Apple iPad mini 3  vs

Released October, 2014

Apple iPad mini 3

  • 7.9"
  • 128 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 10
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7.3 Out of 10
Honestly, the results are quite similar to last year’s model, as well as the original – meaning it produces sharp details, natural colors, and proper exposure.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
7.3 Out of 10
You couldn't bounce between applications with multitasking.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini 3 vs 2


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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

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TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad mini 3  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini 3 vs 2

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 3

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Much better performance per dollar 52.97 pt/$ vs 0.99 pt/$ More than 53.5x better performance per dollar
Much more storage capacity 128 GB vs 32 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much sharper screen 324 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 2.5x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Lighter 341 g vs 589 g More than 40% lighter
Newer Oct, 2014 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 3 years later
Significantly higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 0.3 MP Around 16.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
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 134.7 x 200 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
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Supports multitasking Yes (iOS 7) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.9" Around 25% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad mini 3  vs
Size 7.9" 9.7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 324 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 341 g 589 g
Size 134.7 x 200 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


iPad mini 3  vs
Internal storage 128 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 GB

photo & video

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


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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