Yes, The iPad Mini 3 has been succeeded by the iPad Mini 4,But those who on the market for a new tablet will know that there is very little difference between the two. The iPad Mini 4 has a faster processor, better cameras and different colours, that’s it. Personally, the iPad Mini 3 is more worth the purchase because it still gives you the latest version of iOS and great specs. In this article, I am going to be giving you my thoughts on the iPad Mini 3 after using the device for about a month.

Thanks to VodafoneUK for sending the device out for review

Worth the Purchase? : Yes

Price : Starting from £38 per month on contract

Where? : Vodafone

In the Box


iPad Mini

Lighting Connector

USB Wall Adapter

Instructions

Apple Stickers

Specs

7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)

A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor

Storage 16GB 64GB

UMTS/HSPA/​HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)

Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO

Bluetooth 4.0 technology

FaceTime HD Camera 1.2MP

iSight Camera 8MP

The iPad Mini 3 is a high quality and useful device. As with every Apple product, it is packaged very nicely. Apple are also one of the very few manufactures who supply consumers with stickers of their logo. What can I say, I love them and have them scattered around my room from previous Apple purchases.

As soon as you pick up the iPad Mini 3 you know that you have a quality device in your hand and its unbelievably light. I really love the design of the device and in my opinion the iPads are the best looking tablets on the market, you might think different but its my opinion. All the buttons and silent switch are made from aluminium to stay with main body and all have a nice tactile feedback. The home-button/fingerprint scanner is one of my favourite features of this iPad. It allows me to lock the device with my registered fingerprint. I can then unlock it whenever I want to access any info and keep other people from opening the iPad. Really helpful for keeping your college work or other personal files safe. It was, at first a gimmick to me but after awhile it convinced me that it was secure as I had my family member’s test it and it performed just as it was supposed to, unlike a Samsung device with a fingerprint scanner also.

The display is flawless. At 8 inches it is the perfect size for holding in one had and for viewing media online or locally. The resolution is outstanding and produces very accurate colours, which results in an outstanding viewing experience. The best I’ve seen so far, on a tablet at least.

iOS 9 is running on the iPad Mini 3 and while it might be perfect with some stutter here and there, it is still smoother than some Android devices on the market. But in terms of Apple’s software of the past it is quite poorly optimised around all iDevices supported.

The iPad Mini 3 has a pair of some very good cameras. They are in no way perfect but are very good for quick snaps and selfies with your friends or family. The cameras also performed very well in low-light conditions, which I was surprised with but none-the-less useful.

Overall

The iPad Mini 3 is a outstanding tablet for the price, now that the iPad Mini 4 is out. It is definetly worth picking up if your going to using a tablet for work or college. I am going to be going to college next year and I think that because out the wide variety of education apps the AppStore has it will be highly beneficial for me and maybe will be for you also. Want to pick one up? Click VODAFONE above.