Apple iPad Mini MD536LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G, Black)


Apple iPad Mini MD536LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G, Black)

Apple iPad Mini MD536LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G, Black)

  • 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) + AT&T 4G LTE; 64 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 0.69 lbs

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List Price: $ 659.00

Price: $ 659.00

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  1. 999 of 1,062 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) –

    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. 435 of 500 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. 52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I Love It!, March 20, 2013
    R. C. Bowman (Elyllon) –

    I’m an avid reader and a writer who has tried every portable device under the sun. Smart phones (even the large ones) are too small to read comfortably or to type; laptops simply are not portable enough due to short battery lives; and other tablets were uncomfortably large for me (I’ve got small hands.) I’ve tried taking notes directly on screens with a stylus; I’ve tried Bluetooth keyboards; and I’ve tried typing directly on screens. Everything was either too large or too small. Other, similarly-sized tablets tend to lag, or the battery life is very poor.

    I’ve been an Apple holdout for a while. I had a little iBook a long time ago, and the system issues, general uselessness of the battery, the severe problems with transferring Word, Corel, and other word processing documents, and all-around, irritating, proprietary nature of Mac turned me off for several years. Don’t get me started on what I thought of the pricing.

    After doing a lot of research, however, I took a chance on an iPad mini. It was the perfect size (decent screen, super thin, super light) the battery life is supposedly long (it is–seven hours on the brightest screen setting, several days on standby, 10-12 hours with a low or medium bright screen) extremely portable (very, very important) easy to backup (and from the backup, export to different formats if needed) and does exactly what I need it to do (word processing, graphic art, reading, and surfing.) I have never been happier with an electronic device. (I also use it as an iPod. And as a player for my Google Drive. It’s fabulous.)

    To repeat, it’s absolutely perfect for me. I can work on it for hours, it’s powerful enough for professional art programs, it’s great for writing (the native note app, Google Drive, the Corel app, and a couple of others) and it is by far the best screen for reading I’ve come across.

    I tried a Bluetooth keyboard, thinking the screen would be too small to type on. The Bluetooth was a dud–it only worked once–but that was a happy accident. The iPad mini is exactly the right size for me to comfortably type onscreen.

    I have no complaints with Safari. It’s super-fast and while it isn’t my favorite search engine ever, it naturally does the job. The only issue I had was figuring out how to open a link in a new tab. (This took me a week. I can be a little slow.)

    Now that the rave is over, there are a couple of caveats.

    First, while the screen is the perfect size for me to type on, I’m a small female with hands about 2/3 average size, so it may be too small for some people to comfortably type on.

    Second, there are (as noted by other reviewers) no USB ports. If you need a lot of memory, this is not the device for you. There is no easy way to expand it. This was actually a little disappointing for me, but Google Drive and Dropbox solved the problem for me. (I’m a lucky person who is never far away from a WiFi signal.)

    Also, there is no way to replace the battery. When it starts dying, it’s done.

    It doesn’t have the retina display that comes with the larger iPads. (It’s still a better resolution than many other devices, but hey–no retina display is no retina display.)

    Finally, there isn’t really any way to get around the price. It costs more than some laptops, and certainly more than the other tablets of its size.

    Personally, I think it’s worth it. The sheer portability and quality of the item is incredible. The fact that it is literally perfect for everything I need to do makes it even better–for me.

    I strongly recommend the iPad mini, with one caveat: do your research. Make absolutely sure you know exactly what you need and what you want, and invest in a product that meets that. This is not the item for someone who needs a lot of onboard memory or a ton of power. Someone who wants just to surf or just an e-reader may be better served with another product, too–but then again, maybe not (like I said, this functions as the most delightful e-reader ever.)

    I love it, and I think most people will. Have fun =)

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