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iPad mini vs. iPad

iPad mini vs. iPad


iPad mini is unveiled on Apple event and is available after November 2 this year. It comes with a 7.9-inch display, 0.68/0.69 pound weight, Facetime and iSight camera. Then, what are the differences between iPad and iPad mini? iPad VS. iPad mini, which one to buy? In this article, I would like to share my opinions on iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad mini.


iPad mini vs. iPad 2

iPad mini and iPad 2 have a lot in common. Some people even say iPad mini is just another iPad 2. See, they both use A5 duel-core chip; they both use 1024-by-768 resolution.


However, iPad mini is 1.7 inch smaller than iPad 2, which means iPad mini displays the contents at a smaller scale than iPad 2. Of course, iPad mini is lighter than iPad 2.


The big difference between iPad mini and iPad 2 should be the price. The price of iPad mini is start from $329(16GB wifi iPad mini is $329). The price of iPad 2 is from $399.


If I am going to buy a tablet, I would choose iPad mini. As for me, I like taking the tablet around, so a small and light machine is more suitable for me.


iPad mini vs. iPad 3

Between iPad mini and iPad 3, I would definitely choose iPad 3. Though iPad mini is much cheaper than iPad 3 (a 16GB WIFI iPad 3 is $499), iPad 3 has several advantages.


Firstly, iPad 3 has a Retina display(2048-by-1536 resolution), an important feature for iPad, which makes everything on iPad look crisp and lifelike, while iPad mini doesn’t have a Retina, it comes with 1024-by-768 resolution.


Secondly, iPad 3 uses A6X chip, while iPad mini uses A5 chip. The iPad mini's processor is relatively underpowered compared to iPad3’s. Thus, the iPad mini may run noticeably slower than iPad 3.


Thirdly, iPad mini uses Nano-SIM card, which is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards that other iPads use. That means you can’t pull the SIM card out of your old iPad to use for data on a cellular-enabled iPad Mini. The good is, iPad 3 uses micro-SIM card.


iPad 3 is better than iPad mini. However, if you have a tight budget, iPad mini is still a good choice.



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