Apple iPad mini 2  vs

New: Apple iPad mini 2 vs Air (Nov, 2013)
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
The 1.4-pound body doesn't feel lightweight, but it's comfortable to hold in two hands.
by c|net (Oct, 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 2 vs 4


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

iPad 4
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 mini 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad mini 2  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini 2 vs 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad 4

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini 2
iPad 4

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini 2
1,426 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
3.4 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
14.9 fps
iPad 4
54.4 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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Lighter 331 g vs 652 g Around 50% lighter
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
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
Sharper screen 326 ppi vs 263 ppi Around 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 9.4 mm More than 20% thinner
Smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 2.1x smaller
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

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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
Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen
Slightly longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Slightly faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 2  vs

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.
iPad mini 2

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


8.3 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad mini 2  vs
Size 7.8" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2048 x 1536
PPI 326 ppi 263 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 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 mini 2  vs
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

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


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 652 g
Size 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 10 hour 11 hour
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