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Apple iPad Mini (2021)
Apple iPad Mini (2021)
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8.7/10
Informr score
The Apple iPad Mini (2021) currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 54 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

As the most portable iPad yet, the iPad Mini (2021) combines capable specs with a compact design for those looking for a smaller option for on-the-go use.

What's good

  • Lightweight and portable
  • USB-C
  • Speedy performance

What's bad

  • More expensive than the last generation
  • Only 60Hz refresh rate
  • So-so battery life

The iPad Mini (2021) gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from its name. It’s more portable but still brings most of the same functions as its larger siblings. This means there are benefits and trade-offs to consider to determine if this smaller iPad is right for you! Let’s look at the considerations.

Design

One of the better decisions that Apple made, according to reviewers, is the choice to make the screen stretch further with thinner bezels.

You unlock the device by placing your finger over the power button, which contains a hidden fingerprint sensor. This means there’s no need to waste space making room for a home button or fingerprint sensor on the device’s front.

The tablet is smaller than its predecessor but still a bit large for one-handed operation. Still, it’s plenty light enough to hold one-handed while viewing videos, reading articles, or swiping through social media feeds.

If you like a little personality with your devices (without having to pick up a case), the iPad comes in four different colors: purple, pink, space grey and starlight.

Display

The iPad Mini features an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina screen.

While the resolution isn’t quite as high as larger iPads, the reduced screen size makes up for most of the loss, providing sharp text, detailed images, and plenty of color and contrast.

However, it also lacks the 120Hz refresh rate of the larger models, so scrolling and gameplay won’t be as smooth if those are important to you.

Finally, some reviewers noted that the screen doesn’t get bright enough to use outside. So you might want to see one in person to gauge for yourself if you plan to frequently use your iPad Mini (2021) on the go.

Performance

Apple has equipped the iPad Mini with the new A15 Bionic chipset. This means that despite its tiny size, it is one of the most powerful tablets available today. Multitasking, playing games, streaming 4K/UHD video, or doing creative work will all feel fluid and snappy.

Software & Storage

The Apple iPad Mini comes with two storage options: 64GB or 256GB. While more storage means a higher price tag, there’s no way to expand storage with a microSD card, so be sure to consider your needs. The added cost might be worth it.

The tablet ships with iPadOS 15 and should receive updates for years to come.

Cameras

Both the front and back lenses of the iPad Mini (2021) sport 12MP sensors. The iPad Mini also has access to Center Stage, Apple's camera mode that helps keep your face in the center of the frame when on a video call or Zoom meeting.

Battery Life

Reviewers stated that the battery life of the iPad Mini was mediocre at best. Light usage saw the battery stretch for a couple of days between charges. But constant use meant hunting down an outlet to reach the end of the day.

Audio

Although the best way to use any Apple device is probably their AirPods or another wireless headset, reviewers stated that the speakers were crisp and loud. There isn’t a headphone jack on this model, though, so be prepared to pick up an adapter to use your favorite wired cans.

Accessories

With the new addition of a USB-C port, the range of accessory options expands quite significantly to include a ton of choices not made by Apple. The tablet is also compatible with the 2nd-generation Apple pencil, which clips magnetically to the side of the slate to charge.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum design
  • 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display
  • A15 Bionic processor
  • Unknown RAM
  • iPadOS 15
  • 64/256GB of storage
  • 12MP front and back cameras
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • Compatible with 2nd-Gen Apple Pencil

The Bottom Line

The Apple iPad Mini will not be the top choice for everybody due to its smaller size and somewhat dim display. However, it could be a good choice for those who want a smaller device that isn’t a phone to use at home or on the go.

Tech Radar says, “The new iPad Mini 2021, also called the iPad Mini 6, is a powerful device with a crisp smaller screen, 5G connectivity support, and a stylish and compact design that makes it easy to insert into bags and even larger pockets. It won’t be the best iPad for everyone, but it’s undeniably the best small tablet money can buy.”

PC Magazine states, “Apple's sixth-generation iPad mini tablet delivers Pro-level power in a smaller size that's better for reading, taking notes, and slipping in a jacket pocket.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
2.93 GHz
Screen Size
8.3"
Camera
12+ MP, f/1.8


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gadgetbyte

iPad mini (2021) is easily my favorite tablet of all time. Its incredibly portable form factor mixed with industry-leading performance means everything from gaming, media consumption, to web browsing is a delightful experience here. But this combo of compact size + flagship-grade performance isn't f...

- Pratima Adhikari, Gadgetbyte
TechPP

The new iPad mini 6th gen might seem a bit expensive but it slots in comfortably in the zone between the Pro Max phones and the iPads in terms of size. It is the closest thing to an iPad mini pro that we have seen.

- Nimish Dubey, TechPP
NextPit

For those who are looking for a mobile tablet that will mainly suffice for regular work such as taking notes, simple presentations, emails or small texts, and will otherwise be used mainly for mobile browsing, gaming and entertainment, the iPad mini 2021 is really highly recommended to everyone.

- Fabien Roehlinger, NextPit
Digit

If you are looking for a device that is slightly larger than your smartphone to consume content, play games, social networking, read books and more, then the iPad Mini could be your new best friend. It has a very good form factor, ergonomic design and good battery life. While I wish the display was...

- Sameer Mitha, Digit
What Hi-Fi

This bigger-screened, better sounding iPad Mini is a huge improvement on the last model and just the ticket if an 8-inch tablet is what you’re after. While the picture performance isn’t anything like what you’ll find on the iPad Pro 12.9, the size and shape is undeniably more convenient and it’s als...

- What Hi-Fi


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Screen Size
8.3"

The Apple iPad Mini (2021)'s screen size is 8.3 inches with 1488 x 2266 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.93 GHz

There is a Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 2.93 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the iOS iPadOS 15 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 12+ MP, f/1.8 camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 12+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
19.3WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 19.3 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

iPad Mini (2021) Specs

Overview
Release Date September 24, 2021
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System iOS iPadOS 15

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Processor Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 2.93 GHz
Internal Storage 64/256 GB
RAM 4 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/1.8
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, HDR, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1488 x 2266 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 8.3 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 19.3 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 10 hours
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 9 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Space Gray, Pink, Purple, Starlight
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.54 x 13.48 x 0.63 cm (7.7 x 5.3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 297 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Apple iPad Mini 6, iPad Mini 6th Generation
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