Apple iPad mini  vs iPad mini 

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)
VS
Released March, 2011

Apple iPad iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 5
Front view of Apple iPad iPad mini
8.2 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 Apple iPad mini vs iPad mini

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

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

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Apple iPad iPad mini 

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Value

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Apple iPad iPad mini 

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

Benchmarks Real world tests of Apple iPad mini vs iPad mini

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad mini
1,426 ms
iPad iPad mini
1,426 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini
3.4 fps
iPad iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad mini
14.9 fps
iPad iPad mini
14.9 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad mini

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Lighter 308 g vs 589 g Around 50% lighter
Supports voice commands Yes (iOS 6) vs No Somewhat common; Can be operated hands free
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 0.92 MP Around 5.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Thinner 7.2 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 15% thinner
Smaller 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm vs 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm Around 50% smaller
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
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More processing power 4,078 vs 1,421 More than 2.8x better passmark score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much newer operating system iOS 5 vs iOS 6 Newer iOS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version

Reviews Word on the street

Apple iPad mini  vs iPad mini 

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

9.0
9.0
But regardless of market positioning, the iPad mini has to be viewed in a world with a $199 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD — two strong performers that are a far cry, at least in price, from the iPad mini.
iPad mini

7.5
6.0
While the display quality is better than that thanks to improved IPS LCD technology, it's still light years behind the Retina display on the bigger iPad Air 2 and the second and third-generation minis.
iPad mini

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Apple iPad mini  vs
iPad mini 
Size 7.8" 7.8"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
PPI 163 ppi 163 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 Dual 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 Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

Apple iPad mini  vs
iPad mini 
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 0.5 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 0.92 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 589 g
Size 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 7.2 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 12.75 hour 12.75 hour
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