The iPad mini 2 was Apple’s second entry into the 7 inch tablet market, the successor to the original iPad mini, which launched in 2012, and succeeded by the iPad mini 3, which launched in October 2014. It is now a year and a half old, having been released in October 2013. For more information about which iPad to buy, read our iPad buying guide.
However, even with that landscape, we were still surprised when Apple announced the iPad mini 2 on stage, coming with things like the A7 chip under the hood and a 128GB iteration to satisfy those that crave a lot of HD action.On top of that, there’s the much-needed Retina screen (as the name might have told you) and an improvement in battery size to help power those pixels more effectively.However, there’s the big issue of price, which Apple has had to balance carefully over recent years. While it’s dropped since the launch of the iPad mini 3.
Apple iPad Mini 2 Review:
You’re still looking at £239 (US$299, AU$369) for the lowest-spec 16GB model with Wi-Fi connectivity only.The iPad mini 2 is an excellent device. There’s no other way to look at it. We were pretty impressed with the original mini when it launched, but bemoaned the low-res screen and under-powered chipset powering things along.
So we fully expected the iPad mini 2 to be another sidekick to a bigger brother, and with the iPad Air showing itself at the time to be the best tablet on the market, we fully thought we’d be getting a smaller iPad with a Retina screen and an A6 chip – so the decision to make the tablet 64-bit enabled with an A7 CPU is a really great thing to see.
It takes an already well made device and adds in so much more: the aluminum finish no longer feels like a deflection from the fact the iPad mini doesn’t have the engine to compete with its Snapdragon-powered rivals.The addition of the M7 chip in the iPad mini 2 seems on the surface to be a little redundant, given you won’t be doing much in the way of exercise with the mini strapped to your arm.