Apple iPad Air Vs iPad Mini With Retina Display: How Do They Differ?

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Apple recently launched two new iPads including the larger Apple iPad Air and the more compact iPad Mini with retina display. Since the price difference between both slates has been narrowed down drastically, and since they both have similar features and specifications, choosing between the two might not prove to be an easy task. And that's where GizBot comes in. Here's what's different about the two tablets.

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Apple iPad Air Vs iPad Mini With Retina Display: How Do They Differ?

Performance And Specifications

Both slates use the new Apple A7 ARM chip which was introduced with the iPhone 5S sometime back. They both offer a 64-bit computing experience thanks to the new custom ARMv8 architecture on board. Even though there are no apps that can currently make use of this powerhouse of a configuration, you can stay happy with the fact that your slate is well future proofed. All in all, both tablets offer similar performance since they have the same configuration in this department.


The major difference between both slates happens to be their screen sizes. While the more expensive iPad Air uses a 10 inch screen, the iPad Mini with Retina display uses an 8 inch screen. Both use retina display screens with a resolution of 2048×1536.

Screens of both tablets have different pixel densities. The iPad Mini has a whopping 326 pixels-per-inch (PPI), which is amazing for a tablet, and can be compared only to the Nexus 7 (second generation). The iPad Air's display has lesser pixel density at 263 PPI, but nevertheless, its a wonderful display.

So what's the difference between the screens? While the iPad Mini's screen will be more crisp and beautiful, the iPad Air's screen will be physically bigger.

So reading articles(text in general) and browsing will be better on a large screen. But if you want something that's more compact and gorgeous, then the iPad Mini will be a better option.


In the US, the iPad Air retails at about $500 (about Rs. 31,000), while the iPad Mini with retina display isn't far away at $400 (about Rs. 24,000). So since both slates have a narrow price gap between them, it boils down to a user's display preference.


The iPad Mini might offer a smaller screen, but it offers a much richer display and is easier to hold if you like snuggling onto your sofa while using a tablet. The iPad Air is little bigger, but then more screen real estate means better legibility and readability.

Which one will you get? Let us know in the comments below.

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