They’re old, but not obsolete. People still buy them because they’re Apple tablets, and all Apple products are coveted by those who have money and care about their image. A new iPad Mini has been released and its price starts at $399, but if you want to spend less money, we recommend you its predecessors, the iPad Mini 3 or the Mini 2. Let’s see a full specs comparison between them.
The design of the iPad Mini 3 hasn’t changed at all, the dimensions are the same (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm), and even the weights are identical: 331 grams for the Wi-Fi model and 341 grams for the 3G/LTE model. Their exteriors are made of solid metal (aluminum), the front side is all covered in glass and there are a few buttons and ports on the sides.
The iPad Mini 3 integrated a fingerprint scanner inside the home button (the predecessor lacks the reader), which has a circular shape. However, the iPad Mini 2 had a metal ring around its rear camera, which has been removed from the iPad Mini 3.
Another thing these tablets have in common is the Lightning port, which was placed in the center of the bottom edge, and which has dual speaker grills on its sides. The volume buttons and the Hold switch sit on the right edge, while the power button was placed on the right side of the top edge. The headphone jack is located on the left side.
Both tablets have a 7.9-inch screen supporting a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels at 326 ppi. There isn’t much to talk about their brightness, as it’s similar in the dark or in direct sunlight. The difference is that the Mini 3 has a truer white, while on the Mini 2, it’s yellowish.
Under The Hood
The iPad Mini 2 is powered by a 64-bit A7 dual-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, which is backed by 1GB of DDR3 and which is paired with a M7 motion coprocessor. On the iPad Mini 3, Apple used the A7 processor and graphics (PowerVR G6430), but the 32GB variant of storage has been removed, remaining three variants with capacities of 16/64/128 GB.
This means that both tablets can run intensive games and loads heavy websites without any problems.
Even the connectivity options are identical: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band with Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, EDR.
Apple hasn’t improved any of the cameras of the iPad Mini 3, so they come with the same resolutions and features: 5MP (without LED flash) and 1.2MP, which are accompanied by HDR, autofocus, touch focus and 1080p video capture @30fps. The front camera can record 720p videos @30fps and offers face detection.
The batteries are also identical, supporting a capacity of 6470 mAh battery (24.3 Wh), which keep the tablets alive for ten hours. It seems that the only thing that the only addition to the iPad Mini 3 is the fingerprint scanner.