Apple iPad mini 2  vs iPad mini 

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)
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Released March, 2011

Apple iPad iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 5
Front view of Apple iPad iPad mini
8.2 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 iPad mini

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

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Apple iPad iPad mini 

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad iPad mini 

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

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini 2 vs iPad mini

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 iPad mini
1,426 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
3.4 fps
iPad iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini 2
14.9 fps
iPad iPad mini
14.9 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 sharper screen 326 ppi vs 163 ppi 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
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
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
Side view of Apple iPad iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad iPad mini

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More processing power 3,944 vs 1,373 More than 2.8x better passmark score
Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 10 hour Around 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Much better performance per dollar 5.46 pt/$ vs 0.98 pt/$ More than 5.5x better performance per dollar

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 2  vs iPad mini 

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 iPad mini

9.0
9.0
But regardless of market positioning, the iPad mini has to be viewed in a world with a $199 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD — two strong performers that are a far cry, at least in price, from the iPad mini.
iPad mini 2

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad mini 2  vs
iPad mini 
Size 7.8" 7.8"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 326 ppi 163 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
iPad mini 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 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 12.75 hour
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