Apple iPad mini 3  vs mini 

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 November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
7.5 Out of 10
In practice this seems to have worked, as the battery life is pretty darn good.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini


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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much better performance per dollar 54.8 pt/$ vs 0.68 pt/$ More than 81x 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 163 ppi Around 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Significantly higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 1.2 MP Around 4.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Oct, 2014 vs Nov, 2012 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
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Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 10 hour Around 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports multitasking Yes (iOS 6) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
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

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad mini 3  vs
Size 7.9" 7.8"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 324 ppi 163 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.3 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 341 g 308 g
Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.5 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 10 hour 12.75 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 1.2 MP
Rear camera 1.2 MP 5 MP


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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