iPad mini 5 – like seeing a good old friend after so long…
My first tablet was an iPad mini 4, and about two years ago when I started my first job I decided to purchase the tablet as I didn’t have no main computing device besides my phone. With this being said, as I started to use it more and more I started to love it and what I loved the most was and you probably guessed.. the size.
Now the size is definitely something that I loved about he iPad, however. I will say that the design even when I purchased it two years ago was getting dated as well as the processor which we know as the A8, the same chip in the iPhone 6. It worked well for what it was but as Time went on and iOS 11 reined, I decided the iPad was getting to slow for my needs which were very minimal so that should say to how slow it was. iOS 12 came about and while it did improve, the A8 still had issues keeping up especially since I just upgraded to the X just last year in June and the difference in speed was night and day. Needless to say I let the tablet go and sold it for a used price. It wasn’t too bad for me as I purchased a MacBook 12 inch only few months prior for school so a tablet wasn’t needed entirely anymore.
Recently I purchased the iPad mini 5 as i started to miss having a small tablet around and my MacBook really wasn’t cutting it for me personally. A lot of people will say oh “you have a computer so you’re just wasting money blah blah blah” but honestly, having a tablet is definitely a great option if you need a secondary device. The combined power upgrade with the compact design really makes this tablet the best portable tablet money can buy. Furthermore, I will explain all the pros and cons below and to help anyone who is thinking about upgrading from the 4 or whatever device they have.
– display (20-25% brighter than the mini 4 with the p3 wide color technology making the iPad more color vibrant as well as True Tone.)
– A12 processor, supposedly claimed almost 10X faster than the the previous iteration.
– Battery life is just as strong as other iPads, however it is not as long lasting as any other iPad that is a bigger size.
– the performance is so smooth it really polishes the tablet and makes it more enjoyable.
– Apple Pencil support.
– headphone jack. – thanks to ADDnTn for pointing this out.
– design, and this is a big one. The design is okay, however the bezels are extremely big for 2019 and I wish the made this iPad like 2 years ago as it was more justified. Now it’s more so to prove you still have a budget tablet, but besides the bezels and design I can’t think of anything else (PERSONALLY) that I can fault the tablet.
– Lightning port instead of USB-C.
– No Face ID. (subjective)
– no dual stereo speakers.