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

Side by side comparison between Apple iPad Air 2 vs Apple iPad mini 3 tablets, differences, pros, cons and 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 Triple

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
02PointsApple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)Compare Apple iPad Air 2 X
Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 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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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

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📱 Model features

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
ModeliPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Other model namesiPad Air 2 A1567 Cellular (4G LTE), iPad 6Verizon iPad Mini 3 A1600 (4G LTE + CDMA)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
USA
USA
BrandAppleApple
Release date10/24/2014, Announced: 10/16/201410/16/2014
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)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
System versioniOS 8.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiPadOS 13iOS 12
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)64bit - Apple A7 APL5698 (28nm)
CPUTriple-Core, 1 processor:
1.5GHz Triple-Core Typhoon
Dual-Core, 1 processor:
1.3GHz Dual-Core Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR GX6450 Rogue (8-core)PowerVR G6430 MP4
Performance (benchmark)Basemark X: 29753feature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
RAM memory2GB LPDDR31GB LPDDR3
Internal storage128GB (117GB available)16GB (11GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 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 pixels (4:3)1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)264 PPI324 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassNot supported
Refresh rate60Hzfeature not registered
Display featuresNot supportedfeature not registered

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 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 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
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, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
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, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 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
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

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

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
LoudspeakerSupportedSupported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, H.263, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+MP3, WAV, eAAC, M4A

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
USBMicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
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
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Gyroscope
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity7340 mAh6350 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy10 hours10 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Call controlVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commandsVoice recorder
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- 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

☢️ Radiation rate

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