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Expert review Apple iPad Mini 5

The Apple iPad Mini 5 has the same compact size as its predecessor. But Apple has given this tablet even more graphic power with the powerful A12 Bionic chip. On top of that, I can also use this iPad with the Apple Pencil (1st generation), which allows me to navigate my apps and take notes more accurately. I used the Apple iPad Mini 5 for the day and you can read about my findings in this article.

Apple iPad Mini 5

7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone | Processor with A12 bionic chip | Compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation)
459,-
no longer available
  • Thanks to the A12 bionic chip, I can zoom in and out of Google Maps without experiencing delay.
  • With Touch ID on the home button, I can secure my iPad with my fingerprint.
  • The Retina display with true tone makes sure I get to experience the most beautiful colors, even outdoors.
  • The Apple Pencil (1st generation) isn't included by default.

First impression

Contents of the box

The packaging has the recognizable Apple look and feel. I always enjoy the experience of unpacking a new Apple product and I'm ever curious about the contents of the box. When I open the box, the first thing I see is the device itself. Under it, I find some papers, a Lightning to USB-A cable, and a charger adapter.

The screen

The screen

Time to see what the Apple iPad Mini 5 can do! As soon as I start playing a nature film, I'm amazed by the bright colors of the screen. Thanks to True Tone technology, the colors automatically adjust to the ambient light. As I really wanted to test this, I also used the iPad outdoors. The 7.9-inch screen makes the tablet easy to transport. I can imagine, though, that artists who like to sketch might prefer a larger screen.

Performance

Performance

With Apple's latest A12 Bionic chip, the iPad Mini 5 is a real powerhouse. And I notice this right away, because applications load quickly. While I try to locate the office via Google Maps, the images are smoothly displayed on my screen. The Mini 5 loads the app real fast and zooming in and out feels smooth. It performs much better compared to its predecessor in terms of speed, because the iPad Mini 4 only had an A8 chip.

Apple Pencil support

Apple Pencil support

This is exactly what I was hoping for: I can also use the Apple iPad 5 in combination with the Apple Pencil (1st generation). I can use the Apple Pencil by connecting it to the Lightning port of the iPad Mini 5. I enjoy using the Apple Pencil to take notes and to quickly navigate between apps. During these tasks, I switch between using my fingers and the Apple Pencil.

Apple Pencil (1st generation)

Suitable for the iPad (2021/2020/2019/2018), iPad Air (2019), iPad Pro (2017), and iPad Mini 5 | Lightning connector | Palm rejection | Pressure sensitive | Bluetooth
99,-
in stock
  • The pressure-sensitive tip allows me to easily draw thin or thick lines.
  • Thanks to the Lightning connector, I can quickly charge the Apple Pencil via the Apple iPad.
  • I can easily connect the Apple Pencil to the iPad Mini 5 by plugging it into the Lightning port.
  • The Apple Pencil (1st generation) isn't included with the Apple iPad Mini 5 by default, so I had to purchase it separately.

Handy size

Handy size

Its small size makes sure you can easily take it with you. I can grab it from my purse on the train to quickly make a draft for an article. My hands are fairly small, but I'm able to hold the tablet with one hand only. The design of the iPad Mini 5 is very recognizable; similar to the iPad Mini 4, the screen has bezels, and at the bottom of the tablet, you can find a home button.

Conclusion

7.9-inch Retina Display with True Tone | Processor with A12 bionic chip | Compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation)
459,-
no longer available

Is it useful to switch from the Apple iPad Mini 4 to the Mini 5? If you notice your iPad is becoming slower and you're happy with the rest, it's definitely worth it. I can really tell the difference when it comes speed. The iPad Mini 5 is also a good choice if you want use the Apple Pencil or if you're looking for a compact iPad for on the go. Do you want to watch series on a larger screen or have enough space to draw in detail? An iPad with a larger screen suits you better.

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