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iPad Air vs iPad Mini with Retina Display – Top Specs, Features and Software Comparison

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In this article, we’re comparing two Apple tablets that were released in the fall of 2013, with an A7 processor and other similar features. Still, they are a bit different and based on this detailed comparison you’ll decide which model is worth your money.

Displays and dimensions

If you’re a person who likes outsized tablets, then you’ll prefer the iPad Air, which measures 240×169.5×7.5 mm and has a 9.7inches LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels, which gives a pixel density of 264ppi. The tablet comes with a WiFi version that weights 469grams, and it’s also available in a 3G/LTE version, but it’s 9grams heavier.

The iPad Mini has a screen with an average size of 7.9inches, which supports the same resolution, but which is capable to offer a higher pixel density of 324ppi. The tablet has the same thickness, but it’s much shorter at 240grams and it weights 331grams (the WiFi model) or 341grams (if you want the 3G/LTE model).

A higher pixel density makes a screen sharper, but you will notice that the brightness is similar on both screens. Compared to other screens (Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7), the Retina Mini has a great contrast, but the saturation and color accuracy are not as impressive in grayscale mode.

On the outside, they have a similar design, featuring an aluminum body, but the iPad Air comes in color options of Space Gray and Silver, while the iPad mini with Retina display is available in Space Gray/Black and Silver/White.

Hardware

On paper, there’s no difference between the internal specs of these tablets, as both are powered by a dual core Cyclone processor clocked at 1.3GHz, which was built on an Apple A7 chipset. However, in some benchmarks, the iPad Air had some better results than its sibling, beating the iPad Mini in terms of performance, although both of them are housing 1GB of RAM.

The devices have four variants of internal memories, which don’t support expansion. For the 16GB variant of the iPad Air you’ll pay 399 dollars and you’ll add 100 dollars for each bigger memory – the maximum is 128GB. The 16GB iPad Mini with Retina display is 100 dollars cheaper than the iPad Air.

Cameras

The cameras are identical, with resolutions of 5MP on the back, but they’re lacking the useful LED flash. The resolution of the front camera is even lower at 1.2MP.

Batteries

Both tablets can last up to ten hours, but their batteries have different capacities. Of course, the iPad Air has a bigger battery of 8600 mAh (32.4 Wh), while the Mini model is settling for a 6470 mAh battery unit (24.3 Wh).