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Apple iPad mini 4 (128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray)

 
Apple iPad mini 4 (128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray)

Apple iPad mini 4 (128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray)
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Average customer review:
( stars, based on 1516 reviews)

Product Description

Apple iPad mini 4 (128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray). 7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display. 2048‑by‑1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi). A8 second-generation chip with 64-bit architecture. 1.2MP photos. FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular. 8MP photos. 1080p HD video recording. Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button. Apple Pay with your iPad using Touch ID within apps. Wi‑Fi (802.11a/​b/​g/​n/​ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz). Bluetooth 4.2 technology.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #65 in Personal Computers
  • Size: 128GB
  • Color: Space Gray
  • Brand: Apple
  • Model: MK9N2LL/A
  • Fabric type: None
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.00" h x .24" w x 5.31" l, .65 pounds
  • Memory: 128GB
  • Hard Disk: 128GB
  • Processors: 2
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion
  • Native resolution: 2048 x 1536
  • Display size: 7.9

Features

  • 7.9" Retina Display, 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 9, Dual-Core A8 Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 8 MP iSight Camera, 1080p HD Video Recording
  • 128GB Capacity, Wi-Fi (802.11a/ b/ g/ n/ ac) + MIMO + Bluetooth 4.2
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life, 0.65 lbs

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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful.
5Apple's mini iPad gets a giant update that ticks all the right boxes!
By Luis Bezanilla
Faster, thinner and with a better screen, the iPad Mini 4 is a return to form and the best small tablet.

2014's iPad Mini 3 was a perfectly respectable tablet, but unfortunately it just wasn't the upgrade from the iPad Mini 2 that most people were expecting. Rather than revamping its internals, the only new feature introduced was Apple's Touch ID sensor and that was your lot. As a result, the Mini 3 seemed pretty poor value by comparison with its older brother.

Fortunately, it looks like Apple's back on track this year, as the iPad Mini 4 seems to improve on its predecessor in pretty much every way, cramming eerily similar iPad Air 2 specs into a significantly smaller body, looking to bringing an even greater level of parity between the small and large tablets Apple puts out.

Build quality

There's one thing that seems to have remained a constant yet again, and that's Apple's excellent build quality, with the iPad Mini 4 seemingly retaining its crown as the best-made mini tablet. Its aluminium body, which is available in gold, space grey and silver, looks stunning, but still provides that reassuringly rugged feel that you expect from an Apple tablet. You just don't get this re-assuredness from plastic tablets, with the iPad Mini 4 blowing them all out of the water.

There are a couple of minor changes here, which I feel are for the better. As was also the case with the Air 2, the iPad Mini 4 no longer has the switch on the side, which could be set to toggle the screen rotation lock or silent mode. However, given that rotation lock is now in the swipe-up Control Centre menu in iOS and you can make the iPad silent by holding the volume down button, the button has now become quite unnecessary; in fact, I didn’t miss it on the iPad Air 2, as is also the case here.

There's also some newly redesigned volume buttons on the side too, so that rather from jutting out from the surface, they now sit inside a little hollow, which is yet again very similar to the button design on the iPad Air 2

Moving from the iPad Mini 2 and 3, the 4th iteration also has slightly different speaker grills at the bottom (one row of holes at the bottom, rather than stacked rows), and the size is now very slightly different: at 203x134x6.1mm the iPad Mini 4 is slightly taller and thinner than the iPad Mini 3 (200x135x7.5mm). During use, I felt that there’s very little difference between the new model and the older models: it’s actually extremely comfortable to hold and use one-handed, as you'd expect.

Display

In use, there wasn't anything particularly wrong with the iPad Mini 2/3’s screen: it was bright and clear. But, put the older iPads next to a tablet with a better display, such as the iPad Air 2 and the differences became much more obvious, with the iPad Mini losing out on colour accuracy and detail in images. The Expert Reviews colour calibration tests sadly reaffirmed this, finding out that the iPad Mini 3 was sadly only capable of displaying 67.1% of the sRGB colour gamut.

This time around, we've now got a brand-new IPS panel with the iPad Mini 4 and the results are somewhat spectacular in comparison. I found that the new display was considerably better than the older version, with the colour calibrator registering that the iPad Mini 4 was capable of producing 94.8% of the sRGB colour gamut. What this means in real terms is that there's more detail in photos and more accurate colours, and I certainly found that the new display was one of the best that I’ve used.

There's been no alteration with the resolution in this year's model, with the new screen maintaining the same 2,048x1,536 resolution of the iPad Mini 3. At a high 324ppi, it means that everything looks extremely sharp. I have to say that this improved screen makes a clear difference to the product and it’s good to see that the one slightly weaker area of previous models has been improved substantially.

Performance and battery life

Up until this point we’ve had two generations of the iPad Mini using the same old A7 chip, but Apple has boosted the iPad Mini 4 with an A8 chip this time around, the same as used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It's worth noting that this is not the A8X chip, as used in the iPad Air 2, which has three cores and greatly improved graphics performance. It’s also not the new A9 chip, as used in the iPhone 6S.

Still, the difference in performance from the previous generation is definitely noteworthy. Running GeekBench 3, which measures processor performance, I found that the iPad Mini 4 scored 1694 in the single-core test and 3058 in the multi-core test; a clear improvement over the 1385 and 2485 respective scores of the iPad Mini 3. That also puts the iPad Mini 4 in good stead against its closest competition, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, which scored 1244 and 4182 - it's higher multi-threaded performance is because it has quad-core processor.

Web performance was also exceptionally good, thanks to the combination of the slickness of Safari, paired with the efficient processor and operating system. Running the PeaceKeeper browser test, we got an exceptionally high score, showing that this tablet can easily cope with any website.

In the GFXBench Manhattan benchmark, the iPad Mini 4 scored 925 running at native resolution and 1330 in the 1080p offscreen test. It shows that it’s more than capable of running any existing game you throw at it. Indeed, firing up Hearthstone, which is surprisingly graphically intense, the iPad Mini 4 ran the game beautifully as you'd expect.

The 5,124mAh battery was also incredibly good at keeping its charge, with the tablet lasting for 10h 43m in our video playback test with the screen set to a brightness of 170cd/m2. That’s a little over an hour more than the iPad Mini 3, which is mostly down to a more efficient OS and processor. It's also the best iOS tablet battery life score I've seen this year, as it beat both the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 in our battery life head-to-head table. It's still got a some way to go before it matches other small compact tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, but it's still pretty good overall.

iOS 9.2

The iPad Mini 4 originally had iOS 9, which brought with it some beautiful optimisations and animations for the diminutive tablet. The biggest introduction at the time, however, was the Split View mode, which allows you to run two apps side-by-side. It instantly makes the iPad Mini feel much more like a productivity tool.

Now, iOS 9.2 has been released and is available on the iPad Mini 4, but it wasn't quite so revolutionary. You do get some useful new apps, however, such as Apple News that brings curated news articles presented in an attractive and easy-to-use manner. Mail Drop, in particular, is also a welcome addition, which lets you attach large files to emails up to 5GB. It works by sending a preview of the attachment to the recipient who will then be able to download the attachment within 30 days.

Camera

The 8-megapixel camera installed in the iPad Mini 4 is up from the 5-megapixel camera in the iPad Mini 3, which certainly means that there’s more detail in our test shots. Outside, I’m pretty impressed with the camera, as my test shots were well exposed with plenty of detail across all parts of the image, from the brightness of the sky to the darker parts in shadow.

Inside and the camera’s limitations start to show up, with noise creeping into the image and colours becoming significantly more muted. It's worth mentioning that there’s no flash on this model, so if it gets too dark you simply won’t be able to take any shots. Given that most people will have a smartphone with them that's not necessarily a problem; what's important is that you can at least take some pretty good shots with this tablet outside when you need to.

There’s the usual range of options we’ve come to expect from Apple devices here, including Panoramas, 1080p video and 120fps slow-motion at a resolution of 1,280x720. Video, as with images, works best outside where there’s lots of natural light, but suffers a little inside from image noise.
TouchID

As with the iPad Mini 3, this new tablet also has the TouchID fingerprint reader, which is becoming a substantially more important part of iOS. For starters, it gives you a quicker way of logging into your iPad, rather than having to type in a six-digit code (the default code length for iOS 9). It's also being used by many more apps too, such as for logging into your Amazon account. Finally, you can use it to authorise Apple Pay payments in-app, which saves having to type your credit card details in.

Storage

There’s no memory card slot, as is normal for Apple, so you need to buy the model with the right amount of storage for you. The entry level model has just 16GB of storage (£319), which isn’t really enough. Next up is the 64GB model (£399), which is the one that most people will buy; at the top is a 128GB version (£479). It’s a shame that 32GB isn’t available as the entry-level option.
Wi-Fi and 4G

As with previous generations, you get a choice of Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi+Cellular models. The first has 802.11ac Wi-Fi for fast wireless connections, which you’ll notice if you’ve got an 802.11ac router and a quick internet connection when you’re downloading apps or large files, such as films. If you pay the extra $100 for the Cellular model, you also get a built-in 4G receiver, so that you can also get online when you like.

You can fit any standard microSIM, although the iPad Mini 4 comes with an Apple SIM built-in. I have to say that this such a brilliant idea, as the Apple SIM can connect to any supporting cellular network, letting you buy the data plan that’s the best value for what you need now, and then letting you change to a different provider later.

Conclusion

After the slightly disappointing iPad Mini 3, Apple is back on form with the iPad Mini 4, which is hands-down the best small tablet that you can buy. If you're looking for a bit of a bargain, the iPad Mini 2 is still available. The screen's not as good, there's no TouchID and it's a little slower, but it's great value at £259 for the 32GB version or £219 for the 16GB. At this late in the year, it might be worth holding out to see what Apple has up its sleeve in its tablet division, where we can expect the new tablets to release around Autumn.

There's also the similar-sized Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, which is the only Android to come close to the iPad Mini 4, although it's a touch slower and the build quality isn't as good. If you're looking for something a little larger, check out our Best Tablet 2016 round-up.

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Apple iPad mini 4 (16GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular, Silver)

200 of 211 people found the following review helpful.
5Best iPad Mini yet
By I Like Stuff
I've really liked the iPad mini from the start but in the beginning they were filled with old parts and the speed and capabilities left a good deal to be desired. As they came along they added better screens, then better processors, then touch id, then more RAM. The iPad Mini 4 is wonderfully compact while offering a fast and powerful tablet with very good battery life. With the new hardware they have enabled true side by side multitasking which may have come late to Apple products but it works great and is a welcome addition.

It is just a great tablet in general. The screen looks amazing and especially compared to older model Mini's. The processor makes everything very quick and snappy. The added RAM makes multitasking and using a bunch of different apps usable and viable. The new rear camera is improved and you can now even take slow motion video with it although I personally never use the cameras on my tablet. One of the best features for me has always been the battery life. I've owned a few different iPad's now and have always been impressed by the battery life. I don't think I've had a single one that gave me under 10 hours of battery life if not a few hours more. This iPad is no different.

Is it the tablet for you? Maybe. If you're in the Apple Ecosystem already, if you are coming from an iPad Mini 1 or 2, if you have an iPhone and want your first tablet, if the price of admission doesn't bother you, then yes. If you're not in the Apple ecosystem and you just want a good tablet, there are definitely other options with similar features. The Nexus tablets have always been very functional and capable at very reasonable prices. The surface tablets are super functional and capable at a range in prices.

What it comes down to is use and what you're using and willing to spend. If you're like me and regularly use a desktop at home and a tablet for travel or for sitting in front of the tv playing games, checking and writing email. looking at pictures, or surfing the internet, then you can't go wrong with this iPad or a comparable Nexus. Even the $50 fire tablet would be a great general use tablet and impossible to beat at that price point. If you use laptops and want to replace it with a tablet pc, then the Surface Pro or even the new Surface Book will nicely fill that roll. The iPad Pro might also do that but the jury is still out on that one.

In general this is a great upgrade for the iPad Mini and it is easy to recommend if the price doesn't bother you.

UPDATE:
Still enjoying the new Mini but wanted to point out that the lock rotation switch has been removed from this version of the mini. I actually found it really convenient to use on the older Mini's whereas now you have to enable and disable it through the OS like you would on the iPhone. Not enough to dock a point for but something worth mentioning.

This is a review of the iPad Mini 4 Space Grey 64GB wifi version and just for the device itself and not from this seller.

88 of 94 people found the following review helpful.
5A perfect collage friend !!!
By Gustavo
I have been using the iPad mini 4 for almost a month, and I don't have any complain with this excellent product. I bought specially for the college for reading books and pdfs and it can't be happier with it, I find that this is the perfect size for reading. It is so light a so thick that you don't even notice that this guy is in you bag!
Here are some pros and cons of the iPad mini 4.

Pros:

- Great build quality.
- Great battery life.
- An amazing display. With anti-glare and the best pixel density of all iPads.
- The best size for reading books, pdf, etc.
- Finger print scanner.
- Absurdly light and thick.
- IOS 9, the best operating system for a table nowadays. Features like Slide view and picture in picture made this IOS perfect.
- Really smooth and powerful.
- 2 GB of RAM.
- Siri, although it is not as good as Google service, it can be really useful some times.

Cons:

- Compare with the iPad air 2 it doesn't came with the A8x chip it came with the A8 chip. But the difference is not noticeable at all.
- Not the same finger print sensor that it came with the new iPhones. This one is a little slower, but nothing to worry about, it takes less than a second to recognize the finger.

Conclusion:
A great Apple tablet, the best build quality, with all the specifications for been a good iPad for some years. I find hard to decided which iPad to buy, if the iPad air 2 or the iPad mini 4, they almost have the same specifications, the main difference is the chip (A8x vs A8), and of course the display size. If I have to give you an advice of which one to buy I would said that the only thing that you have to worry about is the screen size, whether you need a large one of a smaller one. The price and the other specifications are almost the same. And if your are worry about which storage you need i would recommend to go for the 64gb version (the one I bought), because 16gb is insanely small (with the IOS i think that you only have 12 or 10 gb left), and the 128gb version is to big (and expensive too). With the 64 gb version you have 55,8 gb of free storage, this is more than enough for most of the people.

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