iPad Mini 3by Apple

  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 3
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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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Positive Reviews
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Handy & Compact
Really compact and not as bulky as my laptop lol Great to use and kid-friendly too
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Travel friendly!
Very lightweight and sleek. Great for travel!
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Very Nice!
My cousin has one of these and its great to use. Its really light, lasts a decent amount of time (battery wise) and is pretty much everything you would expect from a solid tablet. There are plenty of free apps for it as it is an apple tablet :)
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Perfect size, fast, fun.
I bought this to replace a Kindle and couldn't be happier. The hardware feels better, the battery lasts longer, and it works seamlessly with my iPhone and Mac. I find that the apps are a lot better than on the Amazon and Android marketplaces, apps for drawing pictures, making music, lots and lots of games, etc. I don't like how big the normal iPads are, I find the Mini to be a lot easier to use when reading in bed at night, or carrying with you to grocery store. I first had the Wifi only mini, but gave it to my girlfriend when her Kindle broke, and bought myself the Verizon compatible one which is very convenient when traveling.
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Great except if you want your tablet large
This smaller iPad is great for typing on. It honestly feels better in your hands and is easier to move around, my hands get less tired from suspending them. However, I prefer having the larger screen for when I'm playing a game or watching video because if I want a small screen, I will reach to my iPhone 6. I prefer my phone small and my tablet large. Some may not like a large tablet. Other than that, the device is well powered and efficient, with the same style gorgeous appearance and all the apps that you expect from an iPad. Great option if you are not seeking the larger iPad Air form factor. Hold both in your hands and see what makes the most sense for your intended uses, considering the slight increased burden when traveling.

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