Apple IPad Mini 2 Review: Moving Up The Ranks: Image Gallery, Music And Video Players, ITunes Radio, Audio Output Quality

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The gallery in iOS7 rocks

The Photos app has been redesigned more thoroughly. To start with, the Photos tab looks better organized. Prior to iOS 7 we used to acquire a grid of all of photos there, sorted by date. Images are now organized by date and location, for those that have been geo-tagged. This view is called Moments, with a description always at the top, with time, place and date.

Moments view • Taping on a place label will hold you to the map

The Moments view offers multiple photos selection - you can select an entire folder with just a single tap. Mass Delete, Share (including AirDrop) and Add To Album options are available.

You can go a step back, to Collections view where you can acquire a better view of your photos, sorted into groups with labels and much smaller thumbs. Those thumbs are still clickable, you can even scroll them to find the one you're looking for (small thumbs are hard to navigate through though).

Collections view

A tap on a city label in Moments or Collections will hold you to the recent Places view, where you acquire a map with pins showing where exactly your photos were taken.

Finally, there is the Year view. It squeezes your collection into tight grids for each year.

Year view

The second tab is Shared photos - it has all your Photo streams. With Photo Stream you can choose some photos to share and the people they will be shared with. Then the photos will be accessible in a dedicated gallery online at, as well as directly on your friends' iOS devices. Your buddies on the receiving discontinue will be able to like them and post comments.

Finally, the third tab is Albums. You acquire three default album types - capturing camera roll, my photo stream and panoramas. Albums can be added, edited and deleted.

Images are displayed in full size and you can delete, share or edit them. From the sharing menu you also acquire advanced options such as copy, assign to contact, slideshow, print, utilize as wallpaper and AirPlay.

You can AirDrop multiple pictures from this interface as well.

Viewing a single image • sharing options

The photo editor is the same as before with a recent option to add filters. It supports rotation, cropping, filters and red-eye removal. There's also an Enhance option too. In Edit mode five keys appear at the bottom for the available editing options.

The image editor

With every recent iPad mini 2 you acquire the powerful editing apps iPhoto and iMovie as free downloads. The iPhoto allows you also to organize your photos by albums, photo books and you can even create journals - collages of photos you can share via iCould and create it visible to anyone. The iPhoto app has richer editing options than the standard gallery. It has been updated finally with the flat iOS 7 skin.


Finally, the powerful iMovie editor is available for free as well, you just need to download it once you sign in on the AppStore. You can create your own movies and trailers by adding, cutting, merging, etc. videos, songs and pictures. The app is nicely functional and performs excellently on the A7 chipset.


The Video player is as lame as ever

Many things have changed in iOS 7 but the video player is definitely not one of them. You can upload only supported formats via iTunes or purchase videos from the iTunes store. This is an extremely disappointing showing by a platform that is supposed to excel at multimedia consumption.

The video player

The lack of extra functionality is poor enough, but having to utilize just an extremely limited number of media format or resorting to converting files, which is both slow and inconvenient is a real deal-breaker.

In the discontinue the built-in video player is plain useless and users have to resort to using third-party video player apps from the AppStore.

Liten to your music or just stream some with the iTunes Radio

The iOS 7 music player is exactly the same as the one in iOS 6, but now its appearance is in line with the recent iOS design. You can create playlists, delete songs correct from within the player and reorder tabs whichever way you like.

Music player

The Now Playing classy screen hasn't changed in functionality neither is the settings. Even in its seventh major iteration iOS still fails to offer configurable equalizers.

The Now Playing screen

If you are logged in with a US Apple ID (the service will roll out in more countries soon), your iOS 7 music player will acquire an additional iTunes Radio tab. It's a music streaming service with preselected music channels, which don't seem to include the entire iTunes content available.

The stations are divided by genres, but once you add a station, you can choose to rego artists or add more songs from an artist/group. You can preview a station before adding it to your list.

iTunes Radio

In case you like a particular song, you can buy it with just one tap. Hitale is available and you can always return to buy songs later. A Wish List is available as well.

iTunes Radio Now Playing UI

iTunes Radio is ad-free if you are using iTunes Match. Otherwise, every 7 to 10 songs are broken by about 15sec of commercials.

Audio output is great, just not Air perfect

The Apple iPad Air set the bar for tablet audio output pretty high, but we are still somewhat disappointed that the iPad mini 2 wasn't quite able to match its performance. The more compact of the two recent Apple tablets did excellently in our test, but wasn't quite as perfect as its larger sibling.

For starters its stereo crosstalk was slightly wore in both parts of our test. More importantly, however, the volume levels were far lower than those of the Air. While the full-size iPad was among the loudest we have seen, the Retina-packing mini was below average, which would have been disappointing for a flagship smartphone, let alone a tablet.

Other than that the Apple iPad mini 2 did great, delivering output with wide dynamic range and no distortion. The stereo crosstalk was spot-on too, so it still has more than enough to please the vast majority of the users out there.

Check out the table and see for yourself.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Apple iPad mini 2+0.04, -0.39-93.893.70.00110.0067-82.9

Apple iPad mini 2 (headphones attached)+0.11, -0.00-93.693.60.00230.030-62.2

Apple iPad Air+0.09, -0.29-93.993.90.00160.0067-89.9

Apple iPad Air (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.32-

Apple iPad mini+0.08, -0.09-82.882.80.00190.017-80.8

Apple iPad mini (headphones attached)+0.18, -0.02-82.882.90.00360.115-80.7

Google Nexus 7 (2013)+0.00, -0.23-

Google Nexus 7 (2013)(headphones attached)+0.83, -0.12-92.492.30.0100.208-49.3

LG G Pad 8.3+0.14, -0.11-93.892.90.00210.0082-93.8

LG G Pad 8.3 (headphones attached)+0.29, -0.11-90.792.70.00740.208-53.6

Apple iPad mini 2 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.



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