PC Magazine reviews Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad mini 4: Excellent build quality with unbeatable app experience

“Internally, the mini 4’s specs are similar to those of the iPad Air 2. You get 2GB of RAM, up from the iPad mini 3’s 1GB, and Apple’s A8 dual-core processor, which is the same chip found in the iPhone 6 (not the tri-core A8X chip of the iPad Air 2),” Ben Radding writes for PC Magazine. “This is all to make iOS 9 run more smoothly here than on previous iPad minis.”

“And the iPad mini 4 does run smoothly, for the most part. On the Geekbench processor benchmark test, the mini 4 achieved a single-core score of 1,716 and a multi-core score of 3,116. Impressive, but the iPad Air 2 is more capable with a 1,833 single-core and a 4,596 multi-core score,” Radding writes. “The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, for comparison, which is powered by an octa-core Exynos processor, scored 1,225 (single-core) and 4,309 (multi-core). The iPad mini 3, which is powered by the same A7 processor as the iPad mini 2, scored 1,356 (single-core) and 2,449 (multi-core) on the Geekbench test. iOS 9 runs quite smoothly, if not just as smooth as on the iPad mini 4.”

“Starting at $399, the mini 4 attempts to warrant its hefty price tag with a high-quality screen, a premium build, and Apple’s unbeatable app selection. And it mostly succeeds,” Radding writes. “That said… f you want a slate that will truly run iOS 9 like butter, you’re better off with the Editors’ Choice iPad Air 2, which has a faster processor for smoother performance, and more screen real estate for split-screen multitasking.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The 7.9-inch iPad mini 4 is simply the best “mini” tablet money can buy.

Ars Technica reviews iPad mini 4: A lighter, faster tablet with a better screen – September 19, 2015


      1. Me too. Me iPad 3 is getting too slow and when I upgraded to iOS 9 found out that ad blockers don’t work with that model. D’Oh!

        Sometimes you get those telltale signs in yer face it’s time for an upgrade. Same with me ‘ol Mac Pro.

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