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Apple iPad mini (1st gen 2012, A1432, A1454, A1455)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22680 reviews of Apple iPad mini (1st gen 2012, A1432, A1454, A1455). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the price and performance. The portability and size also get good comments, but opinions are divided on the storage.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple iPad mini (1st gen 2012, A1432, A1454, A1455) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iPad mini (1st gen 2012, A1432, A1454, A1455)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3814 user reviews of Apple iPad mini (1st gen 2012, A1432, A1454, A1455) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size and portability. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the reliability.

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96% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi (White)Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi (White)

Dec, 2018

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPad mini (1st gen 2012, A1432, A1454, A1455)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5896 user reviews of Apple iPad mini (1st gen 2012, A1432, A1454, A1455) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the price and portability are on the whole positive. The size and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the touch screen, while there are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

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93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPad mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi Only, White / Silver)Apple iPad mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi Only, White / Silver)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Apple iPad mini review: One for the road

 

Wait, did hell just freeze over? Maybe a couple of degrees cooler? Rumors of a mini version of the iPad had been laughed at, dodged and denied - not necessarily in that order and often all at once. But here it is - the iPad mini is finally a reality....

Compact body: 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm ; 7.9" LED-backlit IPS LCD touchscreen, 768 x 1024 pixels; scratch-resistant, oleophobic coating ; Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, carrier-dependent hotspot support ; Optional 2G/3G GSM, CDMA, LTE...

More expensive than 7" Android tablets, only $70 cheaper than iPad 2 ; No Retina display, 162ppi only ; Same chipset as iPad 2, now two generations old ; iTunes still required for most of the content uploads ; Reflective screen struggles outdoors ; No...

OK, then. Before we have our say on the iPad mini, we'll let the numbers talk. Three million tablets sold over the opening weekend easily beats the record set in March by the then new iPad. It's a combined figure of course for the two new slates - big...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (engadget.com)

iPad mini review

 

The iPad mini has been rumored for nearly as long as the original iPad has existed, but it wasn't clear early on how many of those rumors were based on

Beautiful, thin and light design ; Stellar battery life ; Bright, clear display ; Sturdy construction

Too wide for some ; Pricier than many 7-inch alternatives

The iPad mini isn't just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn't just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple's best tablet yet

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPad mini (Wi-Fi)

 

The iPad mini lets you run the best library of apps in the biz on a tablet you'll actually want to carry, but it's not the best small-screen tablet you can buy.

Beautifully designed.Very good cameras. Largest library of tablet apps.

Expensive. Wide. Slippery.

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Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (theverge.com)

iPad mini review

 

The iPad mini has arrived — and so has our review. Just last week, Apple introduced the world to the newest member of its wildly successful tablet line, an adorable, diminutive slate with a...

Fantastic design and build quality ; Software selection second to none ; Great battery life

Screen is lower resolution than the competition ; Can sometimes be a little awkward to hold ; Expensive

Apple raises the bar yet again

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.com)

iPad Mini review

 

Editors' note (June 19, 2015): Apple has discontinued the 2012 iPad Mini reviewed here as of June 2015. You should instead consider the 2013 iPad Mini 2 or 2014 iPad Mini 3 models.

The iPad Mini's ultrathin and light design is far more intimate and booklike than the larger iPad, and its cameras, storage capacities, optional LTE antenna, and general functionality offer a full iPad experience. The screen's dimensions elegantly...

The iPad Mini costs too much, especially considering the lower resolution of its 7.9-inch non-Retina Display. The A5 processor isn't as robust as the one in the fourth-gen iPad and iPhone 5. Typing on the smaller screen is not quite as comfy.

If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Christina Bonnington (wired.com)

Apple iPad mini

 

This is the iPad mini you've been waiting for.

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Daniel Berg (laptopmag.com)

Apple iPad mini LTE (AT&T)

 

The 4G iPad for AT&T offers fast LTE speeds and a long battery life, making it a compelling tablet and hotspot in one device.

Very thin and light aluminum design; Extensive app selection; Great battery life over 4G LTE; Fast 4G performance ; High-quality cameras

Screen not HD; 50 MB iTunes limit over 4G; Limited parental controls

Click to EnlargeThe iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular was a pleasure to use. Despite the mini size, this tablet delivers the full iPad experience. Whether using the mini to take notes in meetings or play games on the subway, we felt like we were using a...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular (AT&T)

 

If there's one tablet that's tailor made for built-in 4G, it's the iPad mini. This tablet is lighter and thinner than most 7-inch budget slates, yet packs a larger 7.9-inch screen for enjoying all of your apps, not to mention a full web experience, on...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi, Vivek Gowri (anandtech.com)

iPad mini Review

 

Over the last two months, Apple has updated almost all of its core product lines, with the addition of a 13” model to the Retina MacBook Pro line and new silicon for the iPad and Mac mini to go with ground up redesigns for the iPhone, iMac, iPod touch,...

If you're not as enthralled by the mini's form factor however, you're really left with software as the main differentiator between the iPad mini and other 7 - 9" tablets. Once again, this brings us back to the question: how much do you value iOS? I...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Apple iPad mini

 

Sure, the iPad mini ostensibly competes head-to-head with 7-inch bargain Android tablets, but this isn't some cheapo iPad Lite. You can access all of Apple's 275,000-plus apps -- from Flipboard and Facebook to "Real Racing 2" -- on a premium aluminum...

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Frequency range:20 - 20000
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:16.3 / 19.1 / 23.8 / 42.5
Battery capacity (Watt hours):16.3 / 19.1 / 23.8 / 42.5
Battery life (max):10
Battery performance:11560
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Browsing time:9
Browsing time (3G):9
Browsing time (4G):9
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):10
Continuous video playback time:2.38

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash:No / Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:3
Face detection:Y
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Second camera:No / Yes
Second camera resolution:1.2
Swivel camera:N
Video capturing speed:30
Video recording:No / Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p, 720p / 1080p,720p
Video stabilizer: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Graphite / Gold / Grey / Silver / Silver, White / White / White, Silver
Device type:Full-size tablet / Mini tablet
Fingerprint reader:N / No / Yes
Form Factor:Slate
Product color:Gold / Silver / White

Display

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Display Diagonal:7.9 / 9.7
Display Resolution:1024 x 600 / 1024 x 768 / 1024 x 784 / 2048 x 1536
Display Technology:IPS
LED backlight:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326
Reading mode:Y
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Media Formats

Archive formats supported:ZIP
Audio formats supported:AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC,DOCX,HTML,PDF,PPT,PPTX,RTF,TXT,XLS,XLSX
Image formats supported:GIF,JPG,TIF
Video compression formats:H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4

Memory

Internal memory:0,5 / 0.5 / 1
Maximum internal memory:0.5

Messaging

E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):No / Y / Yes

Networking

2G:N / Y
2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GSM / GSM
3G:N / No / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,HSPA+ / CDMA,HSPA+,UMTS / CDMA,HSPA,HSPA+,UMTS / EVDO,HSDPA,HSPA,HSPA+,UMTS / EVDO,HSPA,HSPA+,UMTS / HSDPA,HSPA+ / HSDPA,HSPA+,UMTS / HSPA+ / HSPA,HSPA+
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
4G WiMAX: No
AirPlay: Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Data network:3G, 4G / 4G / No / Not supported
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11b / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-787.4 - 1771.7
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Compatible operating systems:OS X v10.6.8 +, Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP Home / Professional, SP 2 + / OS X v10.6.8 +\nWindows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP Home / Professional, SP 2 +
Docking connector:N / No / Yes
Full HD:N / No
MP3 bit rates:8 - 320
SIM card support:N / No / Yes
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Total Storage Capacity:16 / 32 / 64
Video playback: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:No / Yes
Cables included:Lightning / USB / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide:No / Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Archive formats supported:ZIP
Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV / AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / HE-AAC, AAC, WAV, AAX+, AIFF, MP3 / HE-AAC, AAC, WAV, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, MP3 / HE-AAC, WAV, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, MP3
Barometer:Y
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSM / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, VCF, XLS, XLSM, XLX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSM / DOCX, PPTX, XLS, XLSM, RTF, PDF, TXT, HTML, DOC, PPT, KEY, VCF / DOCX, PPTX, XLS, XLSM, RTF, PDF, XLX, HTML, DOC, PPT, KEY, VCF
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF, TIF, JPG / GIF,JPG,TIF / JPG, TIF
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes
Position location:N / Y
Video compression format:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / AVI, H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / AVI, H.264, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4, M-JPEG / m4v, mov, mp4
Video compression formats:AVI, M-JPEG, MOV, MPEG4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MOV, MP4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264,M-JPEG,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / AVI,H.264,M-JPEG,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / AVI,H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / AVI,H.264,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4,M-JPEG / M4V,MOV,MP4
Windows operating systems supported:2.64 x 1.57 x 4.88 / Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows XP Home, Windows 7 Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows XP Professional, Windows 7 Starter, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista Home Basic / Yes

Phone Features

Video call: Yes
Voice call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:N / No / Yes
DC-in jack:N / No / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:Y
Lightning connector:Y
Microphone in:N / No / Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
SmartCard slot:N / No

Processor

Co-processor:M7
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor model:M7 / M8
Processor:A5 / A6X / A7 / A8
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A9
Processor cache:1
Processor cores:2 / 3
Processor family:Apple
Processor frequency:1 / 1.4
Processor model:A5 / A6X / A7 / A8

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:N / No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology:N / No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:N / No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N

Security

Fingerprint reader:N / Y

Software

Bundled software:FaceTime, Safari, Siri, iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, Game Center, Photo Booth / FaceTime\nSafari\nSiri\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nGame Center\nPhoto Booth / Safari\nApp Store\nPhoto Booth\nFaceTime\niTunes\nGame Center / Safari\niBooks\nFaceTime\niTunes Store\nApp Store\nSiri\nPhoto Booth\nGame Center / Safari\nMail\niBooks\niBooks\niTunes Store\nApp Store\nSiri\nPhoto Booth\nGame Center / Safari\nMail\niBooks\nPhotos\nMaps\nFaceTime\nNewsstand\nMessages\niTunes Store\nApp Store\nCalendar\nMusic\nVideos\nSiri\nReminders\nContacts\nCamera\nNotes\nPhoto Booth\nClock\nGame Center
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard,Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard,Mac OS X 10.7 Lion,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:6 / 7 / 8 / 9
Platform:iOS
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 10 Education,Windows 10 Enterprise,Windows 10 Home,Windows 10 Pro,Windows 7 Enterprise,Windows 7 Home Basic,Windows 7 Home Premium,Windows 7 Professional,Windows 7 Starter,Windows 7 Ultimate,Windows 8,Windows 8 Enterprise,Windows 8 Pro,Windows 8.1,Windows 8.1 Enterprise,Windows 8.1 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:128 / 16 / 32 / 64
Storage media:Flash

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.24 / 0.283 / 0.295 / 0.37
Height:5.28 / 5.31 / 7.32 / 7.87 / 7.99 / 8 / 9.49
Weight:10.7 / 10.9 / 11 / 12 / 23 / 23.4
Width:5.3 / 5.31 / 7.32 / 7.87 / 9.49