Let’s face it; Windows devices aren’t the best dedicated tablets in 2020. Sure, you can grab some excellent devices like the Surface Pro 7 or the Surface Pro X, but they’re best as ultra-portable PCs that can be used as tablets, not as dedicated tablets.
The lack of dedicated Windows tablets becomes even more clear if you’re looking for smaller devices. The Surface Go 2 is a fun little device, but again, it’s really best as a portable PC. Also, the Surface Go 2 isn’t that small for a tablet with its 10.5-inch screen.
Small device, big savings
With the iPad mini 5, you get a beautiful 7.9-inch Retina display, A12 Bionic chip, 64GB storage, and 9-hour battery. Several models are discounted by $100 at Best Buy with the base Wi-Fi model hitting a new low price.
$399.00 $99 off
This is where the iPad mini 5 comes in. It’s a compact device that’s an excellent tablet for enjoying media, browsing the web, and carrying around. It has a 7.9-inch screen and even supports the Apple Pencil (1st Gen) for jotting down notes and drawing. Now, as part of a Cyber Monday deal, you can grab the Apple iPad mini 5 for just $300.
The iPad mini 5 is small enough to fit in one hand in portrait mode, though you might have to stretch depending on your hand size. It’s also light enough to hold in one hand in landscape mode. The display of the iPad mini 5 is laminated and coated to reduce reflections to show off clear images and video.
The iPad mini 5 runs on Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. The internals of the iPad mini 5 are similar to the iPhone XS. in other words, the iPad mini 5 has more than enough power for a small tablet.
The iPad mini 5 is a bit old at this point, but you shouldn’t have to worry about it becoming outdated any time soon. In our sister site iMore’s iPad mini 5 review, Rene Ritchie states, “For what are ostensibly mid-range tablets, A12 is ridiculously OP … That’s kind of Apple’s thing these days, though: building in enough overhead that your device won’t just fly now, but keep flying for 4-5 years, and iOS updates, to come.”
With that “ridiculously OP” chip inside, you can enjoy all sorts of apps that come as part of the iOS ecosystem. From popular apps to great mobile games, iOS has apps galore. Don’t worry; you can even use the tablet to run Microsoft apps like Word and PowerPoint on the go.
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