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The iPad Air 2 vs the iPad Mini 3

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are the latest in a line of Apple tablets.  One of the hardest decisions we face which one is right for me? If you are looking to buy one of the newly released iPads, your biggest choice may end up being screen size. The iPad Air 2 has a 9.7-inch screen, the same size as the original iPad released in 2010. The iPad Mini 3 has a 7.9-inch screen with the same resolution as the larger iPad, which means text and other objects will appear smaller on the Mini. But this isn’t a bad thing. The iPad Mini 3 is easier to operate with one hand than its larger sibling, making it a great choice if mobility is a big factor in your decision. Here let’s take a look at some of the other big differences between the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3.

iPad Air 2 vs. iPad mini 3: Power and Productivity

The newest full-sized iPad Air 2 is powered by an A8X system-on-a-chip (SoC), compared to the A7 chip in the Mini 3. The A8X chip is 40 percent faster than the A7 and boasts 2.5 times faster graphics than its predecessor. Additionally, the M8 motion coprocessor chip in the Air 2 packs all the same sensors as the Mini 3’s M7, but now features a new barometer that measures steps, distance, and elevation. Overall, the Air 2 has the more powerful processor and graphics unit. However, both models boast the same length of battery life, giving users up to 10 hours of Web surfing, video watching, and music listening.

iPad Air 2 vs. iPad mini 3: Camera

While the mini 3 doesn’t gain improved imaging capabilities, only the iPad Air 2 saw significant upgrades with its camera, as Apple decided to upgrade its rear facing lens from 5 to 8 megapixels. Moreover, Apple gave the Air 2 the ability to shoot slow-motion video in 720p at 120fps, as well as the option of using Burst Mode while taking photos. The iPad Air 2’s A8X processing chip features a built-in image signal processor, which also makes it more advanced than the Mini 3.

iPad Air 2 vs. iPad mini 3: Price

The iPad Air 2 comes with either 16GB of storage for $500, 64GB for $600, or 128GB for $700. Similarly, the Mini 3 comes in a 16GB version for just $400, 64GB at $500, or 128GB at $600.


Apple has yet again improved its impressive line of tablets and continues to dominate the industry. While the iPad Mini 3 sees very few upgrades over its predecessor, the iPad Air 2 is a significant improvement in nearly every category.  The Air 2 not only has the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, it also improves the back-facing camera and boosts the processing performance,  and to top it off, Apple replaced the 32 GB storage model with the 64 GB storage model, which gives you that jump to 64 GB for $100 cheaper than it would have cost last year.  If you are looking for the best tablet, there’s no decision here; it’s the iPad air 2.  If you’re looking for even more info, Apple has a handy iPad comparison page for your perusal.