up to the hype? Absolutely.

    Turns out, the iPad mini is indeed more than simply a shrunk-down iPad, though there may be an argument for it actually resembling something more along the lines of a blown-up iPod touch. In any case, the big question: is the iPad mini right for you? I’ll endeavor to answer that for you here by taking you hands-on with the new model, plus I’ll share from my past few years of iPad ownership experience altogether, especially for those who haven’t yet had an iPad to call their own.

    Plus, in hopes of making this the most helpful iPad mini review on Amazon, I’ll also reveal a treasure trove of info on how you can legitimately download tons of quality apps and games for free!

    For those interested, I’ve also compiled two iPad listmania lists:

    Must-Have iPad Accessories:
    iPad vs. Other Tablets:

    My reviews tend to run long, so I’ve organized information by section, with headings, to help you quickly locate any specific info you’re after. For example, see the heading “Downloading Apps and Games” for the info on obtaining free apps and games!

    First, let’s compare hardware specs between iPad mini and iPad, and what each means for you:
    + Device: iPad mini vs. iPad (4th gen)
    + Weight: 0.68 lbs vs. 1.44 lbs — over twice as light as the iPad
    + Thickness: 0.28″ (7.2mm) vs. 0.37″ (9.4mm) — thin as an iPod touch
    + Display: 163 vs. 264 pixels per inch — less-crisp text, but equally long life for a smaller battery
    + Resolution: 1024 x 768 vs. 2048 x 1536 — half as many pixels as the current iPad, but still sharper than an iPad 2
    + Battery: 10 hours (16.3 Wh) vs. 10 hours (45 Wh) — smaller, lighter battery lasts just as long as the iPad
    + Processor: A5 (dual core) vs. A6X (dual core with quad core graphics) — same as the new iPod touch, but not quite as powerful as the latest iPad, yet it doesn’t need to be because the iPad mini display totes a quarter as many pixels!
    + Price: The iPad mini has a price tag that is indeed much more attractive than the 10″ iPad. It’s actually closer to that of the iPod touch.

    ===== First Impression =====

    At first sight, there’s a feeling of novelty to the iPad Mini, especially if you’ve used a 10″ iPad or tablet. The more you use it, however, the more you realize that this is the size an iPad was meant to be: perfectly portable. The 10″ iPad is so bulky and heavy in comparison, and I felt uncomfortable, embarrassed and awkward taking it with me and using it places, especially waiting in line. Not so with the iPad mini! It’s super light, more than half the weight of the 10″ iPad, and its sleek rounded edges are much more comfortable for carrying than the sharply-tapered edges of the iPad.

    My initial reaction to the unveiling of the iPad mini was one of slight disappointment, mainly because it was closer to 8″ than to the desired 7″ of other tablets in its class. Why would Apple bother bringing a smaller iPad to market that’s still not quite as small as some of the other 7″ tablets floating around? Ah, but I was wrong.

    Until I held it in my own hand, I failed to realize that Apple had made better use of the iPad mini’s size than most 7″ tablets do. What matters in a 7″ tablet class isn’t the screen size but the actual device size. The iPad mini is 3mm shorter and 7mm wider than the 7″ Kindle Fire HD, yet it touts nearly an inch more of physical screen size.

    ===== Interaction Experience =====

    Naturally, the iPad mini shares the iPad’s same phenomenal multi-touch interface that is undisputedly second to none. Android tablets and other devices may tout “multi-touch” support, but usually this just means they support 2-finger gestures like pinch-style zooming. Apple, on the other hand, gives a whole new meaning to the term, supporting up to ten simultaneous touches, and app developers have certainly leveraged that capacity. For example, one popular app supporting ten simultaneous touches is the Piano app.

    ===== So What Can the iPad mini Actually Do? =====

    Naturally, there are things you can do with the iPad mini right out of the box. You can browse the Web with Safari, set up your email, download your photos and videos from your computer via iTunes, as well as shoot new photos and videos using either of the two built in cameras. You can also surf YouTube via Apple’s built-in…

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  2. 409 of 472 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Slower at buffering video than my I-pad Retina (and the I-pad 2), November 18, 2012
    D. Fichtner (American in Seoul, SK) –

    First off, I’m not going to rip this thing apart. I feel the Mini is an absolutely wonderful form-factor, and I recommend it — just not yet.

    The good:

    The size of the mini is just short of an inch wider than your typical competitor. You might not think this is much, but seriously, it is. I absolutely love this aspect of it. In addition, the Mini is just wonderfully light and easy to hold (I have big hands, though).

    As much as people rip on the screen, it is comfortably bright, and the battery life seems to last quite well, even if brightened up a bit. No complaints there.

    The bad:

    That same screen, as others have said, suffers from its low resolution. Had this tablet come out a year ago, it would have been earth-shattering. Now, when other offerings from Android are coming out with far better resolutions, it’s just meh (the Apple Mini’s contrast and color are still superior to the Nexus 7 by far, though). If you are someone coming from an I-pad 2, you won’t care about the resolution so much. For everyone else who is used to I-phones with substantially smaller, yet sharper resolutions, you will notice the difference.

    Also, and this is a big one for me, I have found that the I-pad Mini is slow to buffer YouTube videos. I’m pretty sure this has to do with it having half of the Ram of its larger pad family members. Cutting the Ram in half was a big mistake. It also seems to cause lags in surfing on only some sites that are more graphic intense. I wasn’t sure if this problem was one of my own, so I tried out some other Mini’s in the store side-by-side with I-pad 2’s and Retinas. Same thing… slow Youtube buffering. Quite a bit slower.

    I want to tell you to buy this thing, but I just can’t. I want to tell you to wait until next year when the tech is there to up resolution and add more Ram. For the price, the Apple Mini disappoints.

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  3. 268 of 316 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love it!, November 6, 2012
    Jason Baker “Jason Baker” (Rural Ohio) –

    Normally I do not review products that I do not buy at Amazon, but I am making an exception for the iPad Mini.

    Let me start by stating that all my gadgetry is Apple. We own an iMac, iPod nano, two iPhones, and an iPad 3. Suffice to say: we like Apple products.

    Honestly, the reason I bought the iPad mini 16G, WiFi was: one, it can fit in one hand; two, it is cheaper than a new iPad; and three, because I wanted it.

    So: I’ve stated that I’m a loyal Apple customer and probably will be the rest of my life. It might be that I’m biased when it comes to Apple products as are a large majority of Apple customers.

    I was apprehensive at first about the display. When I found out the Mini wasn’t using a Retina display, I nearly didn’t buy one. I love the beautiful resolution of my iPad 3.
    Apple used the same 1024-by-768 as the iPad 2, BUT the screen is 7.9 inches. In my opinion the display resolution is great. Not iPad 3 great, but not as bad as I thought it would be. I have to agree with Apple and say that the 7.9 inch screen is perfect for a smaller tablet. +1 for Mini

    The Mini is 53% lighter than the iPad and 23% thinner–not a major selling point for me, but not a distraction either. +1 for Mini

    The iSight 5 megapixel camera takes great pictures and shoots decent movies for what it is. I’ve tried out the FaceTime and it works great–picture resolution is adequate. +1 for Mini

    Speed: The dual-core A5 provides this device with plenty of computing power. I was impressed as I thought the Mini’s speed would suffer as Apple was attempting to cheapen the product a bit. It didn’t. Internet surfing is lightning fast! +2 for Mini

    I’m satisfied with the battery life. Apple says that the Mini has ten hours of battery life and they’re pretty close. +1 for Mini

    I love the aluminum unibody cover. The thing is sweet looking: sleek, like I’m in a sci-fi movie using some futuristic device. I heard one dude say it’s sexy. I’m not sure that I’d go as far as calling a hunk of aluminum, glass, and plastic sexy, but it is easy on the eyes. Apple nailed it on the aesthetics of the Mini. +2 for Mini

    At first, I was peeved about the Lightning connector (I still am a bit). All my other devices have the old 30-pin connector. I have only one cable to charge the Mini and four old cables that will eventually be obsolete. The smaller port is great though–it looks much better, more compact and I understand why Apple did what they did…but it still sucks when you have multiple other Apple devices with the old port. Everything has to change sometime, I guess.
    -1 for Mini (not Apple’s fault, my preference)
    Hey: when the apps and widgets get boring Siri’s there to ask millions of important questions to. Who doesn’t love them some Siri?

    I used an iBlason case to protect the Mini and so far like it:

    So with all that said and much more not mentioned: I’m a fan of the Mini, but I think the device was overpriced a bit. I still paid the extra $130 over the Kindle Fire HD, because I prefer Apple, but after playing around with a friend’s Fire HD 7″, I was impressed with the Fire and the price.

    In the end it was a matter of preference for me choosing Apple over Kindle. I’m very satisfied with my purchase of the Mini and my kids love it too. I would recommend the Mini to anyone and everyone. Great product!

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