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Apple 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver)

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Apple 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver)

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  • 7.9" LED Multi-Touch IPS Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Native Resolution
  • Dual-Core Apple A7 CPU with M7 Chip
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Smaller Form Factor
  • iOS and iCloud for Functionality
  • Front 1.2-Megapixel FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 5-Megapixel iSight Camera
  • Lightning Connector, AirPlay Mirroring
  • Gyro, Accelerator, Ambient Light Sensor
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The 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display from Apple has a smaller form factor than its big brother, the iPad Air. The iPad mini 2 is just 7.5mm thin and weighs less than 1 pound. Its smaller form factor makes it easier to hold in one hand. The iPad mini 2 comes in a silver finish.

The 7.9" Retina Display makes its debut on the iPad mini 2, maintaining its enormous 2048 x 1536 native resolution. At 326 pixels per inch, the Retina Display can show up to 3.1 million pixels at a time. The Retina Display is also a capacitive touchscreen so you'll be able to utilize all the multi-touch gestures of iOS 7.

While the iPad mini 2 may have a smaller form factor than the iPad Air, it still has the same dual-core A7 chip. Apple introduces the 64-bit architecture with the A7 chip, allowing for more robust and powerful apps. In fact, the A7 chip runs four times faster than the previous generation iPad mini. Also, the A7 chip supports OpenGL ES version 3.0 so the iPad mini 2 can enable detailed graphics and visual effects once only possible on desktop computers and game consoles.

The A7 chip is accompanied by the M7 coprocessor, which measures the motion of the iPad mini 2. By pulling data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass, it lightens the load of the A7 chip. This frees up the A7 chip to focus on processing multiple tasks and maintaining fast performance. The iPad mini 2 may have the Retina Display, but it still manages to maintain its 10-hour battery life. That's because the A7 chip isn't just more powerful, it's also more efficient.

The iPad mini 2 comes with iOS 7. Apple refined the typography, redrew every icon around a new grid system, and added a precise color palette for a minimalist design. iOS 7 also introduces features, such as the Control Center. The Control Center can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and grants you access to the most common setting options, such as Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Airplay and even a flashlight. iOS 7 also introduces iTunes Radio (only available in the United States), a music streaming service from Apple. You can build your own stations and listen to your favorite songs. You can also view the history of everything you've heard and added to your Wish List and then download them off iTunes.

With iCloud, you can sync your iPad mini 2 to your other iOS devices and Mac computers. Push photos, download apps and continue from where you left off in iBooks with iCloud. iCloud also offers cloud storage so you can back up your contacts, photos and important documents to Apple's cloud servers. You can restore your iPad mini 2 to a previous state using iCloud.

Retina Display
The Retina Display provides 4 times more pixels and 44% greater color saturation than the iPad 2. Within the 7.9" LED-backlit touchscreen, the 2048 x 1536 native resolution render text and images at 326 pixels per inch and a total of over 3.1 million pixels. The display also features a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating for increased resolution during use
Dual-Core A7 Chip
Thanks to the A7 chip, apps run faster on the iPad mini 2. Games are more responsive and everything you do with the iPad mini 2 feels quicker. It's up to four times quicker than the previous-generation iPad mini 2. It also supports OpenGL ES version 3.0, enabling detailed graphics and visual effects once only possible on desktop computers and game consoles. And the A7 chip features 64-bit architecture, opening the door for even more robust and powerful apps
M7 Coprocessor
The iPad mini 2 was designed to be on the move. That's why the M7 coprocessor measures motion from your iPad mini 2 by pulling data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. This allows your apps to give you a better experience based on the movement of your iPad mini 2. It's a task that would normally fall to the A7 chip. But M7 is more efficient at it, which saves on power and opens up the A7 chip to focus on other tasks
Battery Life
The iPad mini 2 may be faster and more powerful, but it's not more power hungry. Even though it's four times faster than the previous generation iPad mini 2, it still gives you the same 10-hour battery life. That's because the A7 chip isn't just more powerful, but utilizes low voltage to be more efficient
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
With twice the Wi-Fi performance, thanks to two antennas and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology, the iPad mini 2 can reach download speeds of up to 300 Mbps. With dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi and MIMO, that's double the data rate of the previous-generation iPad mini 2. So now when you want to download a movie, share photos or documents with AirDrop, or just browse the web, your connection is even faster than before
FaceTime HD Camera
Sometimes it's nice to put a face to the conversation. And with FaceTime video calls on the iPad mini 2, your conversations look better than before. Make a video call over Wi-Fi or cellular and see (or show) every expression on the beautiful display. Now the FaceTime HD camera features a next-generation backside illumination sensor with larger pixels, which brightens up all your FaceTime chats, selfies, and group Photo Booth shots, even in low-light situations
5-Megapixel iSight Camera
The 5-megapixel iSight camera on iPad mini 2 was designed to help you capture all of life's moments at a moment's notice. Use the Retina display as an easy viewfinder to frame the perfect shot. Quickly swipe between capturing stills or 1080p Full HD video. Every time you shoot, the image signal processor in the A7 chip works with the camera to make a ton of adjustments and deliver a great picture or video automatically
iOS 7
Apple has refined the typography, redrawn every icon around a new grid system, and added a precise color palette for a minimalist design with iOS 7. iOS 7 improves and adds features to the iPad mini 2. The Control Center is where you have access to the most common setting options like Airplane Mode, volume, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Camera, AirPlay and more. iOS 7 also introduces AirDrop, where you can share photos, videos, and contacts from any app with a Share button. iOS 7 also introduces iTunes Radio (only available in the US), which lets you build your own stations and listen to your favorite songs. You can also view the history of everything you've heard and added to your Wish List and then download them off iTunes
iCloud
iCloud functions as a wireless service for you to keep all of your iOS & Mac devices in sync. You can also backup content to iCloud and restore to a previous backup from iCloud as well
Siri
Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, check the latest scores, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean and even talks back
AirPlay
AirPlay functions off of the wireless capabilities of the iPad mini 2 and allows you to seamlessly watch or listen to your content on your HDTV. When connected to the same wireless network, content can be controlled from the iPad mini 2 and ported through or watched on auxiliary devices
Audio Playback
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit
  • Video Formats Supported
    H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
    Language Support
    English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
    Keyboard & Dictionary Support
    English (U.S.), English (Australian), English (Canadian), English (UK), Chinese - Simplified (Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke), Chinese - Traditional (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin, Cangjie, Stroke), French, French (Canadian), French (Switzerland), German (Germany), German (Switzerland), Italian, Japanese (Romaji, Kana), Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Emoji, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic/Latin), Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
    Siri
    English (U.S., UK, Canada, Australia), Spanish (U.S., Mexico, Spain), French (France, Canada, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong)
    Viewable Document Types
    .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
    Accessibility
    VoiceOver screen reader, Guided Access, Switch Control, support for playback of closed-captioned content, AssistiveTouch, full-screen zoom magnification, larger type, bold text, increase contrast, reduce motion, on/off labels, invert colors, left/right volume adjustment
    Built-in Apps
    Safari, Mail, iBooks, Photos, Maps, FaceTime, Newsstand, Messages, iTunes Store, App Store, Calendar, Music, Videos, Siri, Reminders, Contacts, Camera, Notes, Photo Booth, Clock, Game Center
    Free Apps from Apple
    Available for free from the App Store:

    iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iTunes U, Podcasts, Find My Phone, Find My Friends, Remote, iTunes Trailers
    Performance
    Operating System iOS 7
    Processor Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
    Storage Flash 32 GB
    Display
    Type Capacitive
    Size 7.9"
    Backlight LED
    Native Resolution 2048 x 1536
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 1x Lightning
    Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
    2x Integrated Microphone
    1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone
    Flash Media Slot None
    Communications
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
    Bluetooth Bluetooth  4.0 + HS
    NFC No
    Mobile Broadband None
    Camera Front: 1.2 MP
    Back: 5.0 MP
    General
    Battery Built-In Lithium-Polymer Providing up to 10 Hours per Charge (23.8 Wh)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.3 x 7.8 x 0.3" / 13.5 x 19.8 x 0.8 cm
    Weight .73 lb / .33 kg
    Apple 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver)
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Apple32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver)
     
    4.9

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Bright (5)
    • Easy to set up (5)
    • Good power output (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Email (5)
      • Upgrade (5)
      • Color photos (4)
      • Web browsing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (7), Frequent user (5), Heavy duty user (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (12)
        • Tablet Construction:
        • Feels sturdy (3)
        • Usability:
        • Simple enough (3)

      Reviewed by 28 customers

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      5.0

      Great camera accessory

      By Bmwpr

      from Suffolk, VA

      Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

      Use it for display pictures to future clients. Perfect size, not too big not too small.

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      5.0

      Amazing Product

      By David

      from Winston Salem NC

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright
      • Doesn't Jam
      • Sharp Tones & Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

          Very nice screen, fast

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Great Size

          By Elizabeth

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Email
              • Games
              • Ibooks

              Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

              I bought this to replace my 1st generation iPad. I love the smaller size of the mini. It's great for reading, email, Facebook, etc. I don't miss the larger sized screen at all.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Fantastic Tablet!

              By Alex

              from Kuna, Idaho

              Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

              I had a nexus 7 which was limping, lagging, and even had a dead pixel. I did like it very much but this tablet is a huge step up for me! The display size is perfect, not too big and not too small. I love the iOS 8 experience a lot more than the Android OS. Though the colors could be a bit better, and they should add another speaker, I would still highly recommend it!

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              5.0

              Excellent tool

              By tokounou

              from New york city

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright
              • Doesn't Jam
              • Durable
              • Good Value
              • Sharp Tones & Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Color Photos

                Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                Great for photos, emails and writing notes. Crisp and fast.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                I Pad mini retina review

                By Grietje

                from Redlands

                Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                I bought this I pad as an upgrade for the Ipad mini 1.
                This is a huge hardware upgrade. Much better processor, Retina screen.
                It is like an Ipad mini 3 without the fingerprint scanner.
                I found it not worth spending the extra money on the Ipad mini 3.

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                5.0

                Works perfectly.

                By al

                from sf

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                Great service, fast delivery. Product works exactly as you expect.

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                5.0

                Perfect

                By Justicia11

                from Iowa

                Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                Love the product. It looks crisp and beautiful. Customer service was wonderful and extremely helpful.

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                5.0

                Easy to use

                By vandes

                from SC

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright
                • Durable
                • Sharp Tones & Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Photos

                  Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

                  This is my second iPad mini - the first was stolen a few months after I bought it.I do not use it for gaming, watching movies, music or email, for the most part, but I have a library on it - with both books and magazines - very easy to read, light, and portable. And since I have a Macbook and iPhone, very familiar.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  ipad mini with retina display

                  By Craig K

                  from Lincolnwood IL

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright
                  • Professional Weight
                  • Sharp Tones & Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Black & White documents
                    • Color Photos
                    • Graphics & Charts
                    • Professional Documents

                    Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                    Small enough to fit anywhare.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Best I Pad

                    By Alfred

                    from Orange County CA

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Documents

                        Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                        Customer service is great, Apple products are the best.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Apple does it again

                        By Hiker

                        from Portland, TN.

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright
                        • Doesn't Jam
                        • Professional Weight
                        • Retina Screen Isnrp
                        • Retina Screen Is Sharp
                        • Sharp Tones & Colors

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Photos
                        • Inter Netreading Booksp
                        • Inter Net Viewingreaig

                        Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                        I bought this for a trip to Alaska, to put photos on it.
                        I also downloaded a editing app so I can edit my photos.
                        It works great. Easer to carry than a laptop.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Love my Ipad

                        By Jazmin G.

                        from Winnetka, Ca

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

                            I just love my new IPad mini. I had an IPad 2 so this is an upgrade for me. The size is just right because I can take it anywhere I want!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Simply Amazing

                            By Michigan Fan

                            from Louisville, KY

                            About Me Business Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • App Availablity
                            • Battery Life
                            • Easy To Customize
                            • Operating System
                            • Screen
                            • Web Browsing
                            • WiFi

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Out-of-office Productivity
                              • Social Networking
                              • Web Browsing

                              Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                              Perfect in every way! I love the size in comparison to my full size iPad!

                              • Tablet Size:
                              • Just Right
                              • Tablet Construction:
                              • Feels Sturdy
                              • Usability:
                              • Simple Enough
                              • Media:
                              • Easy To Download Media

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Mini iPad

                              By PGE

                              from NJ

                              About Me Business Professional, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • App Availablity
                              • Easy To Customize
                              • Screen

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Email
                                • Out-of-office Productivity
                                • Web Browsing

                                Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

                                No problems with the iPad, which was to be expected, but just a nod to the easy ordering and competent and courteous sales rep.

                                Always a pleasure to deal with B&H, and as as a professional photographer, I have been dealing with them for decades.

                                • Tablet Size:
                                • Just Right
                                • Tablet Construction:
                                • Feels Sturdy
                                • Usability:
                                • Simple Enough
                                • Media:
                                • Easy To Download Media, Easy To Use Media Player

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                                5.0

                                Nice size to hold for reading.

                                By tdb

                                from Spokane WA

                                About Me Parent

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • App Availablity
                                • Screen
                                • Web Browsing
                                • WiFi

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Customize

                                Best Uses

                                • Email
                                • Entertainment
                                • Web Browsing

                                Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

                                The perfect gift for ease of use.

                                • Tablet Size:
                                • Compact
                                • Tablet Construction:
                                • Feels Sturdy
                                • Usability:
                                • Simple Enough
                                • Media:
                                • Easy To Use Media Player

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                                5.0

                                great tablet

                                By ugcbbyguy

                                from minneapolis

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast
                                • Screen size

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Email
                                  • Emaiol
                                  • Movie

                                  Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

                                  fantastic piece of technology to take with you on the go anywhere you like.

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                                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Apple's New iPad Mini

                                  By David Pogue

                                  from Yahoo

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                                  Apple's New iPad MiniDavid PogueNov 22, 2013Also See:THE POGUE REVIEWREVIEWSYou know about "tl;dr," don't you? It's Internet shorthand for "too long; didn't read."In the old days, you'd say that about a comment you found too wordy. These days, you might add it to the end of your own comment to preface a one-line summary. Example: "tl;dr: Three architecturally challenged pigs have a run-in with an aggressive wolf."So here's my tl;dr summary of the new iPad Mini: It's fantastic. It's the tablet I'd buy right now.(If I could, that is. It's sold out everywhere.)imageNow, the new iPad Mini isn't the same concept as the original Mini at all. When the first iPad Mini debuted alongside the fourth-generation iPad, the Mini felt cheaper, ran slower, and was cursed with a duller display than the full-size iPad.Apple's second Mini, however, is almost identical to the new iPad Air. Same processor, same guts, same jacks, same front and back cameras. Same features, same battery life (10 hours, truly), same improved WiFi range and signal strength. Same gorgeous glass-and-metal construction, same caressable curved back edges, same color choice (white front/silver back, or black front/gray back). imageAnd then the big story: Same screen.Oh, it's smaller, all right: 7.9 inches diagonal instead of the iPad Air's 9.7. But it's exactly the same number of pixels, smaller and packed in closer together. Same image, slightly smaller and crisper. As you'd guess, as a result, the new Mini screen is incredibly sharp: text, graphics, apps, photos. Everything looks so sharp, you could cut Ginsu knives with it.What's ingenious about that Apple move (adopting a compact version of the same exact screen) is what it does for apps—which, you could argue, is the reason you buy a tablet in the first place. All 475,000 iPad apps run identically on the full-size iPad and the Mini. No software company has to come up with different versions. No layout changes, as you'd see on other tablet types (cough *Android* cough).imageIn any gadget, you want a bigger screen when you're using it, but a smaller one when you have to carry it—and the Mini's smaller size makes it a candidate for a purse or coat pocket.The only times you'll wish for the magnified image of a full-size tablet: when you're watching a video, and occasionally when an app's controls seem a little smaller than usual.To me, the Mini's carryability advantage easily outweighs those circumstances. (Besides: When the tablet is 16 inches from your face, the movie you're watching fills enough of your field of view. When you're home, [$] buys you an Apple TV that puts the iPad's audio and video on a big-screen TV, wirelessly.)Apple says that itty-bitty pixels require greater brightness to look good, and that drains the battery faster. To keep the Mini at 10 hours of juice, Apple had to give it a bigger battery, which makes it 7 percent heavier and slightly thicker than the original Mini (by three tenths of a millimeter, for you caliper-wielding types). You'd notice it, but only if you were holding the original Mini in your other hand for comparison.imageThat's not the only Mini drawback. The new Mini, like the iPad Air, has mediocre cameras and no flash. The stereo speakers are so close to each other (at the bottom of the iPad), you don't get any stereo separation at all. It's basically very clear mono.And of course, we have to talk about the elephant in the checking account: The new Mini is actually more expensive than the original one—it's now [$] instead of [$]. That's a weird step in electronics, where things usually get less expensive over time. It's even weird for Apple, which traditionally keeps the price the same from model to model but improves the features.The Mini costs at least [$] more if you want more storage, and another [$] if you want the version that can get online anywhere using the cellphone network. (Tip: If that's the one you want, for heaven's sake get it from T-Mobile. You'll get 200 megabytes a month of free Internet service forever, which might be enough for chats, email, and occasional Web checks when you're out of WiFi range. With Verizon, for example, the least expensive cellular plan is [$] a month.)Those prices are risky in an age when other tablets' prices keep falling. Google's Nexus 7, for example, has a similarly amazing screen and great battery life—and it costs only [$].imageThen again, the Nexus's body is made of plastic, and its screen is about one-third smaller than the Mini's. The screen is wider and shorter than the Mini's—a better fit for movies (the Mini shows black letterbox bars), but a slightly goofy shape when upright (in portrait orientation).Above all, the apps for Android tablets aren't anywhere near as good, or as plentiful, as iPad apps. In phones, the Android app selection has caught up—but not in tablets.So there you have it. The new iPad Mini is gorgeous. It's super fast, it makes available the world's best library of tablet apps and accessories, and its screen is the sharpest any iPad has ever had.And it's pricey.tl;dr: Apple is still Apple, pursuing polish and perfection, no matter the cost.

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                                  5.0

                                  Wow!

                                  By Retireandgo

                                  from Seattle and everywhere else

                                  Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Silver):

                                  OK, my wife got one last year and has been glued to the thing! So this year, with the new Retina display, I jumped on board. I find myself using it for everything except loading photos that I've taken while traveling. For that I still use the MacBook Air. Why Apple? Aside from the fact that I own the stock, I find the syncing among products quite useful.

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                                  5.0

                                  The best image possible

                                  By fantastikwax

                                  from Los Angeles

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Enhance Experience

                                    Comments about 32GB iPad mini 2 with Retina Display (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray):

                                    This is the best iPad i have owned. It is an amazing size and weight and really easy to carry around. It is definitely a winner. I sold my iPad 2 because it was just too heavy and cumbersome to tote around. I really like the form factor and the retina scene is so clear!

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                                    Cases & Sleeves

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                                    Carry and protect your iPad in a padded sleeve or case.

                                    Spigen - iPad mini/mini 2/mini 3 Tough Armor Case (Satin Silver)
                                    • You Pay: $24.99
                                     
                                    Apple - Smart Cover for iPad mini 1/2/3 (Green)
                                    • You Pay: $39.00
                                     

                                    Bluetooth Keyboards

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                                    True keyboard functionality for typing on your iPad.

                                    Belkin - Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini
                                    • You Pay: $42.99
                                     

                                    Screen Protection

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                                    Help keep your screen looking new with a screen protector.

                                    Xuma - Clear Screen Protector Kit for iPad mini (2-Pack)
                                    • You Pay: $4.95
                                     

                                    Cables & Adapters

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                                    Expand your iPad's connectivity with a cable adapter.

                                    Apple - Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader
                                    • You Pay: $29.00
                                     

                                    Photo Tools

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                                    olloclip - 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display & iPad mini (Silver Lens with Black Clip)
                                    • You Pay: $69.99
                                     

                                    Stands & Mounts

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                                    IOGEAR - Pocket Folding Stand for Smartphones and Tablets
                                    • You Pay: $7.99
                                     

                                    Flash Drives

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                                    SanDisk - 64GB iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad
                                    • You Pay: $99.99
                                     

                                    Anti-Theft Devices

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                                    CTA Digital - Suction Stand with Theft Deterrent Lock for Tablets and Smartphones
                                    • You Pay: $15.23
                                     
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