Apple has reinvented the table industry with the introduction of the iPad. Since then it has been the benchmark in the tablet industry and every manufacturer tries to make their tablets comparable to the iPad if not better than that.
But despite numerous attempts by various manufacturers, the Apple iPad has been the undisputed king on the tablet market.
It also introduced the smaller iPad mini which was aimed at the compact tablet market, designed for those people who prefer portability over a large display, and even iPad mini was an instant success. Every year, Apple introduces a new iteration in its lineup and last year it launched the iPad Air and iPad mini 2, which were a miles ahead of the competition. Recently Apple unveiled the next generation iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, both of which are just slight upgrade over the previous generation models.
Here is a comparison between the two devices which will help you decide which one suits you better.
Both being Apple devices are very well designed. Their slim aluminium body, clean and simple design and upmarket build quality makes them the most beautiful tablets available in the market. But the difference in their sizes is the key point to consider while buying one of these tablets. The Apple iPad air 2 is a full size tablet which boasts a large display and hence measures 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm. At 6.1 mm it is the slimmest tablet in the world and is 20 percent slimmer than the previous model.
The tablet although being slim, is still a pretty large device to carry around, and hence cannot be considered as a compact device. The iPad Mini 3 on the other hand is a fairly compact device measuring only 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm, these measurements have not changed since the last generation model, but still iPad mini 3 is slim, compact in size and easy to carry. Here considering the portability factor, iPad Mini 3 has the edge here.
The display quality is the key point to considered while selecting a tablet and Apple iPads have been known around the world for having one of the best screens in the world. The iPad Air 2 boasts a large 9.7 inches display which has a 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. The IPS LCD screen comes with scratch resistant glass and has a healthy pixel density of 264 PPI. The iPad Mini 3 has a smaller display measuring 7.9 inches having the same 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.
Having a smaller display with same resolution helps it achieve a 324 PPI pixel density which is way better than iPad Air 2. Both the displays are equally capable and the difference in quality is not very significant, but still due to its high pixel density, iPad Mini 3 has a smaller but better display.
This is where there is significant difference between the two devices The iPad mini 3 runs on the older A7 processor and comes with only 1GB RAM to support its functionality. The dual core 1.3 GHz processor performs well, but it still feels dated. The iPad Air 2 runs on the latest A8X processor and comes with 2 GB RAM onboard. This new triple core 1.5 GHz processor is lightening fast and is way ahead of the iPad Mini 3 in terms of raw performance.
The camera unit on the iPad Air 2 is also upgraded to a 8 megapixel unit from the previous 5 megapixel unit, while the iPad Mini 3 sticks to the old 5 megapixel camera. The upgraded camera is an advantage for the iPad Air 2 as it has better low light performance and a higher resolution.
Apart from that, both the iPads are now equipped with Touch ID, which replaces the old Home Button. Touch ID improves the security and also enables Apple Pay on these devices.
Both these tablets are the best tablets available in their respective categories. The iPad Air 2 starts at 499 USD and boasts a brilliant large display and a powerful processor. But if you are looking for a portable device and do not mind compromising on performance, then the iPad Mini 3 priced at 399 USD is a better option for you.