Apple iPad mini  vs Air 

Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
8.4 Out of 10
In practice this seems to have worked, as the battery life is pretty darn good.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)
VS
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
8.1 Out of 10
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad mini vs Air

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad mini
n.d.
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 techradar.com, trustedreviews.com, theverge.com and reviews.cnet.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad mini 

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

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad Air 

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

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad mini vs Air

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad mini
1,384
iPad Air
2,117

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad Air
1,808 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 better overall performance 750 vs 261 More than 2.8x better geekbench score
Faster javascript execution 1,426 ms vs 1,808 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 610 g Around 50% lighter
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 15% thinner
Smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm Around 50% smaller
Sharper screen 163 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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Bigger screen 9.7" vs 7.8" Around 25% bigger screen
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
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
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date over 1 years later
Slightly better performance per dollar 1.77 pt/$ vs 0.72 pt/$ Around 2.5x better performance per dollar

Reviews Word on the street

iPad mini  vs Air 

8.3
8.3
The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad mini

7.5
8.5
It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad mini  vs
Air 
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 v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.3 GHz

sensors

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

storage

iPad mini  vs
Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 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 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 308 g 610 g
Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 7.2 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 12.75 hour 10 hour
Apple iPad mini
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