Apple iPad Mini vs iPad 3 (The new iPad)
Apple is undoubtedly the innovator behind the tablet PC revolution. The tablet sales have grown ever since they introduced Apple iPad in to the market and many other manufacturers decided to follow the trend set by iPad. Analysts introduce as the fight of Apples and Oranges; oranges been the Android tablets. However, the difference between Apples and Oranges has grown rather thin with all the years of evolution and room for change. To be precise, Android has caught up with the wonderful and user centric nature of Apple iOS leaving Apple at a vulnerable position. Apple devices were always considered as premium and were notorious about their prices. However, challenging times demand for a change in the business patterns. Apple now has a heavily rumored budget version of the iPad. This is really a great step taken by Apple in order to increase the circulation of their favorite tablets.
Apple iPad Mini was rumored to be a 7.85 inch tablet which is contradictory to the ideas of Apple founder; Steve Jobs. He once stated that 7 inch tablets are too big to compete with smartphones and too small to compete with iPads. But well, as we mentioned, these are interesting times and calls for a change even with the most stringent of standards of all. iPad Mini is said to have the same performance as of new iPad although the rumor mill suggested that it won’t come with the retina display with the monster resolution. It will run on Apple’s new operating system Apple iOS 6 and would have a respectable camera as well. The device will be somewhat thinner than new iPad and would contain a smaller dock compared to new iPad. The price is rumored to fall on $329 range and with the tablet been released just before the holiday gift season, Apple may grab the hearts of every kid in the world with Apple iPad Mini.
Apple iPad Mini Review
As predicted, Apple iPad Mini hosts a 7.9 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display that features a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at a pixel density of 163ppi. It is smaller, lighter and thinner than Apple new iPad. However, this no way compromises the look and feel Apple’s premium grants you. It will come in several versions which will be released throughout November. There is also a 4G LTE version which can cost as much as $660. Let us look at what Apple has included in this mini version of their all-time favorite Apple iPad.
Apple iPad Mini is powered by Dual Core A5 processor clocked at 1GHz along with preferably PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU and 512MB of RAM. This is the first reason that worries us about purchasing the iPad Mini given that it features a last generation processors of Apple A5 which went out in circulation two generations before with the introduction of Apple A6X. However, we can’t predict the performance without taking it for a lengthy test run given that Apple can now modify their processors in-house. It seemed to work seamlessly at light tasks, but games seem to take some time to initialize which can be an indication of the performance it can offer.
This miniature version of iPad has dimensions of 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches that can fit in to your hand very well. Especially the keyboard feels way more comfortable compared to the Apple iPhone line. The basic version only has Wi-Fi connectivity whereas the more expensive and higher end ones offer 4G LTE connectivity as an addition. It will come in different sizes ranging from 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Apple seems to have included a 5MP camera at the back of this miniature version that can capture 1080p HD videos which is a good improvement. The 1.2MP from facing camera can be used with Facetime for video conferencing. As speculated, it uses the new lightening connector and comes in either Black or White.
Apple iPad 3 (new iPad) Review
There had been many speculations about Apple iPad 3(new iPad) because it had such a pull from the customer’s end, and in fact, many of those features were added up to a consistent and revolutionary device that is going to blow your mind. Apple iPad 3(new iPad) comes with a 9.7 inches HD IPS retina display that features a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels at a pixel density of 264ppi. This is a huge barrier that Apple has broken and they have introduced 1 million more pixels to the generic 1920 x 1080 pixels display which used to be the best resolution a mobile device provides. The total number of pixel adds up to 3.1 million which is now the highest number of pixels available in a mobile device. Apple guarantees that iPad 3(new iPad) has 40% more color saturation compared to previous models. This slate is powered by A5X dual core processor with quad core GPU although we don’t know the exact clock rate. It is needless to say that this processor will make everything to work smooth and seamlessly.
There is a physical home button available at the bottom of the device as usual. The next big feature Apple introduces is iSight camera which is 5MP with autofocus and auto-exposure using a backside illuminated sensor. It has an IR filter built into it which is really great. The camera can also capture 1080p HD videos and they have smart video stabilization software integrated with the camera which is a good move. This slate also supports the best digital assistant in the world, Siri which was supported by iPhone 4S only.
iPad 3(new iPad) does come with LTE connectivity apart from EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and finally LTE that supports speeds up to 73Mbps. The device loads everything super-fast on 4G and handles the load very well. Apple claims iPad 3 (new iPad) is the device that supports most number of bands ever. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n for continuous connectivity which was expected by default. Fortunately, you can let your iPad 3 (new iPad) to share your internet connection with your friends by making it a Wi-Fi hotspot. It is 9.4mm thick which is amazing and has a weight of 1.4lbs which is rather comforting.
iPad 3 (new iPad) promises a battery life of 10 hours on normal usage and 9 hours on 4G usage which is another game changer for iPad 3 (new iPad). It is available in either Black or White and the 16GB variant is offered at $499 which is rather low. The 4G version of the same storage capacity is offered at $629 which is still a good deal. There are two other variants, 32GB and 64GB which comes at $599 / $729 and $699 / $829 respectively without 4G and with 4G.
A Brief Comparison Between Apple iPad Mini and Apple new iPad
• Apple iPad Mini is powered by Apple A5 dual core processors clocked at 1GHz along with PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU and 512MB of RAM while Apple new iPad is powered by 1GHz Cortex A9 Dual Core processor on top of Apple A5X chipset with PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
• Apple iPad Mini and Apple new iPad runs on Apple iOS 6.
• Apple iPad Mini has 7.9 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display featuring a resolution of 1024 x 768 at a pixel density of 163ppi while Apple new iPad has 9.7 inches LED backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels at a pixel density of 264ppi.
• Apple iPad Mini has 5MP camera that can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 fps while Apple new iPad has 5MP camera that can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second.
If there is a conclusion we can wrap up before going for a lengthy benchmarking test, it is this because we are sure Apple new iPad would outperform Apple iPad Mini both due to the size and price elicitation. However, if you are looking for a budget version of the same famous Apple iPad, then you have come to the right place by searching for Apple iPad Mini. Await for more information on the conclusion when its available to us.
|Comparison of Specifications
Apple iPad Mini vs Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)
|Design||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Keyboard||Virtual full keyboard with microphone key for dictation by Siri||Virtual full keyboard with microphone key for dictation by Siri|
|Dimension||200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm (7.87 x 5.3 x 0.28 in)||241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm (9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37 in)|
|Weight||308 g (0.68 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 312 g (0.69 lbs) Wi-Fi + 4G||652 g (1.44 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 662g (1.46lbs) Wi-Fi + 4G|
|Body Color||Black & Slate, White & Silver||Black, White|
|Display||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Size||7.9 in||9.7 in|
|Resolution||1024 x 768 pixels; 163 ppi||2048 x 1536 pixels; 264ppi|
|Features||IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,||IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, 3-axis Gyro, illumination Sensor||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, 3-axis Gyro, illumination Sensor|
|Operating System||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Platform||iOS 6||iOS 5.1; Upgradeable to iOS6|
|Browser||Apple Safari||Apple Safari|
|Processor||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Model||Apple A5 dual core||Apple A5X dual core CPU with quad core GPU|
|Speed||1 GHz Dual core||Dual core with quad core graphics|
|Memory||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|RAM||512 MB (to be confirmed)||512 MB (to be confirmed)|
|Camera||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Resolution||5 MP iSight camera, backside illuminated sensor||iSight camera, 5MP backside illuminated sensor|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, 5x Digital Zoom||Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, 5x Digital Zoom|
|Video Capture||HD [email protected]||HD [email protected]|
|Features||F-22, IR filter, 5 element lens, ISP built into A5X chip, tap to focus, face detection, geo tagging||F-22, IR filter, 5 element lens, ISP built into A5X chip, tap to focus, face detection, geo tagging|
|Secondary camera||1.2 MP [email protected]||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, 3-axis Gyro, illumination Sensor|
|Entertainment||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Audio||Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV||Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV|
|Video||Formats: H.264 up to [email protected], MPEG4, M-JPEG||Formats: H.264 up to [email protected], MPEG4, M-JPEG|
|Gaming||Game Center||Game Center|
|Battery||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Type Capacity||Built-in 16.3 W-hour Li-Polymer||Built-in 42.5 W-hour Li-Polymer (11560 mAh)|
|Talktime||Surfing up to 10 hrs, 9 hrs (3G/4G)||Surfing up to 10 hrs, 9 hrs (3G/4G)|
|Standby||More than 1 month||More than 1 month|
|Mail and Messaging||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync||General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync|
|Messaging||FaceTime, Google Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat||Google Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat|
|Connectivity||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Bluetooth||v4.0 supports A2DP stereo, PBAP, OPP||v4.0 supports A2DP stereo, PBAP, OPP|
|USB||via 30 pin connector||via 30 pin connector|
|HDMI||Compatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter||Compatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter|
|Location Service||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Maps||Apple Maps||Google Maps; Apple Maps with upgrade to iOS 6|
|GPS||A-GPS with digital compass||A-GPS with digital compass|
|Network Support||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|2G/3G||Quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE / HSPA+21Mbps, DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps||Quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE / HSPA+21Mbps, DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps|
|4G||LTE (73Mbps); In U.S. AT&T 700, 2100 MHz; Verizon 700MHz; In Canada Bell, Rogers, and Telus networks||LTE (73Mbps); In U.S. AT&T 700, 2100 MHz; Verizon 700MHz; In Canada Bell, Rogers, and Telus networks|
|Applications||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Apps||Apple Apps Store, iTunes||Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.6|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, Linkedin||Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, Linkedin|
|Voice Calling||Skype, Viber, Vonage||Skype, Viber, Vonage|
|Video Calling||Skype, Tango||Skype, Tango|
|Featured||Siri, iBook, iMovie, GarageBand, FaceTime, PhotoBooth||Siri, iBook, iMovie, GarageBand, FaceTime, PhotoBooth|
|Business Mobility||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Remote VPN||Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse||Yes , CISCO Anyconnect, Juniper JunOS Pulse|
|Corporate Mail||Yes with CISCO Mobile||Yes with CISCO Mobile|
|Corporate Directory||Yes with CISCO Mobile||Yes with CISCO Mobile|
|Video Conferencing||CISCO Mobile, WebEx||CISCO Mobile, WebEx|
|Security||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|MobileMe, Password Protected Screen||MobileMe, Password Protected Screen|
|Additional Features||Apple iPad Mini||Apple iPad 3 (The new iPad)|
|Siri supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese. AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) at 720p. AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p. Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately. AirPrint, CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use, 65000 iPad specific applications||Siri supports US English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese. AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) at 720p. AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p. Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately. AirPrint, CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use, 65000 iPad specific applications|