Recently, Apple came out with two new iPads, the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 3. They are two great devices and are definitely worth your money. If you didn’t know already, an iPad is a tablet currently running IOS 8.1.2, used for many things. iPads are used for gaming and media like YouTube, Amazon, ebay, Twitter, Facebook, etc. You can also type documents and make spreadsheets and power points using the included Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps.
There are many new and interesting differences comparing the two tablets. The first difference is the screen size. The iPad Air 2 has a 9.7‑inch (diagonal) screen and a resolution of 2048‑by‑1536 px at 264 pixels per inch, whereas, the iPad Mini 3 has a 7.9‑inch (diagonal) screen and a resolution of 2048‑by‑1536 at 326 pixels per inch. The iPad Air 2 also has an antireflective coating (so it will be less reflective in outdoor settings with sun), but the iPad Mini 3 looks sharper then the iPad Air 2. Both have Retina Display (which looks gorgeous) and both have a touch ID sensor that scans your thumb. I found this very useful, as you can use it to unlock your device and as your Apple ID password for books and apps.
Both of these devices are VERY light. The iPad Mini 3, being the lightest weighs 0.73 pound (331 g) for the WiFi model, and 0.75 pound (341 g) for the WiFi and Cellular. The iPad Air 2 is a little bit heavier at 0.96 pound (437 g) for the Wifi, and 0.98 pound (444 g) for the Wifi and Cellular.
Another difference between the two is the processors. The iPad Air 2 has a great A8X chip with 64‑bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor, and the iPad Mini 3 has a A7 chip with 64‑bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor. For some reason Apple hasn’t bumped up the specs of the processor for the Mini 3 from the Mini 2, but it still works perfectly well and I experienced no lag whatsoever and apps opened quickly and ran smoothly.
You can get both devices in three different colors – gold, silver, and space grey. The cameras are decent. The front facing camera is 1.2 megapixels and shoots 720p videos on both devices. On the Mini 3, the back camera is a 5 megapixels but on the Air 2, you get an 8 megapixel camera.
Another thing that separates them is the price. The Mini 3 is obviously the cheaper model starting at $400 for the 16GB model and $500 for the Air 2 16 GB. If you want to watch movies and play games, then I suggest stepping it up a notch. If you pay a extra $100 you can get 64GB models for $500 and $600 dollars. They also have 128GB models but they might be out if many peoples price range.
To summarize this review, I think it’s all up to you. The iPad Air 2 has better specs and a bigger screen, and a bigger price as well . The Mini 3 may not look as good, but it still is a great tablet with lots of life ahead of it. If you want to buy any of these tablets, I highly suggest getting the 64GB model for extra storage.
I hope you have fun with your new tablet!
Good article! It was funny and comprehensive without being boring. I made some minor text and copy edits, but below are the things that you need to fix during the 12/17/14 work period.
Thanks for getting this in on time and keep up the good work,
Rework the opening sentence of the 3rd paragraph (maybe something more like Many differences jump out when comparing the two new models)
Talk more about processor in iPad minis 2 and 3
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