iPad Mini – The Little Pocket Dynamite

When the rumour of a supposed “Mini” tablet was all over the tech world, i was actually septical if Apple would really produce one. Even the late Steve Jobs ranted about it ever happening. He was even qouted as saying “The reason we won’t make a 7″ tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a lower point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software. As a software driven company, we think about the software strategies first”.

Now, that didn’t seemed to be a reality though as Apple new CEO, Tim Cook seemed to be doing things the other way round. Tim Cook qouted “The comments that I think you’re referencing are comments that Steve had made before about seven inch tablets. And let me be clear, we would not make one of the seven inch tablets. We don’t think they’re good products, and we would never make one. Not just because it’s seven inches, but for many reasons. One of the reasons, however, is size… the difference between just the real estate size between the 7.9″ versus 7″ is 35 percent. And when you look at the usable area it’s much greater than that. The iPad mini is a fantastic product. It is not a compromised product like the seven inch tablets. It’s in a whole different league”.

iPad Mini – The Little Pocket Dynamite

That much said, when the iPad Mini was revealed, i was wondering if i would get the chance of owning one? Oh yes, all the rumours, leaked photos and parts were as real as of now i am holding THE REAL THING. Yes, your trully received the iPad Mini on 24 November 2012 as an early present.

iPad Mini Early Present

How do i feel about the iPad Mini? Overall i do feel this Mini is excellent in terms of:

1. Lightness, sleek & good to hold feel

I love holding the iPad Mini. It doesn’t make my wrist & hand tired easily. I spent significant number of hours surfing the net, watching videos with the iPad mini and honestly speaking, it has made me forgotten my Acer Laptop which I occasionally use these days.

Being an iPad 2 user for more than 1 1/2 years, i have not realise the weight burden of it until the Mini comes along. Now, i have to say weight does matter here. The iPad 2 Wifi+3G tip the scale at 613 gram vs iPad Mini Wifi’s 308 gram. Wow, the iPad 2 is double the weight of the iPad Mini!!

Light and sleek iPad Mini

2. Display

Both iPad 2 & iPad Mini display resolution are 1024 x 768 pixels. Having been looking at a bigger screen on my iPad 2 over the years, I found the Mini’s smaller display does make a big difference in display quality. If one were to compare the brightness, sharpness and colour output of the display between the two iPads, the iPad Mini display does look sharper, brighter and crispier. This is because the iPad Mini display has a higher pixel density than the iPad 2 (163 ppi vs 132 ppi). I do believed sooner or later, this little Mini would eventually get an upgrade to the Retina Display and to a faster processor, just like how the iPad 3 is upgraded to iPad 4. It is just a matter of time. The following are pictures of the iPad Mini running several of my favourite apps.

YouTube on iPad Mini

iPad Mini Flipboard

iBook on iPad Mini

iPad Mini Recipe Book

3.  Camera

I like taking photos with my iOS devices, from using the iPad 2 to the iPhone 4S and now the iPad Mini. The iPad 2 has the lowest camera quality among all.  The iPhone 4S 8.0MP camera impresses me a lot and the shots are usually very good. That is the reason why I love experimenting with camera apps or photo editing apps these days. The iPad Mini camera on the other hand has a 5.0MP back camera and a 1.2MP front camera. It is capable of producing good pictures and comparing photos taken with the iPhone 4S, I am just as satisfied with the outcome. Sharing some test shots below with iPad Mini and iPhone 4S for photo quality comparison.

Flower with iPad Mini 1

Flower with iPhone 4S - 01

Flower with iPad Mini 2

Flower with iPhone 4S - 02

I also realise that holding the iPad Mini to take a photo in public does not look as awkward as holding the bulky iPad 2 anymore. When holding up the iPad Mini in public to take pictures, it actually attracts more eyes to the device itself. “Wow look, that’s the iPad Mini!!”

4. Battery Life

Battery life on the iPad Mini is the same as the iPad 2 – 10 hours. It really depends much on how the iPad Mini is being utilised. Watching and streaming videos or playing with heavy graphics games will drain the battery faster. I would suggest overnight charging to pump up this little one to make sure it’ll have a 100% battery level the next day.

iPad Mini Battery Life


Yes, this is indeed a good feel iPad on its own. A compact, attractive and outstanding product. The smaller body makes it an ideal companion for travelling and needless to say, it does not require a huge amount of space in your carry bag. You can’t complain about anything on the device except maybe the non-Retina display. The higher-than-expected pricing for a non-Retina display and identical to iPad 2 DualCore A5 chip spec might be a little deterrent to potential buyers who are hoping for an iPad Mini that would be better built than just a little mirror image of the iPad 2.

iPad Mini Black and Slate

So now, after showing you what i think of the iPad Mini, the choice is really yours to determine if you should get one for yourself.

Article written by: Pat Lim Chor
Edited by: Chua Kean Poh

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