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iPad mini 2021, analysis: if you are convinced that you will take advantage of it, there is no better small consumer tablet

Already close to a decade of existence, the iPad mini It is one of those Apple products that it is not very clear how they have survived in these days of large smartphones. Some might even have thought that he was in fact completely missing.

But it is not like that and here we have the new iPad mini 2021 with its renewed design, full of power, excellent screen and everything one could want in a tablet… but in a very compact format. Will it be worth it with that price tag above 500 euros?

IPad mini 2021 datasheet

Apple iPad Mini (2021)

Screen

8.3 inch Liquid Retina

500 nits
2.266 x 1.488 px

Processor

Apple A15 Bionic

Storage

64 / 256 GB

Rear camera

12 MP, f / 1.8

Front camera

12 MP, wide angle

Software

iPad 15

Connectivity

USB-C

WiFi 6

5G model

Touch ID

Compatibility

Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Sound

Stereo speakers

Dimensions and weight

195,4 x 134,8 x 6,3 mm
293 g (WiFi)/ 297 g (5G)

Price

From 549 eurosª

2021 Apple iPad mini (8.3-inch Wi-Fi, 64GB) – mauve (6th generation)

Compact design with superior model elements

Less than 70 grams heavier than Apple’s largest iPhone. It is what the scale marks when we place the new iPad mini 2021. Said like this, the new iPad Mini 2021 could be as good as Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Given our experience these days with the iPad mini 2021, we are left with the first option: the great achievement of the iPad Mini in terms of weight … and dimensions.

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The new iPad mini 2021 undergoes one of the greatest transformations in its long history at the design level. It is nothing revolutionary because it picks up elements of more complete iPad models such as the USB-C port or straighter lines, but it suits him very well.

The design change only delves into the same idea behind the mini: an iPad that you can use with one hand as long as you want.

Using it, the iPad mini 2021 conveys the same idea as previous generations: I want to always have it in hand. It is very light (293 grams for the Wifi model) and can be held with one hand comfortably. And for those who consider the color of the housing attractive, this new iPad Mini is available in four shades, including a subtle purple, which is the model we have tested in Engadget.

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Of its older brothers, basically the iPad Air, the iPad mini 2021 also picks up the glove of some smaller frames and the end of the physical button on the front for the TouchID. This identification system goes to the power button, it works just as well as in the older iPads where we had already tried it. It is convenient to assign several footprints because we will never know how we are going to grab it.

With its price and deep renovation, one would have sincerely waited for the move to FaceID for convenience, especially when it is a product that in many cases will be used in the privacy of the home. For that of the masks and the discomfort of FaceID right now.

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The power button acts as a fingerprint reader

In the small frames of the new iPad mini 2021 there is room for faceid camera which also comes with Center Stage (Framing Centered). It could not be less given that it is a device that invites you to make video calls all the time for the comfort while having a good screen and very good sound.

However, we will end up making those video calls in portrait mode since, if we place the tablet in landscape mode as it seems more intuitive with this format, we will have to make a huge effort not to be continuously covering up the FaceTime camera, which is at the perfect height … of our thumb.

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More screen for extraordinary clarity

The reduction of frames in this iPad mini 2021 brings with it that we can already speak of a diagonal of 8.3 inch. The panel has IPS technology, resolution of 2,266 x 1,488 pixels (which gives us 326 dpi density), True Tone technology, P3 color gamut and everything one expects from a non-entry iPad.

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The screen, of course perfectly laminated and with a good anti-reflective film, stands out for its high brightness, 500 nits. Its brightness, depth of color and fidelity, both indoors and outdoors, is a pleasure to view, although with direct light it already begins to suffer as expected.

No snag for the 2021 iPad Mini screen. It looks spectacular

The screen of the iPad mini 2021 is also the one that more sharpness offers from Apple’s catalog. And that, with smaller content and a theoretically more consuming use of text, is. Thank you. It could only have been rounded by the inclusion of ProMotion technology, which for now Apple reserves for its iPad Pro range.

Another novelty that the iPad mini 2021 brings with it is the compatibility with the second generation Apple Pencil. Artists or those who usually use the pencil to write by hand on the iPad are therefore in luck. But you already know that it means adding 135 euros to the shopping cart if you don’t already have one at home.

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Support for second-generation Apple Pencil … but you have to add 135 euros to buy it if you don’t already have it at home

The multimedia experience with the iPad mini 2021 screen is accompanied quite well by the sound section. Have stereo speakers (they act as such in landscape mode) located on both sides of the screen (on the edges) that offer us a fairly powerful and faithful sound, although far from what larger iPads achieve. And at high volumes you notice a clear vibration of the tablet.

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It is an enjoyable iPad without headphones but also with them although it must be borne in mind that with the redesign, iPad mini 2021 has lost 3.5mm port by the way.

Power to spare for a compact iPad

There could not be a complete upgrade from the previous generation iPad mini without a corresponding jump in power thanks to a new chip. Here Apple does not hesitate and places its sixth generation iPad mini with the new Apple A15, which gives the chest do on synthetic benchmarks such as GeekBench 5 (exceeds 4500 points) as well as on a day-to-day basis.

With the Apple A15 inside, the iPad’s limitation for any task is not in the performance but in the size of the screen

The iPad mini 2021 performs excellently in all the tasks for which you think of him. Navigation, reading, multimedia playback and even your creative steps with video or photo editing. The limitation is not in the power but in the size of the screen, for example to enjoy or take advantage of multitasking, something little optimized for this very small screen.

Regarding the heating of the iPad mini, no worries. Something critical in a device that we use holding it, that it does not get too hot is good news, but be careful because in demanding games like NBA 2K21 from Arcade, after a few minutes playing with it we could appreciate a warm-up of the rear.

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The only market niche (or use) that this A15 chip fits like a glove is that of the play. Although the screen is not the ideal size to play seriously (nor are there any packaging titles as such), with an external control this iPad mini 2021 is a very good choice as a portable gaming system if with the options that Apple gives especially with Arcade, you are satisfied.

The reinforced power in this iPad mini 2021 makes this tablet a ready product for those users who require adequate performance for the video or photo editing on site.

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For this, the iPad mini 2021 uses a very solvent main camera and that with this more compact format already makes some sense in the tablet world.

For an urgency, the iPad mini and its good 12 MP main camera allow you to edit 4K video anywhere

The main camera (wide angle) offers a resolution of 12 MP with aperture f1.8 and 5X digital zoom. It also allows you to record video with quality up to 4K.

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USB-C charging for correct autonomy

The iPad mini 2021, which according to Apple should give us for about 10 hours of autonomy in video playback or web browsing mode, includes a 19.3 Wh lithium polymer battery.

On the basis that in these devices the type of use (continued or not, for example) can make the final autonomy vary considerably, in our tests we have averaged between 7 and 9 hours of autonomy.

The autonomy of the iPad mini 2021 does not disappoint. It is another of the good news that Apple tablets always leave behind.

We have carried out the tests with a mixed use of the device, which interchangeably included web browsing, content playback, video calls and occasional gaming (about an hour and a half per charge). We also had Wi-Fi connectivity all the time and a brightness at just under 50% of the maximum.

The iPad mini 2021 debuts in this format on USB-C charging port, which is also DisplayPort. Included in the box is a standard 20W charger and a 1 meter long charging cable.

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iPad mini 2021, the opinion and note of Engadget

It is very difficult not to feel tremendously attracted by what this offers new iPad mini. But at the same time, one is invaded by many doubts about the use that can be made of it in a world invaded by smartphones with generous screens. Increasingly.

And it is that the iPad mini 2021 suits everything that Apple has placed for its sixth generation, especially at the level of design and performance. It is incredibly comfortable to use, very powerful, and the quality of its screen does not allow much discussion.

It is now up to each consumer to assess whether the high price and the functionalities it offers us decide the complicated purchase decision to one side or the other.

9,1

Design8,75

Screen
9,25

Performance9,5

Software9,25

Autonomy8,75

In favor

  • High-quality screen and Pencil 2 support
  • Very comfortable and manageable
  • Excellent performance

Against

  • Somewhat high price for a consumer-focused device
  • Somewhat flat sound
  • Only two internal memory options: 64 and 256 GB

2021 Apple iPad mini (8.3-inch Wi-Fi, 64GB) - mauve (6th generation)

2021 Apple iPad mini (8.3-inch Wi-Fi, 64GB) – mauve (6th generation)

The device has been loaned for testing by Apple Spain. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises.