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A1489 Apple iPad mini 2 (A1489) Review & Specs

Apple iPad mini 2 (A1489) is an incredible tablet released back in the year 2013, counting with an exceptional 64 bits Dual-Core processing unit running at 1300 MHz, a comfortable 7.9-inches touch-screen, and two cameras, a 5 MP back side camera and a 1.2 MP front side camera.

Apple ships the Apple iPad mini 2 with a Apple A7 chip, which holds a high-tech 64-bit Dual-Core CPU ticking at 1.3 gigahertz with only 1 GB of RAM which is a bit disappointing for such a powerful device. To help with graphic calculations, it also counts with a PowerVR G6430 GPU ticking at 600 MHz. A good point of the iPad mini 2 is its quite large 16 GB internal storage and while it doesn’t count with an SD memory card expansion slot, it should be enough to install hundreds of games and apps, although it probably wouldn’t be enough if you are fan of the heaviest games available nowadays.

Regarding its construction materials, this tablet is mainly built with Aluminium, giving this device a top level feel and improved resistance. This tablet is offerred in three color options, black, gray and white. Apple didn’t seem to put much effort to reduce weight in this 12.03 ounces tablet. Being just 0.3″ thick,this tablet is slim and good-looking. Whereas this device is only 7.87″ long and 5.3″ wide, it’s able to fit a a 7.9 inches screen.

The Apple iPad mini 2 has two cameras, a 5 megapixels back facing camera and a 1.2 mega-pixels front camera. It also films videos in 1920×1080 (Full HD) at 30 fps. To complete the camera, it also includes a high number of amazing features like auto-focus, face detection shooting, digital image stabilization, time lapse video, HDR mode and geo tagging.

Apple packed the iPad mini 2 with a spectacular 7.9″ display, and a 1536 x 2048 resolution, making everything look absolutely perfect. Its display uses IPS LCD capacitive technology, and can detect multiple fingers at the same time.

This device features a 6471 mAh huge Li-Polymer non-replaceable battery, enough to provide the iPad mini 2 with an amazing battery life. An issue to take into account is that the iPad mini 2’s battery is not removable so you can’t buy a new battery when it begins to live shorter, although with such a great capacity you will probably replace this tablet before it becomes an issue.

The iPad mini 2 includes Wi-Fi connectivity (and it can be provided to other devices around, acting as a mobile hotspot), 4G LTE high performance connection type or fast 3G internet connection, over HSPA, UMTS, EV-DO A, EV-DO B and EDGE technologies. The Apple iPad mini 2 works with a Nano SIM card for GSM services and it can connect to both GSM and CDMA networks.

This tablet also comes with some interesting features like Bluetooth (enables communication with other bluetooth devices, computers and accessories), GPS Navigation and NFC (to trigger actions, transfer data or make payments by holding your device close to another NFC device or tag), and multiple sensors like Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass.

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Device Type:Tablet
Operating System (OS):iOS 8.x, 7.x
Variant:16 GB
Also Known As:Apple iPad mini with Retina display
Product code:A1490, A1491, A1489
Dimensions:7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches
Weight:12.03 ounces
Colors:Black, Gray and White
Accessories:Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter
Release date:2013-10-22


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:16 GB
SD Card Slot:No SD card slot


Battery type:Li-Polymer
Capacity:6471 mAh


Back camera:5 megapixels
    Focal length:33mm (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
CDMA Bands:800, 1900
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS Bands:850, 900, 1900, 2100
LTE (4G) Bands:700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7)
Technologies:LTE (4G), HSPA, UMTS, EV-DO A, EV-DO B, EDGE, GPRS, GSM and CDMA

Other Features

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