The new iPad Mini 5 is Apple’s mid to high-tier iPad which sits right above the basic $329 iPad and sits right below Apple’s iPad Pro lineup. The iPad Mini 5 has the same design as 2017’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro and makes a handful of changes — some improvements and some downgrades to keep the Air out of iPad Pro territory. It’s not the most innovative or exciting product Apple has built. But the question is whether its features and improvements over the basic iPad are worth of your money.
Design & Display
So, here’s our review of the new iPad Mini and what we think about the new tablet.
The iPad mini 2019 looks exactly looks identical to the iPad mini 4. It’s got the same massive bezels, a 7.9-inch Retina screen and a new back design similar to the iPad Pro from 2017.
The display side, the iPad Mini has a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels, on the other hand, has slight upgrades as it now supports True Tone technology, that adjusts its colours to be consistent with the ambient lighting. It also has a 25 per cent higher colour gamut and is 25 per cent brighter. The screen is large enough to enjoy playing your favourite video content, gaming and is perfect to even use it as an e-book reader.
The iPad Mini comes with Touch ID home button, bottom speakers, headphone jack and Lightning connector. You can even pair the new iPad Mini with AirPods.
In addition, the display supports the first-generation Apple Pencil ($138) – a first for the iPad mini series.
Powering the new 2019 iPad Air is the A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine that amps up the performance with faster computing power and graphics processing over the A8 chip. The A12 Bionic Processor is already a powerful processor that also powers the iPhone XS and XS Max.
The iPad Mini 5 comes with iOS 12 and some new features that were missing in the previous generation. IOS 12 also works with the A12 Bionic processor to offer optimum performance which was quite evident when we were gaming. The sheer size on the iPad Mini will offer a better gaming experience than any smartphone.
The battery life on the iPad Mini 5 was excellent — I got more than 11 hours of screen-on time before needing to charge. We used the iPad mini to watch TV shows, play games like Fortnite on 60 fps and a lot of internet browsing.
The iPad Mini comes in two models with 64GB or 256 GB of internal storage. Depending on your needs, you can get the appropriate storage variant.
The new iPad Mini does come with cameras on both the front and the back side. The 8-megapixel camera at the back is good enough to take decent photos. We would recommend you use the smartphone as it would be able to capture better images. You can easily use the iPad Mini 5 for document scanning, taking pictures etc.
The front-facing camera gets an upgrade from the mini 4’s 1.2-megapixel camera to a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. However, the front camera can do 1080p video calls and take selfies. Unlike iPad Pro, it doesn’t support Face ID and portrait mode.
The iPad Mini 5 is probably the only tablet for people who are looking for performance and portability. The iPad Mini 5 offers a great display and has a new augmented reality features never seen on an iPad Mini before. With new services like Apple Arcade on the horizon, the iPad Mini 5 is the right investment right now. It’s Apple’s most versatile device that offers everything from seamless gaming productivity to entertainment.
PRICE: From $599 (64GB Wi-Fi) to $1,019 (256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular, version tested)
PROCESSOR: A12 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture, M12 co-processor
DISPLAY: 7.9 inches, 2,048 x 1,536 pixels
CAMERA: 8-megapixel rear camera, 7-megapixel front-facing camera
OPERATING SYSTEM: iOS 12.2
WEIGHT: 300.5g (Wi-Fi), 308.2g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)