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Overview

The iPad line from Apple is among the best options for tablets available. They are well designed and work seamlessly, with great displays and a ton of apps for users to enjoy. A great way to read or play games and stream your video content. The price of the iPad Mini 5 is relatively high, as is the case with most Apple products.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Powerful performance

  • Great display

Description

The iPad Mini line from Apple is ideal if you do not want a large-sized tablet. The iPad Mini 5 is the 5th iteration and was released in 2019. The design is pretty much the same as the other iPad, with a slim body, rounded edges and a home button at the centre of the bottom bezel. One has the option of choosing Space Gray, Silver or Gold for the body.

iPad Mini 5

WIth a FullHD display of 7.9 inches that has a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels bringing the pixel density to 324 pixels per inch. This creates a great visual experience so one can easily enjoy their games and videos on the iPad Mini 5. It features True Tone and also has a wide colour gamut. The glass on top is scratch resistant and also oleophobic so it doesn't get a ton of fingerprint stains on it.

The iPad Mini 5 is powered by Apple's own A12 Bionic chip, a hexa-core architecture that provides a powerful performance so you can easily play games without there being lag. Along with this, there is an Apple GPU for taking on the visual processing. There is 3GB of RAM, generally, this would be considered low but Apple is able to make the most of this resource. Storage has the option of 64GB or 256GB.

There is the iOS 12.1.3 that is upgradable to iPadOS 15.1. This is a great system, in fact, Apple's OSes are one of their winning features and have always done well with users finding them simple to use as well as streamlined in performance.

For random picture taking, but more so for video calls, one has cameras on the iPad Mini 5. The rear camera is at 8MP and for the front side, it is a 7MP one. Both shoot video at 1080p so one has more than ample visual quality. There are built-in speakers and generally, such small speakers are not very good, but on the iPad Mini 5 Apple has speakers that work quite well and one can watch their media without needing headphones. At least if you don't have headphones in the moment you won't be stuck with bad sound. There is also the 3.5mm audio jack so attaching headphones is easy.

Other features

The iPad Mini 5 has WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS; there is a specific variant that also has the space for a Nano-SIM or eSIM, with those you can get access to data even without WiFi. There is no Radio or NFC and the physical porting is achieved via Lightning, USB 2.0. This tablet has an accelerometer, a compass, a gyro and a proximity sensor for feedback that helps apps run. If you want to use your fingerprint to unlock it there is also the option for that.

If you would like to use a stylus there is support for that on the 1st Gen versions.

For the battery, Apple has fitted the iPad Mini 5 with a 5124mAh Li-ion cell. This is pretty decent and one can get about 10 hours of usage, however, this is based on the specific kind of usage so timing varies based on that.

Comments

As is mostly the case with Apple, the iPad Mini 5 is also an expensive device to purchase and if you get the ones with more options the price is even higher.

Specifications

Build Glass front, aluminium back, aluminium frame
SIM Nano-SIM, eSIM
Stylus support (1st gen only)
Type IPS LCD
Display Size 7.9 inches, 193.3 cm2 (~70.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Display Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels, 4
Display Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Display Features Wide color gamut, True-tone
OS iOS 12.1.3, upgradable to iPadOS 15.1
Chipset Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm)
CPU Hexa-core (2x2.5 GHz Vortex + 4x1.6 GHz Tempest)
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
Card slot No
Storage 64GB / 256GB
RAM 3GB
Rear Camera 8 MP, f/2.4, 32mm (standard), 1.12┬Ám, AF
Selfie Camera 7 MP, f/2.2, 31mm (standard)
Camera Features HDR on both sides
Video [email protected] both sides
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, EDR
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC No
Radio No
USB Lightning, USB 2.0
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
Other Features Siri natural language commands and dictation
Battery Li-Ion 5124 mAh, non-removable (19.1 Wh)
Talk time Up to 10 h (multimedia)
Colours Space Gray, Silver, Gold
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