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    Apple iPad Mini 5th Gen vs Lenovo Tab M10: Here's a comparison

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    ET Wealth takes a look at the latest iPad Mini and Lenovo Android Tablet to see what each of them have to offer.

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    There aren’t too many options available if you want to buy a new tablet.

    You can either get the iPad or an Android tablet.

    ET Wealth take a look at the latest iPad Mini and Lenovo Android Tablet to see what each of them have to offer.

    iPad Mini 5th Gen
    Price:
    • Rs 34,900 (64GB WiFi)
    • Rs 45,900 (64GB WiFi + cellular)
    • Rs 48,900 (256GB WiFi)
    • Rs 59,900 (256GB WiFi + cellular)

    IPAD SPECS
    Apple A12 Bionic chip with M12 Coprocessor; 7.9-inch IPS LCD (2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 326ppi); 8MP f2.4 rear camera; 7MP facetime camera; TouchID; Bluetooth; 10 hour battery; WiFi ac; BT5.0; nano SIM + eSIM; 300.5 gm (WiFi), 308.2 gm (WiFi + cellular)

    THE IPAD MINI (2019) is the fifth generation small tablet from Apple. It’s been four years since the fourth generation, which just goes to show how much preference has shifted towards the larger screen sizes (9.7, 10.5 and 12.9-inch). Externally, you would be hard pressed to tell different generations of the iPad Mini apart.

    It’s a smart move keeping things the same— reduces costs of tooling and spares. It also shares components with others in the iPad lineup—things like TouchID, battery, lightning port and camera modules. This keeps prices low, meaning Apple has a hold on the tablet segment across a very wide price range.

    Three of the main updates to the 5th gen Mini include the new A12 Bionic chip, upgraded cameras and the Retina display (with True Tone, P3 wide colour display, the highest density display of any iPad and support for Apple Pencil). Let’s talk about these in detail.

    The A12 Bionic also does duty in the iPhone XR, XS & XS Max. These are among the fastest mobile chips in the market right now and it gives the Mini some serious computing muscle. In fact, you can simultaneously edit two streams of 4K video on it—something which many modern laptops will struggle to do.

    The Mini shares camera specs with the new iPad Air (Rs 44,900 onwards). It has an 8MP f2.4 rear camera and a 7MP FaceTime camera. Quality is surprisingly good for a tablet and composing your frame using the high-res 7.9-inch display is a lot of fun.

    Finally, the tablet gets a 7.9-inch IPS LCD with True Tone (it auto adjusts colour according to surrounding light), 2,048 x 1,536 pixels of resolution, oleophobic coating, antireflective coating, P3 colour gamut et al. This is a premium display and it’s very visible. In fact, the Mini display has very tightly packed pixels with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The top-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro display has a much lower pixel density of 264ppi.

    In our time with the Mini, we’ve come to the conclusion that using a small tablet is a lot more convenient than using a phone. You can do everything you want on the web without straining your eyes and without being distracted by calls. And Apple Pencil works great on this Mini if you’re into creating. If you want a small and powerful tablet, there’s nothing else that comes close.

    Lenovo Tab M10
    Price:
    • Rs 17,499 (2GB/16GB)
    • Rs 19,999 (3GB/32GB)

    LENOVO SPECS
    10.1-inch IPS display; 1.920 x 1,080 pixels; Snapdragon 450 processor; 2/3GB DDR3 RAM; 16/32GB storage; dedicated microSD slot;4G SIM slot; WiFi ac; Bluetooth 4.2; USB Type-C port; 5MP rear camera; 2MP front camera; Android 8.1; 4,850mAh battery; 480 grams

    THE M10’S SLEEK 8.1MM design and silver accents gives it a premium look and feel. It has a matte finish back panel, neatly laid out ports on the sides, metal buttons and machine drilled speaker holes. Like most large screen tablets, the Tab M10 feels well balanced and we found the curved edges comfortable to hold for long durations.

    Up front is a 10.1-inch IPS display with wide viewing angles and vibrant colour. It has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels which is great for multimedia consumption as well as reading text – everything is pin sharp. The only thing we did not like were the thick bezels around the screen.

    Hardware is where the M10 falls a bit short. It has an octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. This is the same processor you’ll find on many entry-level smartphones. We didn’t find the tablet to be slow or sluggish for basic use (multimedia, web, and social media) but it does become a bottleneck for more intensive tasks like gaming. PUBG can still work but on the lowest graphics setting. Battery life is the star of the show – we were able to get about 10 hours on a single charge.

    What sets the tablet apart is the multi-user option. You can create additional profiles for a child or a standard user. For each child, you can set limits on use as well as permissions. Standard users can create their profiles with personalized settings, apps and content, each with a personal screen lock.

    The big problem here is that the 32GB storage split between multiple users is woefully inadequate. It has older Android 8.1 and there is no clarity on software updates. Plus, we didn’t like the sub-par camera performance and that it does not support voice calling. Some redeeming qualities include the loud stereo speakers, 4G data connectivity, dual band WiFi support and USB Type-C charging.

    What makes the Lenovo Tab M10 stand out is the price. Most premium tablets are upwards of Rs 25,000 for this screen size which means the M10 has no direct competition to worry about.
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    1 Comment on this Story

    Thayumanavar Thiru510 days ago
    An incident happened to me in Kulalumpur/Malaysia few years ago, when I got down with my family from KL Tower (Menara) suddenly near parking area one couple well dressed and speaking Arabic English approached me to take them pictures in their I phone, which I reluctantly accepted since we had to move to Singapore in another three hours or so.
    Once over when I turned around my family went inside some shops, so the couple developed discussion with me, after discussing about India few minutes Male person opened up his purse which was having full of USD, then he wanted me to show him Indian currencies though I was little suspicious but yielded out of modesty and also I was not holding many in the purse as I was using travel card. I held in my fingers all currencies : 2 X100USD, 1X50USD, 7 X 1 USD, 1 X 10USD, and few Indian currencies 1000, 100 etc. he only touched India currency then I closed my purse and kept back in my pocket. When I turned around to see my family coming back the two told bye and went quickly. In few seconds when my family was near me I opened the purse to check but to my surprise 2 X100USD, 1 X50 USD alone were missing. I came to know that they used black magic and lifted.
    It was horrible experience and everyone need to be alert to such people or approach.
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