God bless iCloud. I was able to use it to restore my iPad 4 backup directly onto my iPad mini and only had to enter a few passwords to have everything automatically downloaded on to the newer device within a couple of hours. I seem to have a weird issue with some of my magazine apps, which show 0 byte issues in My Library that give an error when I try to read them but cannot be deleted. I'm sure I'll fix that somehow, maybe by deleting and redownloading the actual magazine app again then using Restore Purchases?|
The mini is just so adorable. I can't believe how much smaller and lighter it feels compared with my iPad 4 when the screen is just 20% smaller. It is so much more comfortable to hold, particularly in one hand (I have large hands too), and it is very light thus less tiring to hold. The screen is lovely too, crisp and colourful. I did compare it with the iPad's screen and it does have noticeably more vibrant colours but the mini still looks absolutely fine to me. It's not something you'll notice unless you directly compare one to the other. The size makes it more suited to gaming IMO as it is easier to hold.
Although the mini seems to be working great and I've not noticed any magenta/yellow ting on white backgrounds as some have been reporting, I have come across some puzzling things. One is that the back of my mini seems to get very warm but never too hot to hold. I use a Smart Case with my iPad 4 but was using the mini without one so maybe that's why I haven't noticed heat being an issue on the larger model? Also, my mini was 100% charged out of the box but by the time I went to bed it had dropped to 23% after just 4 hours 15 minutes of use. That seems a bit low considering the battery life is supposed to be ten hours. I was downloading loads of stuff via iTunes on my PC (the iPad 4 backup I mentioned earlier) so maybe that drained the battery? Bluetooth was off and the screen brightness was left at the default setting. I recharged the mini last night and was using it for 15-20 minutes this morning to download some magazines and the charge just dropped to 99% when I switched it off. Maybe the initial charge is not very good?
All in all the mini seems like a solidly constructed and very nice tablet. Even the audio seemed pretty decent as I listened to some music streamed from my PC and a few YouTube videos; it's obviously quieter than the iPad 4 but it's still clearer and louder than the audio from my either my Samsung Galaxy S III phone or my PS Vita.
PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox One, PC (Intel Core i7-4770K, 16 GB, 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780, Windows 8.1 Pro), iPad 4, iPad mini with Retina Display.