The specs of this device can be found galore on the internet, the >4 year old design has been widely looked down upon since the day it was announced, and rightfully so, since it is by no means justifiable that in the age of almost bezel-less displays we get an ugly-ass dinosaur to look at. But at least it’s a T-Rex at that- the arms might not really be proportionate to the body yet it’s the best in the game, as far as raw power is considered. And in this case also kind of like the only option- no other 7.9-incher is a match for it (that’s what she said!).
I wouldn’t say much more about the outdated design- any random article on the internet would tell you enough about it- the one good thing about the old design is that it’s still pretty handy and still just as easy to hold in one hand while you use the other to navigate. It also makes typing in portrait mode pretty precise, but if you’re serious about typing on the mini you should probably invest in a bluetooth keyboard (it’s a pity Apple didn’t give this one keyboard support like they gave the Air, but tbh the mini’s a little too small for a folio case with a "proper" keyboard).
Moving on to the display, its DCI-P3 wide color gamut 2048x1536 7.9 inch Retina display, which means a much more vibrant color reproduction than the last gen mini and it’s also got the True Tone, which is a joy to use- i keep it always turned on (pro image editors might wanna turn it off while they work though). ProMotion is missing, just like in the new iPad Air. It’s not a big bummer, and Apple is not exactly a value for money brand, so you get the jist. Also included is the support for Apple Pencil first-gen (that is a bummer though, the second gen Apple Pencil is a much more refined device, but including its support would have meant making space for the magnetic apparatus for wireless charging in the mini’s frame, and Apple weren’t really looking to modify the hardware arrangements on the mini).
Coming to my favourite part (the A12 Bionic chip), the mini is game for the heaviest of tasks you throw at it, and then some more. Mobile gamers could take note that this is the ultimate device- size and spec wise- for gaming, currently. Media and content creators could also use the mini for some on-the-go productivity, though they might find it a bit cramped for serious editing (the 2018 iPad Pros are the ones you should be looking at instead). Floating app window and split screen work like a charm, things sometimes get crampy but overall the experience is acceptable.
The cameras are nothing to write home about (my personal opinion is tablets don’t really need amazing cameras, we got our phones to grab the perfect frames). The rear camera is similar to the last gen f/2.4 8MP, the FF cam got a sizeable bump up to 7 MP with 1080p video support, so it's ample for your Facetime needs.
Conclusion: This is a pretty niche device for people have probably owned one of the previous gen minis. Personally I think its a pretty good deal if you dont care about the outdated design (it doesn’t look bad at all) and want to experience the A12’s zippiness at a not-too-exorbitant price point (Apple-wise). Rumors also say iOS 13 would bring some nifty features to the iPad line, so there’s that too. All in all, the mini 5 could be called a value for money proposal, especially the 64GB WiFi only model, which retails for ₹34900 (I went for the 64 gigs Cellular one as I plan to use it for navigation while on the road, the Wifi only model does not have a GPS chip).