Apple iPad iPad mini  vs

Released March, 2011

Apple iPad iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 5
Front view of Apple iPad iPad mini
8.4 Out of 10
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.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
7.8 Out of 10
In terms of basic hardware, the iPad isn't overly impressive, although the 1,024 x 768, 9.7-inch diagonal screen is absolutely gorgeous.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini vs 1


Processing power and speed

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3D and 2D graphics

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Battery Life

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad iPad mini vs 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 3,484 ms 2.4x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More processing power 1,996 vs 729 Around 2.8x better passmark score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Has a webcam 0.3 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 0.92 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 9.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much thinner 8.6 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 35% thinner
Lighter 589 g vs 730 g Around 20% lighter
Smaller 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm Around 40% smaller
Sharper screen 163 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Newer Mar, 2011 vs May, 2010 Release date 9 months later
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Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen
Supports voice commands Yes (iOS 4) vs No Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free

Reviews Word on the street

iPad iPad mini  vs

The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

It lacked not just a front-facing camera for FaceTime, but any camera at all, couldn't handle multitasking and for all that its display offered a great portal to the Internet and a plethora of apps, the Apple iPad was actually a somewhat unwieldy device to sit in bed or on the sofa with.
iPad iPad mini

Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.
iPad 1


8.0 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad iPad mini  vs
Size 7.8" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
PPI 163 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


iPad iPad mini  vs
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 0.3 MP None
Rear camera 0.92 MP None


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

form factor

Weight 589 g 730 g
Size 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 12.75 hour 9.5 hour
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