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Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB) vs Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPad mini 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 (4G 16GB)04Points
Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)
7.9"
IPS

768x1024

5
MP

1.2mp

512MB
RAM

32bit Dual

4440
mAh

(Non removable)

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16PointsApple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)Compare Apple iPad mini X
Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
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 (WiFi 64GB)

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iPad mini (4G 16GB)4 Advantages Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)vsiPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)16 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
+312 grams (10.92 ounces)40%
Lighter
vs437 grams (15.3 ounces)
+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
vsNot supported
+(4G LTE) 100 MbpsAdvantage
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
vs(Not supported)
+A-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSAdvantage
It's harder to lose yourself in the city with GPS on your device
vsNot supported
1GHz 32bit Dual-Corevs+1.5GHz 64bit Triple-Core120%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
512MB LPDDR2vs+2GB LPDDR33 times
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
16GB (12GB available)vs+64GB (54GB available)4 times
More internal storage for applications and files
7.2 millimeters (0.28 inches)vs+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)18%
Thinner
768x1024 pixelsvs+1536x2048 pixels3 times
Higher resolution screen
162 PPIvs+264 PPI63%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
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 9.0vs+iPadOS 13Advantage
iPadOS 13 is newer and safer
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
4440 mAhvs+7340 mAh65%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+Active noise cancellationAdvantage
Noise-canceling microphone allows better call quality
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+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
Only digital zoom
Autofocus
EIS: Digital stabilization
BSI sensor
+19 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
ModeliPad mini (4G 16GB)iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
Other model namesiPad mini A1454 (4G LTE), iPad mini A1455 (CDMA)iPad Air 2 A1566 (WiFi), iPad 6
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release date11/2/201210/24/2014, Announced: 10/16/2014
Depth7.2 millimeters (0.28 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)
Weight312 grams (10.92 ounces)437 grams (15.3 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
System versioniOS 6.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiOS 9.0iPadOS 13
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
Chipset32bit - Apple A5 APL2498 (45nm)64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)
CPUDual-Core, 1 processor:
1GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9
Triple-Core, 1 processor:
1.5GHz Triple-Core Typhoon
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR SGX543 MP2PowerVR GX6450 Rogue (8-core)
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredBasemark X: 29753

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
RAM memory512MB LPDDR22GB LPDDR3
Internal storage16GB (12GB available)64GB (54GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
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 resolution768x1024 pixels1536x2048 pixels (4:3)
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)162 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedScratch-resistant glass
Display featuresfeature not registered60Hz

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Not supported
Maximum download/upload100/50 Mbpsfeature not registered
Network technology2G, 3G, 4Gfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900, A1455: CDMA 800/1900/2100Not supported
Primary 3G networkA1454 version:
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
A1455 version:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
Not supported
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat3
A1454 version:
LTE (Bands 4, 17)
A1455 version:
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 13)
Not supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTENot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
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 lengthfeature not registered31mm 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 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
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 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
LoudspeakerSupportedSupported
Active noise cancellationNot supported2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+MP3, WAV, eAAC+

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
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)
DLNASupportedSupported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
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 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity4440 mAh7340 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy10 hours10 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
Call controlVoice recorderNot supported
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailE-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedfeature not registered
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Black on slate, White on silver
- Oleophobic coating
- Aluminium body
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- iCloud cloud service
- Twitter and Facebook
- Lightning connector port
- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPad mini (4G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (WiFi 64GB)
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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