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
8.2 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 March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
7.8 Out of 10
Even the original iPhone camera did a better job, and unlike that device, which somehow made the bad pictures look pretty good on its display, the iPad 2's larger screen doesn't do a thing to hide how awful its photos are - we can't remember the last time we saw such washed-out photos.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini vs 2


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from,,, and 1 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Apple iPad iPad mini 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad iPad mini  based on its performance and battery life.

See full details


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 2  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad iPad mini vs 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 2

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad 2
1,808 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad iPad mini
3.4 fps
iPad 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad iPad mini
14.9 fps
iPad 2
14.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Apple iPad iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad iPad mini

Report a correction
Faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 1,808 ms More than 20% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More processing power 3,973 vs 1,504 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
Much newer operating system iOS 5 vs iOS 7 Newer iOS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 10 hour Around 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly better performance per dollar 2.64 pt/$ vs 0.99 pt/$ Around 2.8x better performance per dollar
Sharper screen 163 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Front view of Apple iPad 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 2

Report a correction
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

iPad iPad mini  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 iPad mini

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


8.0 Out of 10
8.2 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 Dual 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 Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


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

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 0.3 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 0.92 MP 0.92 MP


USB support None None
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 589 g
Size 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 12.75 hour 10 hour
Apple iPad iPad mini
Report a correction
Apple iPad 2
Report a correction


comments powered by Disqus