The iPad Mini 5 does something that you really do not need.
I liked the iPad mini 4 launched in September 2015, but in recent years experience is not entirely there due to outdated food in the form of Apple A8.
For me, the board was superb for surfing and reading for a perfect size. I think this form factor is still.
Because although the mobile screens have grown after the mini-launch, Apple even has 6.5 "in the stable, so the size of 7.9 is still big enough to deliver added value, even if you are sitting with a mobile phone with over 6 ".
But I was well below the average excitement when I heard that Apple just decided to upgrade the food and started the testing period with dissatisfaction with the design and what looked like a lazy product. So, let's take a look at this first.
Design and price
It's not one big a problem that FaceID is not there, because TouchID is faster on this face recognition – the problem with the home button is that it's a big frame.
Now we are in one year, when not only the big brother on the top of the latest mobile phones is removed, but soon disappears completely. It is therefore great to look at such a product with many frames. Well, the board is small and no frame will cover the content, but it could still be reduced a lot. Of course, I did not keep the breath of a brand new model with a new design, because it lasted four years between 4 and 5 years, but we all have an announcement in life.
Anyway: the model I tested, WiFi version with 256GB, costs (actually 9.7, 7 big cheaper, because there is no A12 chip, but A10) 5990 NOK. It also offers a variant of nano SIM and eSIM of 5990 NOK, but with 128GB storage instead of 256GB.
There's a lot about the 2012 design. Yes, there was little from the outside, but then something happened inside.
Note: this tablet has the same design and battery as its predecessor (which Apple no longer offers).
Among the improvements we find a little better screen, because everything from Pro does not include anything you'll notice right away: faster update of the touch screen. It's silly and reduces the overall experience and makes the touches look a bit slower. Luxury unravel? Joa, but still. This is a luxury product.
I like this
What it has is the sensors that reveal the light or lack of it, around it, and improve the nuance of the environment. This works perfectly and is well implemented, but something in Apple's sturdy 9.7 "iPad Pro 2016.
The color palette is enhanced by adding a "wide color screen" (P3). In other words, there are two improvements that make the screen better.
Now, there's also Bluetooth 5.0 for better sound quality and connectivity. There is no wireless power supply, which is extra stupid, because it is so small that it was not a problem for charging pouches.
However, it's great to take such a lightweight device (300 g) and it's great as an expensive ebook reader (but be sure to turn off the warnings before reading them). In fact, it is best to include the airplane mode and activate the password.
As a fun surfer, this is quite brilliant, and the chip is more than fast enough for new games.
Note: The iPad mini 5 has 3GB of RAM – GB less than Xs and Xs Max.
Faster than Xs Max
With the A12 chip, this is a lot, and iOS is much better on tablets than Android. As usual, you also get a hit for iOS.
And this is still very fun to surf, because the Apple A12 chip is fast. Yes, this is the same piece of the latest iPhone models.
The chip carries a smaller area in these models, but the resolution is larger than the Xs Max total: 2688 x 1242 vs. iPad mini 5 2048x 1536. In any case, the chip is fast enough to drive this 7.9 ".
The battery is really good so that as a notebook if you have a Pencil 1, you're never afraid that the screen goes black before you notice or prepare the finished, set the finished movie (s) and surf tired. The man can not join the screen to display the notebook as the iPad Pro with Pencil 2 (because of the lack of an OLED panel).
Note: 3.5 output is in place, but USB C is missing. It's just for the good, supposedly.
I wrote this review easily on this one. Without a keyboard? No, of course, I do not have much time.
Apple's wireless keyboard combination is comfortable and has a key and low profile (it does not block the content even though it is completely seated on the panel) and the color that fits the iPad. The perfect traveling couple is not, but if you have this tablet in the same place for writing when the inspiration comes, then it's a nice alternative – you save your wallet if you have a Bluetooth keyboard.
However, we want Apple Smart Keyboard that protects from all sides, but mini has no connection to this. Next, next, next, next year?
Note: The iPad mini 5 does not support 2nd Generation Apple Pencil (which connects to the magnetic mount of the new iPad Pro – no magnet at the top), but it also supports the less expensive Crayon on Logitech.
A (longer) conclusion
The iPad mini 5 is a lazy upgrade to a product that I was very happy, but who is now a little slow. iOS 12 made the product much faster, but it's not great use.
As mentioned earlier, the problem is that we are in 2019 and that mobile phones are almost without frames since the beginning of the iPhone X launched in late summer 2017.
So, the product is served at this price, and so much frame, is weird. It does not work out.
Is it so expensive with FaceID? Apple hardly needs to have more work space, because the iPhone gets a frame cut into smaller areas. I have no idea who decided that it would be wise for you to wait for up to four years to build, and when you first do that, just upgrade your food and a little out of the screen?
Because of this, I began to think very negatively. I looked at the design and I saw it for four years, and when I learned that Pencil 2 is not supported, the refresh rate of the panel was not the same as for the Pro models and that the battery is similar in the number of mAh, I did not have expectations such as the iPad mini 5, as I actually did after a few days of much use.
Note: Although Apple itself does not cite mini 5 with fast charging support, this is in place.
But since the battery lasts a little over 10 hours, and because it is very easy to carry and perfect as a pencil laptop.
Chip A12 feels faster this than Xs Max, which is strange because Xs Max has more RAM. I do not know what it is, maybe a bigger battery that can deliver better performance more often than having to go down to conserve battery life? As we have said, the value of mAh is identical to the four, but the A12 chip is more efficient – it's probably iOS 12.2 that previously knows A12. A12 and iOS 12 for this is a great combination.
Apple managed to win earlier, after being first convinced immediately, but this time I came from an extra negative starting point.
It really should not be possible
The fact that Apple can sell such a product while softening our perception while we use it really should not be possible and it would have been impossible if iOS was not so fast and efficient on the small screen.
When I think about it, it's ok to mini-model to run on iOS, while larger Pro models deserve a special padOS, or something like that. What do you think?
If you have 4 and you are very happy, you will also enjoy. If you have never previously had such a small tablet, it's not certain that you should, and if you test it in the store, you may not be saved, it will take some time.
But if you want to read, take notes for surfing, then this is very good. Again: it's faster and surfing this one from Max to X, it's increasingly "snappy" and web pages are opening up faster, and although there's 1GB less RAM, it keeps applications running longer than you can think, including groups with multiple tasks.
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If you are reading books and want to write a bit, this is a great product. There are no other devices in the stable Apple, which are just as good an eBook reader (did everyone move to Audible audio books, or is it just me?).
8 out of 10 is what I'm falling here. I do not know if someone is looking for a new mini-tab or it's owned, I'd like to own or look happy with a mobile phone that can already be over 6 "but can be saved if you first try It's even better surfing experience than any mobile phone.
+ Good performance
+ Very good battery life
+ Still intelligent form factor
+ Support for pencil and cream
+ Upgraded screen
– Outdated design
– LCD panel
– Too many frames – no FaceID
– Do not support ping 2 or Smart Keyboard
– Missing fast touch update like Pro models