iPad Air vs. iPad mini with Retina display Specs Review

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini 2: Which Retina display tablet should you buy?

Apple just announced two new iPads – the full-size, ultra lightweight iPad Air, and the 2nd generation iPad mini, which now comes equipped with a retina display. Both are top-of-the-line tablets, with top-of-the-line prices to match. Check out the specs for each tablet in the table below to find out.

iPad Model iPad Air iPad Mni with Retina display

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini Capacity and Price

Wi-Fi
  • 16GB $499
  • 32GB $599
  • 64GB $699
  • 128GB $799

Wi-Fi + Cellular

  • 16GB $629
  • 32GB $729
  • 64GB $829
  • 128GB $929
Wi-Fi
  • 16GB $399
  • 32GB $499
  • 64GB $599
  • 128GB $699

Wi-Fi + Cellular

  • 16GB $529
  • 32GB $629
  • 64GB $729
  • 128GB $829

 

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini Dimensions and Weight

 

  • Height: 9.4 inches (240 mm)
  • Width: 6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
  • Weight (Wi Fi): 1 pound (469 g)
  • Weight (Wi Fi + Cellular): 1.05 pounds (478 g)
  • Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
  • Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
  • Weight (Wi Fi): 0.73 pound (331 g)
  • Weight (Wi Fi + Cellular): 0.75 pound (341 g)

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini  Retina Display

Retina display

  • 9.7 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Retina display

  • 7.9 inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini  Processor Chip

A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor.

A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor.

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini  Cameras

FaceTime HD camera

  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi Fi or cellular3
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination

iSight camera

  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos

FaceTime HD camera

  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi Fi or cellular3
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination

iSight camera

  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos

iPad Air vs iPad Mini Video Recording

1080p HD video recording

  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • 3x video zoom

1080p HD video recording

  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • 3x video zoom

iPad Air vs iPad Mini Cellular and Wireless

Wi Fi

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Wi Fi + Cellular

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
  • LTE4
  • Data only5

Wi Fi

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Wi Fi + Cellular

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
  • LTE4
  • Data only5

iPad Air vs iPad Mini Battery Life

Battery

  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

 

Battery

  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
For $100 less the iPad Mni 2 gives you the same exact hardware and an even sharper retina display in a size that’s a lot more versatile than the iPad Air. The iPad mini is still large enough to kick back with at the end of the day while you’re watching TV, but it’s also a lot easier to hold with one hand while you’re reading a book. Some people will still prefer a bigger tablet like the iPad Air, but for most, I think the iPad mini is a better choice.

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