7 reasons the iPad mini is the ultimate portable gaming device


Phones are great for playing games, but if you really want to get the best mobile gaming experience possible, you need an iPad mini. If you’re obsessed with mobile gaming, you need a device that will give you maximum screen real estate, great battery life, and unmatched portability. iPad mini is a powerful and versatile device that can take your gaming experience to the next level.

Here are seven reasons why, if you love mobile gaming, you need to get an iPad mini.

1. It’s an inexpensive option

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The iPad mini sells for $499. It’s a great price for an updated device that packs small bezels, the A15 Bionic processor, and a sleek design.

The Wi-Fi-only iPad mini is a great device to use when you’re at home or somewhere with a good connection, but if you really want to take your game anywhere, you can switch to cellular- iPad mini activated. Starting at $649, you’ll pay a premium over the base model, but having built-in 5G connectivity for less than the price of a base iPhone 13 is a tough deal to pass up.

2. It’s super light and portable

iPad mini with iPhone on top on white background

There’s a reason so many people use folios and keyboard cases with their iPads. iPads are big and heavy. Nothing can break your immersion like having your gaming session interrupted by sore hands and aching arms. To really get the most out of your mobile gaming experience, you need to strike a balance between device size and comfort.


Fortunately, the iPad mini is one of the lightest tablets on the market. Tipping the scales at just 10.3 oz, it’s a true featherweight. It’s not even much heavier than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which weighs 8.5 oz.

While Apple’s other tablets, like the iPad Air and iPad Pro, sport larger screens, they’re much, much heavier, both weighing around 16.9 oz. Even tablets similar in size to the iPad mini like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite are still much heavier than the mini.

3. It has great battery life

iPad Mini charger on yellow background

Because the iPad mini is so much bigger than a phone, it means there’s enough space to pack a monster battery into the body. iPad mini has a 5,124 milliamp-hour battery. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which packs an absolutely massive battery for a phone, only has a 4,352 milliamp-hour battery.

Having that big battery in iPad mini means it can deliver up to 10 hours of mixed-use performance, meaning you’ll have more than enough battery life to power almost any gaming session.

4. You have the whole App Store to play with

App Store running on iPad mini

When people think of mobile gaming, most people think directly of Apple’s App Store.

While the mobile gaming craze may have started with simple titles like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, today the App Store also offers many console and cross-platform games released on mobile devices. Being an iPad means the mini has access to a huge library of titles and games to choose from.

Even better, having the A15 Bionic chip inside the iPad mini means it can handle even the most graphically demanding games. That means if you’re playing demanding games like Genshin Impact or Call of Duty Mobile, the iPad mini can keep up with the times.

5. You will have access to games for iPad only

Not only does the iPad mini have access to the App Store, but it also has access to a host of games that you can’t play on the iPhone. Games like Divinity: Original Sin 2 are on the App Store, but you’ll need an iPad or Mac to download and play them.

There are also tons of games that are just best experienced on the iPad mini’s larger screen. Firaxis brought Civilization VI to mobile devices in 2017, and while that’s an impressive feat, trying to play Civ on a phone screen can feel more like an exercise in futility than a great gaming experience.

Choosing an iPad mini over a phone means you can not only access a wide selection of games, but also have a better gaming experience.

6. Stadia lets you turn it into a mobile console

Stadia controller on an orange background

Launched in 2019, Google Stadia was one of the first attempts to bring cloud gaming to the masses. Stadia lets you play console and PC games on almost any internet-connected device.

While games traditionally run on the device they’re played on, Stadia’s game streaming technology runs your game on a PC in their data center, rather than directly on your device. Stadia’s servers can then deliver that content to you directly over the internet, much like watching a video on YouTube.

Even though the iPad mini’s A15 Bionic is a beast, it still doesn’t have enough juice to run the biggest gaming titles. Being able to stream games instead of running them directly on the device means being able to play to games on an iPad that you’d previously need a powerful gaming console or PC for.

Getting started with Stadia on iPad mini is as easy as signing up for the service and connecting a Bluetooth controller. That means you’re just steps away from a console gaming experience in the palm of your hand.

7. Xbox Cloud Gaming lets you play Triple-A games anywhere

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Like Stadia, Xbox Cloud Gaming (formerly known as XCloud) is Microsoft’s answer to game streaming. One of the things people love about Xbox Cloud Gaming is having access to an absolutely massive library of games. With just one subscription, you’ll be able to play a huge library of games anywhere.

While subscription services can be great, sometimes their content libraries are full of more duds than hits. Netflix, do you listen? Luckily, with Xbox Cloud Gaming, you can access any game that’s part of Xbox Game Pass. That means being able to play triple-A titles and Xbox exclusives like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and Mass Effect Andromeda.

Related: Reasons to get Xbox Game Pass

The iPad mini Rocks

iPad mini takes what makes phones great for gaming and steps it up a notch.

Picking up an iPad mini means you’ll get a super light and portable device that also has the power to handle some of the biggest games on the App Store. Even better, pairing iPad mini with a controller and connecting to Stadia or Xbox Cloud Gaming can turn this little tablet into a game console you can take anywhere.

If you’re ready to take your mobile gaming experience to the next level, get an iPad mini.

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