Apple iPad mini  vs

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Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
8.1 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)
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Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.8 Out of 10
Even now, the 9.7-inch Retina display on the iPad 4 is a marvelous thing to behold – mainly because it’s super detailed thanks to its 2048 x 1536 resolution, which puts up an admirable pixel density of 264 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini vs 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad mini
8.5
iPad 4
8.6
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad mini
7.2
iPad 4
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad mini
7.6
iPad 4
7.2
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad mini
9.2
iPad 4
9.5
Reviews from techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad mini
1.1
iPad 4
0.9

Apple iPad mini 

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

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini vs 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad mini
750
iPad 4
1,768

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini
1,421
iPad 4
1,347

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad 4
850 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini
3.4 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini
14.9 fps
iPad 4
54.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Apple iPad mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini

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Significantly lighter 308 g vs 652 g 2.1x lighter
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 11 hour More than 15% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
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
Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Much faster graphics 17.3 fps vs 3.4 fps More than 5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much better overall performance 1,768 vs 750 More than 2.2x better geekbench score
Significantly faster javascript execution 850 ms vs 1,426 ms More than 40% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark 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
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% 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

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini  vs

9.0
9.3
The 1.3-pound iPad's 2048 x 1536 Retina display is still among the best we've seen on a tablet — I'd say the best, but the Nexus 10's display is also pretty great.
iPad 4

7.5
9.0
You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.4 GHz

sensors

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

storage

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 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP

ports

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 652 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 11 hour
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