Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Does the iPad Mini 2 Deliver?

Welcome to iPad Mini 2 Reviews where we’ll take a look at the latest tablets from Apple, Google, Samsung and others. Our goal is deliver information that will help you make a decision about which of these tablets is right for you and deliver that information in plain English without lots of tech jargon and confusing terms.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Overview

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - Overview

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – Overview

Apple has just announced the next generation of iPad Mini, appropriately (and somewhat lazily, I might add) dubbed the iPad Mini 2. We managed to get some hands-on time with it and here’s what we think about the newest addition to the iPad Mini family.

The new iPad Mini 2 brings quite a few changes and upgrades which will probably ensure that it retains its position as “King of the Hill” in the world of small form tablet computing for the foreseeable future. The biggest (and probably most anticipated) feature is the upgrade of the display from the previous iteration to the Retina Display. The upgraded display was a long sought after upgrade – remember, there was quite a bit of disappointment when the original iPad Mini was revealed as it did not include the Retina Display. This one upgrade in particular is going to result in a lot of happy Apple customers as many of the original adopters upgrade to the latest model. The review comes in at 7.9 inches with a resolution of 2048×1536.

To go along with that beautiful new display there’s a big boost in processing power, improved camera, and better connectivity. All of these improvements together make the iPad Mini 2 a vast improvement over the original iPad Mini. Photographers and those who appreciate the arts will really appreciate the drastically improved resolution that the Retina Display brings.

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – The Camera

The new upgraded camera comes in at 5 megapixels and while you can certainly find more powerful cameras on the latest cellphones the new model is significantly improved. The iPad Mini 2 won’t be a replacement for your primary camera but it certainly feels less awkward than holding up a large sized tablet and the photos we took were a definite improvement. The combination of the improved screen and camera makes the exercise of snapping and viewing photos more satisfying as you can easily examine the quality of your photos. Also included is a new Face Time HD camera with improved sensor for better video calls. This is paired with dual mics that filter background noise much better and improve audio when doing a video recording, using Face Time or bossing Siri around.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – High Performance Hot Rod

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - High Performance Hot Rod

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – High Performance Hot Rod

The original iPad Mini shipped with the A5 chip and 512MB of RAM. This was the same configuration as the iPad 2, just scaled down to a smaller form factor. The world of tablet computing has moved forward to more powerful machines so it was time for Apple to do the same with the iPad Mini 2.

Apple has delivered the goods here with the jump to the A7 chip which brings 64 bit computing power to the mini platform. This brings the current iteration of the iPad Mini even closer to the computing power of a full fledged laptop and those who are upgrading to the new model will notice a significant improvement in performance and battery life. In our time with the iPad Mini 2 we could visibly see how fast it moved in and out of apps and even accessing the App Store was vastly improved. In plain English this means that the iPad Mini 2 CPU is four times faster and it’s graphics performance is eight times faster than the previous generation of iPad Mini.

You might be wondering if all of this new found power comes at the cost of reduced battery life and we’re happy to report that it does not. The iPad Mini 2 boasts a healthy 10 hour battery life. Lastly, the iPad Mini 2 uses two antennas and MIMO wireless technology to deliver twice the Wi-Fi performance of its older sibling.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – What’s Not To Like?

To be honest, aside from the usual “Apple vs the world” arguments there isn’t much to complain about here. Yes, if you go Apple you’re going to be locked in to the App Store ecosystem but if you’re already an iPhone or other iDevice user then that really doesn’t matter. Also, don’t forget that Apple devices are priced as premium products across the board so you will be paying more for the iPad Mini 2 than for competing products.
Apple is rolling out these big upgrades just in time to compete with its rivals such as the Kindle Fire HDX and the Google Nexus 7 which are also both getting some significant improvements. So if you’re not already invested in Apple you can also take a look at the competition to see what they have to offer and how it stacks up. Watch for some reviews of other devices on this site that will help you with your decision making process.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Conclusions

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - Every Inch An iPad

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – Every Inch An iPad

The jump to the A7 CPU makes the iPad Mini 2 a powerhouse in the realm of small form factor tablets. Apple delivers a sleek, high performance tablet that will provide more power than many users are expecting. Couple this the with beautiful Retina Display and the iPad Mini 2 is a must buy for those who like the Apple architecture and ecosystem. It’s faster, better looking and more feature packed than the current iteration of the iPad Mini and comes in at about ¾ of a pound total weight. To be honest it’s pretty much everything we were hoping for in the next generation of the iPad Mini and more and we can’t wait until release day comes and we can get our own iPad Mini 2!

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iPad Mini 2 Reviews – Is The New Google Nexus 7 The iPad Mini Retina Killer?

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

While we were all waiting around to see what the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display was going to look like, Google and ASUS quietly dropped the new and improved Nexus 7 on us. Surprise, the Nexus 7 shows up with a brawny spec sheet and packs a wallop bringing lots of processing power and a brilliant, high resolution display. In fact, the new Nexus 7 is so much better than the old version that Google has quietly removed it from the Google Play Store with little fanfare.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – Google Nexus 7 Spec Sheet

The new Nexus 7 comes equipped with a 1.5 GHZ Snapdragon quad core CPU coupled to 2 GB of RAM. It is available in either a 16GB or 32 GB configuration. The Nexus 7 brings the a 7 inch IPS display with an awesome 1920×1200 pixel display and a dense 323 pixels per inch. Note that the Retina display on a full size iPad is only 264 ppi so you can conclude that Google means business here. This display has an auto-brightness feature that does an excellent job of adjusting the brightness depending on your situation. The high pixel density means that the Nexus 7 works well as an eReader too.

The Nexus 7 comes equipped with the Android 4.3 Jellybean Operating System. Because this is a Google product that means you get the pure Jellybean experience with no custom built OS overlay. The latest version of Jellybean brings improvements to streaming, gaming and battery life. The new OS coupled with the hardware results in a snappy, responsive experience and multitasking is excellent as well.

The Nexus 7 now sports a 5 megapixel rear facing camera which to be honest is pretty average. You won’t be making any photographic masterpieces with that camera but that’s not really what you bought a tablet anyway. There’s also a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera to handle your video chatting and Skype sessions. (Google Hangout, anyone?) The Nexus 7 comes equipped with dual band wi-fi support 2.4G/5G 802.11 a/b/g/n and of course is also available in an LTE version. Bluetooth 4.0 is also present and accounted for.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The new Nexus 7 measures 7.87 x 4.49 x ..41 inches. It’s just a bit thinner than the original model which makes it fit into your hand nicely. The Nexus 7 weighs in at a feathery light .64 pounds. The case is plastic but it feels solid and durable. Google/ASUS have also done away with the pock marked rubbery coating on the back of the original Nexus 7. The front glass is the usual Corning glass found on these devices.

Lastly, the new Nexus 7 now packs a slightly smaller battery than the previous version but it’s rated for 9 hours of normal usage and honestly I couldn’t really tell the difference. The new hardware is more efficient than the previous version so even with a slightly lower battery rating I still rarely got below 60-70 percent with normal everyday activities like checking mail, Facebook, Tweeting and web surfing.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Nexus 7 – What I Didn’t Like

Unfortunately, the new Nexus 7 feels a bit light on storage, mostly due to the fact that the Android 4.3 OS takes up a significant 6GB of your RAM. This means that your 32GB Nexus 7 really only has 26GB of storage space so if you’re planning on getting the 16GB model you should keep in mind that you’re really getting 10GB of storage. Unfortunately there’s no microSD slot either which, while unsurprising considering current trends, would have solved the storage issue nicely. I mentioned the camera above – I do feel that this is the other weak spot on the Nexus 7 but since it’s a tablet and I don’t really use tablets to take photos it’s not a deal killer at all.

Ipad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Nexus 7 – Conclusions

iPad Mini 2 Reviews - The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

iPad Mini 2 Reviews – The New Google Nexus 7 Tablet

The new Nexus 7 is a great tablet. It’s well built, reliable and powerful. You get access to the Google Play store which has matured to be very respectable when compared to the behemoth that is the Apple App Store. The new Nexus 7 blows the previous version away and stomps all over the first generation iPad Mini as well. The display is actually better than a 4th generation iPad with Retina Display and the guts and OS deliver a punchy, responsive user experience. Couple this with the price ($229 for the 16GB version and $269 for the 32GB version) and Google has delivered one of the best, if not the best 7 inch tablets on the market!

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