Apple / iOS / Reviews / Tablet PC

iPad Mini vs. the new (and newer 4th Gen) iPad: what’s different?

We’ve all known that iPad prototypes of every shape and size reside inside Apple’s design lab, but few of us believed we’d ever see one on store shelves. Of course, when the rumor machine leapt into top gear, it seemed that Apple had relaxed its legendary stance on “tweener tablets.” Now Tim Cook and chums have whipped the covers from the iPad Mini, it’s time to delve inside.

Given that this is an entirely new product from the company, we thought we’d stack it up against the third and fourth generation iPads — the latter coming out just seven months after we threw down cash on the former. That way, we can identify what compromises and concessions have been made to squeeze the iPad experience into a smaller body. Join us after the break to to take part in the stats extravaganza, but excuse us if we’re a little distracted — we’re still suffering from concussion where Apple kicked all of us third-generation iPad owners in the teeth.

iPad Mini iPad (Early 2012) iPad (late 2012)
    Display     7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD     9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD     9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD
    Resolution     1,024 x 768     2048 x 1536     2,048 x 1,536
    Pixel Density     163 ppi     264 ppi     264 ppi
    CPU     1 GHz dual-core Apple A5     1GHz dual-core Apple A5X     1GHz dual-core Apple A6X
    Graphics     PowerVR SGX MP4+ (tbc)     PowerVR SGX MP4+     PowerVR SGX MP4+
    Memory     512MB (tbc)     1GB     1GB
    Storage     16GB / 32GB / 64GB     16GB / 32GB / 64GB     16GB / 32GB / 64GB
    Front Camera     1.2-megapixel     VGA (640 x 480)     1.2-megapixel
    Rear Camera     5-megapixel f/2.4 AF     5-Megapixel AF     5-Megapixel f/2.4 AF
    Cellular     GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE     3G, HSPA+, DC-HPA, 4G LTE (AT&T, Verizon)     GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE
    WiFi     Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n     802.11 a/b/g/n     Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n
    Bluetooth     4.0     4.0     4.0
    Accelerometer     3-axis     3-axis     3-axis
    Gyroscope     3-axis
        3-axis
    3-axis
    Dimensions (WiFi)     200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm     241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm     241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
    Dimensions (Cellular)     200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm     241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm     241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
    Weight (WiFi)     308 grams (0.68 pounds)     652 grams (1.44 pounds)     652 grams (1.44 pounds)
    Weight (Cellular)     312 grams (0.69 pounds)     662 grams (1.46 pounds)     662 grams (1.46 pounds)
    Battery     16.3-watt-hour lithium polymer     42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer     42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer
    Ports     Lightning, 3.5mm headphone     30-pin, 3.5mm headphone     Lightning, 3.5mm headphone
    Location (WiFi)     WiFi, Digital Compass     WiFi, Digital Compass     WiFi, Digital Compass
    Location (3G / LTE)     aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi     aGPS, 3G, 4G, Digital Compass, WiFi     aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi
    Minimum Price     $329 WiFi-only, $459 Cellular     $499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular     $499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular
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