Apple iPad mini 2  vs

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad mini 2

  • 7.8"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad mini 2
8.2 Out of 10
No longer must we agonize over pixelization, just because its 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS LCD Retina Display is glorious for its sharp visuals and strong details.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
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 2 vs 1


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3D and 2D graphics

iPad 1
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Apple iPad mini 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad mini 2  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini 2 vs 1

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passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini 2
iPad 1

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini 2
1,426 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad mini 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 2

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Much faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 3,484 ms 2.4x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Has a webcam 1.2 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Significantly lighter 331 g vs 730 g 2.2x lighter
Much sharper screen 326 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 2.5x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Much thinner 7.5 mm vs 13.5 mm Around 45% thinner
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Newer Nov, 2013 vs May, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Significantly smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm 3.1x smaller
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.25 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Front view of Apple iPad 1

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More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 2  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 mini 2

The new tablet was unveiled alongside a new iPad 4, a new Mac mini and a stunning new 13in MacBook pro Retina display, and will be arriving well in time for Christmas and Thanksgiving thanks to an iPad mini release date of 2 November.
iPad mini 2


8.3 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad mini 2  vs
Size 7.8" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 326 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Single 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 No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


iPad mini 2  vs
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP None
Rear camera 5 MP None


USB support None USB 2.0
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 331 g 730 g
Size 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 10 hour 9.5 hour
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