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Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB) vs Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPad Air 2 vs Apple iPad mini 3 tablets, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPad mini 3 XApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)13Points
Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
02PointsApple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)Compare Apple iPad Air 2 X
Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
7.9"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6350
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)

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iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)13 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)vsiPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)2 Advantages Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
+1.5Ghz 64bit 3-Cores35%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs1.3Ghz 64bit Dual-Core
+2GB LPDDR3100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs1GB LPDDR3
+128GB (117GB available)10 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs16GB (11GB available)
+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)23%
Thinner
vs7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
+9.7"23%
Larger screen
vs7.9"
+(back) 8MP59%
Higher resolution main camera
vs(back) 5MP
+HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
vsHDR photo only main camera
+iPadOS 13Advantage
iPadOS 13 is newer and safer
vsiOS 12
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+7340 mAh16%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
vs6350 mAh
+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) is newer and faster
vs802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
vsNot supported
+Scratch-resistant glassAdvantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys
vsNot supported
444 grams (15.54 ounces)vs+341 grams (11.94 ounces)30%
Lighter
264 PPIvs+324 PPI23%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)

31 Common items in both devices
Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
16 million
1536x2048 pixels
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
EIS: Digital stabilization
+24 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
ModeliPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Other model namesiPad Air 2 A1567 Cellular (4G LTE), iPad 6iPad Mini 3 A1601 (4G LTE)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateOctober, 2014October, 2014
Depth6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)
Weight444 grams (15.54 ounces)341 grams (11.94 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Operating systemiOS 8.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiPadOS 13iOS 12
HardwareApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)64bit - Apple A7 APL5698 (28nm)
CPU processor1.5Ghz 3-Cores Apple Cyclone1.3Ghz Dual-Core Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR GXA6850 MP8PowerVR G6430 MP4
RAM memory2GB LPDDR31GB LPDDR3
Internal storage128GB (117GB available)16GB (11GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size9.7" inches7.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)264 PPI324 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassNot supported
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload100/50 Mbps100/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat4 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
LTE Cat3 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTEGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice recorder
CameraApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Back camera (main camera)8 megapixels5 megapixels
Main camera resolution3264x2448 pixels2592x1944 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)f/2.4 (aperture)
Focal length31mm lens32mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel size1.12µm pixelfeature not registered
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraHDR photo only main camera
2ª cameraApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.2 (aperture)feature not registered
Focal length31mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, H.263, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+MP3, WAV, eAAC, M4A
ConnectivityApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
USBMicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 proprietary connector
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNASupportedNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
Java / Flash playerNot supportedNot supported
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Other features- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD
- Colors: Black on gray, White on silver, Gold
- Apple SIM only USA and UK
- Oleophobic coating on Retina display
- Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
- Aluminium body
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- iCloud cloud service
- Twitter and Facebook
- Lightning connector port
- OpenGL ES 3.0
Power supplyApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity7340 mAh6350 mAh
Charger, watts• Standard charging• Standard charging
Talk time autonomy600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rateApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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