The iPad Mini was released a little over a year ago and with a new and improved version with a Retina Display coming soon, I took the opportunity to purchase a refurbished unit. There are many refurbished units on Apple’s Clearance website that can be over 20% off original retail price.
If you don’t need a Retina Display, super fast processing, ultra-fast wifi capabilities, and additional LTE bands, the original iPad mini is a good deal - especially refurbished units.
As expected, Apple does a beautiful job repackaging the unit in a brand new box and shrink wrap ripe for the tearing!
After owning an iPad 1, 2, and 3, I have gotten used to and became extremely tired of a large and heavy units. I only need an iPad on rare occasions and don’t want to become tired holding it while on my commute, on the couch, or in bed.
Have you ever had a full size iPad fall out of your hands and onto your face while lying down in bed or on the floor? Neither have I, but I hear it hurts!
The iPad mini is incredibly thin and light, has cameras perfect for video chat, decent audio quality and a good mic. It runs iOS 7 just fine (not as smooth as newer devices but it doesn’t freeze up) and has all-day battery life. One thing to note is that this version of the iPad comes with the iPhone charger while the larger iPads and the upcoming iPad Mini with Retina Display will come with the larger 10W charger due to larger battery capacities and higher power draw.
So is the iPad Mini for you or a loved one? If you’re looking to buy your first tablet or only need a tablet for light to medium duty work, this is perfect. If you’re a power user that plans on editing lots of photos, videos, read many books or spends hours looking at websites with a lot of text, this might not be the best tablet for you.
Almost all of my devices that I use on a regular basis now have a high-resolution “Retina” display and when I first used the iPad Mini, I immediately noticed the older display with lower color saturation, brightness, and pixel density. However, after spending more time with the iPad Mini and the really well designed apps, those negative factors fade away into the background and I just enjoy consuming content and keeping in-touch with family and friends.
I’m sure many people will buy the iPad Mini with Retina Display and I would argue that is the real power tablet on the market and the better value when compared to it’s larger brother, the iPad Air. This is because almost all of the components are identical between the two tablets. The Mini is equipped with a display with even higher pixel density, a smaller footprint allowing users of all ages and hand sizes to easily hold it for extended periods of time, and when held with two hands the won’t ned to be split for typing. The iPad Mini with Retina display will be noticeably lighter than the iPad Air, which helps reduce fatigue when holding it for a long time as well as keeps suitcases, backpacks, and travel luggage lighter.
Now I just need to figure out what color smart cover to buy…