If you're done comparing the iPad Air with the iPad 4, now it's time to switch to their smaller brothers - the latest, second-generation iPad Mini with Retina display and the original iPad Mini. To make it easier for readers, I will be including in the bullet list below only what is different, so you won't have to compare similar features. Have a careful look as there might be some pleasant and some not so pleasant surprises.
As you can see, it's a matter of choice. The first-generation iPad Mini is thinner and lighter because it lacks the Retina display panel and the bigger battery that needs to feed it. In the same time, if you're ok with the resolution and the performance you have and you are looking to save a few bucks, then you should choose the first iPad Mini. But if blazing speeds while browsing and crisp images are your thing, then iPad Mini with Retina Display should be your choice.
- Original iPad Mini is cheaper by $100: 16GB Wi-Fi version - $299 compared to $399; 16 GB Wi‑Fi + Cellular version - $429 compared to $529
- Original iPad Mini is slightly thinner: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm) compared to 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
- Original iPad Mini is slightly lighter: Wi‑Fi version weighs 0.68 pound (308 g) compared to 0.73 pound (331g); Wi‑Fi + Cellular version weighs 0.69 pound (312 g)
- iPad Mini with Retina display has much better resolution: 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi) compared to 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)
- iPad Mini with Retina display has much better performance: A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor compared to Dual-core A5 chip
- iPad Mini with Retina display comes with 3x video zoom
- iPad Mini with Retina display comes with ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity
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