The Good: The iPad mini 4 features and upgraded and faster processor compared to the last model, as well as a more vivid Retina display, better cameras, and a bit slimmer design.
The Bad: It's a bit more expensive than most 8-inch tablets on the market. Battery life, while decent, is not as impressive as with other iPads or even new iPhones.
The Verdict: The iPad mini 4 works great in combination with iOS 9, and has a lot of new exciting features like the ability to run split-screen apps. If you need the tablet for travel, the iPad mini 4 is a perfect choice.
Apple did a really good job with the iPad mini 4. It's perhaps the best update to the small iPad ever since the first iPad mini was released. Its size makes it the perfect travel gadget, especially if your job doesn't require you to do serious computing while traveling.
Features and Performance
Just like all of Apple's latest iOS device, the iPad mini 4 is running on iOS 9, and it makes use of all new features, including the very anticipated option to run split-screen apps.
Apple's iPad mini 4 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor that doesn't appear speedy on paper, but don't let it fool you — this little machine is a beast, partially thanks to Apple's excellent optimization of software with hardware. The 2GB of RAM is enough for this tablet to handle any type of multitasking you throw at it. The battery life may not be as good as on the larger iPads, but this is to be expected.
CPU: 1.5 GHz dual-core Apple A8
Memory: 2GB RAM
Internal Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB
Storage Expansion Options: Non-expandable
Cameras: Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP
Display: 7.9 inches, 2048 X 1536 pixels
Battery: 5,124 mAh
OS: iOS 9
The iPad mini 4 is an excellent choice for people on the move and those who need a smaller tablet that can do practically anything a larger device can. Yes, it's a bit slower than iPad Air, but it's a joy to use and everything runs smoothly. If you prefer iOS over Android and are looking for a tablet in the $400 price range this is the one for you.