Thursday, September 29, 2016

iPad Air or iPad Mini 2: What to Buy?

iPad Air or iPad Mini 2: What to Buy?

Apple.com

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Rumors on Apple devices are continuously making the rounds, and in March, they said that iPad Air would be re-named iPad Pro. Apple will allegedly be removing the ‘Air’ branding after the iPad Air 2.

This news was reported by MacRumors, which stated that the upcoming tablet that is 9.7-inch could have been part of Apple’s iPad Air line if it was not rebranded to iPad Pro.

Now the time has come to look back at the original iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display. The comparison is as follows:

Display

Currently, the iPad Air is the largest tablet available in the market, sporting a 9.7-inch screen, while the iPad mini 2 has a smaller 7.9-inch screen.

Also Read: iPad Air 3, iPad Mini 5 Release Date & Specs: Hints From iPad Pro Release & Features

Retina Display technology is included in both devices, which makes one unable to see any pixels at arm’s length. The Air offers 2048 x 1536 resolution and a pixel density of 224 ppi, whereas the iPad mini 2 sports the same resolution but gives a denser 324 ppi.

Battery Life

In terms of battery, test iPads have always performed well. The Air carries an 8,837 mAh battery, while the Mini 2 is backed by a 6471 mAh battery to power the 7.9-inch display, notes IT Pro.

According to claims of Apple, the devices can run up to 10 hours with Wi-Fi browsing or video playback.

Also Read: 9.7-inch iPad Pro vs iPad Air 2: Apple Pencil, Enhanced Battery Life & Other Upgrades

Hardware, connectivity

Both devices have a dual-core A7 1.3 GHz chip that supports 64-bit apps. A 1GB of RAM is also included. The entry-level models start with 16GB of onboard storage and offer up to 128GB of internal storage.

The iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 share almost the same connectivity options. Both tablets ship with minimal ports, a lightning connector and a headphone jack. However, they lack memory storage expansion.

The iPad Air and iPad Mini also have the same 5-megapixel iSight rear cameras with retina. A 1.2MP secondary camera for FaceTime calling is included.

On the wireless connectivity front, both devices come with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4 and 4G support. In addition, both iPads are armed with the same sensors – a three-axis gyro, accelerometer and ambient light sensor.

Software and apps

The iPads have been infused with Apple’s App Store and iTunes ecosystem consisting of the largest collection of tablet-specific apps, music, TV shows and films.

Conclusion

The iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Air share features in key areas such as their OS, software, hardware and connectivity. iPad Air gives higher brightness and contrast ratio with its display. It even offers longer battery life. People who don’t like big devices can go for iPad Mini 2, which is a smaller and cheaper option.