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

Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular

  • 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
  • Main

  • Model

    Apple iPad Air

  • Price

    $309.95

  • Advantages

  • PLATFORM CPU: Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)

    PLATFORM GPU: PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)

    DISPLAY Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi pixel density)

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

    MEMORY Internal Storage & RAM: 16/32/64/128 GB, 1 GB RAM DDR3

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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

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  • launch

  • Announced

    2012, October. Released 2012, November

  • Status

    Discontinued

  • platform

  • OS

    iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 9.3.5

  • Chipset

    Apple A5

  • CPU

    Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9

  • GPU

    PowerVR SGX543MP2

  • camera

  • Rear

    5 MP, autofocus

  • Front

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

  • Video

    1080p@30fps

  • Features

    Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection

  • display

  • Size

    7.9 inches

  • Resolution

    768 x 1024 pixels (~162 ppi pixel density)

  • Technology

    LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

  • Protection

    Oleophobic coating

  • Multitouch

    Yes

  • battery

  • General

    Non-removable Li-Po 4490 mAh battery (16.7 Wh)

  • Talk time

    About 10 h

  • body

  • Dimensions

    200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm (7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 in)

  • Weight

    312 g (11.01 oz, 0.69 lb)

  • SIM card

    Nano-SIM

  • Miscellaneous

  • Colors

    Black/Slate, White/Silver

  • memory

  • Internal Storage & RAM

    16/32/64 GB, 512 MB RAM

  • 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 / LTE

  • 2G bands

    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1454; A1455 CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

  • 3G bands

    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - A1454; A1455

  • 4G bands

    LTE band 4(1700/2100), 17(700) - A1454 LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

  • 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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  • Summary

    The Apple iPad Air is equipped with a faster CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) than the iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. It is an important difference between these models as a fast CPU guarantees that this tab is a better choice for user who wants to play more games without lags. The Apple iPad Air is equipped with a more powerful GPU PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics) that will let you to run more modern game apps. The Apple iPad Air runs more RAM (1 GB DDR3) which means that this tablet provides better performance than the iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular.

    The Apple iPad Air has 2K HD (1536 x 2048 pixels) screen resolution with 263 ppi pixel density that is higher than the Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular HD (768 x 1024 pixels) resolution with 162 ppi pixel density. This specification means that this model is the best buy for reading books.

    The Apple iPad Air will work for a longer time without charging because it has a better battery life. The tab is produced with 8600 mAh cell that is 4110 mAh bigger in comparison with the Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular cell. The iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular weighs 312g that is 157g less compared to the weight of the Apple iPad Air.

    The iPad Air has 5 advantages and the Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular only 1 so the iPad Air is the best choice. Get the list of the best offers on Amazon.