The Apple iPad Mini reviews have many different opinions about how appropriate they are for children. Over the last decade or so, Apple has grown as a company and has developed thousands of high quality products.
Even though the prices may not be as affordable we’d like, there are still millions of people who are willing to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars for Apple products.
The iPad mini was a must-have product as soon as it was released and it was that way for a while. Over time, the product became less suitable for adult use due to the lack of screen resolution and it being a magnet for fingerprints.
Ratings-Apple iPad Mini Reviews
While the iPad Mini is something most fell in love with and enjoyed upon its release, some people feel it just isn’t suitable for children under the ages of 13. For that reason, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars. But, let me say that my girls have had iPads since they were 4 years old and as a family they have worked for us and we love them for many reasons.
The iPad Mini is more suitable for children between the ages of 13 and 17 who can care for them, but with the right cases and a little monitoring, they can be a great investment for your family.
How affordable is the iPad Mini?
The iPad mini contains a lower resolution screen than its competitors’ tablet and yet it is far more expensive. Depending on where you are planning to purchase the iPad Mini, you may be dishing out a mere $350 before tax. Just like other tablets, in the iPad Mini’s class, you will be able to download apps for free or for a small one-time fee. The tablet will also come with preinstalled apps that may be useful for your children in the long run. My family likes the fact that we can buy an app, movie, book or TV show and then it downloads on all our Apple products that are on the same iTunes account for no additional charge. This means the kid’s apps download on my iPhone and this has proven to be a great distraction when necessary because I can hand them my phone (with all of their apps on it) at a restaurant, doctor’s office or anytime that they are starting to get bored.
Durability is vital! Will the iPad mini withhold any drops, scrapes and scratches my child may incur?
If you are looking for an iPad that is resistant to scratches, scrapes, and drops then the mini should not be considered as your next purchase. There have been many cases where children accidently dropped it, resulting in deep scratches to the outside as well as a few cracks in the screen. But, as I mentioned earlier, a good solid case is the key for iPad protection when kids are the primary users.
Like with any apple product purchased by consumers, you will have a 1-year warranty. Meaning if your iPad is received defective, then you will get either a full refund or an exchange for the same product. However, if you are the cause of defectiveness then your iPad mini’s warranty will be voided and you will have to purchase a new one.
The iPad mini has a very durable yet long lasting battery that can last up to 10 hours without being used heavily. According to most consumers of the iPad mini, the longest the tablet lasted is 4 hours after it was heavily used for playing games, surfing the next and social networking.
Ease of Use
Considering the age range, the iPad mini is very easy to use. Most teens can operate any device far better than most adults, so I don’t think your kids will have much of a problem.
There is great potential for children of any age to use the iPad mini for educational purposes. However, kids over 13 have a harder time finding educational apps beyond what they have to do for school. Luckily, the app store has plenty of educational apps that are fun, so you may be able to trick your kids into thinking they’re regular games.
With Apple continuously updating their app store, there will always be room for growth potential. As your child gets older, they will be able to install apps desired and uninstall apps that are no longer needed. Personally, I have love the fact that the iPad Mini has the ability to “grow” with my girls.
Games and Entertainment
Apple’s app store has over 1 million apps, both free and paid. If you are on a budget and want your children to have educational software, you will be able to find free apps for learning and quite a few for entertainment. iTunes also offers many movies (some can be rented), TV shows and tons of music for a small fee.
Memory and Storage
The Apple iPad Mini is available with 16GB or 32 GB of storage. 16GB can be very slow if you are planning to use the tablet for gaming. So, if your child is interested in gaming or if you plan to download a lot of movies, invest in the 32GB Apple iPad Mini.
The iPad Mini does not allow you to add additional memory. But, I have learned that the work around for this is to download what they are interested in and when they out grow that, remove those apps, books or movies back to iTunes. When you do this, it opens up storage to add other items. This is all done by connecting your Apple product to iTunes. The bonus is when these items are stored on iTunes they are always available to re-download to the tablet when you would like.
Power, Speed, and Screen Quality
With a 1024 x 768 screen resolution this tablet doesn’t stand a chance against the other tablets on the market. The screen resolution is the lowest quality you’ll find on the market today. In fact, if you are planning to use the tablet for reading, you may have some difficulty.
Aesthetics and Customization
For the children who love to customize their electronics, the iPad mini allows you to customize the colors and settings to your own personal standards. The iPad mini also enables you to create your own avatars or use a current photo of yourself for security purposes when lost/ stolen. For maximized security, your children will also have the ability to create a pin or password.
Is the iPad Mini a Good Fit for Your Family
This will be something you will need to decide and I hope the Apple iPad Mini Reviews can help you determine what will work best for you. There are certainly some cons to having this product for your kids, such as the screen does show finger prints, the resolution isn’t the best on the market and the price is pretty hefty.
But, deciding factors for me were ease of use, integration with other Apple products in our home and that these tablets can “grow with your kids” and with a little monitoring this tablet has worked for us. Let me just add that I do have my girls turn in their iPads to me when they aren’t using them. I pay attention to where they place their iPads and I make sure that the cases are on correctly and that the screen protector is in good working condition. I don’t allow them to toss them into a backpack or freely transport them around.
So, if you are looking for a tablet that your child is entirely responsible for and tote around at will, this most likely isn’t the tablet for you until your kids get a little older.