iPad Mini 2 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-mini-2/features en-GB Apple iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our fingers dance all over iOS 8 to see if it&#039;s Apple&#039;s best mobile experience yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Packed with colour" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Software has a tendency to move in cycles. One major revision will dazzle in screen grabs, and the next will make a load of changes that aren&rsquo;t immediately apparent, but could nonetheless be what revolutionise things for users. Last year&rsquo;s iOS 7 was geared quite heavily towards the former, but iOS 8 is very much in the latter camp.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visual appeal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From a visual standpoint, little has changed. iOS remains very much tied to Apple design head Jony Ive&rsquo;s vision of minimalism, trying to do in software what Apple tooling does for hardware.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s stark, a touch over-serious, overtly content-first, and of variable success in terms of graphic design, layout, typography and usability. Occasionally, this approach stumbles, not least with its over-emphasis on text-only buttons that are frequently indistinct or not obviously points of action; an accessibility control to add button borders is seemingly disgusted at any possible alternative, revealing one of the ugliest pieces of interface design Apple&rsquo;s ever created.</p> <p>However, just as iOS 7&rsquo;s updates toned down the worst excesses of this radical departure from iOS&rsquo;s past, so too does this update make much-needed refinements. The best example is the subtle redesign of Control Center, which ditches spindly indistinct icons on button outlines for bolder glyphs and solid backgrounds. Usability is further enhanced by dialling down the transparency behind the content and providing a preview of how your display will look as the brightness bar is adjusted.</p> <p>Similar touches are evident throughout this update. If you hated iOS 7, iOS 8 won&rsquo;t convert you; but if aspects of it merely nagged, the changes here might be enough to stop you pining for the days of linen textures and glossy buttons.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="Pretty colours" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/visuals_0_0.png?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extensibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Really, though, the most exciting aspect of any operating system is what you can do with it. To date, iOS has been locked down, making it relatively intuitive but also inflexible. People had to leap through hoops in an absurd manner to perform relatively simple tasks, such as editing a document in multiple apps, or even sharing content to a preferred service.</p> <p>With iOS 8, you get the opportunity to swap out keyboards, add widgets (sort of), massively boost sharing and inter-app communications, work with third-party filters inside Apple&rsquo;s Photos app, and use apps that work with Touch ID for fingerprint authentication.</p> <p>The last of those is a Godsend for the likes of 1Password, but also has applications elsewhere. Amazon&rsquo;s iOS app has already integrated Touch ID support, and it&rsquo;s likely to become something of a staple on supported devices, if not specifically for passwords then for two-factor validation.</p> <p>As before, Touch ID is divorced from iCloud, with your data living in obfuscated form on your device&rsquo;s A7 or A8 chip. Developers cannot access your data, because iOS does all the to-and-fro itself. In combination with a robust password system (either Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain or the aforementioned 1Password), Touch ID stands to revolutionise on-device security for iOS device owners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="Hunter2" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tocuhid2_0.png?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keyboards in iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keyboards in iOS are now hot-swappable, although it&rsquo;s first worth playing around with the revamped default, which implements a system called QuickType. This heavily resembles many Android keyboards, adding three predictive words above the keyboard that you can stab at to speed things along.</p> <p>What Apple has done very well is create a keyboard that attempts to adapt not only to what you write but where you write it, offering predictions based on existing content and style. The predictions bar can be removed if you don&rsquo;t use it or feel it takes up too much screen space, although you won&rsquo;t want to. Oddly, autocorrect appeared to be less reliable in this initial build of iOS 8, though, slightly hampering any boost in typing speed.</p> <p>Alternative keyboards are installed from the App Store like any other third-party app, and awkwardly activated in the Settings app. You switch between them using the keyboard&rsquo;s globe button. The likes of SwiftKey work as you&rsquo;d expect, finally bringing crazed swipey &lsquo;typing&rsquo; to iOS; however, swappable keyboards have enabled more ambitious products to finally make sense on iOS, such as text-expansion utility TextExpander.</p> <p>Previously reliant on apps specifically supporting it, the app now gets the opportunity to work system-wide by being a keyboard. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that Apple&rsquo;s privacy stance impacts on third-party keyboards, banning them by default from internet access and disabling them when typing in secure password fields. Given concerns surrounding online security, this is an acceptable compromise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey for iOS revealed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="SWIPING" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keyboard_0.png?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Widgets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Anyone hoping Apple would upend the Home screen and enable Android-style widgets will be disappointed in iOS 8 siloing equivalents within Notifications Center. However, in use this proves to be an elegant means of providing at-a-glance information, without messing up or replacing uncomplicated existing app launcher Home screens.</p> <p>Naturally, Apple provides its own widgets for the revamped Today view, but third-party apps are already muscling in on this territory, rolling in widgets as part of ongoing updates: for example, Weather Pro offers the day&rsquo;s forecast; Dropbox gives you links to recently edited documents; and PCalc offers you an entire calculator.</p> <p>The system&rsquo;s single-column, strictly linear design doesn&rsquo;t feel especially scalable &mdash; it&rsquo;s not going to be much use for maybe more than ten widgets; however, Apple makes it easy to edit your selection, and given that widgets are supposed to be an efficiency aid, keeping their numbers down is no bad thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="WIDGETS!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/widgets_0.png?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Extensions in iOS come in two flavours: sharing and actions. Both are now available to third-party apps and services, and its implementation finally gives Android users one less string to their Apple-snubbing bow.</p> <p>Installing a compatible app is enough to make it available to the iOS Share sheet, where it lurks behind a More button until activated. Once active, it will appear by default in the Share sheet system-wide.</p> <p>The current implementation of extensions upends how certain tasks are dealt with on iOS, even if there&rsquo;s a whopper of a bug lurking.</p> <p>The bug in question involves the custom ordering of the sharing and actions lists frequently failing to stick. Presumably, this will be dealt with in an update, and it&rsquo;s easy to forgive once you start sharing from Safari to Instapaper, unlocking apps using 1Password, uploading images from Photos to social networks, and so on.</p> <p>Actions are context-sensitive, meaning options only appear when relevant, and the system at the very least means less frustrating hopping between a bunch of apps to get things done.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="675" title="We&#039;re surprised you&#039;re reading this when you could be playing Destiny right now" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios1.jpg?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photos and Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Photos app looks little changed, but is a very different beast from its predecessor. First, the editing tools have been significantly beefed up, in part because iPhoto for iOS has been canned. Rotation can now be arbitrary, and there&rsquo;s more control over colour and light.</p> <p>The app retains a small, reasonably impressive selection of filters, but these are now significantly boosted by third-party integrated photo extensions. When editing, compatible apps are listed via a nondescript circular button with an ellipses, and they essentially inject their capabilities directly into Photos. This means you can apply filters from the likes of Halftone 2 or VSCO Cam inside Photos, and the edits remain non-destructive.</p> <p>The other main change to Photos concerns image storage, and Apple&rsquo;s at a transitionary point regarding Photo Stream. The company&rsquo;s long-term plan is to save your entire image library in iCloud Photo Library, currently in beta. Edits will be synchronised across devices, and your library will be searchable, but the system requires you to splash out on the requisite amount of iCloud storage. At present, the old-style Photo Stream remains, although frustratingly there&rsquo;s no longer a specific album housing its images &mdash; instead, you must fish around in &lsquo;Recently Added&rsquo;.</p> <p>For taking your photos, Camera gets some minor but welcome updates: manual exposure controls, a delay timer, panoramas on iPad, and a fun time-lapse mode that stitches images together into videos. It&rsquo;s unlikely these changes will wrench anyone from high-end third-party apps, but they&rsquo;re enough to ditch the more simple Camera alternatives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Filters galore" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photos_0.png?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apps: Mail, Messages and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are four new permanent apps as of iOS 8: Podcasts, iBooks, Tips and Health. The first two are no different from their older App Store versions. Tips could have been useful (Apple hates manuals), but merely provides you with, on launch, nine tips (well, we did say Apple hates manuals).</p> <p>Health is a much bigger deal, serving as the hub for data provided by your iPhone, and any compatible apps and accessories. The idea is to give you a sense of how you&rsquo;re progressing with exercise and activity, but also to make it frictionless to shift between apps, rather than feeling forced to stick with one because it has your data in its silo. On launch, however, this part of iOS was broken and temporarily off-limits to third-party developers; also, iPad owners aren&rsquo;t invited to the party, even purely for accessing their data.</p> <p>Many existing apps have had minor updates. Mail has new gestures and can stash multiple drafts at the foot of the screen, or allow you to peek behind a message you&rsquo;re writing. The drafts system is a mite fiddly, but nonetheless an improvement on iOS 7; the gestural controls are entirely hidden, but great once ingrained into your muscle memory.</p> <p>Messages adds controls for muting or leaving conversations, recording audio, and rapidly adding images from your photos or camera. The new features are nice enough, but can&rsquo;t get around Messages being an Apple-only solution and also one that has a tendency to not sync correctly across devices.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Safari gets accordion-like tabs on iPad and DuckDuckGo as a search engine option; there&rsquo;s also an attempt to shift into smart-searching, using abbreviations, but it fared poorly during testing. App Store on iPhone has vertical scrolling search results on iPhone and purchased app hiding on iPad. Notes gets rich-text formatting, finally transforming it into a half-decent text editor. And Siri gets voice-activation when your device is plugged in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1048" title="Mail and messaging" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messages_0.jpg?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotlight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s system-wide search remains a bit too sluggish to be truly usable, frequently offering new search results just as you go to tap something. However, rather than pare it down in Settings to just showing apps, it&rsquo;s also worth leaving Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Results active as well. The two combine to turn Spotlight into a much more useful tool that provides in-context web searches.</p> <p>For example, type in the name of a band and you&rsquo;ll get a link to the artist on iTunes, an album and the Wikipedia entry. Type in an app, service or game name and you&rsquo;ll likely get the App Store link. You can also do searches for terms that will then list relevant websites or places. Although many of the results of course channel you straight to Apple&rsquo;s own store, it&rsquo;s pretty convent to type &lsquo;indian food&rsquo; into Spotlight and immediately get the name and phone number of a trio of local restaurants.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="In the spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight_0.png?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bubbling under </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few of iOS 8&rsquo;s biggest features aren&rsquo;t quite ready for prime-time, but warrant mentioning. HomeKit aims to do for automated home gadgets what HealthKit does for health, giving you a hub for configuring and controlling the &lsquo;internet of things&rsquo; within your home, shortly before they turn sentient and take over. Homes comprise rooms (that can be grouped into Zones) that contain Accessories that perform Services, which can have Characteristics. The thinking is you could waggle your device and have you entire house sort itself for night, locking doors, dimming lights and adjusting air temperature. The reality is this is a solution awaiting compatible hardware to become ubiquitous. One for the future, perhaps.</p> <p>Continuity and iCloud Drive are more imminent. The former is designed to enable workflows to seamlessly transition between Apple devices, enabling you, to for example, start replying to an email on your iPhone and then fling it across to your iPad, or answer an iPhone call on your Mac. The Mac side of things is awaiting OS X support (which will arrive with OS X Yosemite this autumn), but already works on iOS. During testing, we managed to send half-written emails successfully between an iPad and iPhone, doing the transfer via the lock screen. It&rsquo;s also possible to use the app switcher, although that didn&rsquo;t fare well during testing, the relevant button frequently vanishing.</p> <p>Family Sharing is another feature that will need time to bed in before we can properly assess it. It&rsquo;s designed to allow a family of up to six to share content bought on a single card, with children under 13 having to ask permission when making purchases. Apps are automatically shared and publishers of other media can opt-in. Additional benefits include a shared photo album, a shared calendar, and unified Find my Friends and Find my iPhone. Set-up is reasonably simple (even if adults may find it awkward for all purchases to be on one card), although there&rsquo;s a curious restriction on only being able to start or join Family Sharing twice in any one year, so watch out for that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Apple OS X Yosemite hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="Sharing is caring" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bubbling_0.png?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The word that most sums up iOS 8 is &lsquo;potential&rsquo;. It lays the foundation for iPhones and iPads to become significantly more powerful devices: hubs of health and home automation; powerful pocketable computers for all kinds of advanced tasks and workflows; and a means to access, edit and share a life of captured images. Right now, some of these things are already barrelling along, with apps taking advantage of extensibility features; others, like HealthKit and HomeKit, are just at the start of their lives.</p> <p>The OS, too, feels like a mixed bag. It&rsquo;s a lot more stable than iOS 7 was on release, and feels pretty robust during use, but it&rsquo;s also very buggy. Spotlight simply stopped working during testing on a number of occasions, and layout bugs frequently cropped up on the iPad. Performance-wise, the OS seemed fine on our iPhone 5s and iPad Air, although Ars Technica has suggested <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/">iPhone 4s owners should proceed with caution</a>. That device lacks the power and screen size to comfortably deal with the new OS and also doesn&rsquo;t get Continuity or AirDrop.</p> <p>Despite the bugs, the advantages iOS 8 brings make it worth upgrading to unless you only use your iPhone or iPad for the most basic of tasks. The new capabilities unlocked through extensions alone could transform the way you use your device for the better, and the many small changes combine to make an impressive update to what was already a solid mobile operating system.</p> <p>Stay tuned for an updated review once all of iOS 8&#39;s features are live.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Apple iOS 8 review" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1.jpg?1413813648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once the bugs are squashed and kit/apps take full advantage, iOS 8 will be great. Even in its current state, it&#39;s very good.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iOS 8 preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third-party keyboards, a Health app, new gaming skills and much more </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Tablets Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:52 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433723 at http://www.stuff.tv iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-mini-retina-vs-ipad-air/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t know which model of iPad to buy? Read on and we&#039;ll tell you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display vs iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-air-mini-4-family-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You want the world&#39;s best tablet. Great! But which one of the world&#39;s best tablets is actually the best?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PRICE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mini Retina is the cheapest of the three, as you&#39;d expect, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version going for a mere &pound;320. But with the same model iPad 4 now selling for &pound;330, that&#39;s just &pound;10 extra for a whole lot more screen space. The iPad Air, meanwhile, will set you back a fair whack more: &pound;400 for the equivalent model.</p> <p>The iPad 4 is only available in the 16GB variety, but spec up the Mini Retina and Air and the percentage difference between them decreases. So while&nbsp;a 128GB cellular Mini is yours for &pound;660, the same spec Air costs &pound;740.</p> <p>Bearing in mind depreciation, the regular refreshment of the iPad range and the vulnerability of mobile hardware, it might be wise to think twice before you splash out more than &pound;600 on a tablet. For our money, the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi variants offer comfortable levels of storage without excessive financial investment, but if you can manage with just 16GB, the iPad 4 is undoubtedly the best value iPad now available.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad 4</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air share the same external design DNA, inherited from the original iPad Mini. Now, the only apparent difference between the small and big iPads is the surface area. The Mini Retina has a 7.9in display while the Air&#39;s screen is 9.7in across the diagonal. Both are just 7.5mm thick.</p> <p>The poor old iPad 4 sticks with its relatively retro-looking and hefty build in comparison - it&#39;s 652g compared to the Air&#39;s svelte 469g. This is a tablet you might leave at home but it&#39;s still sturdy and perfectly finished.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wide black frame of the iPad 4 has been reduced substantially on the longer sides of the Air. Because it&#39;s much thinner than big iPads of yore, the Air no longer has to do the tapered edge trick, instead sporting a more squared-off edge, identical to the Mini Retina.</p> <p>Both the Air and Mini Retina are available in either &#39;Space Grey&#39; (with a black frame) or &#39;Silver&#39; (with a white frame), shrouded in a single-part aluminium case. The iPad 4 has to make do with the less exciting &#39;black&#39; or &#39;white&#39;, which is apt considering its similarly prosaic design.</p> <p>There&#39;s really nothing between the two newer tablets on this score. The iPad Mini is slightly more of a take-anywhere tablet due to its dinky size, but ultimately we&#39;ll call this one a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini with Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-mini-retina-display/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best accessories for the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">The 11 best accessories for the Apple iPad Air</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-002.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-4-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three Retina display tablets but they&#39;re not identical. Between the iPad 4 and iPad Air, it&#39;s the same resolution and 9.7in size but there are small differences in colour and contrast. The Air&#39;s colours are very vivid - check out iOS 7 icons - and it&#39;s a slightly brighter, crisper screen.</p> <p>The Mini doesn&#39;t lag behind on pixel specs, sharing its 2048x1536 resolution with&nbsp;the two full-sized iPads. That&#39;s dense enough to make pixel edges invisible to most eyes on the iPad Air and iPad 4, but the Mini Retina beats that (for what it&#39;s worth) with an even greater pixel density due to its smaller screen size.</p> <p>The Mini&#39;s screen is excellent, but the Air has more accurate colour reproduction, with the Mini struggling with some hues, reds in particular. Even though that&#39;s not something you&#39;re likely to notice unless you have a trained eye, together with the increased display area it means the Air should be the first choice for anyone heavily into graphics or video work. Indoors it&#39;s quite practical and comfortable on any of the three to reduce the brightness slider by as much as 50%, which will help stretch out the already impressive battery life.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Everything you need to know about iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad 4 has to find room for a pretty fat battery in order to drive its screen for ten hours, but somehow the Air has just as much stamina despite its slimmer chassis.&nbsp;Not only that, but it charges in less time too. In real terms that means it doesn&#39;t need a full night plugged into the mains to get back to 100%.</p> <p>In our real-life tests, the Air is averaging between one and two days before it needs rejuicing. The Mini Retina makes the same 10-hour battery life claims, which are realistic, but in our experience it doesn&#39;t quite match the two bigger models for real-world stamina.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-003.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER AND SPECS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s another close fight here between the Mini and Air.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both have a 64-bit A7 processor, but the Air&#39;s is very slightly faster, running at 1.4GHz compared to the Mini&#39;s 1.3GHz. Both are powerful enough to keep apps and the OS running very smoothly most of the time. Elsewhere they&#39;re neck-and-neck with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, the same cameras front and back (720p, 1.2MP and 1080p 5MP respectively), gyroscope, accelerometer and ambient light sensors in common.&nbsp;</p> <p>On paper, the iPad 4 trails both on account of its A6X chip, but don&#39;t let that put you off too much. Yes, it&nbsp;misses out on some 64-bit optimisation in apps, but it&#39;s otherwise just as fluid in use and frankly,&nbsp;we&#39;re yet to meet an unreliable iPad of any kind.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best free apps for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All three iPads have something to offer you, depending on your priorities.</p> <p>On price alone, it&#39;s a straight choice between the &pound;320 Mini Retina and &pound;330 iPad 4.&nbsp;If you don&#39;t intend to store much in the way of video and music, the 16GB of storage you&#39;ll get on either is just about enough to allow you to enjoy the world of iOS on a budget, and both have lovely Retina screens and plenty of power. Deciding between them is pretty much a simple case of do you need to travel light, or do you want the extra screen real estate you&#39;d get from the iPad 4.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want the absolute best iPad you can get, however, with money no object, the iPad Air has to be the winner.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;additional screen space it offers over the Mini Retina gives you the freedom to get the most out of the best apps, which is surely one of the main reasons you&#39;re looking at an iPad at all, while&nbsp;its added whiff of luxury will permeate your existence for a long time to come.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-mini-retina-vs-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-mini-retina-vs-ipad-air/feature#comments Apple iPad 4 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad Tablets Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:33:06 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433297 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple's iOS 7.1 is out now and it's gunning for your car http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-ios-71-out-now-and-its-gunning-your-car/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New firmware update comes with CarPlay and a host of other tweaks and upgrades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" alt="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ios%207.1.jpg?1394587497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has finally rolled out the first major update for iOS 7, its iPhone and iPad operating system, adding some neat new features and welcome improvements to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">already rather sexy interface</a>.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although CarPlay-compatible car models have yet to be launched, there&#39;ve been a couple of manufacturers who&#39;ve integrated the feature into the cars they unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. In fact, Volvo even has a demo video on how it&#39;ll work, and you can see it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-invade-your-cars/news" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news">Apple CarPlay put your iPhone in your dashboard</a></strong></p> <p>Other updates include improvements to Siri, including the option to manually control when Siri &lsquo;listens&rsquo; to you. Besides adding more natural-sounding male and female voices in major languages, there are also a bunch of other UI tweaks&nbsp;(best summed up as &#39;more circles around and about the place&#39;)&nbsp;and bug fixes too, including a setting to automatically enable HDR on the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>For the complete list of updates that&rsquo;s been rolled out on iOS 7.1, head on over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/" target="_blank">Apple</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" alt="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carplay.jpg?1394587497" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-ios-71-out-now-and-its-gunning-your-car/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-ios-71-out-now-and-its-gunning-your-car/news#comments Apple iOS 7 iPad 2 iPad 3 iPad 4 iPad Air iPad Mini iPad Mini 2 iPhone 4S iPhone 5 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:07:54 +0000 Will Findlater 1433565 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/apple-ipad-mini-retina-display-vs-amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Apple&#039;s iPad Mini keep Amazon&#039;s flames at bay? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="819" height="614" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kindle-fire-vs-hdx.jpg?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a sub-10in tablet to slip out of your bag for an instant media fix? Then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX 7in</a> should be near the top of your wish list.</p> <p>With plenty of juicy specs on offer from both corners of the ring, this fight&#39;s going to get messy.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sexy screens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 1,536 x 2,048 iPad Mini and 1,200 x 1,920 Kindle Fire HDX are both firmly in Retina Display territory, offering virtually identical counts of ~324 pixels per inch.</p> <p>The upshot of all those numbers is that they easily cram in more than enough pixels to treat your eyes to super-sharp text and icons, along with crisp detailed photos and videos.</p> <p>While the Kindle Fire HDX and iPad Mini have IPS LCD screens, the iPad Mini&#39;s display is a little larger at 7.9 inches, compared to the Kindle&#39;s 7in screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>What the Kindle Fired HDX lacks in size, it makes up for with <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/Tablet_ShootOut_4.htm" target="_blank">Quantum Dot technology</a>. Fancy physics aside, this means that the HDX has a 100% colour gamut, compared to the iPad Mini&#39;s 62%.&nbsp;The HDX can therefore display a larger range of colours than the iPad Mini, and colourful pictures really do pop a little more on the HDX.</p> <p>The Mini wins with purer whites though, making whites on the HDX seem dull and grey in comparison.</p> <p>While both screens are excellent, the Mini just edges ahead of its rival, thanks to its extra size and purer whites.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>iPad Mini</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-retina-review-versus-mini-1-homescreen_2.png?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-lockscreen-1_1.JPG?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metal vs plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yep, it&#39;s another classic fight between Apple&#39;s sleek and solid metal build quality and a plastic-clad Android competitor.</p> <p>The iPad Mini is, as ever, a gorgeous slab of tech, and every inch of it has Apple&#39;s premium quality stamped all over it.</p> <p>The Kindle Fire HDX can&#39;t compete with the iPad Air&#39;s premium feel, but its soft-touch matte plastic rear is actually very pleasant to hold - it offers plenty of grip without feeling cheap. The shiny plastic strip along the top lets it down though, and it&#39;s a rather nasty fingerprint magnet too. The HDX is noticeably lighter than the iPad Mini and will be more comfortable to hold during a movie marathon.</p> <p>For its sheer premium build however, the iPad Mini wins the design round, as all Apple products tend to do.</p> <p><em>Winner: </em><strong>iPad Mini</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-design-back_0.JPG?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-versus-ipad-air-rear_2.png?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS and Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re already in the Apple camp then you&#39;ve already made up your mind about which tablet to spring for, and we wouldn&#39;t blame you. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7 is beautiful</a> after all.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7 review</a></strong></p> <p>If you&#39;re on the fence however then it&#39;s worth noting that while the Kindle Fire HDX runs Android, Amazon has customised it beyond recognition, infusing it with its own App Store, and even ads if you opt for the cheaper HDX model.</p> <p>It&#39;s actually a lot less confusing for non-tech savvy users to use than Android, but if you&#39;re a tech-head that&#39;s already familiar with Google&#39;s mobile OS then you&#39;ll find Amazon&#39;s Fire OS frustratingly dumbed down and too limited.</p> <p>Not only that, but you&#39;ll only be able to access apps from Amazon&#39;s App store, which lacks the full selection of apps available on Google&#39;s official Play Store.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;re looking for a small simple tablet for your mum then the HDX&#39;s Mayday feature which offers free 24/7 live assistance from Amazon will be an absolute godsend.</p> <p>For the sheer number of quality apps available from the App store though, this scrap goes to the iPad Mini too.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong><em>iPad Mini</em></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-review-apps-close_0.JPG?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kindle Fire HDX is the most powerful tablet Amazon&#39;s ever made, with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor churning through games and apps with ease.</p> <p>The iPad Mini&#39;s performance matches the HDX&#39;s power, thanks to housing the same 64-bit A7 chip as the iPad Air, so this one&#39;s a draw.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em><strong>&nbsp;Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-OS_2.png?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re giving this fight to the iPad Mini. Both tablets have truly stunning screens and power in spades, but the extra inch and more polished build quality offered by the iPad Mini will be too tempting for media fans to resist.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s walled garden also makes the iPad Mini by far the better choice for apps and movies too. Because Amazon Prime video has yet to hit the UK, there&#39;s no easy way of watching offline videos on the Fire HDX. Boo.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;re after a quality, easy-to-use tablet then the Fire HDX won&#39;t disappoint, especially when you can snap it up for &pound;200 - substantially less than the &pound;320 iPad Mini.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Best Tablets</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-control-center_3.png?1391446096" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad Mini vs Kindle Fire HDX </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple and Amazon&#039;s tiny tablets square off </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/apple-ipad-mini-retina-display-vs-amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/apple-ipad-mini-retina-display-vs-amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7/feature#comments Amazon Apple iPad Mini 2 Kindle Fire HDX Tablets Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:58:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431892 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-mini-retina-display/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Protect, augment and funnerise your iPad Mini with our choice of the best accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-multi-tasking.png?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple&#39;s iPad Mini now has a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">Retina Display</a>, 64-bit A7 processor&nbsp;and the same slick iOS 7 experience as its bigger brother, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a>.</p> <p>Treat it to a selection of these hand-picked accessories and make the most out of your miniature iTablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lego Builder case (£45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you want to protect your iPad Mini you&#39;re going to want to get a case, so why not get an officially licensed Lego one? Not only will it protect your mini tablet, but you can customise it with Lego too, thanks to the base plate built into it. Write your name, creat a funky pattern &ndash; use your imagination. Or let your kids do the work for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.belkin.com/uk/F7N110-Belkin/p/P-F7N110" target="_blank">belkin.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="484" height="363" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/belkin%20lego%20case.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Griffin Moto TC rally car (£75) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This iThing-controllable rally car will roll around any which way you see fit, thanks to built-in Bluetooth and an accompanying iOS app which turns your iPad Mini into a controller. On-screen or accelerometer controls are available, and its rechargeable via USB too.</p> <p><a href="http://store.griffintechnology.co.uk/ipad/ipad-mini-retina-display/moto-tc-rally" target="_blank">griffintechnology.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="620" height="465" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/griffin%20rally%20car.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover (£70) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Transform your iPad Mini into a bona-fide laptop alternative with this Bluetooth keyboard cover which serves up tactile physical keys for when you have to put down Angry Birds and actually do some work on the newly free iWork apps. Close it up and it protects the screen - a helpful bonus.</p> <p><a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/product/ultrathin-keyboard-mini?crid=1240" target="_blank">logitech.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="595" height="445" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logitech%20keyboard.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultimate Ears Boom speaker (£170) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This Bluetooth speaker might look like a fancy elongated can of coke (or a cylinder, if you&#39;re not into fizzy drinks), but don&#39;t be fooled &ndash; it packs a mighty punch, especially given its proportions, has a &#39;plasma&#39; coating for water resistance (apparently it can be drenched in honey without getting damaged, although that sounds like a waste of good honey to us) and a 15-hour rechargeable battery.</p> <p><a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/HC296ZM/A/ultimate-ears-book-bluetooth-wireless-speaker" target="_blank">apple.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ue-speakers.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AKG K451 (£60) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These headphones punch well above their price tag. Thay&#39;re also as portable as the iPad Mini itself, making them rock-solid commuter headphones. Their sound quality defies their price, with clear detail and punchy bass. Just add the BBC iPlayer and Netflix apps for commuting happiness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-13567-akg-k452-headphones.aspx" target="_blank">superfi.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/akg-headphones_0.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WACOM BAMBOO SOLO STYLUS (£17) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wacom&#39;s squidgy rubber-tipped stylus is ideal for doodling and writing alike, and its heavy, solid metal finish is a worthy partner to the iPad Mini&#39;s premium aluminium build. The rubber tip is also replaceable too, saving you from buying a new stylus every time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wacom.com/en/gb/everyday/bamboo-stylus-solo" target="_blank">wacom.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wacom-bamboo-stylus-new_0.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple TV (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s little black box is a portal to iTunes&#39; vast 1080p video and music riches and it also lets you stream media from your iDevice via AirPlay. Throw in the ability to game on the big screen and it&#39;s the ultimate accessory for your iPad Mini, or any other of your iThings for that matter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/uk/appletv/" target="_blank">apple.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-06.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The App store is packed to the brim with all sort of photo editing apps from full-on filters to subtle air brushing, and everything in between. The iPad Mini doesn&#39;t have an SD card slot though, so this adaptor is the easiest way to feed your snaps into your iDevice as fast as possible.</p> <p><a href="http://http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD822ZM/A/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-readerapple.com http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD822ZM/A/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-reader" target="_blank">apple.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="901" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple%20sd%20card%20adaptor.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips M1X-DJ (£400) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got a vast music library you&#39;ve curated over the years but no way to share it with your fellow commuters? This portable Bluetooth speaker dock with built-in scratch wheels, crossfaders and other DJ doohickeys is the perfect solution, can run off batteries and plays nice with Algoriddim. Let the noise complaints begin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.philips.co.uk/c/audio-system/dock-plus-bt-ds8900_10/prd/;jsessionid=24D2260F9E793AEB1CC4A846875B2343.app121-drp1?st=user&amp;t=awards" target="_blank">philips.com&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="550" height="413" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips%20ipad%20dj%20dock.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightning Digital AV Adapter (£45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you don&#39;t want to fork out for an Apple TV to get in on some big screen action then this is your next best bet. Carry it around with you and plug into any HDMI port that you fancy. Preferably one that that you have permission to plug into, of course.</p> <p><a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MD826ZM/A/lightning-digital-av-adapter" target="_blank">apple.com&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="899" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple%20hdmi%20cable%20adaptor.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mujjo Premium Touchscreen Gloves (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keep your fingers toasty when you&#39;re using your iPad on the go, with these touchscreen gloves. The whole glove is threaded with conductive silver-coated nylon, so you&#39;re not restricted to tapping away hopefully with one finger. They&#39;re available in black, grey, pink and beige (oh, all right, &quot;sandstone&quot;) so you can mix and match with your outfit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6351/Mujjo-Premium-Touchscreen-Gloves" target="_blank">firebox.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mujjo Premium Touchscreen Gloves" alt="Mujjo Premium Touchscreen Gloves" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mujjo.jpg?1388229277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultimate Setup: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best accessories to protect, augment and funnerise your iPad Mini </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-mini-retina-display/feature#comments Apple iPad Mini 2 Tablets Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:14:41 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430030 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs Tesco Hudl vs Apple iPad Mini 2: in depth http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire-hdx/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7-vs-google-nexus-7-2013-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a right old tablet tear-up! Here&#039;s how the heavyweight 7-inchers measure up against each other </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="7in tablet weigh-in" alt="7in tablet weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-7-amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-apple-ipad-mini-tesco-hudl.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 7-8in tablet bracket has become one of the most hard-fought markets in tech, with everyone and his uncle releasing a &#39;small&#39; tablet.</p> <p>With the Kindle Fire HDX 7, Amazon is the latest company to release a model this year &ndash; so how does it match up to its main rivals? We pit it, spec-for-spec, against the cheap and cheerful Tesco Hudl, current Android pick-of-the-bunch the Google Nexus 7, and the so-premium-it-hurts, Retina display-equipped Apple iPad Mini 2. It&#39;s a slate grudge match!</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ben-stinson" title="View user profile.">Ben Stinson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Choose your rectangle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Picking a favourite in the design department is a little tricky when you&rsquo;re comparing four glass-fronted slabs, but there are a few distinct differences here.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7 </a>is the slimmer, more elongated device, measuring a svelte 200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, while the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/tesco-hudl/review" target="_blank">Tesco Hudl</a> are a slightly burlier 186 x 128 x 9.0mm and 192.8 x 128.8 x 9.9mm respectively.</p> <p dir="ltr">This discrepancy is mainly due to the proportions of the bezels on offer. Google&rsquo;s pad has a thinner frame on either side of the screen, whilst keeping the top and bottom bezel much the same, which means it can be easily grasped in one hand for portrait reading. The Kindle Fire and Hudl are a more traditional tablet shape: fatter around the edges. The Kindle&rsquo;s camera is positioned for use in landscape mode, while the Nexus 7 works better in portrait.</p> <p dir="ltr">Given its larger screen, you&#39;d think the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2</a> might be substantially larger than the Android tablets, but at 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm it&#39;s the thinnest by some margin, and only a wee bit bigger than the others.</p> <p dir="ltr">All three Android tabs are built from matte plastic, though the Kindle wins out aesthetically with its angular, tapered edges on the rear that are faintly reminiscent of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-windows-rt/review">Microsoft Surface</a>. No bad thing. The iPad Mini? Its elegant aluminium and glass body is a class apart from the Android models &ndash; and that&#39;s one of the reasons why the asking price is so much higher.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Apple iPad Mini 2</p> <p><strong>Best of the rest: </strong>Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX rear" alt="Amazon Kindle Fire HDX rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HDX-rear.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 (2013) rear" alt="Google Nexus 7 (2013) rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NEX-rear.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesco Hudl rear" alt="Tesco Hudl rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesco-hudl-rear.JPG?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini 2 rear" alt="iPad Mini 2 rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-rear.png?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same screen, different body </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Both the Nexus and the Fire HDX 7 have dramatically improved screens compared to their predecessors. They&rsquo;re equipped with 7-inch, 1920x1200 IPS-LCD designs boasting an ultra-crisp 323ppi. &nbsp;On paper there&rsquo;s little to separate the two screens, although the HDX boasts &#39;100% sRGB technology&#39; that it claims results in improved colour accuracy, while Google claims nothing beyond eye-slicingly sharp resolution. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Our review</a> calls the Nexus 7&#39;s screen &quot;razor sharp, brilliantly bright and altogether rather jaw-dropping&quot; and the HDX gets similar praise &ndash; with one caveat: &quot;white webpages can nudge towards the creamier end of the spectrum and when using apps or browsing pages with a white background, you occasionally encounter a blue tint, especially in the corners. It&#39;s minimal, barely noticeable when watching movies, but once you spot it you won&#39;t be able to stop your eyes travelling back to it.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">After launching the first-gen iPad Mini with a somewhat disappointing 1024x768 screen, Apple has gone all out with its successor: the iPad Mini 2 offers a 7.9in 2048 x 1536 Retina display (also 323ppi) &ndash; larger than the above Android models&#39; displays but just as sharp. Our review notes that the iPad Air&#39;s screen (with slightly less pixel density) tops the Mini 2&#39;s when it comes to vibrancy and colour accuracy, but the Mini 2&#39;s remains among the best tablet screens around thanks to its wide viewing angles and high brightness level, which means you rarely need to nudge it past half power.</p> <p dir="ltr">And the Hudl? While it doesn&#39;t match the better-than-1080p screens of the other trio, its 7in 1600x900 (242ppi) display is better than you&#39;d find on most &pound;120 tablets, and offers decent viewing angles. In our review, however, we weren&#39;t especially impressed with the brightness, contrast or colour range &ndash; things all the other screens here excel in &ndash; and found the display to be &quot;an absolute smudge-lover&quot;, attracting fingerprints a little too readily.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner: </strong>Apple iPad Mini 2</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best of the rest: </strong>Google Nexus 7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 screen" alt="Google Nexus 7 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NEX-front.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="848" title="Kindle Fire HDX 7 screen" alt="Kindle Fire HDX 7 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HDX-family.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini 2 screen" alt="iPad Mini 2 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-screen-colours.png?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesco Hudl screen" alt="Tesco Hudl screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesco-hudl-review-hands-on-screen-bright_0.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power play </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Tesco Hudl is the weakest model when it comes to on-paper specs, with 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz quad-core Rockchip processor. AnTuTu benchmarks, however, don&#39;t put it too far behind the Nexus 7 (not that benchmarks tell the whole story, of course. It comes with only 16GB of on-board storage, but can be expanded by a further 32GB thanks to to microSD slot. Our review describes it thus: &quot;the Hudl generally flies, tearing up HD movies and games such as Bounty Arms like a turbo trolley tearing up Aisle Six at 3am. Web browsing is smooth enough, though we were surprised to see the Hudl struggle with streaming movies compared to its rivals amid talk of dual-band Wi-Fi.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Nexus isn&rsquo;t slow by any means &ndash; there&rsquo;s a Qualcomm S4 Pro under the hood running at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Our review notes that &quot;the device feels incredibly fast and responsive no matter how much you multi-task or game. 1080p movie performance is equally smooth - there&#39;s a moment of lag to load, but after that we&#39;ve not spotted a single judder in the playback of an entire season of Breaking Bad in HD.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">In our test the Nexus never stuttered, so there may be little real-world advantage to the Kindle&rsquo;s additional grunt. The Amazon tab packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at an incredible 2.2GHz, plus a mighty Adreno 330 GPU. And it flies: &quot;They&#39;ve chucked everything at the HDX, and Fire 3.0 runs beautifully as a result. It&#39;s amazing that a tablet as reliably fast and capable as this new Kindle Fire is going for just &pound;200 &ndash; Amazon&#39;s really stepped up the performance, and it makes the difference in the little bits of navigation around the OS. Some of the stores, such as Games, can stutter when scrolling through choices, but apps download quickly thanks to dual-band Wi-Fi, while streaming is spot-on.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">The iPad Mini 2 has undergone a major upgrade in the hardware stakes from the first Mini, but you might not know it from its on-paper specs: it sports less than a GB of RAM and its A7 processor is dual-core and clocked at 1.3GHz. That just goes to show that on-paper specs don&#39;t mean a whole lot in the real world, because the Mini 2 runs as smooth as you could wish for and has no issues with HD video &ndash; in fact, it streams video more smoothly than the Nexus 7 and HDX 7. Still, we feel the Kindle has the edge in terms of raw power.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Kindle and Nexus are available in 16, 32GB and 64GB variants, but neither can be expanded. The iPad Mini 2 offers all those sizes, plus 128GB.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Qualcomm Snapdragon" alt="Qualcomm Snapdragon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Qualcomm.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You want to take a picture, with a tablet? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Any self-respecting tablet has to have a reasonable front-facing camera for Skype, Google Hangouts and lots of sodding selfies. &nbsp;In this department there&rsquo;s little to split the four devices: the Nexus and iPad have a 1.2MP sensor, the HDX 7 a 1.3MP one and the Hudl a 2MP one. None will win any awards, although the iPad Mini 2&#39;s works very well for video calls.</p> <p dir="ltr">The HDX 7 doesn&#39;t even have a rear camera, while the Hudl packs a woeful 3MP effort. Both the Nexus and iPad offer mediocre 5MP sensors that lacks any LED flash, but we found the iPad to deliver better detail when taking pictures of distant objects (for macro shots, the two are fairly similar). Both will capture 1080p video &ndash; but are perhaps best reserved for the occasional emergency snap or clip.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPad Mini 2</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Best of the rest: </strong>Google Nexus 7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tesco-hudl-review-hands-on-camera-1_0.JPG?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s all in the ports </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">One of the downsides of the original Nexus was its lack of connectivity &ndash; the 2013 model is no different, packing only microUSB and 3.5mm jacks, although it&rsquo;s worth pointing out the USB supports MHL for TV out up to 1080p and hosting capabilities so you can connect a mouse or USB gamepad.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Kindle Fire has the same set of ports, but no way of outputting video directly from a cable. &nbsp;The only way to get video to your TV is via Amazon&rsquo;s wireless &lsquo;Fling&rsquo; service which sends content to compatible smart TVs &ndash; similar to Google&rsquo;s Chromecast.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Hudl sports a microHDMI output for wired connection to a TV, while the iPad Mini 2 is as much the same as all iPads: HDMI adapters are available for the Lighting connector, or you can use AirPlay to mirror the screen on an Apple TV-connected TV.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apple, Amazon, Tesco and Google have equipped their respective tablets with Wi-Fi connectivity all the way up to dual-band 802.11n. </p> <p dir="ltr">If you have a good commute with time to waste you might also want to consider the mobile-connected variants of the iPad, Nexus 7 and HDX 7: &nbsp;all offer 4G LTE connectivity, with Amazon choosing Vodafone, Google going with O2, and Apple offering a choice between 3, O2, Vodafone and EE. The iPad Mini 2 also supports 14 LTE bands &ndash; more than its rivals and relevant if you&#39;re planning on using it in other countries.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPad Mini 2</p> <p><strong>Best of the rest: </strong>Tesco Hudl</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="450" height="400" title="MHL cable" alt="MHL cable" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kanex-mhl-passive-cable.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got Juice? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Google officially quotes a 3950mAh battery with around 9 hours continuous use, while Amazon&rsquo;s 4550mAh cell is quoted to give 11 continuous hours of mixed use or 17 hours of reading. That&rsquo;s a fair whack more capacity, but in reality the higher-clocked Snapdragon 800 in the HDX 7 is a thirstier processor, so real-life figures are more closely matched: we managed to get around 9.5 to 10 hours of constant gaming out of the HDX 7, putting it ever-so-slightly above its Google rival.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Tesco Hudl is poorly-served by its battery. It&#39;s quoted as providing 9 hours of use but we found that optimistic - even with light use it was almost dead after a day.</p> <p dir="ltr">The iPad Mini 2 lasted a full 9.5 hours in our HD video playback test, and will go on far longer with normal use. As such, it&#39;s on a par with the HDX 7.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Draw between Apple iPad Mini 2 and Amazon Kindle HDX 7</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android: The beast cometh in two forms </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Nexus 7 couldn&rsquo;t be more resolutely Android &ndash; it&rsquo;s a completely stock experience as we&rsquo;ve come to expect on Nexus devices, and has just been updated to Android 4.4 Kitkat. &nbsp;This will please Android purists and guarantees compatibility with all the apps you&rsquo;d need from Google Play. &nbsp;What&rsquo;s more, you get all of Google&rsquo;s toys including Google Now. In short, anyone who likes to experiment with or tweak their gadgets will prefer the Nexus 7.</p> <p dir="ltr">In contrast, Amazon&rsquo;s thick FireOS 3.0 &lsquo;Mojito&rsquo; skin hides almost all aspects of Android&rsquo;s desktop-style UI with a huge carousel that puts your music, books and movies front and centre. Fortunately, it&rsquo;s now much simpler to use, with a conventional app drawer that you can pin your media to, and context-sensitive menus you pull in from the sides of the screen. Amazon has the media side of things covered with direct, dangerously simple access to its huge online candy shop. Unfortunately the same is not true of apps: the Kindle offers a cut-down selection compared to Google Play, which is the thorniest part of Amazon&rsquo;s &lsquo;walled garden&rsquo; approach to the Kindle ecosystems. The plus side is that Amazon provides near limitless cloud backup for nothing, builds in customisable profiles or kids (FreeTime) and even provides live help via videoconferencing (Mayday).</p> <p dir="ltr">The Tesco Hudl, like the HDX 7, uses Android Jelly Bean, but it&#39;s an older 4.2.2 version upon which Tesco has slathered some of its own touches in the form of a few &#39;apps&#39; for (really just links to) services like Blinkbox, Tesco Bank, Tesco Direct, Tesco Mobile and Tesco Clubcard. The latter is likely to be of some interest to those that shop at Tesco regularly, as it tracks Clubcard points and shows you relevant offers. Aside from that, it&#39;s pretty much stock Android.</p> <p dir="ltr">The iPad Mini 2, of course, uses iOS 7. It&#39;s our favourite tablet operating system due to the sheer amount of tablet-tailored apps on offer (Android is poorly served in comparison, with most of its tablet apps merely being upscaled from the phone version), and comes with plenty of freebies like Garage, iMovie, iPhoto and Pages. iCloud, meanwhile, keeps everything synced across all your iDevices and computers. If apps are more important to you than web browsing and media consumption, the iPad should be your choice - even though it&#39;s significantly pricier than the others here.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Draw. Horses for courses, these.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle Fire HDX mayday" alt="Kindle Fire HDX mayday" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KFHDX-Mayday.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 7" alt="iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-control-center_1.png?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: the iPad has it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">This is a tough one to call, because aside from the Nexus and Kindle there&#39;s quite a bit of difference in the spec and pricing of the four tablets.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Tesco Hudl only costs &pound;120, making it something of a bargain, but is clearly a weaker all-round performer than all the other models.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7 are a similar price (&pound;200) and offer a broadly similar set of selling points (slightly more pocketable than the iPad Mini, great screen, Google services), but the former&#39;s &#39;pure Android&#39; experience is a far cry from the latter&#39;s locked-down interface. If we had to pick between the two? Despite the extra layer of control that the HDX 7&#39;s FireOS 3.0 provides and its slightly better battery life, we&#39;d still plump for the Nexus 7 as the pick of the small Android slates: the openness and customisability of its &#39;pure&#39; Android KitKat OS gives it a small edge.</p> <p dir="ltr">The iPad Mini 2 is expensive, starting at &pound;320 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB model (the 4G-compatible 128GB model is a staggering &pound;660), but features the largest screen, sturdiest build quality and, thanks to iOS 7, access to a substantially better selection of tablet apps than any of the Android models. It&#39;s our pick of the bunch here because, in the words of our review, &quot;the Retina Mini really is the future of tablets: supremely portable, bursting with amazing apps and with no significant compromises.&quot; It&#39;s Stuff&#39;s preferred small tablet &ndash; in fact it&#39;s our second favourite tablet on the market after the iPad Air.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you want to read more about all these tablets, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">enjoy our Nexus 7 review here</a>, our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini 2 review here</a>, our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/tesco-hudl/review">Hudl review here</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review">Kindle Fire HDX 7 review here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-7-amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-apple-ipad-mini-tesco-hudl.jpg?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mini tablet showdown </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kindle Fire HDX, Nexus 7, Hudl and iPad Mini 2 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/kindle-fire-hdx/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-7-vs-google-nexus-7-2013-weigh/feature#comments iPad Mini 2 Kindle Fire HDX Nexus 7 Tablets Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:37:15 +0000 Will Findlater 1428153 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first iPad Mini was so impressive, Apple chose it as the basis for the awesome iPad Air. So is the best tablet in the world now 7.9in sized? We spend a week with the Mini to find out. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-screen-colours.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review" target="_blank">7.9in Apple iPad Mini </a>made a jaw-dropping first impression when it arrived last year and a disappointing, nose-scrunching second one. Cooing over the slim, light and elegant design we could hardly believe our luck, brain cells frantically bashing into one another to try to make sense of tablet hardware this impeccable. Until we turned it on, that is. And saw a 1024x768 iOS homescreen of comparatively fuzzy icons and text &ndash; the likes of which we thought we&rsquo;d left behind with the iPhone 3GS.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £240.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gorgeous build, stunning Retina screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> All day battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Much faster than the original Mini </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very expensive compared to 7/8in tablets </div> <div class="field-item even"> No expandable storage </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Marginally inferior colours compared to Air’s screen </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and Build - Bringing Sexy Back </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What. More. Can. We. Say? The Mini was such a phenomenal piece of design &ndash; as important to Apple&rsquo;s future slates as the iPhone 4 was to its smartphones &ndash; that not only is it almost identical on the second Mini but the 9.7in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> is now just an oversized version of the smaller tab too.</p> <p>With the cool-to-the-touch aluminium build, rounded edges and machined speaker grilles come the sheer terror of scratching or knocking it against your laptop, coffee cup or stray bony elbows. It&rsquo;s also smooth enough to slip from the hand if you don&rsquo;t rest those corners firmly in your palm creases. Everything becomes the enemy, your own butter fingers included. That&rsquo;s why, criminal as it is, most Mini buyers will probably end up housing the iPad Mini&rsquo;s famous form (now in Space Grey and Silver) in a case &ndash; at least Apple&rsquo;s own Smart Case doesn&rsquo;t add too much bulk.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a touch heavier and a smidgeon thicker than last year&rsquo;s model &ndash; 331g and 7.5mm versus the originals&rsquo; vital stats of 312g and 7.2mm. You honestly won&rsquo;t notice either of these changes to the dimensions as they&rsquo;re fairly tiny. What you will notice is the bump in speed thanks to the A7 chip and the bigger battery, which are no doubt responsible for the extra grams and micrometers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/gallery?viewid=106611"><strong>CHECK OUT OUR IPAD MINI WITH RETINA GALLERY HERE.&nbsp;</strong></a></p> <p>As with the Air there&rsquo;s no Touch ID fingerprint scanning for the Mini. But compared to the bigger iPad, this is a much niftier bit of kit. The Air is now thinner and lighter, but there&rsquo;s no denying a 9.7in screen still takes up a fair bit of space. Occasionally you&rsquo;re going to decide it&rsquo;s too big to take out and will leave it on the bedside table at home. Not so the Mini.</p> <p>Just remember, this isn&rsquo;t a 7in tablet. It&rsquo;s not quite as pocketable as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7in</a> (the two main rivals we&rsquo;ve been comparing it to). It&rsquo;s not quite as light, either - though all three are light enough to hold for much longer periods than a 10in tab. And both 7in slates are more comfortable to type on with two hands than the Mini, too. So why are we sticking by the Mini? Because that extra screen space, especially the big vertical chunk, really does change how you use the iPad compared to its Android rivals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-versus-ipad-air-rear.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-build-1.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-build-3.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen - Hues Control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This upgrade is all about the screen, and boy, what a screen it is. Bright, crisp and vibrant the iPad Mini&rsquo;s Retina display is just lovely to look at. Side by side with its predecessor, it&rsquo;s clear why the upgrade might be tempting too. The new Mini gives our peepers a mesmerising massage, making the original&rsquo;s screen look pixelated - the Achilles&rsquo; heel of many a good tablet display. With its superb viewing angles, it&rsquo;s in many ways a match for the Air&rsquo;s display.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a 2048x1536 resolution and Apple makes full use of it. There&rsquo;s a lot of quite tiny text in iOS 7 &ndash; from the title text on iMovie&rsquo;s clip thumbnails to the IM chat boxes in Skype to the previews and &lsquo;unread&rsquo; message in the Mail app - but everything looks pin sharp thanks to the extra pixels. Hi-res images look also wonderful when zooming in on detail, while HD movies are smooth and nicely balanced.</p> <p>At 323 ppi, the Mini&rsquo;s screen also has greater pixel density than the Air (matching the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX</a>) as it&rsquo;s the same number of pixels squashed into smaller dimensions. The Air still has a marginal upper hand, with slightly greater vibrancy and accuracy in its colours, and while that&rsquo;s far from troubling in everyday use you might want to consider spending the extra on the Air if tablet-based photo editing is your thing.</p> <p>The Mini&rsquo;s screen is still one of the best out there, though. It&rsquo;s very bright and very rarely needs nudging past halfway on the Control Center slider. It is a fingerprint fiend, though, as is the Apple logo on the back, so treat the iPad to a cleaning cloth every now and again.</p> <p>The new iPad Mini&rsquo;s speakers sound great, too &ndash; we wouldn&rsquo;t recommend an extended Spotify session but the dual speakers are reasonably loud and sound slightly fuller and warmer than those of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-retina-review-versus-mini-1-homescreen.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-02.jpg?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-screen-versus-mini-1.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-screen-text.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Mini with Retina display Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 7.9in 2048x1536 (326ppi) Retina display, IPS<br />Processor: A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, M7 co-processor<br />RAM: (unspecified)<br />OS: iOS 7<br />Camera: 5MP rear with 1080p video, 1.2MP front<br />Storage: 16/32/64/128GB (non expandable)<br />Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G optional<br />Dimensions: 134.7 x 200 x 7.5mm<br />Weight: 331g (341g with 3G/4G)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance - It&#039;s hit the silicon gym </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not many people would have complained about the original Mini being a touch slower than the iPad 4, yet Apple have pumped up the performance of the Retina Mini with the same 64-bit A7 chip as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> with the battery-saving M7 motion coprocessor along for the ride.</p> <p>Cupertino tends to be fairly unspecific when it comes to specs, but Geekbench 3 tells us that the Mini&rsquo;s running on a 1.3GHz dual-core A7 with just under 1GB of RAM. That&rsquo;s clocked just slower than the Air&rsquo;s 1.4GHz processor so you might expect a hint of difference in the benchmarks.</p> <p>And you get it. The Air bests the Mini on Geekbench 3&rsquo;s test (scoring 2696 to the Mini&rsquo;s 2518), while the two A7 Apple tabs score an even 5902 and an average 22.6fps on AnTuTu&rsquo;s 3D benchmark.</p> <p>Even so we&rsquo;ve had no hitches with the Retina Mini so far, aside from one crash when closing a game and some occasional lag when scrolling through image-heavy iTunes and App Stores and a jumpy swipe down to bring up search. The only sign of trouble has been the Mini warming up considerably after a heavy two hour session playing games. And that&rsquo;s nothing we haven&rsquo;t experienced with devices running the Snapdragon 800.</p> <p>With dual-band Wi-Fi on board, the Mini serves up fast app and movie downloads (we filled four homescreens with our previous App Store purchases in a matter of ten minutes) as well as the smoothest stream compared with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX</a>. It&rsquo;s perfect for Netflix addicts and the Sunspider benchmark confirms this &ndash; it scores 467.4ms (lower is better) which is just behind the Air&rsquo;s blinding score but considerably faster than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">HDX</a> (568.8ms) and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> (1031.2ms).</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a nanoSIM slot if you want to take out a 3G/4G contract, and if it&rsquo;s 4G you&rsquo;re concerned with the Mini &ndash; as with the Air &ndash; gets access to more bands (14 LTE bands in total) than most devices, too. That simply increases compatibility with the ultrafast networks of other countries but here in Blighty both iPads absolutely fly on EE 4G.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-crash-performance.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-03_0.jpg?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the M7 motion coprocessor doing in the iPads? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might think the motion-tracking M7 suits the iPhone more than the iPad, but Apple&rsquo;s not stuck it in the Air and Retina Mini for nothing. Its job is to collect data from sensors including the gyroscope, accelerometer and compasses - even when your iDevice is asleep - and it&rsquo;s still useful on a tablet.</p> <p>A sprinkling of more compatible apps have appeared on the App Store, including fitness apps Moves 2.0, Strava Run and Argus, with its inspired honeycomb interface plus the step-counting travel journal app Day One.</p> <p>The idea remains the same - take pressure off the iPad&rsquo;s battery by reducing the need to use GPS so much. We can see it being useful if you want to keep track of your daily activity automatically with the iPad in your bag or pocket - less so taking the iPad out on a jog or cycle. Look out for more indoor mapping and tracking apps in the coming months too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera - Photoshop Handsome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6692754b-7c25-1b1a-bd6d-41ed4c9c8f93">Mo&rsquo; slow-mo, mo&rsquo; problems, as Biggie probably said. The iPad Mini&rsquo;s cameras keep it nice and simple compared to the iPhone 5s&rsquo; bag of tricks &ndash; so no slow motion &ndash; and we reckon that&rsquo;s mainly a good thing.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 5MP snapper on the back captures more detail at a distance than the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a>&rsquo;s (though for macro shots, it&rsquo;s a little more even), and it shoots respectable 1080p video, too. The only options in the retro-tastic iOS 7 camera app on the iPad, in fact, are Photo, Square and Video, with an HDR mode thrown in for good measure.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 1.2MP 720p front-facer is also great - just as good as the Air&rsquo;s for brightening up below-par bedrooms for Skype calls. There are dual mics on board for clear chats and the Mini&rsquo;s light enough to hold up as you make video calls.</p> <p dir="ltr">A small annoyance: there&rsquo;s no room in those skinny bezels for a front camera at the top in landscape and as that&rsquo;s how we like to video call, we think it&rsquo;s a better placement &ndash; see the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX</a>&nbsp;for how it&rsquo;s done.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-build-2_0.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS - Free Apps/Better Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s a great way to feel better about the iPad Mini&rsquo;s &pound;320 price tag. Tot up how much Apple&rsquo;s giving away in free, not to mention fantastically useful, apps with new iPads running iOS 7 - &pound;2.99 iPhoto, &pound;6.99 iMovie, &pound;6.99 Pages. All in all, even though Garageband is now free you&rsquo;re getting about &pound;30 worth of freebies.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just brilliant, obscure, independent apps that look better on the iPad - everyday apps such as Spotify also look better, while apps from the likes of Sky and Lovefilm have more features on iOS and get quicker updates. And Apple&rsquo;s own suites really are worth using, as it&rsquo;s some seriously capable software and iCloud keeps iMovie projects, Garageband tracks and your photos and iWork documents easily synced across iDevices, Macs and in some cases Apple TV, too. Cloud storage and back-up works when you don&rsquo;t need to think about it and that&rsquo;s the case here.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/gallery?viewid=106611"><strong>CHECK OUT OUR IPAD MINI WITH RETINA GALLERY HERE.&nbsp;</strong></a></p> <p>It&rsquo;s a great-looking OS &ndash; from the glowing lockscreen numbers to the futuristic, swipe-up Control Center &ndash; but it also brings lots of long awaited functionality. Alongside the eager to please but hit-and-miss Siri and Apple Maps, notifications and multi-tasking now look prettier, show more information and are more useful than ever.</p> <p>Since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>&rsquo;s launch, iTunes U and iBooks (which had been forgotten) have both been spruced up to match iOS 7&rsquo;s fresh and colourful design, with white backgrounds replacing faux-wood shelves. Jony Ive must have jumped out of his skin when he saw them initially slip through his fluoro net.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-control-center.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-screen-imovie.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-multi-tasking.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-apps.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life - Up All Night </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember when the iPad got fatter? We know &ndash; it sounds like an urban legend but it happened. When Apple first introduced the hi-res Retina display into its tablets it took the iPad 2 and stuck a fairly heavy battery inside to make sure the slate could still go all day. Ah, how far it&rsquo;s come from those ham-fisted days.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s certainly a bigger battery powering the iPad Mini 2 - although we don&rsquo;t know specifics - as it almost matches the Air&rsquo;s ten hour battery life. Impressive for a design as slim and light as before.</p> <p>Crucially, it does last longer than the Nexus 7. Over an hour of streaming video from Netflix at half brightness, the Nexus dropped 17%, the iPad only 10% and on our regular HD video rundown test the iPad Mini lasted 9 and a half hours. Stamina is helped by the fact that the iPad can go much brighter than it actually needs to and standby time is great, barely budging overnight.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s just another instance of the Mini and Air staying pretty much neck-and-neck. So which is best for you?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad Mini with Retina display versus iPad Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from die-hard Droid fans looking for USB ports and customisable launchers, we can&rsquo;t see anyone being disappointed with either the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> or the iPad Mini with Retina display. There are just so few flaws in either device that it makes pitting them against each other a tough task.</p> <p>Put simply, if you think the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> is a good size and you&rsquo;ll use it on the go then plump for the bigger, slightly faster, slightly-better-at-colours iPad. Anyone else should head straight for the iPad Mini 2.</p> <p>Personally I&rsquo;d go for the Mini as I have a 33 minute train journey two times a day to contend with. It&rsquo;s smaller, lighter and cheaper, you won&rsquo;t leave it at home and there&rsquo;s nothing you can&rsquo;t do on this that you can do on the iPad Air.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no denying that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> remains Apple&rsquo;s most flawless tablet. But the Mini will still appeal to huge numbers of people, and rightfully so.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If it wasn&rsquo;t for the tiny niggles of colour reproduction, performance and price, we&rsquo;d give the iPad Mini with Retina display the overall tablet crown. Colours look slightly more vivid and accurate both on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> (which also performs ever-so-slightly better) and key, cheaper rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review" target="_blank">Kindle Fire HDX.</a> Then there&rsquo;s price - now we know the Mini isn&rsquo;t quite as good as the Air in absolutely every respect, making that &pound;80 difference bigger than it may at first seem.</p> <p>But this is still the stunner of a screen we&rsquo;d been hankering for, with superb contrast and clarity, while performance is much, much better than expected, too. It&rsquo;s lighter and much more compact than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, and it has the same great apps and battery life, making it a killer everyday, everywhere tablet.</p> <p>In <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review" target="_blank">our review of the original iPad Mini </a>we said the extra screen space really does change how you use the tablet, compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a>. And after a week with the Mini 2, it&rsquo;s obvious that the Retina resolution only expands what you&rsquo;ll end up creating and consuming on this tiny tab. The Retina Mini really is the future of tablets: supremely portable, bursting with amazing apps and with no significant compromises.</p> <p>The Retina Mini is now our favourite small tablet, beating the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7</a> to that coveted second spot in the list of the best tablets you can buy right now, and narrowly missing out on the overall top spot, which remains the lofty perch of its bigger brother, the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank"> iPad Air</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-OS.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Small doesn&rsquo;t have to mean second-rate, we&rsquo;ve seen the future of tablets and it looks like the Retina iPad Mini</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Mini 2 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;We’ve seen the future of tablets and it looks like the Retina iPad Mini&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-retina-review-multi-tasking_2.png?1414151482" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review#comments Apple iPad Mini 2 Tablets Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:06:13 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427274 at http://www.stuff.tv Surprise! iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display hits shelves today http://www.stuff.tv/ipad-mini-2-retina-display-hits-shelves-today/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s pixel-packed miniature slate bursts onto the tablet scene like a silent ninja </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display hits shelves today" alt="iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display hits shelves today" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-01%20%281%29.jpg?1384255257" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well that took us all by surprise.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple has released the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display</a> to the masses a little earlier than its previously vague 'late November' release date suggested.</p> <p>Both Wi-Fi and Cellular models are available to order online in silver or space grey, starting from £320 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ipad-mini-2-retina-display-hits-shelves-today/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ipad-mini-2-retina-display-hits-shelves-today/news#comments Apple iPad Mini 2 Tablets Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:36:24 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1429009 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Apple iPad Mini 2 – hello there, Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-video-review-apple-ipad-mini-2-now-beautiful-retina-display/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There may be no Touch ID, but a turbo-charged processor and Retina Display make sufficient amends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands-on video review: Apple iPad Mini 2 – now with a beautiful Retina display " alt="Hands-on video review: Apple iPad Mini 2 – now with a beautiful Retina display " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-10-23%20at%2008.58.52.png?1382576240" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2762365844001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2762365844001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The iPad Mini just got serious [UPDATE: now with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini 2 hands-on review" alt="iPad Mini 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-mini-main.jpg?1382576401" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">We knew a Retina display was on the cards, but the iPad Mini wrong-footed us: it's also taken a massive step-up in power, thanks to the A7 chip out of the iPhone 5s.</p> <p class="p2">We got 10 minutes' stroking time in Apple's demo area: read on for our first impressions of Apple's new baby.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is the best screen we&#039;ve seen on a small tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Apple reckons the iPad Mini 2's 7.9in, 2048x1536 screen packs a resolution of 326ppi, the same as that of a modern iPhone. Although not quite as sharp as the latest Android handsets, this is as crisp a screen as we've ever seen on a tablet.</p> <p class="p1">The incandescent bulbs of the test area didn't provide the best environment to appraise the screen's quality, but from what we saw, it's a bit of a stunner. Colours look as rich and accurate as they do on the iPad Air, and the difference in the quality of rendered text between this and the previous generation of the iPad Mini is vast. That's what comes from increasing the resolution by 300%.</p> <p class="p3">The screen was always a point of contention for us: the one spec that prevented us from whole-heatedly recommending the Mini over its cheaper Android rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Google Nexus 7</a> and Asus MemoPad. There's no such problem any more.&nbsp;If you have a Mini, you're going to want to upgrade. Sorry about that.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2762365844001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2762365844001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini 2 screen" alt="iPad Mini 2 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-screen.jpg?1382576401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still a beaut </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">There's not much to say about how nice the iPad Mini looks and feels that hasn't already been said. It's a tiny bit (0.2mm) thicker, it's as aluminiumy as ever, and the space grey finish is fetching (albeit somewhat less fetching, we think, than the silver). Want more detail? <a>Read this.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini in hand" alt="iPad mini in hand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-in-hand.jpg?1382576401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini Silver and Space Grey" alt="iPad mini silver and space grey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-space-grey-silver.jpg?1382576401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unexpected power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The big surprise for us was that the new Mini has the 64-bit A7 chip made famous by the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review"> iPhone 5s</a>. For those familiar with the slight stutter more demanding tasks result in on an iPad Mini, this will be welcome news. The experience is universally slick and fast, and Infinity Blade 3 didn't miss a beat in our playthrough.</p> <p class="p1">As you'd expect there's no discernible difference between the operation of the Mini 2 and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-ipad-air-review-slimmed-down-powered/feature">iPad Air</a>. In the demo area conditions web pages seemed to load at the same pace, even though the Mini lacks the Air's performance-boosting WIMO Wi-Fi antenna. Real-life use may prove slightly different, but it's unlikely you'll find the Mini a slouch.</p> <p class="p2">Again, bad news for current-gen Mini owners: you're going to covet this one quite a lot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini with iPad Air" alt="iPad Mini with iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-ipad-air-side.jpg?1382576401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Curiously limited camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">It was impossible to test the 5MP camera in the demo environment of the Apple event, but what we did notice was a couple of missing functions you might expect given the presence of an A7 chip.</p> <p class="p2">The iPhone 5s uses the A7 for speedy image processing, which means it can do 120fps slow-mo video and fast burst mode photography. No such luck in either case here, and we're not sure why - the Mini is just about small enough to encourage owners to use it for the odd photo or two. We think Apple should man up and give the camera app just a few more tricks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini camera" alt="iPad Mini camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-camera.jpg?1382576401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wow, it&#039;s expensive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">If its somewhat bigger screen doesn't put the Mini out of the running to pick up sales from cheaper Android tabs, the price will: £320 is 60% more than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx">Kindle Fire HDX</a>.</p> <p class="p1">Of course, the original iPad mini is more competitive at £230, but as far as our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 rankings</a> are concerned, it's beaten by its cheaper rivals.</p> <p class="p1">Will people still buy the new Mini? Once they try it, yes. But not so many as would if it were £100 cheaper.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The new iPad Mini is a hugely desirable device, answering all our criticisms of its predecessor and then some.</p> <p class="p1">Its biggest competition actually comes from it's big brother, the Air: now it's just as gorgeous, not all that much bigger, and provides the additional screen estate it forefathers always did. And at just £80 extra for the 16GB Wi-Fi variant, it's going to be seen by many as a tempting upgrade. Which would you prefer? Let us know below - and stay tuned for a full review in the near future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini with iPad Air" alt="iPad Mini with iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-ipad-air.jpg?1382576401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-ipad-mini-2-review-now-thats-what-we-call-screen/feature#comments Apple iPad Mini 2 Tablets Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:02:20 +0000 Will Findlater 1428245 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Mini 2 is here, and it's going to massage your eyeballs with a Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-here-complete-gold-finish-and-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple takes the wraps off its latest tiny tablet, with a 2048x1536 display and A7 processor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-02.jpg?1382470386" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Apple has finally unwrapped the latest iteration of the iPad Mini (which, for the sake of argument, we're calling the iPad Mini 2) – and yes, it has a long-rumoured and much-craved Retina Display.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">A 7.9in 2048x1536 Retina Display, to be more precise. That places the iPad Mini 2 in the same league as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Google Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review">Amazon Kindle Fire HDX</a>, with a 326ppi count.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ben-stinson" title="View user profile.">Ben Stinson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Faster on the inside </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Mini 2 has had a substantial spec boost over its predecessor, packing the&nbsp;blistering fast <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-64-bit-smartphones/feature">64-bit A7 processor</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5s-constantly-tracks-your-movement/news">M7 motion co-processor</a> found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a>. The A7,&nbsp;Apple claims, will deliver 4x faster performance and 8x faster graphics than the previous <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review">iPad Mini</a>.</p> <p>The iPad Mini 2 packs a 5MP iSight camera with f/2.4 aperture that'll shoot 1080p HD video, while around the front there's a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera that's capable of 720p HD video.</p> <p>The iPad Mini 2 also crams in 802.11n Wi-Fi with MIMO for up to 300Mbps speeds – plus LTE and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Although the battery is smaller, Apple claimes that the iPad Mini 2 will deliver the same 10-hour battery life as the previous iPad Mini – something we'll be checking on closely in our full review.</p> <p>Either way the Retina Display and faster silicon is more than welcome, and if the iPad Mini 2 sounds like the shrunken tablet you've been searching for, it can be yours starting at US$399 for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only version. 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions are available for US$499,&nbsp;US$599 and&nbsp;US$699 respectively.&nbsp;The LTE model will set you back US$529 for the 16GB version, while&nbsp;32GB, 64GB and 128GB&nbsp;models will cost US$629,&nbsp;US$729 and&nbsp;US$829. The original iPad Mini now costs US$299.</p> <p>We'll be getting hands-on with both the iPad Mini 2 and its big brother, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/meet-ipad-air-apples-biggest-leap-ever-ipad-world/news">iPad Air</a> – so stay tuned for our first impressions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-01.jpg?1382470386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-05.jpg?1382470386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-03.jpg?1382470386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-with-retina-display-07.jpg?1382470386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple takes the wraps off its latest tiny tablet and its 2048x1536 display </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-here-complete-gold-finish-and-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-here-complete-gold-finish-and-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor/feature#comments Apple iPad Mini 2 Tablets Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:58:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1428211 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Air launch live blog – tune in here at 6pm http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-launch-live-blog-tune-here-6pm/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s new iPad day again. Grab some snacks, settle down in your favourite chair and join us here for all the action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad liveblog" alt="Apple iPad liveblog" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-live-blog-01.jpg?1382468955" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-confirms-october-22nd-event-new-ipads-incoming/news" target="_blank">serving up a host of goodies</a>&nbsp;this evening – we expect to see two new iPads, Mac OS X Mavericks, a refreshed Macbook Pro and the barmy-yet-powerful cylindrical Mac Pro all make an appearance.</p> <p>If you want to know everything as it unfolds then join us here at <strong>6pm</strong>, where our battle-ready Stuff gadgeteers will be live-blogging directly from the trenches.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mac Pro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>18:41&nbsp;</strong>We're watching a video of the Mac Pro being made. The factory looks like a spaceship. I want to work at that factory.</p> <p><strong>18:39&nbsp;</strong>All that, and it looks like a lovely bin!</p> <p><strong>18:39&nbsp;</strong>At idle it uses 70% less energy than the existing Mac Pro, and eats 12W. That slays most small form-factor, low-power PCs. Phil Schiller claims it's as quiet as a Mac Mini, too.</p> <p><strong>18:38&nbsp;</strong>It ain't cheap: US$2999 for 3.7GHz Xeon E5 with 256GB SSD, 12GB of RAM and 2GB of dedicated graphics RAM.</p> <p><strong>18:37&nbsp;</strong>"This is the perfect computer for the recording studio, says Stuart Price of Lady Gaga-producing fame.</p> <p><strong>18:36&nbsp;</strong>Dean Devlin says "The Mac Pro makes real-time 4K video editing a reality'. This is one of the guys behind Independence Day.</p> <p><strong>18:35&nbsp;</strong>Its HDMI port has HDMI 2.0 - so it's good for HDMI monitoring, too.</p> <p><strong>18:35&nbsp;</strong>Wowser. It can support up to three 4K displays.</p> <p><strong>18:34&nbsp;</strong>But does it run Crysis?</p> <p><strong>18:34&nbsp;</strong>Packs AMD FirePro graphics with up to 12GB of GDDR5 RAM. That allows up to 7 teraflops of processing - eat that, PS4 and Xbox One.</p> <p><strong>18:33&nbsp;</strong>You can have up to 64GB 1866MHz RAM</p> <p><strong>18:32&nbsp;</strong>It packs an Intel Xeon E5 with up to 12 cores. TWELVE.</p> <p><strong>18:32&nbsp;</strong>It's 1/8 as big as the previous generation of Mac Pro. It's pretty awesome, truth be told.</p> <p><strong>18:31&nbsp;</strong>Ooh, bongo-computer time. Here's the Mac Pro.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mac Pro" alt="Mac Pro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mac-pro.jpg?1382468955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Macbook Pros </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>18:31&nbsp;</strong>There's no talk of non-Retina MacBooks. It was nice knowing you guys. Is that the end of the optical drive, then?</p> <p><strong>18:30&nbsp;</strong>Anyway - it's down from US$2199 to $1999. That's with a quad-core i7 and 256GB SSD.</p> <p><strong>18:30&nbsp;</strong>Anyone know what a Crystalwell is?</p> <p><strong>18:30&nbsp;</strong>...and now we're on to the 15in MacBook Pro. It has an Intel Crystalwell processor, with Intel Iris Pro and Nvidia GT 750 M. Up to 8 hours of battery, 802.11ac Wi-Fi.</p> <p><strong>18:29&nbsp;</strong>It's come down from US$1499 to US$1299. That's with a 128GB SSD, dual-core 2.4GHz i5.</p> <p><strong>18:28&nbsp;</strong>It's The Dark Knight, Phil - not The Black Night. But we'll forgive you.</p> <p><strong>18:27&nbsp;</strong>We're talking updates to the 13in MacBook Pro. It's thinner and lighter, packs Intel Haswell with Iris graphics and up to 9 hours of battery. The graphics are supposedly 90% faster than before.</p> <p><strong>18:26&nbsp;</strong>Stuff just got namechecked by Phil Schiller. MASSIVE WIN. Thanks Phil.</p> <p><strong>18:25&nbsp;</strong>Hardware right back to the 2007 Mac Mini will work with Mavericks.</p> <p><strong>18:25&nbsp;</strong>The crowd loves this, and so do we.</p> <p><strong>18:24&nbsp;</strong>Free upgrade for everyone running Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion. And it's available TODAY. I was wrong.</p> <p><strong>18:23&nbsp;</strong>(as in, cost-free. You can't download it just yet)</p> <p><strong>18:23&nbsp;</strong>Oh, new info! Pricing. Mavericks is FREE!</p> <p><strong>18:22&nbsp;</strong>Craig Federighi is tech's new pinup.</p> <p><strong>18:22&nbsp;</strong>I don't know how Apple's execs manage to wear untucked shirts that managed to look so well pressed throughout the duration of their stressful demos. That is the real magic of Apple.</p> <p><strong>18:21&nbsp;</strong>Means you don't have to store your card details with dodgy online retailers any more. You get to entrust them all to Apple instead!</p> <p><strong>18:20&nbsp;</strong>Keychain can now store all of your credit card details, as well as the passwords you're used to. That's neat.</p> <p><strong>18:19&nbsp;</strong>Federighi's wife just IMed him - she's called Hair Force Two. We like self-deprecation.</p> <p><strong>18:18&nbsp;</strong>Federighi's entering demo mode. He's playing with iBooks and Pages documents right now. Mission to Mars is the theme. You can drag words from ebooks to Pages - man, it's going to be so easy to plagiarise great stuff!</p> <p><strong>18:16&nbsp;</strong>The rest of what we're hearing is straight outta WWDC. Check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/os-x-mavericks-109/review">Mavericks preview</a>&nbsp;here for more detail.</p> <p><strong>18:15&nbsp;</strong>The talk is pretty techie. Mavericks can use OpenCL to leverage the computing power of graphics chips - apparently, this'll improve performance with certain tasks by 1.8x.</p> <p><strong>18:14&nbsp;</strong>If you stick Mavericks on the latest 13in MacBook Air, Craig reckons you'll get an extra hour of web browsing or 1.5 hours of iTunes video out of it.</p> <p><strong>18:13&nbsp;</strong>Mavericks is the 10th OS X. "We wanted to upgrade your hardware with code".</p> <p><strong>18:12&nbsp;</strong>Craig 'The Hair' Federighi has hit the stage. "Let's talk about OS X"</p> <p><strong>18:11&nbsp;</strong>"Our competition is different. They're confused. Now they're trying to turn tablets into PCs. We still believe deeply in this category."</p> <p><strong>18:10&nbsp;</strong>iPhone's finished. Now Tim Cook's talking Mac.</p> <p><strong>18:08&nbsp;</strong>Tim's talking iTunes Radio. 20 million users have listened to a billion songs in a month. When do we get it in the rest of the world, Tim?</p> <p><strong>18:08&nbsp;</strong>5 days after launch, over 200 million people were using iOS 7 - Tim says nearly two thirds of iOS users are on iOS 7 right now.</p> <p><strong>18:07&nbsp;</strong>The Americans are clapping at the people queuing. That's cheering people waiting in line for a phone. Madness.</p> <p><strong>18:06&nbsp;</strong>(It's still total madness if you ask us, and we love these gadgets too.)</p> <p><strong>18:06&nbsp;</strong>Say what you like, Android fans - on this video, there are huge numbers of people queuing for iPhones. Who queued for an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>?</p> <p><strong>18:05&nbsp;</strong>We're starting with iPhone. The 5s and 5c launch was the biggest ever - 9 million were sold in the first weekend. That's many, many phones.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>18:03</strong>&nbsp;...and here's Tim Cook. Back in black, again.</p> <p><strong>18:03&nbsp;</strong>We saw this Apple philosophy video at WWDC - 'There are a thousand nos for every yes'</p> <p><strong>18:00&nbsp;</strong>The Kings of Leon finish... and we're on. A video to start.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/stuff-apple-name-drop-hooray_0.jpg?1382468955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And we&#039;re in </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>17:59 A</strong>nd we're live! The stream's coming up on screen.</p> <p><strong>17:56&nbsp;</strong>Amazingly, we haven't heard any preppy indie pop yet. There's still time.</p> <p><strong>17:55</strong>&nbsp;And we're in - an underground bunker at King's Place in London is our venue. It's muggy outside. Thank goodness for the quality air-con. Hundreds of tech journos don't always smell good.</p> <p><strong>14:20:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://store.apple.com/uk" target="_blank">The Apple Store is down</a>. It's almost as if it's getting ready for something(s).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad launch" alt="Apple iPad launch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-launch.jpg?1382468955" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/ipad-air-caro.jpg?1382468955" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-launch-live-blog-tune-here-6pm/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-launch-live-blog-tune-here-6pm/news#comments Apple iPad Air iPad Mini 2 Mac Pro (2013) Mavericks Tablets Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:59:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428193 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple's iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 launch event is scheduled for 22 October http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-major-ipad-event-22-october-coincides-nokia-showcase/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> …which coincides with a Nokia showcase and Microsoft’s Surface 2 debut in the US. Now that&#039;s killing two birds with one stone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="530" height="397" title="Apple’s major iPad event on 22 October coincides with Nokia showcase" alt="Apple’s major iPad event on 22 October coincides with Nokia showcase" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple%20event.png?1381764911" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good old Apple, always ready to issue a not-so-subtle sales challenge to its competitors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 coming 22 October </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New tablets are on the way as Apple gears up for its next event </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-major-ipad-event-22-october-coincides-nokia-showcase/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-major-ipad-event-22-october-coincides-nokia-showcase/news#comments Apple iPad Air iPad Mini 2 Microsoft Nokia Tablets Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:34:58 +0000 Will Findlater 1427680 at http://www.stuff.tv