Difference between iPad Mini and iPad

Key Difference: The iPad Mini is a sleeker, thinner iPad 2. The iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch LED-backlit multi-touch display with IPS technology touchscreen coated with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic material. iPads have the screen size of 9.7 inches with multi-touch display. iPads are intended as devices for a multimedia experience, reading e-books, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, browsing the Internet, or retrieving e-mail.

Apple is a well-known company around the world. It has been popular due to its innovative and technologically advanced electronics as well as the lawsuits with various different companies. Apple has been applauded for its futuristic design and new technologies on its various phones and tablets. It has also been criticized by many for its expensive price tags. However, the company has still managed build a loyal fan base that stands by the company and its products a 100%. The iPad Mini has been a popular tablet since its launch in November 2012 and is basically a mini iPad. It has borrowed a lot of features from its big brother and but just has a smaller packaging.

The iPad Mini is a sleeker, thinner iPad 2, note currently the company is on its 4th generation iPad. The iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch LED-backlit multi-touch display with IPS technology touchscreen coated with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic material. True to the Apple design, the iPad Mini also have a slick, steel chassis that is comfortable to hold. The company has launched two different models of the iPad Mini; Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular. The Wi-Fi is a little cheaper and does not have a SIM slot, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model is able to support 2G, 3G and 4G operations. One of the most touted features of the device is the weight. The device is super light and weight around 308 grams for the Wi-Fi and the 312 grams for the Wi-Fi + Cellular. The 7.9-inch screen provides 768 x 1024 pixels and an approximate 162 pixel density; it is not the best resolution available specially with the iPad 2 with Retina display. The screen has been said to be a bit grainy in viewing.

The device houses a 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 processor and the Apple A5 chipset. It is powered by the iOS 6 and can be upgradeable to iOS 6.1.3. The processor is not as fast as the latest Apple A6, but it does not lag during multi-tasking. The slower processor might have a concern if the device allowed true multitasking, but since it does not the device works just fine. The iPad Mini is available with 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, which is not expandable. The device only offers 512 MB RAM. The iPad Mini comes with a 5MP rear camera for taking photos and also has HD video taking capability. The device also has a 1.2 MP front camera for video calling purposes. It also has the FaceTime app for video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular. The iSight Camera has features such as autofocus, face detection, backside illumination and five-element lens.

The outer chassis of the device houses various buttons to control the device. The top of the device holds the On/Off and the Sleep/Wake button, along with the microphone and the headphone jack. The company has shifted the button back to the top of the device. The right side of the device has the Silent/Screen rotation lock button and the volume controls. The Home button is placed on bottom bezel and the built-in-speakers are on the bottom of the iPad Mini along with the Lightening connector. The device comes with many features such as Siri natural language commands and dictation, Game Center, Photo Booth, Built-in apps and e-book reader. The reader is compatible with all of the big services such as Google Books, Kindle and Nook, making it easier to read books in almost all formats. The device has been noted for the sleek and small design, which makes the device comfortable to hold and work with. Also apps have been specifically designed for the tablet, so no longer need to deal with stretching apps. Few criticisms include the price of the device, lack of Retina display, and lack of true multitasking as well the software. With the iPhone 5 already available in the market with Apple A6 chipset, the iPad Mini with the same chipset is not that far away.

Apple originally launched iPad in 2010. Its launch started a new trend for tablets. iPad is a type of tablet PC, which was originally promoted as a cross between an Apple iPhone and iPod Touch with added capabilities of computing. However, it is not meant to be a replacement for desktop personal computers or laptops. iPads have computational properties that can do some tasks as laptops but not all.

iPads have the screen size of 9.7 inches with multi-touch display, that provides approximately 264 pp density. The screen has a scratch-resistant glass and an oleophobic coating that keeps fingerprints on the screen and the back. iPads are intended as devices for a multimedia experience, reading e-books, watching movies, listening to music, playing games, browsing the Internet, or retrieving e-mail. It has a software structure more like that of a mobile phone. It also has a very simple user interface, which can even be easily operated by children. iPads are available with a memory capacity of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.

The device runs on 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and has a 1GB RAM. The iPad has been called the best iPad of all the four generations. The iPad is powered by the new Apple A6X chipset. The device has a 5MP rear camera for taking photos and a 1.2MP front camera for video calling capability. The camera also has video recording capability and can record [email protected] and has video stabilization. The iPad has a 42.5-watt non-removable lithium-polymer battery. The iPad is available in models supporting only Wi-Fi, or 3G and Wi-Fi. However, iPad lacks Flash, software that a number of websites use to display content. So, iPad cannot load these pages. This limits the web surfing experience. The fourth-gen iPad is similar to its predecessors, while it still has two minor and one major upgrade on it. The 30-pin connector has been upgraded to a smaller Lightning connector, while the front camera has been upgraded to the HD Status. The major upgrade is the new A6X processor that replaced the A5X processor on the third-gen.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website and GSMArena.com.

 

iPad Mini

iPad (4th generation)

Launch Date

November 2012

November 2012

Company

Apple

Apple

Size

200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm

241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm (9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 in)

Display

7.9‑inch LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

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

Screen

1024 x 768 resolution (~162 ppi pixel density)

1536 x 2048 pixels, (~264 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

308 grams (Wi-Fi); 312 grams (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

652g (1.44 lb)

662g (1.46 lb) for 3G model

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1454; A1455

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1459/ A1460

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1460

3G Network

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

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - A1459/ A1460

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1460

4G Network

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - A1454

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1455

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - A1459

(Wi-Fi + Cellular Model) LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - A1460

GUI

iUI

iUI

CPU speed

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9

Dual-core 1.4 GHz

GPU

PowerVR SGX543MP2

PowerVR SGX554MP4 (quad-core graphics)

OS

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3

iOS 6

Chipset

Apple A5

Apple A6X

RAM

512 MB

1 GB

SIM Size

nano-SIM

Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

16/32/64 GB

16/32/64/128 GB

Expandable Memory

No

None

Sensors

Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, compass

Connectivity

Model A1454

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Model A1455

  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Data only

802.11a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Wi-Fi + Cellular Model (MM)

  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Data only

All Models

802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

WiFi, USB

GPRS, EDGE, LTE for Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

Speed

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 73 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

USB v2.0

USB v2.0, special lightening charger

Primary Camera

5MP 2592x1944 pixels rear camera

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, [email protected] front camera

Yes, 1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi + Cellular

Video

[email protected] with video stabilization, face detection, Tap to focus while recording and backside illumination.

[email protected], video stabilization

Camera Features

  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Geotagging
  • Autofocus
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Touch focus
  • Geo-tagging
  • Face detection

Sound Enhancement

No

-

Audio supported formats

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV

Video supported formats

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

16.3 Wh Non-removable Li-Po battery

Built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

Talktime

-

-

Standby Time

-

-

Available Colors

Black/Slate, White/Silver

Black, White

Messaging

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML (Safari)

HTML (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

Assisted GPS and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

No

None

Additional Features

  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo
  • TV-out
  • Document viewer
  • Predictive text input
  • FaceTime
  • Game Center
  • Photo Booth
  • Built-in apps
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Guided Access
  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • AssistiveTouch interface for adaptive accessories
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • Large text
  • Option to invert colours
  • Left/right volume adjustment

Image Courtesy: apple.com, pluggedin.co.uk

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