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

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

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Compare Apple iPad XApple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)14Points
Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)
7.9"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6400
mAh

(Non removable)

vs
Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
9.7"
IPS

768x1024

N/A
MP

256MB
RAM

32bit Single

6800
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)

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17 Common items in both devices
16GB (12GB available)
Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
16 million
Capacitive
Multitouch
Accelerometer
+10 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
ModeliPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)iPad (3G 16GB)
Other model namesiPad mini 2 A1491 (4G LTE), iPad mini 2 A1455/A1490 (CDMA)Apple iPad A1337 (WiFi + 3G)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
CanadaUSA(Europe)
Canada, USA, (Europe)
BrandAppleApple
Release date11/12/20134/30/2010
Depth7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)13.4 millimeters (0.53 inches)
Size (width x height)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)189.7 x 242.8 millimeters (7.47 x 9.56 in)
Weight341 grams (11.94 ounces)730 grams (25.55 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
System versioniOS 7.0iOS 4.0
Firmware updateiOS 12iOS 5.1.1
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A7 APL0698 (28nm)32bit - Samsung-Intrinsity Apple A4 (45nm)
CPUDual-Core, 1 processor:
1.3GHz Dual-Core Cyclone ARM v8
Single-Core, 1 processor:
1GHz Single-Core ARM Cortex-A8
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6430 MP4PowerVR SGX535
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredfeature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
RAM memory1GB LPDDR3256MB LPDDR
Internal storage16GB (12GB available)16GB (12GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size7.9" inches9.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)~63.3% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels768x1024 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch
Pixel density (dot pitch)324 PPI132 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedScratch-resistant glass
Refresh ratefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
micro-SIM (3FF)
Maximum download/upload100/50 Mbps7.2 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G, 4G2G, 3G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900, A1490/A1455: CDMA 800/1900/2100GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkA1491 version:
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
A1490/A1455 version:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
UMTS 850/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat3
A1490 version:
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
A1490/A1455 version:
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Not supported
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
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
Back camera (main camera)5 megapixelsNot supported
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixelsNot supported
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsNot supported
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)feature not registered
Focal length33mm lensfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
AutofocusAutofocusNot supported
Touch focusSupportedNot supported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationNot supported
ZoomOnly digital zoomNot supported
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionNot supported
BSI sensorSupportedNot supported
HDRHDR photo only main cameraNot supported
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixelsNot supported
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixelsNot supported
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)Not supported
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
LoudspeakerSupportedSupported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or morefeature not registered
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMPEG4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, M4AMP3, WAV, AAC

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP2.1 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSA-GPS
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity6400 mAh6800 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy10 hours10 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 16GB)
Call controlVoice recorderNot supported
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS, MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Black on slate, White on silver
- Oleophobic coating on Retina display
- Aluminium body
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- iCloud cloud service
- Twitter and Facebook
- Lightning connector port
- OpenGL ES 3.0
- Colors: Silver
- Oleophobic coating screen
- iCloud service

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad (3G 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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