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

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

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Compare Apple iPad mini 3 XApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)12Points
Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
05PointsApple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)Compare Apple iPad Air 2 X
Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
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 (WiFi 128GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal, so don't just evaluate it. Our goal is to help, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which is the best! Comment!

iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)12 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)vsiPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)5 Advantages Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
+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
+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
437 grams (15.3 ounces)vs+341 grams (11.94 ounces)28%
Lighter
264 PPIvs+324 PPI23%
Crisper display of text, images and video because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
Not supportedvs+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
(Not supported) vs+(4G LTE) 100 MbpsAdvantage
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device

29 Common items in both devices
128GB (117GB user free) / 128GB (120GB user free)
Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LCD IPS LED-Backlit
16 million
1536x2048 pixels
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
+22 specs and more in the table below

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Physical featuresApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
ModeliPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Other model namesiPad Air 2 A1566 (WiFi), 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)
Weight437 grams (15.3 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 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Operating systemiOS 8.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiPadOS 13iOS 12
HardwareApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
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 user free)128GB (120GB user free)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Display typeTFT LCD IPS LED-BacklitTFT LCD IPS LED-Backlit
Screen size9.7" inches7.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1536x2048 pixels
Pixel density (dot pitch)264 PPI324 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassNot supported
Mobile networksApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registered100/50 Mbps
Network technologyfeature not registered2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandNot supportedQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkNot supportedGSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkNot supportedUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE 800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, 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
CallingApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlNot supportedVoice recorder
CameraApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
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 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
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 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
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 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
USBMicroUSB 2.0USB 2.0 Proprietary connector
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth4.0 version A2DP4.0 version 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
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
Active noise cancellationSupportedSupported
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
Java / Flash playerNot supportedNot supported
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint (front-mounted)
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Fingerprint (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 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
BatteryLiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity7340 mAh6350 mAh
Battery model / charger (watts)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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 (WiFi 128GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 128GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered