Apple iPad mini 2  vs Air 

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)
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Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
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 Air

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad Air
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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

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 Air

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad Air
2,130

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini 2
1,426 ms
iPad Air
1,808 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 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
Lighter 331 g vs 610 g More than 45% lighter
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Smaller 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm vs 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm Around 50% smaller
Thinner 7.5 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 15% thinner
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Apple iPad Air

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Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 2  vs Air 

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 Air

8.5
9.1
In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.
iPad Air

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad mini 2  vs
Air 
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
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1.3 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
Air 
Internal storage 16 GB 16 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

ports

USB support None USB 2.0
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 331 g 610 g
Size 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
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