iPad Mini 3by Apple

  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 3
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
75%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The iPad Mini remains the most beautiful tablet in its class, with a slender metal chassis and a dazzling high-resolution display that's good for everything.
  • The addition of Touch ID gives the Mini 3 a convenience and security edge over nearly every other tablet on the market.
  • The Mini is one of few tablets--especially in this size class--to offer a 4G option. It costs extra, of course, but if you want connectivity on the go, you can have it.

CONS

  • Apple hasn't budged on price, and other tablets offer more bang for less buck. (Cue Amazon Fire HD commercials.)
  • Little has changed between the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3. Apple didn't upgrade the processor, cameras, or anything else internally.
  • The base model comes with a paltry 16GB of storage, barely enough to hold the movies, apps, and other stuff you'll want to carry.
Apple's junior-size iPad gets a few third-generation updates, including the addition of Touch ID and a gold color option, but in most other respects it's identical to the iPad Mini 2, so an upgrade is hardly essential. The Mini 3 retains its premium price tag, with the base model starting at $399 and the top-end version coming in at $729.
NameiPad Mini 3iPad Mini 4Galaxy Tab S 8.4MediaPad M2 8.0ZenPad S 8.0
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85%

It's a disappointment, and not because Apple released an average tablet instead of the miniaturized super tablet I'd been hoping for. No, it…

It's a disappointment, and not because Apple released an average tablet instead of the miniaturized super tablet I'd been hoping for. No, it's a disappointment because for the past year there was one "best" tablet, the iPad, and you could pick the smaller one if you wanted. This year bigger, it seems, is better again.

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85%

I love Touch ID, and I favor the screen size of the mini, but it's not worth paying an extra $100 for Apple's fingerprint sensor unless you …

I love Touch ID, and I favor the screen size of the mini, but it's not worth paying an extra $100 for Apple's fingerprint sensor unless you use a ton of passwords or want to make a lot of online Apple Pay purchases.

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80%

The significant upgrade from Mini 2 to Mini 3 is the addition of Touch ID. Yes, you can finally unlock your iPad Mini just by touching the H…

The significant upgrade from Mini 2 to Mini 3 is the addition of Touch ID. Yes, you can finally unlock your iPad Mini just by touching the Home button. This also opens the door to iTunes authorizations without typing in your password.

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80%

New tablet buyers should snag the discounted-and-renamed iPad mini 2, one of our top picks for small-screen tablets, while existing mini 2 o…

New tablet buyers should snag the discounted-and-renamed iPad mini 2, one of our top picks for small-screen tablets, while existing mini 2 owners have very little reason to upgrade.

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60%

It’s not often that Apple drops the ball on a product – but this is definitely a dropped ball. The iPad mini 3 isn't a bad tablet by any sta…

It’s not often that Apple drops the ball on a product – but this is definitely a dropped ball. The iPad mini 3 isn't a bad tablet by any standards; it’s just almost identical to last year’s iPad mini 2, which is still on sale. For less money.

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It's not the top-end tablet that technology fans will lust after, given it's based almost entirely on last year's technology. Nor is it the …

It's not the top-end tablet that technology fans will lust after, given it's based almost entirely on last year's technology. Nor is it the budget option, occupying the higher price point its predecessor held previously, starting at $399 for the basic 16GB Wi-Fi only option.

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Apple’s iPad mini 3 update may call for the most appropriate use of the term “refresh” as applied to hardware ever – the tablet remains unch…

Apple’s iPad mini 3 update may call for the most appropriate use of the term “refresh” as applied to hardware ever – the tablet remains unchanged from last year, save for the addition of Apple’s fingerprint-based Touch ID unlocking and authentication tech, and the addition of a gold color option to the lineup.

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Disappointment aside, the iPad mini 3 is still a great little tablet. It still has the Mini's winning combination of portability and screen …

Disappointment aside, the iPad mini 3 is still a great little tablet. It still has the Mini's winning combination of portability and screen size, along with the same sharp Retina Display (though its color range still isn't the best). It runs iOS 8, performs well and has long battery life. Most importantly, it has the App Store's leading tablet app selection.

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