Although it seems that Apple’s high-end iPads are trying to become laptop replacements, the iPad mini prides itself on being a tablet.
Other iPads may have larger screens, but most people will find them too big to hold for long periods. And unlike those devices, iPad mini puts portability first and is always a joy to use.
The iPad mini doubles as a tablet, and that’s why we think it’s the best iPad you can buy from Apple right now.
1. It is lightweight and ultra-portable
One of the best parts of the iPad mini is how great it is to hold. While we love the screen size of larger iPads, there’s a reason keyboard cases and stands have become so popular. Most iPads are big and bulky. The iPad Air weighs just over a pound, with the large 12.9-inch iPad Pro leading the way at 1.5 pounds.
By comparison, the iPad mini is a featherweight at just 0.65 pounds. That’s not much heavier than the iPhone 14 Pro Max. That means you can hold iPad mini for a long time without getting tired or feeling like you need to take a break. Unlike most iPads you’ll probably want to put down, iPad mini is designed to be held and used.
2. The iPad mini gets a complete redesign
Ever since the first iPad mini launched in 2012, it looks and feels pretty much the same. All that changed in 2021 when Apple introduced the iPad mini (6th generation).
For this latest iteration, Apple finally did away with the large forehead and chin bezels of the old iPad mini and gave us a design that was much closer to being full-screen. This brought the iPad mini in line with the latest. iPad Air and iPad Pro models.
But the changes went deeper than just appearance. iPad mini also includes a new 1080p camera for FaceTime and video calls, USB-C for easy connectivity, and 5G support for cellular models. Basically, the iPad mini takes a lot of what makes the iPad Air great and packs it into a smaller, more portable package.
3. The iPad mini is a great budget option
One of the best things about the iPad mini is that it costs less than most other Apple iPads. If you want to buy a modern full-screen iPad on a budget, you’ll probably choose between the iPad mini and iPad (10th generation).
Although both iPads retail for the same price, they are very different devices. The iPad (10th generation) is a much more traditional tablet experience. It features a larger screen and has its own Magic Keyboard Folio case for productivity.
Despite the iPad (10th generation) has a lot of new features, it still feels like a budget iPad Air; the iPad mini might be the best small tablet on the market. And iPad mini outperforms the base iPad by being more portable, having a faster processor, and adding premium features like Apple Pencil 2 support.
Whichever iPad you choose, you have more options than ever, and that’s always a good thing.
4. Mobile gamers will love the iPad mini
There are many reasons why the iPad mini is the ultimate portable gaming device. First of all, you have the entire App Store to choose from. That means having access to all your favorite iPhone games and even some iPad exclusives like Prison Architect and Divinity: Original Sin 2.
And while iPad mini doesn’t have an M1 or M2 processor inside, its A15 Bionic processor packs enough punch to keep up with even the most demanding games. So you can expect popular titles like Genshin Impact and Call of Duty: Mobile to run great on the iPad mini.
But the iPad mini is also an amazing cloud gaming machine. If you have a fast internet connection and a controller, you can use services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now to turn iPad mini into a mobile console you can take anywhere.
5. The iPad mini has enough power for most people
Okay, let’s get this out of the way. The iPad mini doesn’t have an M1 or M2 chip inside. But there is nothing wrong with that.
In 2021, Apple began bringing its M-series processors to the iPad Pro and iPad Air. But unlike its larger cousins, the iPad is still powered by the A15 Bionic. Although the chip in the iPad mini doesn’t have the same power as the M1 or M2, it’s still more than enough speed for most people.
The A15 Bionic is the same processor that powers the iPhone 14, and it’s definitely a fast device. So whether you are gaming, browsing, or multitasking, you will find it very difficult to slow down iPad mini.
6. The iPad mini is a traveler’s dream
Because iPad mini is so light and portable, it’s a perfect companion to take on the go. The smaller form factor of iPad mini makes it incredibly suitable for backpacks and bags, even more so than other iPads.
If you’re like most people and already carry a laptop on your travels, you may not want the added weight of also lugging around a full-size tablet. The iPad mini is a great compromise that will allow you to take a large-screen movie viewing device and e-reader with you without adding too much extra bulk to your package.
The iPad mini also has a lot of great practical uses. Many amateur pilots love to bring their iPad mini into the cockpit as a GPS and weather monitoring device. And some creative folks have even turned their iPad minis into a replacement for their car’s infotainment systems.
Even if you’re not a globetrotter, iPad mini can be a great device for all your travels, long or short.
We love iPad mini for many reasons
Today, you have more iPads to choose from than ever before. If you’re a digital artist or creative professional, we won’t blame you for choosing the iPad Pro. And if you’re looking for a bigger screen to watch movies and content, the iPad or iPad Air might be perfect for you.
However, if you’re like most people and want a device that’s portable, easy to hold, and easy to take with you wherever you go, you can’t go wrong with the iPad mini.