Apple iPad Air  vs

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.9 Out of 10
Somehow, they've been able to shave another 0.07-inches from its profile, bringing it to a razor thin 0.3.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
7.8 Out of 10
Whether it's a simple round of Scrabble or an intense romp through Grand Theft Auto 3, the iPad's combination of Retina Display and quad-core graphics processor add up to a dramatic improvement for gaming.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Air vs 3


Processing power and speed

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Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad Air  based on its performance and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad Air vs 3

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad Air
1,808 ms
iPad 3
1,817 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad Air

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More processing power 2,116 vs 962 Around 2.2x better passmark score
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Mar, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 9.4 mm Around 10% thinner
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Front view of Apple iPad 3

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Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 263 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Air  vs

The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad 3

Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
iPad Air

It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air


8.6 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad Air  vs
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 2048 x 1536
PPI 131 ppi 263 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


iPad Air  vs
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


USB support USB 2.0 None
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 610 g 662 g
Size 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
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