What's better Apple iPad Air or Apple iPad mini 2? To answer this question SpecsPRO has compared Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad mini 2: screen resolution, camera, battery and other important specifications.

Apple iPad mini 2 vs Apple iPad Air

  • Main

  • Model

  • Price

  • Advantages

  • launch

  • Announced

  • Status

  • platform

  • OS

  • Chipset

  • CPU

  • GPU

  • camera

  • Rear

  • Front

  • Video

  • Features

  • display

  • Size

  • Resolution

  • Technology

  • Protection

  • Multitouch

  • battery

  • General

  • Talk time

  • body

  • Dimensions

  • Weight

  • SIM card

  • Miscellaneous

  • Colors

  • memory

  • Internal Storage & RAM

  • Card slot

  • comms

  • WLAN

  • Bluetooth

  • GPS

  • Radio

  • USB

  • features

  • Sensors

  • Messaging

  • Browser

  • Java

  • sound

  • 3.5mm jack

  • network

  • Technology

  • 2G bands

  • 3G bands

  • 4G bands

  • Speed

  • GPRS

  • EDGE

  • Videos

Apple iPad Air
  • launch

  • Announced

    2013, October

  • Status

    Available. Released 2013, November

  • platform

  • OS

    iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 10.0.2

  • Chipset

    Apple A7

  • CPU

    Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)

  • GPU

    PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)

  • camera

  • Rear

    5 MP, f/2.4, 33mm, autofocus

  • Front

    1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

  • Video

    1080p@30fps

  • Features

    Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR photo

  • display

  • Size

    7.9 inches

  • Resolution

    1536 x 2048 pixels (~324 ppi pixel density)

  • Technology

    LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

  • Protection

    Oleophobic coating

  • Multitouch

    Yes

  • battery

  • General

    Non-removable Li-Po 6470 mAh battery (24.3 Wh)

  • Talk time

    About 10 h

  • body

  • Dimensions

    200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm (7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 in)

  • Weight

    331 g (Wi-Fi) / 341 g (3G/LTE) (11.68 oz, 0.73 lb)

  • SIM card

    Nano-SIM

  • Miscellaneous

  • Colors

    Space Gray/Black, Silver/White

  • memory

  • Internal Storage & RAM

    16/32/64/128 GB, 1 GB RAM DDR3

  • Card slot

    No

  • comms

  • WLAN

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band

  • Bluetooth

    v4.0, A2DP, EDR

  • GPS

    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

  • Radio

    No

  • USB

    v2.0, reversible connector

  • features

  • Sensors

    Accelerometer, gyro, compass

  • Messaging

    iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

  • Browser

    HTML5 (Safari)

  • Java

    No

  • sound

  • 3.5mm jack

    Yes

  • network

  • Technology

    GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

  • 2G bands

    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 CDMA 800 / 1900

  • 3G bands

    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

  • 4G bands

    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850) - A1490 LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 38(2600), 39(1900), 4

  • Speed

    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat3 100/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

  • GPRS

    Yes

  • EDGE

    Yes

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  • launch

  • Announced

    2013, October

  • Status

    Available. Released November 2013

  • platform

  • OS

    iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 10.0.2

  • Chipset

    Apple A7

  • CPU

    Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)

  • GPU

    PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)

  • camera

  • Rear

    5 MP, f/2.4, 33mm, autofocus

  • Front

    1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

  • Video

    1080p@30fps

  • Features

    Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)

  • display

  • Size

    9.7 inches

  • Resolution

    1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi pixel density)

  • Technology

    LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

  • Protection

    Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

  • Multitouch

    Yes

  • battery

  • General

    Non-removable Li-Po 8600 mAh battery (32.4 Wh)

  • Talk time

    About 10 h

  • body

  • Dimensions

    240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm (9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 in)

  • Weight

    469 g (Wi-Fi) / 478 g (3G/LTE) (1.03 lb, 16.54 oz)

  • SIM card

    Nano-SIM

  • Miscellaneous

  • Colors

    Space Gray, Silver

  • memory

  • Internal Storage & RAM

    16/32/64/128 GB, 1 GB RAM DDR3

  • Card slot

    No

  • comms

  • WLAN

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot

  • Bluetooth

    v4.0, A2DP, EDR

  • GPS

    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS (3G/LTE model only)

  • Radio

    No

  • USB

    v2.0, reversible connector

  • features

  • Sensors

    Accelerometer, gyro, compass

  • Messaging

    iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

  • Browser

    HTML5 (Safari)

  • Java

    No

  • sound

  • 3.5mm jack

    Yes

  • network

  • Technology

    GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

  • 2G bands

    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 CDMA 800 / 1900

  • 3G bands

    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

  • 4G bands

    LTE

  • Speed

    HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat3 100/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

  • GPRS

    Yes

  • EDGE

    Yes

  • Watch video reviews

  • Summary

    The Apple iPad mini 2 is produced with 2K HD (1536 x 2048 pixels) display resolution with 324 ppi pixel density that is higher compared with the Apple iPad Air 2K HD (1536 x 2048 pixels) resolution with 263 ppi pixel density. This specification means that this model is the best buy for reading books.

    The Apple iPad Air will live longer without charging because it has a better battery life. The tablet is produced with 8600 mAh battery that is 2130 mAh bigger than the Apple iPad mini 2 battery. The iPad mini 2 weighs 331g that is 138g lighter than the weight of the iPad Air.

    The Apple iPad mini 2 has 2 advantages and the Apple iPad Air only 1 so the iPad mini 2 will become the best choice. Check the list of the best offers on Amazon.