iPad Air vs iPad mini 2: Specs Comparison – Which iPad to Buy?

Apple introduced iPad Air, a bigger 10-inch display iPad, and an iPad mini 2 with 7.9-inch Retina display. With the introduction of Retina display in iPad mini, it has become difficult to choose between the two sizes of iPad. We have compiled a detailed iPad Air vs iPad mini 2 specs comparison so you may decide which one is better for you.

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iPad Air vs iPad mini 2 – Which iPad should you buy?

iPad Air vs iPad mini 2 Specs

If you’ve decided to buy an iPad, the next step is to decide which one: iPad Air or the Retina iPad mini 2? This is year Apple has made it very tough to choose between the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 as the only difference between the two is the display size and the price. iPad Air comes in 9.7-inch display vs Retina iPad mini’s 7.9-inch display. Other than the display size, the two iPads are identical in every way. Only other difference is the price point where iPad Air base price starts at $499 vs iPad mini’s $399. To see how much identical the iPad Air hardware is to the smaller iPad mini 2 variant, checkout our detailed specs comparison of the two:

iPad Air vs iPad mini 2: Specs Comparison

Body

Form FactorSlabSlab
Dimensions240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm
Weight469g (Wifi-only)
478g (WiFi + Cellular)
331g (Wifi-only)
341g (WiFi + Cellular)
ColorsSpace Gray, SilverSpace Gray, Silver

Display

Screen Size (Diagonal)9.7 inches7.9 inches
Resolution2048 x 1536 pixels2048 x 1536 pixels
Pixel density264 pixels per inch (ppi)326 pixels per inch (ppi)
TechnologyLED-backlit IPS LCDLED-backlit IPS LCD
TouchscreenCapacitive, Multi-touch
Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Capacitive, Multi-touch
oleophobic coating

Hardware

System chipApple A7Apple A7
ProcessorDual-core, 1.3 GHzDual-core, 1.3 GHz
RAM1GB1GB
Storage (Built-in)16GB / 32GB / 64GB / 128GB16GB / 32GB / 64GB / 128GB

Camera

Primary5 MP
Photo: 2592 x 1944 pixels
Video: 1080p@30 fps
5 MP
Photo: 2592 x 1944 pixels
Video: 1080p@30 fps
Front-Facing Camera1.2 MP
720p@30fps, face detection
FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular
1.2 MP
720p@30fps, face detection
FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Connectivity

Cellular4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-FiWi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
GPSAssisted GPS (Cellular model)Assisted GPS (Cellular model)
ConnectorLightening connectorLightening connector
Bluetooth4.04.0

Battery

Music PlaybackUp to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours
Video PlaybackUp to 10 hoursUp to 10 hours
Web Surfing using Cellular DataUp to 9 hoursUp to 9 hours

Software

OSiOS 7 or neweriOS 7 or newer
ApplicationsAppstoreAppstore

Sensors

Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor

Base Price

$499$399

Other Features

iMessage
iCloud cloud service
AirDrop
iCloud Keychain
Siri
Facebook integration
Twitter integration
Photo viewer/editor
iBooks
Apple Maps
iMessage
iCloud cloud service
AirDrop
iCloud Keychain
Siri
Facebook integration
Twitter integration
Photo viewer/editor
iBooks
Apple Maps
In the BoxLightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter
Lightning to USB Cable
USB Power Adapter

As you can see from the technical specs of both the iPad, there’s no difference other than the display size. So it’s up to the buyer’s choice of display size. So which one will you be getting, an iPad Air or iPad mini 2 with Retina display?

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