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 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 March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
7.8 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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini 2 vs 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench 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

Value

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 mini 2 vs 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini 2
1,384
iPad 2
1,506

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

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

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
3.4 fps
iPad 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
14.9 fps
iPad 2
14.8 fps

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 better overall performance 750 vs 261 More than 2.8x better geekbench score
Faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 1,808 ms More than 20% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Much sharper screen 326 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 2.5x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Lighter 331 g vs 589 g Around 45% lighter
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
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 faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm Around 50% smaller
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 15% thinner
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Front view of Apple iPad 2

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

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 2  vs

8.5
8.3
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
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 2

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.2 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
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual 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 Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

iPad mini 2  vs
Internal storage 16 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 0.92 MP

ports

USB support None None
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 589 g
Size 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
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