Apple iPad mini  vs

Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
7.9 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)
Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
8.2 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 3


Processing power and speed

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Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Battery life


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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 3  based on its graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini vs 3

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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iPad 3

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad 3
1,817 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini
3.4 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini
14.9 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini

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Faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 1,817 ms More than 20% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 10 hour Around 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Lighter 308 g vs 662 g 2.1x lighter
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 9.4 mm Around 25% thinner
Smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 2.2x smaller
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Mar, 2012 Release date 7 months later
Front view of Apple iPad 3

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Much faster graphics 6.8 fps vs 3.4 fps 2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Significantly sharper screen 263 ppi vs 163 ppi More than 60% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini  vs

Regardless of your feelings about the Mini's price, or its A5 processor and non-Retina 7.9-inch display, here's what you'll notice when you pick it up: it's really shockingly nice to hold.
iPad 3

The new iPad is also equipped with a greatly improved camera on its back (a 5 megapixel shooter, not unlike the one featured on the iPhone 4), new 4G LTE options (for both Verizon and AT&T), and a considerably more powerful processor.
iPad 3

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 3


8.4 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad mini  vs
Size 7.8" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 2048 x 1536
PPI 163 ppi 263 ppi


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


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz


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


iPad mini  vs
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 1 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 5 MP


USB support None None
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 662 g
Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 7.2 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 12.75 hour 10 hour
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