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Apple iPad mini 3 (A1599) Review & Specs

Apple iPad mini 3 is a high-level iOS device released some years ago, in 2014, having an extremely powerful 1.3 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit processor, a pretty large 7.9-inches multi-touch screen, and 2 cameras, a 5 mega-pixels back side camera and a 1.2 megapixels front-facing camera. That’s all? No, it’s only the introduction of this in-depth review.

The iPad mini 3 ships with an exceptional 1300 MHz Dual-Core processor, bundled in an Apple A7 chip with only 1 GB RAM memory which is a little low for a tablet of this level. To handle graphic rendering, it also counts with a PowerVR G6430 graphic processing unit ticking at 600 megahertz. A key aspect of the iPad mini 3 is its large 64 GB internal storage and although it doesn’t include an external memory card slot, it is still enough to install tons of apps, games, songs, photos and videos without worrying about running out of space.

This tablet is very slim and stilized, being just 0.3 inches thick. While the iPad mini 3 only has 7.87 inches long and 5.3 inches wide, it’s able to fit a a 7.9 inches display. Apple didn’t seem to put much effort to reduce weight in this 11.68 ounces tablet. Regarding its design materials, this device is majorly created with Aluminium, giving it a premium finish and high resistance. This tablet is sold in 2 color options, gray and gold.

This tablet includes a spectacular 1536 x 2048 7.9-inches screen, which makes all images and videos look perfect. This screen uses IPS LCD capacitive technology, and allows multi-touch gestures.

This tablet has wi-fi connectivity (and it can be provided to other devices around, as a mobile hotspot), LTE 4G fast data connection or 3G fast connectivity, supported by HSPA, EV-DO A, EV-DO B and EDGE technologies. This tablet uses a Nano SIM card for GSM networks.

The iPad mini 3 features two cameras, a 5 megapixels back side camera and a 1.2 mega-pixels front camera. This tablet also captures Full HD 1920×1080 videos at 30 frames per second. Additionally, this tablet’s camera also has many valuable features: digital image stabilization, auto-focus, HDR mode, face detection shooting, time lapse video and geo tagging.

This device also features many interesting features like Bluetooth (4.0), Fingerprint Scanner, GPS Navigation and Near Field Communication (NFC), and multiple sensors like Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass.

This device features a 6350 mAh long lasting non-removable battery that can keep it running for many hours and even reach the end of the day without having to charge it. An issue to evaluate is that the iPad mini 3’s battery isn’t replaceable so you can’t throw it away and buy a new one when it starts to lose capacity, whereas with this big battery you will probably replace this tablet before that becomes a real problem.

No matter if you need a tablet to mostly use social networks and internet browsing, will use this tablet to play games, want a device for work or are a photography fan, you will definitely be very happy with this tablet. The Apple iPad mini 3 is sold with USB Power Adapter and Lightning to USB Cable.

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Device Type:Tablet
Operating System (OS):iOS 8.x
Variant:64 GB Wi-Fi Only
Product code:A1600, A1599
Dimensions:7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches
Weight:11.68 ounces
Colors:Gold and Gray
Accessories:Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter
Release date:2014-10-16


Screen Type:IPS LCD (16M colors)
Size:7.9 inches
Resolution:2048 x 1536 pixels
Pixel density:324 pixels per inch
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch


Chipset:Apple A7
Processor:Cyclone (Dual-Core 1300 MHz)
RAM Memory:1 GB
Graphics Processor:PowerVR G6430 (600 MHz)
Internal Memory:64 GB
SD Card Slot:No SD card slot


Capacity:6350 mAh


Back camera:5 megapixels
    Focal length:32mm (35mm equivalence)
Front camera:1.2 megapixels
Max video resolution:1920 x 1080 (30 fps) (Full HD)
Camera features:Auto-Focus, Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection Shooting, Geo Tagging, HDR Mode and Time Lapse Video


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Nano SIM
Technologies:LTE (4G), HSPA, EV-DO A, EV-DO B, EDGE, GPRS and CDMA

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 4.0
Fingerprint ID:Yes
Sensors:Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope and Light Sensor

Last update on 2022-07-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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