Expert review Apple iPad Mini 5
Apple iPad Mini 5
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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)
- 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.
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.
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.