iPad Air vs.iPad Mini

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Two new iPads with similar specs, but which one is right for you?

The iPad Air and the iPad Mini are exactly the same product, but sold in different packages. So, is there any real point in comparing them? Even though, specs-wise, they’re almost the same, there are some differences that will help you to decide which one is better for you.

Specs

Apple iPad Air Apple iPad Mini
Size 248.9 x 172.7 x 6.1mm (9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches) 203.2 x 134.6 x 6.1mm (8 x 5.3 x 0.24 inches)
Weight 464 grams (16.37 ounces) 308 grams (10.87 ounces)
Screen size 10.5-inch LCD display 7.9-inch LCD display
Screen Resolution 2,224 x 1,668 pixels (265 pixels-per-inch) 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (324 pixels-per-inch)
Operating system iOS 12 iOS 12
Storage space 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB
MicroSD card slot No No
Processor Apple A12 Bionic Apple A12 Bionic
Camera 8MP rear, 7MP front 8MP rear, 7MP front
Video 1,080p 1,080p
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Ports 3.5mm headphone jack, Lightning 3.5mm headphone jack, Lightning
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Water resistance No No
Battery 10 hours 10 hours
App Marketplace Apple App Store Apple App Store
Network support AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon
Colors Silver, Space Gray, Gold Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Price From $499 From $399
Full Specs Click here Click here
Review score Read our full iPad Air review here Read our full iPad Mini review here

Multitasking

Multitasking is not a new feature, but with the A12  Bionic chip, same as found in the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, both of these iPads run so smoothly that it has become a key feature for me to use. Both the iPad Air and Mini can use multitasking, however, it feels so crammed on an iPad Mini that it’s not really effective if you have work to do. I would say that if you’re using your iPad to work, then the iPad Air is the one for you. The iPad Mini is still more than capable of being used for work, but you’ll find it less cluttered with the larger screen on the iPad Air.

multitask

Display

With the size difference between the iPad Air and iPad Mini, it’s no surprise that this the area where both of these iPads differ the most. The iPad Air’s screen resolution is 2,224 x 1,668 pixels (265 pixels-per-inch). Whereas, the iPad Mini’s screen resolution is 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (324 pixels-per-inch). It doesnt sound too different, but because of this, the iPad mini has a sharper screen resolution. To be honest, this isn’t a huge difference, you’d only be able to tell if you have both of the iPads next to each other. Let’s not forget that regardless of which iPad you end up going for, you’ll be satisfied with the screen resolution.

iPad Air

The verdict

Whichever device you’ll be happy with. I would sat that the iPad Air is a more affordable version of the iPad Pro and the iPad mini is a more affordable version of the iPad Air. They’re both so equally balanced so it’s a tough call. For me personally, I’d happily use an iPad Air for work, whereas I would prefer to take the iPad mini with me on holiday for planning my trip without needing to lug a laptop around with me.

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