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Apple iPad mini 3 Review Roundup

Most people would be better off getting the iPad mini 2 for $100 less.


The iPad mini 3 is the best 7.9-inch tablet you can buy, but overpriced considering it only offers a minor upgrade over last year’s model.

3.17 out of 5

Average Overall Rating


3.17 out of 5 stars (3 reviews)

Critics Reviews (Around the Web)

★★★★★★★★★★ 3 out of 5 stars

It’s got a great OS, new features and is still attractively designed. It’s just that all these features are available on the mini 2 for a lot less money. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 2.5 out of 5 stars

This is a fantastic iPad Mini, but it’s a terrible deal. We recommend you buy a cheaper 32GB iPad Mini 2 and wait a year to get a fingerprint sensor. Read full review →

★★★★★★★★★★ 4.00 out of 5 stars

The mini 2 is 25 percent less expensive than the mini 3, and I can’t make a strong case for Touch ID or Apple SIM warranting the $100 premium. The two new features are convenient, but ultimately expendable. Read full review →
Apple iPad mini 3 Tablet
Apple iPad mini 3 Tablet


  • Still well-designed
  • Slick OS
  • Touch ID is more secure
  • High-quality retina screen
  • Beautifully built
  • Fast
  • Sharp screen
  • Excellent app options


  • Too much like the mini 2
  • Overpriced compared to last year
  • No real upgrades

Our Final Conclusion

Most people would be better off getting the iPad mini 2 for $100 less.

Product Overview

October 16, 2014Apple today introduced iPad mini 3, which adds a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, for $399. The third-generation tablet keeps the same 7.9-inch Retina display as the previous model, which is now being renamed to iPad mini 2 (it was iPad mini with Retina Display). The new model only adds Touch ID feature for security. Otherwise all specifications are the same. Both iPad minis feature the same Retina display, A7 chip, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD…

Oct 22, 2014
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