Apple iPad Mini 2 review: The simplest, most affordable iPad

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Editors’ note (March 21, 2017): Apple has discontinued the iPad Mini 2. Its successor, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jRHnoWpN80eUguAfL9g_JLafUxx3IxrZg8mMd_k2_Sk/edit?usp=sharing the $399 <a website Mini 4, remains available: Apple’s thinnest and lightest iPad now comes equipped with 128GB of storage capacity plus a terrific display, solid performance, and a resilient battery. The company has also discontinued the iPad Air 2, replacing it with the very similar <a website "iPad." Starting at $329 and featuring the A9 processor, the new model is slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2 and lacks its antireflective coating, but is otherwise identical.

The iPad Mini 2 review, published in July 2016, follows.

Apple iPads are synonymous with “tablet” for good reason. Their high-end designs, fast performance, simple operating system and well-stocked App Store make them the go-to choice in the category.

Or, at least, that’s how it was. The growth of tablet sales has slowed considerably in recent years, with the exception of the bargain segment. Small 8-inch Android models like the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab A can be had for as little as $170, £129 or AU$279, and Amazon has cornered the budget market with its selection of “good enough” Fire tablets that start at prices as low as $50 or £50. (Amazon doesn’t typically sell hardware in Australia, but the US price converts to about AU$70.)

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