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)
VS
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

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 1
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, 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

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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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

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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

8.5
8.5
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

7.0
7.0
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

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

network

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

processor

Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

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

storage

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

ports

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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