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Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB) vs Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)

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

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Compare Apple iPad Air 2 XApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)03Points
Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)
7.9"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6400
mAh

(Non removable)

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16PointsApple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)Compare Apple iPad mini 2 X
Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit Triple

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

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

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iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)3 Advantages Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)vsiPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)16 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
+32GB (26GB available)160%
More internal storage for applications and files
vs16GB (10GB available)
+331 grams (11.59 ounces)34%
Lighter
vs444 grams (15.54 ounces)
+324 PPI23%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
vs264 PPI
1.3GHz 64bit Dual-Corevs+1.5GHz 64bit Triple-Core35%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
1GB LPDDR3vs+2GB LPDDR3100%
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)vs+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)23%
Thinner
7.9"vs+9.7"23%
Larger screen
(back) 5MPvs+(back) 8MP59%
Higher resolution main camera
HDR photo only main cameravs+HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
iOS 12vs+iPadOS 13Advantage
iPadOS 13 is newer and safer
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+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
6400 mAhvs+7340 mAh15%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)vs+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
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
Not supportedvs+Scratch-resistant glassAdvantage
Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys

26 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
+19 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
ModeliPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
Other model namesiPad mini 2 A1489 (WiFi)iPad Air 2 A1567 Cellular (4G LTE), iPad 6
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release date11/12/201310/24/2014, Announced: 10/16/2014
Depth7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)
Size (width x height)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)
Weight331 grams (11.59 ounces)444 grams (15.54 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
System versioniOS 7.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiOS 12iPadOS 13
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A7 APL0698 (28nm)64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)
CPUDual-Core, 1 processor:
1.3GHz Dual-Core Cyclone ARM v8
Triple-Core, 1 processor:
1.5GHz Triple-Core Typhoon
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6430 MP4PowerVR GX6450 Rogue (8-core)
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredBasemark X: 29753

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
RAM memory1GB LPDDR32GB LPDDR3
Internal storage32GB (26GB available)16GB (10GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 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)~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1536x2048 pixels (4:3)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)324 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedScratch-resistant glass
Display featuresfeature not registered60Hz

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot (Single-SIM)
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 supportedCDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkNot supportedCDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE 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)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, 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

📷 Camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
Back camera (main camera)5 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixels3264x2448 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 length33mm lens31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registered1.12µm pixel
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 only main cameraHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front camera
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (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 aperturefeature not registeredf/2.2 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
Loudspeakerfeature not registeredSupported
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, M4AMP3, WAV, eAAC+

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorMicroUSB 2.0
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedSupported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Barometer
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Gyroscope
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity6400 mAh7340 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy10 hours10 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 16GB)
Call controlNot supportedVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingfeature not registeredSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
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: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (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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