Apple iPad mini  vs

Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
8 Out of 10
At 308g it's twice the weight and then some of the iPhone 6, but compared to other tablets on the market (and combined with the aluminium chassis) it feels lightweight in the hand.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)
VS
Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
7.3 Out of 10
In terms of basic hardware, the iPad isn't overly impressive, although the 1,024 x 768, 9.7-inch diagonal screen is absolutely gorgeous.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini vs 1

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad mini
7.4
iPad 1
6.1
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad mini
n.d.
iPad 1
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad mini
7.6
iPad 1
6.9
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad mini
9.2
iPad 1
8.9
Reviews from techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad mini
8.0
iPad 1
7.3

Winner
Apple iPad mini 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad mini  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini vs 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad mini
750
iPad 1
457

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini
1,421
iPad 1
727

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Apple iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini

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Much faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 3,484 ms 2.4x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Slightly more processing power 1,421 vs 727 More than 95% better passmark score
Has a webcam 1.2 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 9.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly lighter 308 g vs 730 g 2.4x lighter
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much thinner 7.2 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 45% thinner
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Significantly smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm 3.2x smaller
Newer Nov, 2012 vs May, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
Sharper screen 163 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Front view of Apple iPad 1

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Apple iPad 1

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Much newer operating system iOS 4 vs iOS 6 Newer iOS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini  vs

8.3
8.5
The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

7.5
8.0
Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.
iPad 1

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad mini  vs
Size 7.8" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
PPI 163 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

iPad mini  vs
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP None
Rear camera 5 MP None

ports

USB support None USB 2.0
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 308 g 730 g
Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 7.2 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 12.75 hour 9.5 hour
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