Apple iPad mini 3 Price, Specifications, Reviews, features and Comparisons

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Key features:

  • Metal unibody, 7.5mm slim, 331g of weight
  • Optional LTE connectivity (Cat. 4, 150Mbps downlink)
  • 7.9″ 1,536 x 2,048 LED-backlit IPS LCD with 324 ppi pixel density
  • Apple iOS 8
  • Dual-core 1.3 GHz Apple A7 chipset, M7 motion co-processor, PowerVR GX6430 GPU, 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP autofocus camera, 1080p@30fps, 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 16/64/128GB of built-in storage
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the Home button
  • 6,471 mAh battery

Main disadvantages:

  • No microSD slot
  • Pricey memory upgrades, 32GB version should have been standard
  • No NFC connectivity, Apple Pay has limited functionality
  • Apple iOS 8 still relies on iTunes for music and file transfers


2013 saw the introduction of the Retina display to the iPad Mini 2; with the 2014 model keeping the same screen, with a gloriously crisp resolution of 2,048×1,536; which can also be found on the iPad Air 2. It’s worth mentioning that with just a narrowly smaller screen, the iPad Mini 3 actually has a higher pixel density (326ppi vs 264ppi).If I’m honest, it’s actually very hard to tell the two apart. If you stare hard enough you get slightly sharper text on the Mini, but it’s a close-run thing and you won’t really be able to tell the difference in general day-to-day use. Image quality is obviously where it’s most important and the iPad Mini 3 is generally pretty good. Thanks to its IPS panel, viewing angles are almost perfect, easily able to see the screen, even from those extreme viewing angles.

Using our colour calibrator to measure the screen quality showed that the screen’s measured black luminance was a dark 0.45CD/m2 and its contrast ratio was a decent 798:1, while brightness was a respectable 365.62cm/m2. Colour reproduction wasn’t so good, though, with the screen only producing just about 67.1% of the sRGB colour gamut. This final measurement doesn’t exactly tell the whole truth, however, as coverage isn’t really the only important thing: it obviously depends on which part of the colour spectrum is causing the problem, as to how noticeable it is in general. With that in mind then, in day-to-day use the Mini produces rich and vibrant colours and is Perfect for browsing the web thanks to its clean and bright whites. That being said, it’s not really the best tablet screen that you can buy, and for detailed photos, the high-quality iPad Air 2 and the more recent iPad Mini 4has a significantly better display.


Battery Life

As was the case with the iPad Mini 2, the Mini 3 has a respectably sized 6,471mAh battery. In our video playback battery test set to 170cd/m2 screen brightness, the tablet lasted for just over 11 hours on a single charge. That’s still pretty impressive and means that you’ve got a typical day’s worth of heavy use and around a week’s worth of light use in-between charges. While we have seen small tablets from other manufacturers last that few hours longer, it’s fair to say that the iPad Mini 3’s battery still lasts long enough, and isn’t really anything to be laughed at.You still charge the tablet via the Lightning port located on the bottom of the tablet. Apple does provide a 2.4A USB charger in the box, which you’ll want to use; as the 1A charger you get with the iPhone and pretty much any other devices will definitely take a very long time to charge this tablet.



Although the iPad Air 2 got a new camera, upgrading sensor resolution and to a larger aperture lens, the iPad Mini 3 sadly didn’t, sticking with the same 5-megapixel sensor and f/2.4 aperture lens as is also found on its predecessor. This is starting to show its age now, with some decidedly low-resolution shots.Quality isn’t too bad in bright light, with the camera producing well-exposed and detailed shots, although slightly lacking in detail if you zoom in, as you can see from the sample shots below (click to view the full-res images).In low light, you start getting a lot more noise, while the lack of detail is still an issue. You can see this in the shot below (click to view the full-res photo).With no new chip or sensor, you don’t really get any of the modes that the iPad Air 2 got, such as the fantastic burst mode.

Video also lacks the larger tablet’s 120fps Slo-Mo mode, so you can shoot at 30fps 1080p only. It’s good to see that the Timelapse mode is available here though, as you can capture some cool documentary-style footage with ease. Image quality is good enough outside, although the comparatively small sensor starts to struggle with noise in low-light. Overall, the camera’s decent enough for the odd snap and for shooting video outside, but it’s outclassed by the higher quality model in the iPad Air 2.On the front is the same 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera, which can shoot video at 720p. Quality is a way behind that produced by the newer camera in the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, but footage is still sharp and clear enough to have a decent video chat.

8.5 Total Score

The iPad Mini 3 is the third-generation iPad Mini tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced alongside the iPad Air 2 on October 16, 2014 and then released on October 22.

  • Strong battery life
  • Small size is still more portable
  • IOS 8/8.1 features, including time-lapse and Apple Pay
  • Touch ID now comes included
  • Last year's screen and camera
  • $100 more than new price for iPad mini 2, Touch ID lone change
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Model Number iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB
Model Name iPad mini 3
Color Space Grey
Connectivity Wi-Fi+4G
Operating System Version 8
Voice Call No
Display Resolution Type Quad HD
Supported Network 4G LTE
Battery Features 23.8 Wh
Display Supported Network GSM
Processor Type A7 Chip with M7 Motion Co-processor
Additional Features Apple Pay, iBeacon Microlocation, Siri, Hands-free, Dual Microphones, Lightning Connector, AirDrop, iCloud Drive, QuickType Keyboard, AirPlay, iTunes Radio, Control Center, Multi-tasking, Spotlight Search, Family Sharing, Notification Center, Calendar, iT
Product Details
Display Size 7.9 inch
Sales Package USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Handset
Display Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
Primary Camera 5 megapixels
Internal Storage 16 GB
USP 1.2 MP Secondary Camera, iOS 8, 5 MP Primary Camera, 7.9 inch Touchscreen
Sim Size Nano Sim
Multi-touch Multi-touch
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Three-axis Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Touch ID Sensor
Sim Type Single Sim
Battery Features
Battery Type Lithium - Polymer
Internet Browsing Time 10 hrs (Wi-Fi), 9 hrs (Cellular Data)
Business Features
Document Viewer Yes
E-mail Yes
Other Business Features DOC, DOCX, Keynote, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS, XLSX
Camera Features
Secondary Camera 1.2 megapixels
Video Recording Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Video Recording Yes
Full HD Recording Yes
HD Recording Yes
Connectivity Features
2G Yes
3G Yes
3G via Dongle No
3G Speed HSPA+
Edge Yes
Bluetooth Version 4
Browser Safari
Headphone Jack 3.5 mm
Wi-fi Version 802.11 a/b/g/n
Other Connectivity Features Bluetooth Support
Display Features
Other Display Features LED Backlit, IPS Technology, Finger Print-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Retina Display
Multimedia Features
Video Formats Supported MP4, MJPEG, H.264, MOV, AAC-LC, M4V, MPEG4
Full HD Playback Yes
HD Playback Yes
Video Playback Yes
Audio Formats Supported AAC-HE, WAV, MP3, AAC, VBR, AAX, AIFF, AAX+
Navigation Features
GPS Support Yes
Map Support Google Maps
Warranty 12 months

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