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

(based on 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (7)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Good power output (5)
  • App availablity (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade (5)
    • Email (4)
    • Web browsing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7)
      • Tablet Construction:
      • Feels sturdy (3)
      • Usability:
      • Simple enough (3)

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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 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 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 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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          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 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 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 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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              5.0

              Apple's New iPad Mini

              By David Pogue

              from Yahoo

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about 32GB iPad mini 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 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 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!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Retina display 32 gb

                By Dave

                from Los Angeles

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

                Best mini ipad ever owned

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                5.0

                Mini with retina 32 gb

                By David Nguyen

                from Cerritos

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

                Fast and well designed

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                4.0

                Compact, clear and powerful

                By Peter the UK Dude

                from Sedona, AZ

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Functional Limitations

                Best Uses

                • Reading
                • Travelling light

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

                Wanted something to carry with me on my travels that wasn't as heavy as my heavyweight MacBook Pro.
                Never had a tablet before and wasn't sure what to expect. But regarding form factor, the size and shape is perfect - I can hold it like a book, or set it down and read or type on it.
                Regarding carrying and holding, this really depends on the case used; there's a lot of choice to there.
                Regarding function, there's a lot I cannot do on an iPad that I can do on my MacBook, and a lot that can be done - but with limitations.
                I will get used to it, but there's always the nagging feeling I should have paid more and gone with a MacBook Air 11".

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Fantastic

                By Jim The Runnger

                from Indianapolis

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Light
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Smaller - If Thats Bad

                Best Uses

                • Fun
                • Replacement
                • Upgrade

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

                Coming from a 4th Gen iPad, it's great! Light, Smaller but still big enough. Has everything the big one does so why not?!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Apple iPad Mini Retina == Awesome

                By hongsc

                from LA, CA

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Enhance Experience
                  • Upgrade

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

                  I came from its bigger brother. And what a difference. It's lighter at least from where I was coming from, incredibly sharp, more portable and compact. It does all the same work without the extra weight. Sure there's less color gamut compared to the iPad Air. But this device is light, speedy, fun, and keeps me entertained for as long as I want from games to surfing the Web to listening to music to watching movies. It's my multi-media go to device on the go. For everything else I have my Macbook Air to complement my tablet.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Sweet, Simple, and Extremely Clear!

                  By PepeMoto

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Memory Size

                  Best Uses

                  • Email
                  • Gaming
                  • Internet
                  • Multi-use
                  • P2p Video Calls
                  • Reading
                  • Research
                  • Video

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

                  I like the size of this iPad Mini and I like the Retina screen, very clear and crisp. It's much much better than my old iPad 2. With the mini, I am able to read everything clear on it and watch video on it with no problems. Playing games, watching video, surfing the web, and so on is much smoother and easier, thanks to it's new processor. No delays at all, quite speedy. Wifi speed is much faster than before.

                  Only downside is memory size. I mean I thought Apple would increase their size over time without changing the price. I got a 32gb which is ok. Was hoping Apple change new line-up in this order: 32, 64, 128, 192. 16gb is simply not enough to hold most of the great Apps that Apple offer. So, I must take one star with me.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Worth the wait!

                  By Ed

                  from Beaufort, SC

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

                  Waited for Apple to finally put out a Mini Ipad with Retina Display and I'm really happy I waited to buy it. The clarity and viewing on its screen is spectacular. All other features of this Mini are equally as good. Nothing but a treat to have in my possession.

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                  5.0

                  Best Mini Yet

                  By TMN

                  from San Jose, CA

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Na

                  Best Uses

                  • Best All Around Tablet
                  • Enhance Experience

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

                  I use this product to browse the web and play some games, coming from the last gen mini this is leap year again in performance and display. The Color of the display isn't on par with the iPad air but its not a big disvantage or problem.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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