8.5/10
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The Apple iPad Mini (2019) currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 41 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

If you’re looking for a smaller tablet, reviewers loved the iPad Mini (2019). It’s ultra-portable, powerful, and affordable. You can’t ask for much more.

What's good

  • Price
  • 1st Generation Apple Pen support
  • Excellent performance
  • Plenty of storage
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

What's bad

  • No storage expansion options
  • Older-looking design
  • No Face ID
  • So-so cameras

It’s been nearly 4 years since the last iPad Mini model update. With their latest release, Apple looks to bring their ultra-portable small tablet into a more modern era -- even if you can’t tell by looking at it. But with tablet and phone sizes increasing by the year, is a tiny tablet still worth buying? Reviewers are weighing in on Apple’s latest release. Let’s see what they’re saying...

Design

If you’ve seen the Apple iPad Mini 4 from 2015, you’ve seen the iPad Mini (2019). In fact, a few reviewers mentioned getting confused between the two when comparing them.

This means you’ll find the chunkier bezels and chins of Apple’s older devices and a Touch ID sensor on the front instead of Face ID authentication.

While some reviewers wanted a more modern design, most were happy with the older format by the end of their reviews.

Phone Arena appreciated the older design because of the tablet’s smaller size, noting, “... we find that holding it, as is, can be tough to avoid accidentally touching the display, so the bezels are perfectly OK with us.

At just 8 inches by 5.3 inches by 0.24 inches, this tablet bucks current trends of huge displays to offer a near pocket-friendly option for enjoying your favorite apps and media on the go or at home.

Display

Around front, you’ll find a 7.9-inch, 2048-by-1536 pixel display with a pixel density of 326 PPI. While the screen looks similar to earlier models, that’s not a bad thing. Apple still cranks out some of the best displays on the market.

The new model also supports a wider DCI-P3 color range and True Tone technology for color-sensitive tasks such as photo editing. And screen lamination and an anti-glare treatment make reading easier in bright environments.

Overall, reviews indicate the tablet offers a flexible, beautiful viewing experience whether you’re at the park or cozy in bed.

Engadget says, “... The display looks as punchy and accurate as possible no matter the lighting conditions. While I'd appreciate if this screen were a little brighter -- the iPhone XS series has the clear edge here -- this is still the best the mini's display has ever looked.

Performance

This is the area where updates are most obvious. The tablet features an A12 Bionic processor with an M12 coprocessor and Neural Engine -- the same setup used in the iPhone XS and XR. Paired with 3GB of RAM, reviewers had no issues with sluggishness or crashing.

Whether you’re looking to edit video or watch Netflix, the iPad Mini (2019) has it covered.

Phone Arena found performance stellar, saying, “The A12 Bionic chip powering the iPad Mini is the best mobile processor in the game right now and it makes short work of any task on the mini.

Software

The tablet runs iOS 12.2 and is sure to receive updates for years to come. Reviewers found gesture commands slightly awkward but otherwise loved the multitasking features and general layout of the interface.

Storage

The baseline iPad model includes 64GB. But there are no expandable storage options. So if you think you might need more room, upgrading to the 256GB will provide extra flexibility.

Cameras

Like most tablets, the iPad Mini (2019) focuses more on quick snapshots and video chats with their cameras. You’ll find an 8MP rear camera and a 7MP front-facing lens.

In good lighting, they can capture clear pictures -- though shots lack detail compared to many smartphones. Low-light shots are predictably noisy and dim though. So plan to stick to your phone or point-and-shoot for most photography.

Engadget sums up opinions regarding the cameras well, saying, “... they just might be the least thrilling things about this new mini.

Battery Life

Apple is always tight-lipped about battery specifics. However, they state the iPad Mini (2019) can reach 10 hours of use on a charge. Reviews show Apple’s estimate is accurate. However, a full recharge requires a whopping 4 hours.

Also, the tablet doesn’t use USB-C. Instead, Apple kept their older Lightning connection. So charging nightly is the best way to avoid needing to carry an extra cord or charger to keep your iPad topped off.

ZD Net praised the tablet’s endurance, saying, “The battery easily lasts me a full day, which includes my 1.5-hour train commute and full work day in the office.

Audio

Overall, audio performance impressed reviewers. The down-facing stereo speakers offered well-rounded sound with more bass response than most phones and plenty of volume.

There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening or better immersion and Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting your wireless headphones or headset.

Accessories

The latest release brings 1st Generation Apple Pencil support to the iPad Mini. While the smaller screen makes the tablet less than ideal for larger art or graphics work, reviewers found the tablet perfect for taking notes.

The laminated display also provided a more “paper-like” writing experience for those who found earlier Apple Pencil devices odd to use.

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The Takeaway

Reviews for the iPad Mini (2019) are very positive. The only complaints centered on the older design. Still, Apple’s build quality is some of the best available. So while the device might not look as modern as the latest iPad Pros, it still offers a premium experience.

Mac World says, “The iPad Mini is the best small tablet you can get. I like that it’s unabashedly a tablet at a time when Apple is encouraging all kinds of conversations about whether iPad Pros can replace traditional laptops.

Stuff calls the iPad Mini (2019) “the best small tablet money can buy, with an excellent mix of portability, power, and apps.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
7.9"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


T3

Originally, the iPad mini was a small, cheap games and media machine – ideal for kids or a bit of sofa browsing. Limited versatility from the screen size wasn’t a problem, especially before iOS had proper multitasking. This new version has hardware geared up to do so much more, but the limits of the...

- Matthew Bolton, T3
Tech.Co

The Mini justifies its place back at the table as not just one of the best iPads available, but one of the best tablets, period. Its diminutive size gives it a unique selling point, making it ideal for those who want a portable tablet that won’t take up too much space, and yet doesn’t compromise on...

- Jack Turner, Tech.Co
The Canadian Techie

The new iPad is a great device that is pretty pricey for a small tablet, considering Apple also offers its iPad (2018) for about $100 less than the starting price of the iPad Mini (2019) but at least Apple is offering improved performance, Apple Pencil support, bigger storage and their True Tone dis...

- Sachin Bahal, The Canadian Techie
Mirror

That's a lot more than a reporter's pad, admittedly, but it's a pretty fair price for the amount of powerful technology Apple has packed into a small package.

- Sophie Curtis, Mirror
The Verge

The 2019 iPad mini is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone. I might have preferred a more ambitious redesign, sure, but what’s here is hard to criticize. It’s never less than a delight to use, it’s the only good product in its category, and it’s earned a permanent spot in my tote bag...

- Sam Byford, The Verge


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Screen Size
7.9"

The Apple iPad Mini (2019)'s screen size is 7.9 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm) Hexa-core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS 12 operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 7+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
19.1WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 19.1 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad Mini (2019) Specs

Overview
Release date March 18, 2019
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 12

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Processor Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm) Hexa-core 2.5 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 19.1 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 9 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.32 x 13.48 x 0.61 cm (8 x 5.3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 300.5 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 7.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Wide color display (P3), True Tone display, Antireflective coating
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging IM
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.4
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
7+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Multi-shot, Self-timer, Aperture F2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5th Generation

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Critic Reviews


T3

A tiny creative powerhouse

from T3

Originally, the iPad mini was a small, cheap games and media machine – ideal for kids or a bit of sofa browsing. Limited versatility from the screen size wasn’t a problem, especially before iOS had proper multitasking. This new version has hardware geared up to do so much more, but the limits...More

Originally, the iPad mini was a small, cheap games and media machine – ideal for kids or a bit of sofa browsing. Limited versatility from the screen size wasn’t a problem, especially before iOS had proper multitasking. This new version has hardware geared up to do so much more, but the limits of the screen size are still here. It’s such a capable machine, and if you find yourself shrugging indifferently every time we mention split-screen multitasking or productivity, it could be the perfect tablet for you.

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Tech.Co

Small but powerful

from Tech.Co

The Mini justifies its place back at the table as not just one of the best iPads available, but one of the best tablets, period. Its diminutive size gives it a unique selling point, making it ideal for those who want a portable tablet that won’t take up too much space, and yet doesn’t compromise on specs.

Read full review

The Mini justifies its place back at the table as not just one of the best iPads available, but one of the best tablets, period. Its diminutive size gives it a unique selling point, making it ideal for those who want a portable tablet that won’t take up too much space, and yet doesn’t compromise on specs.

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The Canadian Techie

A great device apart from a few issues

from The Canadian Techie

The new iPad is a great device that is pretty pricey for a small tablet, considering Apple also offers its iPad (2018) for about $100 less than the starting price of the iPad Mini (2019) but at least Apple is offering improved performance, Apple Pencil support, bigger storage and their True Tone display technology.

Read full review

The new iPad is a great device that is pretty pricey for a small tablet, considering Apple also offers its iPad (2018) for about $100 less than the starting price of the iPad Mini (2019) but at least Apple is offering improved performance, Apple Pencil support, bigger storage and their True Tone display technology.

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Mirror

A reporter's notebook for the digital generation

from Mirror

That's a lot more than a reporter's pad, admittedly, but it's a pretty fair price for the amount of powerful technology Apple has packed into a small package.

Read full review

That's a lot more than a reporter's pad, admittedly, but it's a pretty fair price for the amount of powerful technology Apple has packed into a small package.

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The Verge

A wonderful product without parallel

from The Verge

The 2019 iPad mini is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone. I might have preferred a more ambitious redesign, sure, but what’s here is hard to criticize. It’s never less than a delight to use, it’s the only good product in its category, and it’s earned a permanent spot in my tote bag.

Read full review

The 2019 iPad mini is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone. I might have preferred a more ambitious redesign, sure, but what’s here is hard to criticize. It’s never less than a delight to use, it’s the only good product in its category, and it’s earned a permanent spot in my tote bag.

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NDTV

Excellent form factor meets top-notch hardware

from NDTV

The iPad mini (2019) is a fantastic tablet overall. It's definitely not geared towards heavy productivity-oriented use, but it's almost perfect for casual use. Its form factor is perfect for commutes or travelling, and it's got really powerful hardware so performance and battery life are excellen...More

The iPad mini (2019) is a fantastic tablet overall. It's definitely not geared towards heavy productivity-oriented use, but it's almost perfect for casual use. Its form factor is perfect for commutes or travelling, and it's got really powerful hardware so performance and battery life are excellent as well. The design is pretty outdated at this point but we don't think that's going to a dealbreaker for anyone.

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The Inquirer

The small slate is back and (barely) better than ever

from The Inquirer

Though Apple has done the bare minimum to update the iPad mini, it remains a lovely device and perhaps the last hurrah for small tablets before foldable phones iron out their display wrinkles and potentially render such tablets redundant.

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Though Apple has done the bare minimum to update the iPad mini, it remains a lovely device and perhaps the last hurrah for small tablets before foldable phones iron out their display wrinkles and potentially render such tablets redundant.

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Pickr

The best small tablet

from Pickr

It won’t be for everyone, but the 2019 Apple iPad Mini makes a case for itself by being itty-bitty and brilliant, offering a tiny tablet that is sized perfectly and performs as well as anything else Apple makes, to let you take the web, content, games, and anything else to go. Yes, it costs a l...More

It won’t be for everyone, but the 2019 Apple iPad Mini makes a case for itself by being itty-bitty and brilliant, offering a tiny tablet that is sized perfectly and performs as well as anything else Apple makes, to let you take the web, content, games, and anything else to go. Yes, it costs a little more than you might otherwise expect, especially when its big brother is a little less expensive for something very similar but if you value size above all, Apple’s 2019 iPad Mini is for you. Highly recommended.

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News18

An iPad that has no competition, except from your smartphone

from News18

There are no rivals for the iPad Mini—think about it, you will struggle to name one rival that comes even remotely close in terms of the performance or the slickness of iOS. This definitely is a compact and ultraportable tablet that is great at a variety of usage scenarios and is at par in terms of performance with the bigger iPads.

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There are no rivals for the iPad Mini—think about it, you will struggle to name one rival that comes even remotely close in terms of the performance or the slickness of iOS. This definitely is a compact and ultraportable tablet that is great at a variety of usage scenarios and is at par in terms of performance with the bigger iPads.

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TrustedReviews

Slick, small and a pleasure to use

from TrustedReviews

The iPad Mini 5 is excellent for the purpose for which it's designed. This isn’t a productivity beast, nor is it attempting to replace your laptop; it’s a super-fast tablet that will slip easily into your bag and act as an incredible gaming and video-viewing machine.

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The iPad Mini 5 is excellent for the purpose for which it's designed. This isn’t a productivity beast, nor is it attempting to replace your laptop; it’s a super-fast tablet that will slip easily into your bag and act as an incredible gaming and video-viewing machine.

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