iPad Mini 4

The Good Compact size, vivid display, works with split-screen apps in iOS 9. Basically, a shrunken-down iPad Air 2. Perfect hand feel for vacations.

The Bad Price is high for an 8-inch tablet. Slower graphics mean some apps and games don't feel as zippy. Small screen makes for cramped typing and multitasking.

The Bottom Line Unless you're absolutely in love with the iPad Mini 4's smaller size, opt for the faster, larger, identically priced, and still pretty portable iPad Air 2.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.8 Overall

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Apple iPad Mini 4 (gold, 128GB)
iPad Mini 4
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Review

When a tinier iPad isn't always the better iPad

Editors' note, June 8, 2017: At its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple unveiled a new iPad Pro. Starting at $649, £619 and A$949, the new model packs a a bigger screen -- a 10.5-inch Retina display -- into a footprint similar to that of the cheaper 9.7-inch model Apple debuted a few months ago. The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro also comes equipped with a more powerful processor, higher-quality cameras, and, when it debuts in the fall, iOS 11 -- upgrades that are also coming to the 12.9-inch iPad Prowhich starts at $799, £679 or AU$1,249

Last refreshed in March 2017, Apple's thinnest and lightest iPad, the Mini 4, now comes equipped with 128GB of storage capacity, a terrific display, solid performance, and a resilient battery. But, starting at $399, £419 and AU$579 for the Wi-Fi model and $529, £549 and AU$779 for the Wi-Fi and cellular edition, it's considerably more expensive than the newer full-size iPad, which starts at $329, £339 and AU$469 and features a faster processor and larger display.

The iPad Mini 4 review, published in July 2016, follows.

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Specs / Prices

  • Typical Price $0
  • Brand Apple
  • Diagonal Size 7.9 in
  • Installed Size 128 GB
  • Type Apple iOS 11
  • Weight 298.8 g
  • Colour Category gold
  • Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
  • Monitor Features Retina display, anti-fingerprint, anti-glare, fully laminated display
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