If there's one product out there that symbolises the tablet it's still by far the Apple iPad, There are a load of them out there and plenty of choices to suit all budgets. The cheap iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 4 are a great alternative when you don't need the power or size of a full iPad, but still want the quality and functionality of a cheap iPad mini.
Let's have a look at what has got the Apple iPad to the top of the chain and why the iPad mini 2 and 4 are helping to keep it their.
Apple iPad Mini 2 and 4 Design You can easily think that there can't be to much to do in the way of the design of a tablet. Well, Apple managed to always make there products stand out and the iPad is about as well known for it's looks as it is for it's performance.
The iPad mini still sports the same sturdy and elegant all in one design as its predecessor, complete with polished chamfered edges. It looks and feels like a high end tablet. You can choose between black, silver and gold. All have a great look about them and an Apple iPad mini 2 is now going for a great price new at with Currys and Argos. This is great value for money on what still is a top of the line tablet.
The new iPad mini 4 is actually a pretty big 24mmthinner than the Apple iPad mini 2. The height and width are both still the same as near as you can tell.
Apple iPad Mini 2 and 4 Display The display on the iPad mini 2 is so deliciously crisp it feels like Apple's engineers cheated physics. The screen really comes into it's own when you watch movies and read on it. The sharpness of the screen has to be one of the best features on all of the Apple products.
Apple iPad Mini 2 and 4 Audio The audio capabilities from the iPad are surprisingly good. The vast majority of tablets are let down by poor quality audio as the manufacturers expect most users to use headphones with them, so don't focus on the built in speakers to much.
The dual speakers are on the bottom of the tablet and produce accurate sound when you play music from it. You can also easily hear speech when you select a film to watch. This makes it great for when there is more than one of you watching the iPad.
Using the Apple iPad Mini 2 and 4 The iPad has stuck to the same basic functions that you'll find on an iPhone. So if you're familiar with using the iPhone, you'll know what to expect on the cheaper Apple iPad mini 2 and the better, but still well priced Apple iPad mini 4.
The iPad is also really good at handling multitasking. It can easily handle have loads of different apps open at any given time and the performance doesn't slow down at any noticeable level.
There's plenty of other features that you'll find on the iPad mini and most Apple products. You'll still find the mail apps and the notification centre, calendar and calculator, as well as the clock and alarm centre.
Wi-Fi and LTE Performance of iPad Mini iPads use dual antenna Wi-Fi. This can sound a bit technical, but basically it boils down to better Wi-Fi range and a more stable connection to your modem.
LTE depends on a few different factors, but if you're on a good network and in a good coverage location, you'll get some super fast speeds, but just remember data charges do apply depending on what plan you're on.
Camera on an iPad Mini The camera on a iPad probably isn't as important as the camera on your smart phone, but it's still a decent camera you get with the iPad min, especially when you look at the low price of it.
The front FaceTime HD camera is brighter than the previous versions on the iPad mini and it shows in the quality. There is very little lag and in a wide range of different lighting conditions, the camera was able to show a clear image.
Apps Available for iPad Mini This is where apple can really put some distance between them and the android market. There are over 475,000 apps available for the iPad. It's not just number that it beats the android market at, it's also the quality too.
The tailored apps in the iOS store have a far better look and feel. Some apps in the android store can sometimes look like stretched out phone apps that have not been altered at all to fit for a tablet.
Covers and Accessories for iPad Mini There are a load of different covers that you can pick up for an iPad mini. These are the unfashionable, but bomb proof ones on one side, and the super cool looking accessories on the other side.
The choice is massive and we feel that it beats other brands of tablets in this department also.
It's also really great for getting accessories for the cheap iPad min 2 and iPad mini 4 too. You can get new camera lenses that take some amazing pictures and phone cases with built in chargers and speakers.
AirDrop for iOS This is another great feature that we feels needs mentioning. This allows you to transfer files, either music, video or an other data that you want to send from one Apple device to another. It is super quick and a 30 second full HD video can be sent in a matter of seconds using AirDrop.
Pro's of getting iPad mini are the screen, fast processors and the camera. As well as the looks and overall build quality. The cons are only that the price is a little higher than you can pay for other tablets. But this is because they are a superior item.
Money Saving iPad Mine Deals
getting the best deals and saving money on an iPad isn't all that easy. They generally hold there price very well, and only drop by a small amount when an updated version is realised. But there are deals out there if you're looking in the right place. Argos have a really good money saving deals section and you can find refurbished Apple iPad mini 2 in there for a low price. The same for iPad mini 4, but there aren't as many as them because they are newer.
If you are not to sure on what you want from a table and don't think spending the money on a iPad is getting you the best value for money, then head into Currys. The staff at Currys are very knowledgable and will give you an honest feedback on whether getting an iPad will be the best way to get value for your money.
These are the best ways to make sure you get a good low priced deal on a iPad mini and make sure its the right tablet for you. All the prices for iPads is listed on this page, from the cheapest iPad mini 2, to the newer and bigger iPad mini 4.