Apple iPad mini with Retina display – Better, Faster, Sharper

Last year when Apple first released its competitor in the “small tablet” division of the tablet PC wars, the iPad mini debuted to mostly positive reviews. It was, however, not without its shortcomings. Tech review sites and consumers alike pointed out that the slate would have been so much better with a Retina display. Well. Apple is rectifying that with the second generation release. No surprise there. Other improvements have been done to it though, and they are upgrades Apple fans are bound to like.

Apple iPad mini with Retina display

Apple iPad mini: Upgrades

First and foremost, let’s talk about that Retina display. The new iPad mini has a 7.9 inch LED IPS screen with a super sharp 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. That’s 326 pixels per inch – which is slightly better than the Google Nexus 7’s 1920 x 1200, 323 ppi. The tablet PC is powered by a 64-bit Apple A7 CPU, and runs on iOS 7.0.4. Other features include a 1.2 MP camera up front for FaceTime (720p HD video), and 5 MP shooter at the rear (1080p video), and the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

According to Apple, the new mini can last up to 10 hours – so even with the Retina display, it still has the same nearly all-day battery life as its predecessor. Aesthetics-wise, the second generation model still looks generally the same as the first gen model, though the former is (very) slightly thicker and heavier than the latter.

Additional Notes

The iPad mini with Retina display is better than the original, that’s for sure. It’s available in four storage options and starts at US $399. As is Apple’s pricing convention, the first mini is still available but with its prices slashed down to US $299.

What do you think? The iPad mini is still more expensive than your typical Android tablet PC, but we’re sure it won’t dampen sales especially now that the mini is more like a miniature iPad Air than a relatively cheaper alternative to a full-sized iPad.

If you’re planning to get one but want to check out the other players out there, then you may want to read up on the Google Nexus 7 (2013), the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, among other 7- to 9-inch slates.

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