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
8.1 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)
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Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
8.2 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 iPad mini vs 3

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad iPad mini vs 3

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 3
1,817 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad iPad mini
3.4 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad iPad mini
14.9 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Apple iPad iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
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More processing power 4,072 vs 960 Around 4.2x better passmark score
Faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 1,817 ms More than 20% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Much newer operating system iOS 5 vs iOS 6 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
Slightly lighter 589 g vs 662 g More than 10% lighter
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 9.4 mm Around 10% thinner
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Much faster graphics 6.8 fps vs 3.4 fps 2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Supports voice commands Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 0.92 MP Around 5.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly sharper screen 263 ppi vs 163 ppi More than 60% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Mar, 2012 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over a year later

Reviews Word on the street

iPad iPad mini  vs

8.3
8.4
Regardless of your feelings about the Mini's price, or its A5 processor and non-Retina 7.9-inch display, here's what you'll notice when you pick it up: it's really shockingly nice to hold.
iPad 3

8.0
8.0
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

9.0
9.1
The new iPad is also equipped with a greatly improved camera on its back (a 5 megapixel shooter, not unlike the one featured on the iPhone 4), new 4G LTE options (for both Verizon and AT&T), and a considerably more powerful processor.
iPad 3

6.0
8.0
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 3

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad iPad mini  vs
Size 7.8" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 2048 x 1536
PPI 163 ppi 263 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

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

storage

iPad iPad mini  vs
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 1 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 5 MP

ports

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 662 g
Size 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 12.75 hour 10 hour
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