TrustedReviews Helps Make the Most out of the iPad Mini with Top Tips and Tricks

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TrustedReviews has unleashed its experts on the iPad mini to provide the 50 top tips to get the most out of Apple's mini marvel.

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If I spent £300 on a gadget I’d want to get the most out of it

The iPad mini was the hot ticket Christmas gift of 2012 and is still one of the most coveted gadgets on the planet. Many people think the iPad mini is a simple device, but there are hundreds of settings to tweak to make it truly fit anyone's personality.

TrustedReviews Editor, Evan Kypreos, commented:

“The iPad mini has a great deal of functionality that many people aren't aware of. If I spent £300 on a gadget I’d want to get the most out of it.”

The tech experts at TrustedReviews have spent a few months with the iPad mini and have put together a list of the 50 top iPad mini tips and tricks to help owners get the most out of Apple's sleek tablet. Whether users want to customise backgrounds or sounds, maximise battery life, ensure they are safe and secure online or just want to make the most of the iPad mini’s multimedia capabilities, everything is covered with jargon-busting simplicity. Explanations and advice include how to sync over Wi-Fi with iTunes, using iCloud and Photostream and setting up email and social media accounts.

With thousands of accessories to choose from it can be hard to decide which ones to buy for the iPad mini. TrustedReviews’ iPad mini tips and tricks include the best cases to buy to make sure the vulnerable back remains unscratched, as well as other great accessories which increase battery life or help aspiring musicians.

iOS6, Apple’s latest operating system for the iPad mini, comes with a number of accessibility options making it the most friendly and usable version of iOS for the visually impaired. Tips covered include settings for colour-blindness, quick-access zoom and text to speech functions.

Here are just 3 top tips:

1. Using iCloud
iCloud is Apple’s Cloud storage solution. Turn it on and it will back up precious data to Apple’s servers. Access it by going to its own sub-menu within Settings. An on-off flick switch for all the information types that can sync, including calendar, mail, contacts, reminders and photos can be found there.

2. iMessage lets you text iPhones
The iPad mini is not a phone, but it can “text” iPhone users. Its Messaging app uses iMessage. When iPhones are connected to the internet, this is what they use to communicate with other iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, instead of SMS. YMessages won;t be received when it's not connected to the internet, but it’s a super-handy feature.

3. Problem app? Close it down
It is a myth that iPhones and iPads don’t have bugs. iOS, Apple’s operating system for the iPhone and iPad, just hides them very well. If an app freezes or misbehaves, it can be shut down easily. First, hit the Home key to leave the app. This does not close the app, to do that requires a double tap on the home key to bring up the multi-tasking menu. Now, hold down a finger on the app in question’s icon on this pop-up menu until a little red “stop” mini-icon appears on it. Tap this mini-icon to close the app. Press the Home button to make the multi-tasking menu disappear and it should be able to run the app as normal once more.

TrustedReviews is a comprehensive source of independent expert reviews, user reviews, advice and news about consumer electronics products. It helps consumers make the right choice of what to buy, whether they are a technology enthusiast or simply looking for the best gadget to buy on their budget. The site attracts a global audience of over 4 million unique users every month.

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