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Apple iPad mini 1 (1st gen 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22670 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the price and performance. The portability and size also get good comments. There are some mixed comments about the storage.

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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 1 (1st gen 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Luke Johnson (

iPad mini


Update: Five months on and Apple's first 7-inch tablet is still leading the way.

Stunning brushed metal design ; Strong battery life ; Simply, intuitive UI

Low-res screen ; More expensive than competition ; No boxed headphones or dock adaptor

Also, as visually appealing as the slim, brushed metal, flat backed design is, it does have a slight cost in terms of practicality. With little area to gain a finger hold, it can prove irritatingly difficult to pick the iPad mini up off of a hard flat...

Jun, 2014

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iPad Mini review


Can the premium-priced Apple iPad Mini take the tiny tablet crown?

4:3 screen ratio ; Battery Life ; Weight

Lower res screen than rivals ; Price ; No headphones included

Mar, 2013

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Apple iPad Mini


You have to pay a premium, but the iPad Mini feels and performs as it should

Beautiful build quality ; Fantastic feel ; Great screen ; Great with video ; Entertaining with music ; Easy to use

Pricey ; No expandable memory ; Cable and cover accessories all add up

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Apple iPad mini


Is it a small iPad or a big iPhone or is the iPad mini a device that forges a whole new market for Apple? They're legitimate questions, but the truth is, it's all of the above. The iPad mini is the new iPad to lust after. It's a lot more manageable. It...

More portable, still a big screen, light, great for gaming, less chunky

Screen resolution, 4G won't work on Vodafone or O2, old processor

The iPad mini is the new iPad to lust after. It's a lot more manageable. It a lot more kid-friendly, it's a lot more game-friendly. It is a lot more "you" friendly.

Nov, 2012

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Apple iPad Mini review


Can Apple's not-quite-8-incher take the fight to Google's cheaper Nexus 7 offering? We find out in our review of the tiniest iPad yet.

Like the iPad, but easier to handle ; Beautifully built ; Battery life is impressive

No Retina Display means a lack of detail ; Expensive compared to the Nexus 7

Small and light enough to take everywhere but big and clever enough to be considered a full-blooded tablet, the iPad Mini provides a near-perfect balance – for a price

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (

iPad mini review


The original iPad mini is still good, apart from that screen

Superb design ; Great battery ; Extremely light and portable

Smaller touch targets ; Higher price than competition ; Low-res screen

The iPad mini ushered in a major change for Apple and aside from the slightly disappointing screen we loved this tablet. It's now been usurped by the iPad mini 2 with Retina display, so it's really only there for those on a budget.

May, 2015

Expert review by : Matt Egan (

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact vs iPad Mini with Retina Display comparison


Sony has revealed that the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be launching this autumn with a price tag of £329 inc VAT. The iPad Mini with Retina Display is, of course, widely available in the UK, ranging upwards in price from £399 inc VAT. It's worth...

Considering that it is last year's product, the iPad mini with Retina Display is hanging in there. We prefer the Sony, principally because it is more powerful, thinner and lighter, has a better camera and - glory be - it's cheaper. But the iPad mini...

Sep, 2014

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Expert review by : Jim Martin (

iPad mini review


Smaller than an iPad, but quite a bit bigger than an iPod touch, the iPad mini is a tablet that will fit in your handbag, but lets you do pretty much everything the 9.7-inch iPad can do.

The iPad mini is a premium small tablet, with a price to match. It's a shame Apple couldn't have included a Retina screen and newer processor - expect the iPad mini 2 to get those updates when it launches later this year. This Wi-Fi only model also...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Tom Morgan (

Apple iPad Mini review


The display's resolution may not have the full-size iPad's wow factor, but this is still an excellent compact tablet

May, 2013

Expert review by : Alex Todd (

Apple iPad Mini Review: In Depth


The iPad Mini is the fifth generation iPad and the first to deviate from the 9.7-inch screen size, with it's 7-inch screen. The 7-inch tablet...

Intuitive UI suitable for first tablets

No Retina display

Nov, 2012

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