iPad mini 2019 review: the best small tablet

  • Published on Mar 21, 2019
  • The iPad mini is the best small tablet around. With the fifth-gen iPad mini, you basically get the entire feature set of the new iPad Air, in a smaller package with better tablet app support than anything else on the market. The Apple Pencil works just like the first-gen Pencil on any other iPad. After using the new iPad mini, we’re reminded why people like it so much and if you want a powerful small tablet, the new iPad mini is the best choice, full stop.
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  • The Verge
    The Verge  6 months ago +845

    Do you like the Mini’s size?

    • alysdexia
      alysdexia Month ago

      @ejt009 iPod Touch for you

    • alysdexia
      alysdexia Month ago

      @Daoud thin -> fine

    • alysdexia
      alysdexia Month ago

      big -> great
      there..here: pick one
      The future is Gigabit Wi-Fi (255 ports) with any number of names (see Wikipedia).
      fast -> swift
      The display isn't nice < niais < nescius := not-skilled; you are.
      i != æ

    • ACrazyPerson
      ACrazyPerson 2 months ago

      It's good but the mini should be like the ipad pro

    • Alwyn Huo
      Alwyn Huo 2 months ago

      Best size for travel... why need the iPad Pro if it’s the size of a laptop?

  • Ugottasmallone
    Ugottasmallone Day ago +1

    I love the iPad mini. I have owned both iPad mini 1 and 3. Now my iPad mini 3 stopped working so now I’m going to buy the new one lmao. I just loveeee the size it’s so perfect and they are so affordable!

  • Maria G
    Maria G Day ago

    Should I get this I’m planning too since my old iPad doesn’t really work that well? But I see many comments saying how it’s still looks the same and their haven’t been many upgrades

  • Anh Tú Vũ
    Anh Tú Vũ 5 days ago +1

    After using my air 2 for 4 years I think the mini size might be better if your purpose is gaming on it. The big size is just too big and seems more suitable for movies and web browsing.

  • Junkie Sock
    Junkie Sock 7 days ago

    Personally I like how the appearance doesn’t change, keeps the price relatively low.

  • Parker Hero
    Parker Hero 11 days ago

    The Verge: The Ipad mini is the only choice for a powerful form factor tablet.

    Xiaomi mi pad 4: Hold my beer...

    • Daniel Sampene
      Daniel Sampene 9 days ago

      Parker Hero No where near as powerful and lacklustre app support (since it’s running Android). Other than that, maybe.

  • SuperGamersplus
    SuperGamersplus 14 days ago

    People who use Twitter with out dark mode = 🤡

  • Prakash D Jr
    Prakash D Jr 16 days ago

    Finally I can afford ipad 3rd gen..,😎

  • Hadif Nazhan
    Hadif Nazhan 19 days ago

    I’m on Mini 2 😭😂

  • ExtraSync
    ExtraSync 24 days ago +2

    I’m literally getting this next week for my ibooks for college

  • Giveit2mehRAW
    Giveit2mehRAW 26 days ago +1

    dear apple, please make an ipad mini pro. Thanks.

  • J C
    J C 29 days ago

    The future of charging should only be nfc wireless charging. No ports.

  • Snapback&Hijab
    Snapback&Hijab Month ago

    “Extremely medium photos” 🤣 love it

  • aesthetically lilyy

    in ireland the new ipad mini 5 is €469 but i get why it’s that much

  • Adeel Ali Mohamedi
    Adeel Ali Mohamedi Month ago

    I am actually looking for a tablet for myself and consider Apple to be the natural choice. I think the Mini is the obvious choice for anyone who holds portability to be the number one priority, like myself.

  • liquidmojo
    liquidmojo Month ago

    A "premium" 8in Google Pixel tablet would have driven innovation in this tablet size, it's almost too bad one was never made. I'm bewildered at how the mini tablet form factor even with this "refresh" has remained stagnant. I was hoping Apple would shrink the bezels and remove/relocate the home button, and bring the tech back up on par with the iPad Pros and/or the iPhone XS line, but I suppose there's no big reason for Apple to do so given the lack of alternatives in this space. I do like the inclusion of the apple pen support, even if it's the awkward first gen model, it's better than no pen support. I've always been "tempted" to buy a ipad mini, but even with this latest refresh, I feel that I should hold out until this size gets the "pro" treatment.

  • Ace Trainer Zero
    Ace Trainer Zero Month ago

    A bezeless iPad mini would have been more than appropriate but I guess this is apple we’re talking about

  • Pineapple Fluff
    Pineapple Fluff Month ago +1

    I have this iPad and I’m using it right now😻

  • ItzChantelPlayz
    ItzChantelPlayz Month ago

    And what iPad mini is this?

  • V I N I C I U S
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  • Arri Gaffer
    Arri Gaffer Month ago

    For me all those other spec discussions mean nothing. The bottom line it the mini is a solid performer. What makes it lovable is the size. It will fit in a generous pocket. Try it, you will be surprised where it fits.
    I'll be getting a new one mostly to future proof my (cellular) device. I really like the iPad Mini!

  • Dom s
    Dom s Month ago

    If you're a business. The ipad mini is perfect. And the fact they don't mess with support for peripheralsis good.

  • Ande Ycal
    Ande Ycal 2 months ago

    I want to sell my ipad 4 10 inch and get a mini. I might miss the big screen.

  • Judi Grace
    Judi Grace 2 months ago

    I love the mini.

  • Queer Vibes Tv
    Queer Vibes Tv 2 months ago

    Kinda makes sense that the pencil is first gen
    Upgrade to the pro to get the better pencil

  • Uranus
    Uranus 2 months ago

    Can't decide between iPad mini and iPad air...

    It would probably be the mini for sure if it wasn't for the huge bezels which should be as small as the air's...

  • Titus Robinson
    Titus Robinson 2 months ago

    I want a Pro iPad Mini No home button design

  • Deadpool
    Deadpool 2 months ago

    Apple wants more money they can put a second generation

  • Sophie B
    Sophie B 2 months ago

    Song (in the background) - Marilyn, by Three Guests

  • Gregory Stewart
    Gregory Stewart 2 months ago

    Thanks. This helped alot as all we need at this stage is a large enough size screen to read magazines from Apple News+, browse the web, check emails. Perfect and low cost.

  • ronnie capinding
    ronnie capinding 2 months ago

    Can work with procreate???

  • Tommy Wilson
    Tommy Wilson 3 months ago

    They just got lazy. They want the 2020 mini to look revamped without having to add anything other than remove all the bezels and the home button

  • dr.itachi
    dr.itachi 3 months ago

    You guys do the best reviews!

  • intergalactic beastie Boy
    intergalactic beastie Boy 3 months ago +2

    Bro I'm still using the first gen iPad mini in fact, that's where I'm watching this video from

  • Nair Boy
    Nair Boy 3 months ago

    Apple will charge for the logo in future and device will be sold separately and sheeps will still buy em'

  • abhishek rana
    abhishek rana 3 months ago +2

    This will be getting the new iPad OS right? That will make this a beast.

    • VanMan 23
      VanMan 23 3 months ago

      abhishek rana it is getting iPad OS and it’s getting all of it. Multitasking is going to be interesting with an 8 in screen. It’d be interesting to see people trying to use the iPad mini as their primary computer lol.

  • prakash rout
    prakash rout 3 months ago

    Does it supports otg ?

  • zuleika mari
    zuleika mari 3 months ago

    My mom still has the 1st generation iPad mini and she’s thinking of finally upgrading to this

  • Karlovia
    Karlovia 3 months ago +1

    I have an iPad Pro 11” and no way this thing can replace it, but somehow the idea of a powerful mini just appeals to me so much. The size of the mini is probably the best for note taking, reading and mobile gaming. Having pencil support and A12 means A LOT to the mini line.
    If they ever release an 8 or 9” iPad Pro I will most likely get one. With the iPad mini form factor they can probably make a 9” one.

  • 9 year old epic gamer soldier

    It's weird hearing an Apple product having a headphone jack.

  • Vipin Santhosh
    Vipin Santhosh 3 months ago

    I'm so so so happy it has a headphone jack

    • cooldaddyslick
      cooldaddyslick Month ago

      Vipin Santhosh I’m so so so happy yo’ momma can finally swallow solid foods again after she broke her jaw swallowing my kids.

  • Soggun nuggos
    Soggun nuggos 3 months ago

    Its the iPhone se of the iPads

  • X3DN
    X3DN 3 months ago +1

    Guys u have any recommendations what to do with this tablet?

  • Daryl Cheshire
    Daryl Cheshire 3 months ago

    I have the Apple mini 2 and compared it to the mini 5 and cannot tell them apart, not enough to pay $600 for it...

  • bsfatboy
    bsfatboy 3 months ago

    Is that how you put it together?

  • kyro
    kyro 3 months ago

    64gb or 256? Rarely play on ipad. Will use this as a phone mainly.

  • Spazza42
    Spazza42 3 months ago

    C’mon Apple, gimme that 9” Pro option. People buy the Mini for its size, not because it’s cheap. I’d pay the premium over the Mini for Pro features in its size. Heck, limit storage to 512GB if you want to reserve something for the big boys.

  • iali00
    iali00 3 months ago

    This is by far my favorite tablet and I have an iPad Pro from work. Wish I could just get the mini so I wouldn’t have to lug this around.

  • Johnny English
    Johnny English 4 months ago

    If a folding phone is cheaper, there will be no one using iPad mini🙈

  • Joshua Schubert
    Joshua Schubert 4 months ago +1

    I’m looking for an upgrade from the mini 4, do you think I should upgrade? 😁

  • Aidid Rashed Efat
    Aidid Rashed Efat 4 months ago +1

    I have got an iPad mini, and it has blown up my mind.
    Apple is the best.

  • TechCare Bilisim
    TechCare Bilisim 4 months ago

    No thin bezels, that's fine, no design changes, that is fine too but no USB - C ???

  • Fabulous Studios
    Fabulous Studios 4 months ago +1

    i still don’t see a reason to upgrade from my mini 4😂

    • Aine G
      Aine G 4 months ago

      Only reason i would is bc of the apple pencil support but they seemed to have been hella lazy with that :/

  • GLR
    GLR 4 months ago


  • Mamidala Sunitha
    Mamidala Sunitha 4 months ago

    Is ipad mini waterproof

  • Atashi Chakravorty
    Atashi Chakravorty 4 months ago

    Why there's no camera flash?

  • alukardFE
    alukardFE 4 months ago

    I would just wish they changed the design, Damn it

  • Min You
    Min You 4 months ago +1

    It would be me dream to see a mini size iPad pro

  • Pieter Groot
    Pieter Groot 4 months ago

    In the Aviation community we almost all use the Ipad mini. It’s not too big so we can use it for our navigation and flight planning in a small cockpit. I’m very pleased that they refreshed the ipad mini.

  • Jean Sandra
    Jean Sandra 4 months ago

    you are right !! apple should provide the pencil with the box if its dead necessary.