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Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB) vs Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)

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

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Compare Apple iPad Air 2 X02Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)
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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Compare Apple iPad mini 2 X17Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? The PhoneMore's choice is Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)

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!


02 Advantages Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)
iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)vsiPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
 34%34%
+Lighter
331 grams (11.59 ounces)vs444 grams (15.54 ounces)
 23%23%
+Crisper display of text, images and video because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
324 PPIvs264 PPI

17 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)vsiPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)
 35%35%
+More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
1.5Ghz 64bit 3-Coresvs1.3Ghz 64bit Dual-Core
 100%100%
+More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking
2GB LPDDR3vs1GB LPDDR3
 108%100%
+More internal storage for applications and files
64GB (54GB user available)vs32GB (26GB user available)
 23%23%
+Thinner
6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)vs7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
 23%23%
+Larger screen
9.7"vs7.9"
 59%59%
+Higher resolution main camera
(back) 8MPvs(back) 5MP
Advantage
+The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameravsHDR photo only main camera
Advantage
+iPadOS 13 is newer and safer
iPadOS 13vsiOS 12
Advantage
+The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
4G LTEvsNot supported
Advantage
+Faster for surfing the internet and download files
(4G LTE) 100 Mbpsvs(Not supported)
Advantage
+Sensors help you use the device
BarometervsNot supported
Advantage
+Sensors help you use the device
Fingerprint (front-mounted)vsNot supported
 15%15%
+Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
7340 mAhvs6400 mAh
Advantage
+It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSvsNot supported
Advantage
+WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) is newer and faster
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)vs802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
Advantage
+With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device
DLNAvsNot supported
Advantage
+Protection against scratches on the screen lets you carry your phone with your keys
Scratch-resistant glassvsNot supported

26 Common items in both devices
Aluminum body, front glass
TFT LCD IPS LED-Backlit
16 million
1536x2048 pixels
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
EIS: Digital stabilization
BSI sensor
f/2.4 (aperture)
(front) 1.2MP
Full HD (1920x1080 pixels)
HD (1280x720 pixels)
Capacitive
Multitouch
3.5mm jack
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
LiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Video calling
Active noise cancellation
Proprietary TV-out
4.0 version A2DP
USB 2.0 Proprietary connector / MicroUSB 2.0
HTML, XHTML, HTML5
+ COMMON ITEMS

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Model and physical featuresApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
ModeliPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Also known asiPad mini 2 A1489 (WiFi)iPad Air 2 A1567 Cellular (4G LTE), iPad 6
Country or region availableVarious (International)Various (International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateNovember, 2013October, 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)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsAluminum body, front glassAluminum body, front glass
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
Operating system (OS)Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Operating systemiOS 7.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiOS 12iPadOS 13
HardwareApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Architecture - Chipset64bit - Apple A7 APL0698 (28nm)64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)
CPU processor1.3Ghz Dual-Core Cyclone ARM v81.5Ghz 3-Cores Apple Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6430 MP4PowerVR GXA6850 MP8
RAM memory1GB LPDDR32GB LPDDR3
Internal storage32GB (26GB user available)64GB (54GB user available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Display typeTFT LCD IPS LED-BacklitTFT LCD IPS LED-Backlit
Screen size7.9" inches9.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1536x2048 pixels
Pixel density (dot pitch)324 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedScratch-resistant glass
Mobile networks and dataApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot
nano-SIM (4FF)
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/5G 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 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
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registered100/50 Mbps
Messaging and callingApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Speakerphonefeature not registeredSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlNot supportedVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
Primary / back cameraApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Main camera5 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080 pixels) 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
Front / secondary cameraApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
Front camera1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720 pixels)HD (1280x720 pixels)
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
MultimediaApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, M4AMP3, WAV, eAAC+
Connectivity and interfacesApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
USBUSB 2.0 Proprietary connectorMicroUSB 2.0
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 (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedSupported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
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
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint (front-mounted)
Other features- 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
Power supply and autonomyApple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
BatteryLiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo - Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity6400 mAh7340 mAh
Battery model / charger (watts)feature not registeredfeature not registered
Talk time600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Radiation rate (SAR)Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 64GB)
SAR USA, Mexico, Colombiafeature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR European Union, UKfeature not registeredfeature not registered