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The feeling of picking the iPad mini up for the first time immediately brought back memories of picking up the iPhone 5: this is impossibly light. Having used the 9.7-inch iPad quite a bit, the iPad mini feels like a portability revelation. You know the commercials Apple does for each of their products where they have several actors using them to do different tasks? Well, this is the first Apple product I've picked up that felt just as effortless to use as portrayed in those commercials. That might sound silly, but it's true. The display is notably sharper than the iPad 2, but distinctly less sharp than any of Apple's Retina display products. On the other hand, the screen is a bit of an oddity - text isn't as sharp, but when I loaded up a movie on HBO GO, I was taken aback at the quality of the display. I know this is cliché, but the video really seemed like it was raised above the glass. The viewing angles are superb, and colors/white balance seem natural. I haven't done any empirical tests on battery life, but as I've been using it throughout the day, I've noticed that it hasn't been dropping as fast as I would have expected. I'm at 77% after 15 hours of mixed usage. Very pleased with that.
At this point, I'm just beating around the bush. The individual specs of the iPad mini are nothing compared to the user experience. I've not held a device (other than maybe the iPhone 5), that feels as well made and as sleek as the iPad mini. It's just that nice. Yes, the screen is less sharp than the Nexus 7, and it has inferior processing capabilities compared to its rivals, but no one can touch the build quality of this device. There isn't a tablet on the market right now that I would rather own. The 9.7-inch iPad is too big and heavy to make carrying it and a laptop worth the trouble, and I'd rather have full-featured tablet apps at 1024x768 than phone apps at 1280x800. When Apple puts a Retina display in the iPad mini's shell, I think we will have found the ultimate tablet.
When I first brought my iPad mini, I was at first thinking of simply buying the 16 gigabyte version as storage wasn't my intention. Yet after look at the price difference I felt the 64 gigabyte was asking to be bought. Can I say I wouldn't go back, the storage has come in handy in several occasions. The amount of music and videos etc. that can be stored between the 16 gig and 64 gig is a MASSIVE difference. I can't believe it!
Also I would defiantly recommend purchasing the white instead of black iPad, as much as white was preferred by myself, I also feel that the finger marks are less visible on the white than black (Brother owns the Black version).
A would defiantly recommend purchasing a case from Amazon or another website. As although I do love the sleek design when almost dropping the iPad in recent occasions I can clearly say that from watching many You-Tube videos that there is a large chance of cracking or even destroying the iPad and sometimes you want your iPad to be cherished.
The final thing I would like to mention is how small, yet large the iPad mini is. If you like a compact device this is for you. Small easy to use and beautiful in the hand. Yet like family and myself sometimes a bigger screen helps. If this is your case I would recommend the standard iPad, yet do not be surprised when you see the larger price tag. Like the old rhyme goes, "The bigger, the better!"
My latest Christmas present was this 64 GB iPad mini in white. I wasn't sure how much I would like it initially as it looked just like a big iPod touch which I already had three versions of. I was proved wrong.
The iPad is made by Apple which is an American company founded in April 1976. It makes mostly electrical computer products and has been a leading brand making digital music player, tablets, phones and other computers.
The iPad mini is white and has a 7.9 inch screen. This is a nice size screen for use at home but if using it whilst out I find its so big everyone can see what you are doing and reading emails privately is hard.
The colours and look of the screen are incredibly clear. I found though, when putting the screen protector on (which I bought separately) it is quite tricky and as a result has left some bubbles on the screen.
The on / off button is at the top right of the iPad and after pressing a screen comes up where you slide the arrow across to enter. You can put a password on but I haven't bothered.
The home button is at the bottom underneath the screen and has a square on it. If you press this you are always taken to the home page where you can access all of the apps. This is a quick way to exit the app as there is not an exit button on the screen.
The volume button is on the top right side which is useful for when watching videos or listening to music. Earphones can be used in this iPad but they are not provided. I always use the ones from my ipod but any with the same end should work, I have used different brand earphones and it works just as well.
Underneath the home button is the place where the charger goes. This charging wire is included and unlike previous apple products I have, included a plug. I prefer this than having to use a computer as otherwise I am wasting electric on the computer just to charge the iPad. This also means you can take it away with you as you can plug it in the wall as I never have access to a computer whilst away. If you prefer to use a computer you can take the plug off.
The apps are found on the home screen and are as follows:
Safari: This can either be used as WiFi or cellular. To use cellular you must buy a nano sim and set up a data plan with a phone company (e.g. Orange, Vodafone). I haven't done this yet and just use WiFi. The internet is really quick and a lot easier to use if you don't want to turn on a computer. As Apple don't allow flash to be downloaded some areas of the internet e.g. some videos, won't work. YouTube, ITV Player and BBC iPlayer do work though and another good site for watching videos on the iPad and iPod touch is mobilevids.org which has a varied collection of tv shows and films.
Mail - This allows you to access emails easily without logging in. If your emails are private anyone could read them so you may need to put a password on. I often check my emails on the iPad rather than turning on a laptop because of the speed I can access them.
Videos - I use this to watch films I have put on the iPad. It is a great size for this use and is really clear. You can download videos of the iTunes website but I don't like to pay for them.
Music - You can download music from iTunes as well or just put CDs on like I do. This is really quick to do and it only takes five to ten minutes for one CD.
Camera - This takes fantastic pictures and is great if you haven't got a camera with you. You can use the camera by taking pictures from the front or back of the iPad and it can also take videos. When you connect the iPad to the computer it will upload your photos and videos for you automatically which is great as you can then print them off or leave them on the computer as backup.
Notes - These will ensure you don't forget anything. You can have multiple notes and search to find one if you have a lot. I find this very useful but only use this app ocassionally.
Contacts - Keep contact info so you don't forget numbers and addresses etc. I don't tend to use this as I cannot be bothered to transfer them from an address book and any phone numbers go straight to my phone.
Reminders - You can set reminders to be notified at the time. I don't use this as I usually set reminders on my phone because I don't always have my iPad with me (my mobile never leaves my side.)
Calendar - Helps you keep track of dates and times you are busy. It is set out like a diary which I like but I rarely use. It comes in handy on the odd occassion though.
Clock - This has a timer,stopwatch, alarm and world clock. I only really use the alarm but generally I use the alarm on my iPod touch as it is smaller to fit next to my bed.
iTunes - Download songs directly from iTunes with an iTunes account. I don't tend to use this as I don't want to have to pay for them.
App Store - Download apps from the app store from a choice of thousands, paid and free.
Pictures - This is where photos taken are stored.
Other apps are messages, face time, maps, photo booth, newsstand, game center and settings. I haven't used some of these yet.
This is a great iPad that doesn't disappoint. Personalise it by adding a few more apps and it is perfect. I highly recommend it and give it five stars.