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Bleeding Edge TV 547: iPad mini 4 review

Apple's new iPad mini 4 has hit the streets, and in this episode I bring you my full iPad mini 4 review and unboxing. Find out all about what's changed between the iPad mini 3 vs. iPad mini 4, as well as what makes it different from the iPad Air 2. If you're thinking about buying the new iPad mini 4, be sure to check out the review first for a full rundown of the hardware, as well as the new software features found in iOS 9 that bring new multitasking capabilities to the iPad mini 4 as well. Feel free to comment and let me know what you'd like to see me review next!

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Video Transcript:

Apple just released the iPad Mini 4, drastically increasing the specs over the iPad Mini 3. In this episode of Bleeding Edge TV, we'll review the iPad Mini 4 and let you know if it's worth your attention. Stay tuned!

Hey guys, welcome to Bleeding Edge TV! I'm Andru Edwards, editor-in-chief of GearLive.com. This is the show that brings you news and reviews through the acts of GearLive.com and today as I've said, we've got the brand new iPad Mini 4. It just came out today, in conjunction with the release of iOS 9. Apple took all that new hardware that's found in the iPad Air 2 and shrunk it down and that's what we'll find here in the iPad Mini 4.

So let's talk about those specs as get it opened up. The iPad Mini 4 sports a 1.5GHz Apple A8 Processor found in the iPhone 6 and 6+, both were released in 2014. Now the larger iPad Air 2 has an A8X chip, which basically means it has faster graphic chip in it than you'll find here. 2GB of RAM is also found here, that's doubling the RAM from last year and the year before, which  the iPad Mini 3 only had 1GB of RAM, so it'll make it not only faster, but when you're multi tasking, things will be smoother, so far you wouldn't have to load tabs anywhere near as often. So that 2GB of RAM will really go a long way.

The iPad Mini 4 is also 18% thinner than the iPad Mini 3, and the iPad Mini 3 was already a thin tablet, but this is almost 20% thinner than that. It's 6.1mm thin, it only weights 0.65 pound. It's also 30% faster than thanks to the new A8 processor and 60% faster at graphic, so I could do gaming or anything that's pretty intense you're really gonna like the speed increase that's found here.

The iPad Mini 4 is faster than the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6+ but not as fast as the iPad Air 2 so it sits somewhere in between. What you see is a 7.9 inch Retina Display that's now laminated to the glass, previous iPad Mini's had an air gap, which basically means the glass that you touched and the image that you saw had a little bit of air between them. There's not much to the iPad Mini4 4, when you carry it around it feels like you're holding a screen or just a piece of glass. So it's super thin, super light, and it's almost hard to believe that you're carrying around a powerful tablet. But now with the new model, the glass you touch and the display is actually showing you the image are laminated together so it feels like you're actually touching the display itself, rather than a piece of glass that's over the display.

Other big changes are the 8MP rear camera up from 5MP and it has a 3264x2448 resolution. Other features of the camera include 120 fps for slow motion. Time-lapse video exposure control, there's a high-resolution panorama, and you can record 1080p video. I front, you have a FaceTime HD camera, it's 1.2MP for images and records in 720p video. The iPad mini 4 does include Touch ID, but it doesn't have an NFC chip. What that mean is, you can use your Touch ID to unlock the tablet so when it's locked you just use your fingerprint to open it up, and you ca use it for Apple Pay in apps. So for example, if you buy something from the Apple Store App you can pay with Apple Pay, so you have all your credit card information stored on the iPad safely and use your thumbprint to authenticate the purchase.

Also faster in the iPad Mini 4 is the Wi-Fi and networking in general actually. It now supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, up to 866 megabits per second. On the LTE front, this is a LTE model which means that it connects to cellphone networks as well when you're on the go. It connects to LTE at up to 150MB per second. The iPad Mini 4 sits with iOS 9 as I said in the beginning, so that includes all the iOS 9 iPad features that even the iPad Mini 3 couldn't support. So now you get features like slide over, split view where you can view two apps at once as well as picture and picture video, so you can watch a video anywhere on the screen while you're doing something else. You get the keyboard shortcuts, easy text selection, and the built in shortcut bar.

Apple also makes a couple of accessories for the iPad Mini 4, they make a silicon case, and they make a  smart cover. The iPad Mini 4 is available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray no rose gold just yet. It's gonna be exclusive for the iPhone at least for the next year. Should you upgrade? If you have an iPad you're already happy with, you don't feel it's too slow, you don't feel it's bothering you down then i'd say no, there's not really much reason to upgrade. But some of that I pour it out during the course of this review particularly sticks out to you, the you might wanna consider upgrading from your previous iPad to the iPad Mini 4 if the phone factor is right for you. In my opinion, you get a better camera, a better display, a better wifi speed, A8 processor, more RAM, faster LTE, iOS 9 multi-tasking feature that weren't there before.

All in all, with the release of the iPad Mini 4, Apple brought the iPad Mini out of 2013 and into the more modern era. The iPad Wi-Fi version starts at $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB and $599 for 128GB. Or if you wanna go to LTE route, LTE model 16GB is $529, 64GB is $629, and the top of the line iPad Mini 4 with 128GB LTE model for $729.

That's it for this edition of Bleeding Edge TV. If you like this video, please give me a like on this video let me know, I appreciate it very much and of course hit the subscribe button, especially if you've never been to the channel before, we have a bunch of cool stuff, multiple times per week. Two things you probably wanna check out right now. One is we're doing the BB8 giveaway check that out, and also if you're interested in the iPad Mini 4 which you probably are since you've watched this, you don't wanna miss the unboxing that we did of the new Apple TV. The new Apple TV doesn't come out until next month, October. I got it the day it was announced and did the unboxing and put that up on my channel youtube.com/GearLive again, thanks for watching guys! Leave all the question that you have on the comments below and I will do my best to answer them and i'll see you on the next video!

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