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Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB) vs Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)

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

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Compare Apple iPad 3 XApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)14Points
Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit Triple

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
04PointsApple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)Compare Apple iPad Air 2 X
Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

0.3mp

1GB
RAM

32bit Dual

11560
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)

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iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)14 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)vsiPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)4 Advantages Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
+1.5GHz 64bit Triple-Core120%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
vs1GHz 32bit Dual-Core
+2GB LPDDR3100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
vs1GB LPDDR2
+64GB (54GB available)4 times
More internal storage for applications and files
vs16GB (12GB available)
+437 grams (15.3 ounces)51%
Lighter
vs662 grams (23.17 ounces)
+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)54%
Thinner
vs9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)
+(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
+(front) 1.2MP3 times
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
vs(front) 0.3MP
+(front) HD (1280x720)2 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
vs(front) VGA (640x480)
+iPadOS 13Advantage
iPadOS 13 is newer and safer
vsiOS 9.0
+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
vsNot supported
+Active noise cancellationAdvantage
Noise-canceling microphone allows better call quality
vsNot supported
+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)
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
7340 mAhvs+11560 mAh57%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTaggingAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device

27 Common items in both devices
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
16 million
1536x2048 pixels
264 PPI
9.7"
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
+20 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
ModeliPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Other model namesiPad Air 2 A1566 (WiFi), iPad 6Verizon iPad 3 A1403 (4G + CDMA)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
USA
USA
BrandAppleApple
Release date10/24/2014, Announced: 10/16/20143/16/2012
Depth6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)9.4 millimeters (0.37 inches)
Size (width x height)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)185.7 x 241.2 millimeters (7.31 x 9.5 in)
Weight437 grams (15.3 ounces)662 grams (23.17 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontfeature not registered
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
System versioniOS 8.0iOS 5.1.0
Firmware updateiPadOS 13iOS 9.0
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)32bit - Apple A5X APL5498 (45nm)
CPUTriple-Core, 1 processor:
1.5GHz Triple-Core Typhoon
Dual-Core, 1 processor:
1GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR GX6450 Rogue (8-core)PowerVR SGX543MP4
Performance (benchmark)Basemark X: 29753feature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
RAM memory2GB LPDDR31GB LPDDR2
Internal storage64GB (54GB available)16GB (12GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size9.7" inches9.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)~65.1% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels (4:3)1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)264 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glass
Refresh rate60Hzfeature not registered
Display featuresNot supportedfeature not registered

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot (Single-SIM)
micro-SIM (3FF)
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 supportedCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkNot supportedCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat3 (Bands 13)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, 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 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 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 lensfeature not registered
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 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixels0.3 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels640x480 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)VGA (640x480)
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 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
LoudspeakerSupportedSupported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or moreNot supported
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+MP3, WAV, eAAC+

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 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)
DLNASupportedSupported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Gyroscope
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity7340 mAh11560 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy10 hours9 hours
Standbyfeature not registered720 hours (30 days)

➕ Other features

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 3 (CDMA 16GB)
Call controlNot supportedVoice recorder
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic 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, White
- Oleophobic coating
- iCloud service
- WiFi hotspot

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Apple iPad 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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