iPad Mini 4 The iPad mini 4 is obviously the best smaller tablet Apple has ever created; well, I say obviously, but last year's mini 3 was actually something of a backwards step. That device was just the mini 2 with a new colour and TouchID, but the mini 4 is a much better device.Overdue upgrades add faster A8 processor, better cameras, a more vivid Retina display, slightly slimmed-down design, and the ability to run split-screen apps in iOS 9. The small size is perfect for traveling and iOS remains a superior user experience on tablets. At 7.9in and with a "Retina" resolution of 1536 x 2048 giving a pixel density of 324 per inch, you'd be forgiven for thinking the mini 4's screen is exactly the same as the mini 3's. But it isn't. At a more technical level, the new tablet's screen is, according to the experts at DisplayMate, the best screen on any iPad, ever – and that includes the Air 2and new iPad Pro. Moving from the iPad Mini 2/3, the iPad Mini 4 also has slightly different speaker grills at the bottom (one row of holes at the bottom, rather than stacked rows), and the size is now very slightly different: at 203x134x6.1mm the iPad Mini 4 is slightly taller and thinner than the iPad Mini 3 (200x135x7.5mm). Apple has a couple different tiers of camera sensors it uses—the top-end ones in iPhones, and the "good enough" ones in iPods and iPads. Like the sixth-generation iPod Touch, the iPad Mini 4 steps up from a good-enough 5MP camera to a good-enough 8MP camera, roughly the same one as used in the iPad Air 2. The two tablets take very similar pictures in outdoor, indoor, and low light. Neither is as good as an iPhone, but both can capture more detail than the 5MP iPad Mini 2 and 3. The iPad mini 4 is pushed along by Apple’s 64-bit A8 processor, which is definitely an upgrade from last year but not quite as powerful as the Air 2 despite what Schiller boasted on stage. Apple says the new chip delivers speed gains of up to 30 percent, and sure, apps definitely open faster. The mini 4 has 2GB of RAM inside, so apps are also less likely to unexpectedly restart when you’re multitasking, and Safari won’t need to reload your tabs so often. Graphics performance has jumped by 60 percent, and it’s impossible to find any current iOS game that slows down this iPad in any noticeable way. Apple claims the iPad mini 4 can last up to 10 hours on a single battery charge when connected to Wi-Fi. Our battery test streams a full-screen video over Wi-Fi on 80 percent screen brightness, and the iPad mini 4 lasted for 5 hours and 15 minutes. Not quite as long as Apple claims, but in line with other small-screen tablets. The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 lasted 5 hours, 33 minutes. The iPad mini 3 and the iPad Air 2 lasted for 5 hours, 45 minutes, and 5 hours, 15 minutes, respectively. The iPad mini 4 features 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO support, and performed admirably on our networking tests.
But, A lot more expensive than most 8-inch tablets on the market. Multitasking on the smaller screen isn't as useful as on the larger Air 2. Processing speed is a step below other iPads and new iPhones, and battery life takes a step down, too.
THE BOTTOM LINE The iPad Mini 4 makes the most of iOS 9 and has a number of welcome upgrades, but its high price will have some skipping straight up to larger iPad Air models. Price:$399.00
VS Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 The K1 is almost identical to the original Shield tablet. It has the same Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core processor running at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM and the incredibly fast Kepler SMX GPU, which made the original such a potent gaming machine.The Nvidia Shield Tablet packs a lot of graphics punch with a new Tegra K1 processor. It has expandable microSD card storage; runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and offers full access to Google Play app store. Its add-on wireless game controller enables connected TV support for sofa gaming and streaming-video entertainment. It streams PC games with compatible gaming PCs. And it's what's hidden beneath that screen and svelte design that makes the Shield Tablet K1 the ultimate tablet for gamers on the go.
Inside Nvidia's new tablet you'll discover a 2.2GHz quad-core Arm Cortex A15 CPU combined with the powerful Nvidia Tegra K1 GPU and 2GB of RAM – the same setup as featured in the original model.
Thanks to those powerful innards, I experienced no issues of lag or stuttering with any of the software on the Shield Tablet K1. The only exception to this was the camera app – but more on that later.
Although you may experience longer than average load times on the Tegra-optimised titles, once you’re past the initial ones, there are few loading screens for any of the games I’ve tried – which is that’s quite a few.
Overall, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 provides a smooth and slick experience whatever content you’re viewing, playing or reading.
If you’re interested in the benchmarks, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 scored a healthy 55,339 on AnTuTu, 1,137 in the single-core and 3,602 in the multi-core Geekbench tests. It achieved 1,497 in Basemark OS.
In terms of gaming, you’re looking at 3DMark scores of 2,444 for Sling Shot and a whopping 29,097 for the Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark.
These results are significantly better than those achieved by other tablets in this price range.
But,Its plastic chassis feels a little cheap; there aren't many Android games that support the K1 graphics potential; the game controller required to play most games is sold separately.
THE BOTTOM LINE The original SHIELD tablet and this K1 version have the exact same processor, display, cameras, and physical size. This version only comes with a 16GB internal storage size, but you've got a microSD card slot so you can expand by another 128GB if you do so wish.
Even if you don't take advantage of its gaming prowess, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is one of the most versatile -- and affordable -- high-performance 8-inch Android slates you can buy. Key Features: 8-inch 1920x1200p IPS display; 16GB microSD expandable storage; 5MP front/back cameras; 2.2Ghz quad-core A15 CPU; Nvidia Tegra K1 GPU; 2GB of RAM
VS The iPad mini 3 The iPad mini range is still a brilliant proposition, offering the best of the iPad but squishing it down into a smaller package.Well, that's what happened last year - this year Apple has basically rebooted the Mini 2, put TouchID on the front, made it gold and called it a new tablet. Performance
The iPad mini 3 has exactly the same processor as the iPad mini 2 and iPhone 5S – a 64-bit A7 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The cores run at 1.3GHz, as opposed to the iPad Air 2’s tri-core 1.5GHz, and a quad-core GPU provides plenty of grunt for 3D gaming.
Even though it’s a year old, it’s still a very competent processor. The iPad mini 3 zips through menus on iOS 8 and apps open with speed. Games look fantastic, particularly those made with the 64-bit architecture in mind, such as Infinity Blade 3.
As expected, in our benchmark tests the iPad mini 2 scores almost exactly the same as its predecessor. It scored 2550 on Geekbench 3 and 14,009 on 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited – both decent scores, but less than the Snapdragon 801 or 805 that most top Android tablets have. It’s also a lot less than the Nvidia Shield Tabletcan muster. That scores 3209 on Geekbench 3 and a whopping 29,206 on Ice Storm Unlimited. That’s more than double the gaming performance for a lot less cash.
However, the iPad mini 3, like the mini 2 before it, performs well and should still do so for a few years to come.
It's only ahead of the older version (a cheaper option while offering the same specs minus the biometrics) due to this being a list of the best tablets, and this is the best mini tablet from Apple, but it's not offering a lot more than last year's model.
What it does bring is good though: iOS 8 works very well on the mini 3, and the overall speed and compact size is still a very good combo, even at the higher price. Weight: 331g | Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 8.1 | Screen size: 7.9-inch| Resolution: 1536 x 2048 | CPU: Dual-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 6470mAh | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 1.2MP $289.99