Apple iPad iPad mini  vs

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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 November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.8 Out of 10
However, it's the layout that impresses us, as Apple has taken some time to go through and really make use of the extra screen size.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini vs 4


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


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No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad iPad mini 

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

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad iPad mini vs 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 4

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad iPad mini
3.4 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad iPad mini
14.9 fps
iPad 4
54.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Apple iPad iPad mini

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More processing power 3,942 vs 1,338 Around 3x better passmark score
Much better performance per dollar 5.59 pt/$ vs 1.13 pt/$ Around 5x better performance per dollar
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 11 hour More than 15% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 9.4 mm Around 10% thinner
Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

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Much faster graphics 17.3 fps vs 3.4 fps More than 5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly faster javascript execution 850 ms vs 1,426 ms More than 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark 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
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

iPad iPad mini  vs

The 1.3-pound iPad's 2048 x 1536 Retina display is still among the best we've seen on a tablet — I'd say the best, but the Nexus 10's display is also pretty great.
iPad 4

You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4


8.0 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.4 GHz


Has a GPS Yes No
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 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 1.2 MP
Rear camera 0.92 MP 5 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 652 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 11 hour
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