Apple iPad mini 3  vs Air 

Released October, 2014

Apple iPad mini 3

  • 7.9"
  • 128 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 10
View of Apple iPad mini 3
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)
VS
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

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

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark

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

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad Air 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad Air  based on its performance and reviews.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad mini 3 

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 Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini 3
1,914
iPad Air
2,132

Differences What are the advantages of each

View of Apple iPad mini 3

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini 3

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Much more storage capacity 128 GB vs 16 GB 8x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much better performance per dollar 41.86 pt/$ vs 1.87 pt/$ More than 22.2x better performance per dollar
Much sharper screen 324 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 2.5x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Lighter 341 g vs 610 g Around 45% lighter
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 4.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Smaller 134.7 x 200 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
Newer Oct, 2014 vs Nov, 2013 Release date 11 months later
Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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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
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 4.2x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini 3  vs Air 

8.0
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

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
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

form factor

Weight 341 g 610 g
Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.5 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour

storage

iPad mini 3  vs
Air 
Internal storage 128 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB

photo & video

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

sensors

Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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