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Apple iPad mini 3 (Late 2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6658 reviews of Apple iPad mini 3 (Late 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and portability. The size and performance are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple iPad mini 3 (Late 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Apple iPad mini 3 review

 

It's almost a case of déjà vu with the iPad mini 3, but despite its lack of any real update, it's still the 8in tablet to be reckoned with

Superb screen Good colour balance Rhythmic sound Strong app selection Premium design ‘Touch ID

Very similar spec to last year

iPad Air 2 (left) next to the mini 3

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (t3.com)

iPad mini 3 review

 

A ‘new' tablet with a distinct lack of upgrades

Sleek design ; Good app access ; Touch ID for security

Too similar to mini 2 ; Pricey compared to last year ; Not as powerful as Air 2

Oct, 2014

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Apple iPad Mini 3 review

 

Touch ID and identical specs mean the iPad Mini 3 is technically the best small Apple tablet. But is it worth the extra £80?

The best small tablet experience ; Touch ID for unlock and iTunes ; Gorgeous build, stunning Retina screen ; All-day battery life

The Mini 2 is now much better value ; No spec bumps like the iPad Air 2 ; Non expandable, no 32GB ; Slightly inferior colours next to Air 2

The Mini 3 is futureproof thanks to fingerprint scanning but makes the iPad Mini 2 too much of a bargain to ignore

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple iPad mini 3 review: A tablet that struggles to find its place

 

When the iPad mini with Retina display launched alongside the iPad Air in 2013 the biggest choice you had to worry about was whether or not you wanted a 7.9-inch or a 9.7-inch screen. The message from Apple was clear: you get the same power either way....

Great size, good screen, TouchID integrated

Same as last year, iPad mini 2 offers far better value for money

Put simply the iPad mini 3 demands an extra £80 for TouchID and the option to choose the gold colour finish. That's a significant premium over the iPad mini 2, which is the better buy. If you like the idea of the iPad mini's sub-8-inch screen size then...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Apple iPad mini 3 adds Touch ID, but makes the old model more appealing (hands-on) - Pocket-lint

 

The iPad mini 3 saw itself updated at Apple's special event. But where the iPad Air 2 got plenty of investigation, the "new" iPad mini 3 was skirted over

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

iPad mini 3 review

 

If you aren't desperate for Touch ID, this tablet offers very little

Still well-designed ; Slick OS ; Touch ID is more secure

Too much like the mini 2 ; Overpriced compared to last year ; No real upgrades

This is last year's tablet with Touch ID and a new colour - as we don't know how quickly Apple Pay is going to spread, it's hard to find a reason to recommend this tablet.

Aug, 2015

Expert Reviews Best Buy

Expert review by : Thomas McMullan (expertreviews.co.uk)

iPad Mini 3 review: Gone and mostly forgotten

 

The iPad Mini 3 was a good tablet, but has been superseded by the iPad Mini 4

If you're looking for an equally well-made alternative then check out the Nokia N1, though this Android tablet is only available via grey import at present. Also check out our Best Tablets article for other top picks and a buying guide.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Ashleigh Allsopp (techadvisor.co.uk)

Apple iPad mini 3 video review - and why we could have used last year's iPad mini 2 footage

 

A less popular 'upgrade' may be the removal of the middle-ground 32 gig capacity. We'd rather Apple had dropped the 16 gig capacity and start at 32, since 16 gig really isn't enough these days, especially as the usable space out of the box is more like...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Jim Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Apple iPad mini 3 review

 

Little brother in the world's most popular tablet family, a new iPad mini was announced at Apple's 16th October event, now in Mk 3 guise.Here's our review of the iPad mini 3. See also: iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2 comparison.

The iPad mini 3 is a great tablet in almost every way, and if that verdict sounds familiar, it's because that was our conclusion about the iPad mini 2. Apart from the Touch ID fingerprint reader and the option of a gold-coloured back, there's no...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Apple iPad Mini 3 Review: In Depth

 

We review the Apple iPad Mini 3, the gold-tinted tiny tab rocking TouchID.Apple's iPad Mini 3 reveal felt a little half-arsed at best, taking up around 27 seconds of the launch event where we also saw…

Still great, now with more storage options and Touch ID

You should save your cash and get the iPad Mini 2

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Frequency range:20 - 20000
Number of built-in speakers:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):23.8
Battery life (max):10
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Browsing time (3G):9
Browsing time (4G):9
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):10
Continuous audio playback time:10
Continuous video playback time:10

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:3
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Video capturing speed:30
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p, 720p / 1080p,720p / 720p,1080p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes

Design

Colour of product:Gold / Grey / Silver / White
Device Type:Mini tablet
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Form factor:Slate
Kids tablet: No
Product colour:Gold / Grey / Silver / White

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Display diagonal:20.1
Display Resolution:2048 x 1536
Display Technology:IPS
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Media formats

Archive formats supported:Zip
Audio formats supported:AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC,DOCX,HTM,HTML,ICS,KEY,PDF,PPT,PPTX,RTF,TXT,VCF,XLS,XLSX / DOC,DOCX,HTM,HTML,KEY,PDF,PPT,PPTX,RTF,TXT,VCF,XLS,XLSX
Image formats supported:GIF,JPG,TIF
Video compression formats:H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4

Memory

Internal Memory:1

Messaging

E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
T9 text input:N / No

Networking

2G:Y / Yes
2G standards:EDGE, GSM / EDGE,GSM
3G:N / No / Y / Yes
3G standards:CDMA, HSPA, HSPA+, WCDMA / CDMA,HSPA,HSPA+,WCDMA / EVDO, HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA+, UMTS / EVDO,HSDPA,HSPA,HSPA+,UMTS
4G:N / No / Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
AirPlay:Y / Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n / Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-fi Standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45

Other features

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
SIM card support:N / No / Y / Yes
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 16 / 64
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:Lightning
Keyboard Included:N
Keyboard supplied:N / No

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Archive formats supported:Zip
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y / Yes
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N / No
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF,JPG,TIF
Mac operating systems supported:Y / Yes
Position location:N / No
Video compression formats:H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4
Windows operating systems supported:Y / Yes

Phone features

Video call:Y / Yes
Voice call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:Y / Yes
Lightning connector:Y / Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No

Power

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes

Processor

Co-processor:M7
Coprocessor:Y / Yes
Coprocessor model:M7
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Apple
Processor frequency:1.3
Processor Model:A7

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:N / No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No

Security

Fingerprint Reader:Y

Software

Bundled software:AirDrop, AirPlay, Control Center, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive, iTunes Radio, Multitasking, Notification Center, QuickType keyboard, Siri, Spotlight Search, Camera, Photos, Messages, FaceTime, Mail, Music, Safari, Maps, Siri, Calendar, iTunes Store, App Store, Notes, Contacts, iBooks, Game Center, Reminders, Clock, Videos, Newsstand, Photo Booth, Podcasts, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, GarageBand, iTunes U, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, Apple Store, Trailers, Remote / FaceTime, Safari, Siri, iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, Game Center, Photo Booth / FaceTime\nSafari\nSiri\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nGame Center\nPhoto Booth / Safari\niBooks\nFaceTime\niTunes Store\nSiri\nPhoto Booth\nGame Center
Mac operating systems supported:Y
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating System Version:8
Platform:iOS
Windows operating systems supported:Y

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:128 / 16 / 64
Storage Media:Flash

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.5
Height :20 / 200
Weight:331 / 341
Width:13.5 / 134.7