Screen size: 8.3 inches
Lester: 0.65 lbs (293g)
Memory: Apple does not disclose
Battery life: Up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing
Storage: 64 GB and 256 GB options
Guarantee: 1 year, extendable with AppleCare
Operating system: iPadOS 15 (iPadOS 16 compatible)
Display: Liquid Retina display with 2266×1488 resolution
CPU: Apple A15 bionic chip
Chart: 5-core GPU
Ports: Thunderbolt/USB 4 port
The 2021 iPad Mini was a device loved by many for its smaller, more portable form factor, but it went without an update for quite some time. Apple has since overhauled it, and the latest model is more capable than ever without sacrificing portability.
It’s not the tablet you’ll necessarily grab to replace your laptop, but it doesn’t have to be. It offers a more portable version of iPadOS and shares the A15 Bionic chip found in the latest iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models, so it’s very powerful. In fact, the 2021 iPad Mini is unlikely to be affected by the new M1-specific features it lacks in iPadOS 16.
Thinner bezels than its predecessor mean it can also hold a better, brighter and bigger screen, while the Apple Pencil functionality also makes it an ideal digital notepad. This therefore makes it one of the best tablets for students and note takers.
iPad Mini 2021 review: Setup and usability
Setup, as with any iPad or iPhone, is very simple: turn on the device, connect to Wi-Fi, and sign in with your Apple ID to get started (or create a new one if you don’t). don’t have an Apple ID).
With the iPad Mini, you’ll also be prompted to set up TouchID using the Sleep/Wake button for added security. Overall, the setup should be completed in five minutes.
iPad Mini 2021 review: Design and specs
The 2021 iPad Mini has finally been aligned, design-wise, with the aesthetics of the iPad Pro and iPad Air. It has flatter sides, thinner bezels, and subtly curved corners on the screen. Color choices include Starlight (which is a kind of off-white), Space Gray, Pink, or Purple.
At first glance, it’s basically a smaller iPad Air that weighs just 0.65 lbs. It’s dominated by the 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, with a 12MP front-facing camera (ideal for video calls) tucked away in the top bezel.
On the side you will find a place to store the Apple Pencil (opens in a new tab) (second generation), with a Sleep/Wake button that doubles as a TouchID fingerprint scanner at the top. There are also speakers on either end which is great for movie and TV sessions. Unlike other iPads, the volume buttons have been moved to the top edge.
At the other end, you’ll find a USB-C port for connecting accessories and for charging.
iPad Mini 2021 review: Features and performance
The iPad Mini, unlike its bigger brothers, doesn’t want to replace your laptop, at least not in the traditional sense.
If you’re looking to write emails, browse social media and read a book or two, it’ll do it without breaking a sweat, but where it really stands out is that its smaller shape makes it ideal for tossing around. in a bag . This Liquid Retina display is ideal for watching movies, while the Apple Pencil (sold separately, but a worthwhile investment here) makes it ideal for jotting down a phone number or writing a to-do list on the go. Definitely ideal for students or professionals who want something easy to carry.
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It almost feels somewhere between a phone and an iPad, and that will be great for many. That means there’s no traditional keyboard attachment, so you may find yourself leaning towards something larger for a tactile typing experience.
Although the iPad Mini ships with iPadOS 15, it won’t get everything on iPadOS 16. Unlike larger iPads, that sounds like a moot point here — what’s the point of having extra multitasking features when your screen is a bit tall? more than 8 inches in size anyway?
It lacks other M1-only features, but the iPad Mini’s A15 Bionic chip is powerful enough to handle demanding games, creative apps, and more.
iPad Mini 2021 review: Price
At $499 / £569, it’s hard to call the 2021 iPad Mini cheap – especially when this model comes with a pretty paltry 64GB of storage. If you’re planning on using the iPad mini as a powerhouse portable rather than as a primary device, maybe that’s not a big deal. However, for the 256GB option, it’s an extra $150, which is a hefty price to pay.
If extra storage isn’t so important to you, we’d suggest picking up the $129/£139 Apple Pencil (opens in a new tab) In place. It feels tailor-made for the iPad Mini, letting you take notes or scribble diagrams on the go.
There’s also a 5G version starting at $649/£749. It’s pricey, but if you’re likely to use your iPad Mini to send emails, messages or calls when you’re away from home, this might be just what you need.
iPad Mini 2021 Review: User Opinions
The 2021 iPad Mini has an impressive 4.8 out of 5 star rating on Amazon (opens in a new tab), with special praise from customers for its display even in difficult lighting conditions. Others have noted how portable it is despite the amount of power on display.
Some have rightly lamented that 64GB is a low amount of storage for the price.
Should you buy the iPad Mini 2021?
Pound for pound, the 2021 iPad Mini is the best small tablet on the market. It’s not cheap, but if you pair it with an Apple Pencil, it’s the best way to take digital notes. Plus, it’s small enough to put in a pocket while still having enough grunt to perform in both work and play.
Even without the Apple Pencil, it’s a remarkable little tablet that looks like a dream for students and anyone who travels often.
If this product is not for you
If you’re looking for a cheaper tablet with a bigger screen, the $329/£369 iPad 2021 is a great alternative, but the screen isn’t quite as sharp and it will only work with Apple’s Apple Pencil. first generation.
The iPad Air, on the other hand, looks like a larger iPad Mini and packs an M1 chip for extra laptop-like functionality, but it’s more expensive, especially if you want to add a keyboard.
Another option would be the Amazon Fire 7 tablet (opens in a new tab): it is small, light and offers up to 10 hours of battery life. Plus, prices start from just $59.99/£59.99! However, there are only 16 and 32 GB of storage options, and Google Play isn’t supported, so you’ll be forced to use Amazon’s Appstore (you’ll still be able to access Zoom and Netflix (opens in a new tab)).