iPad Mini vs iPad with Retina display: Which one is right for you?

If you haven’t make a decision on which to buy – iPad mini or iPad with Retina Display, do follow this article which makes a comparison between iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad. Perhaps you can get some suggestion from it.

Apple announced its highly anticipated iPad mini on October 23. This tablet is only7.2mm thick and has a 7.9 inch screen versus the 9.7 inch screen that came with the original iPad. Happily, the full versions of all apps are compatible with the mini. Having been waiting for this mini iPad for several years, we now have the chance to get our hands on it. Impressed by this tablet, Callum Bush, founder of MediaDevil, spoke highly of the iPad mini, he said: “Being ultra-portable, the iPad mini is likely to encourage a drive in sales from those who perhaps avoided the iPad for its size. Being smaller, it’s even more practical and we have two staff looking forward to purchasing their first iPads, with the clinching factor being that it finally fits in their handbags.”

The fourth-generation iPad (iPad with Retina display), however, makes choosing between the larger iPad and the iPad mini even more difficult than it was before. Though the 4th-generation iPad keep using the same chassis and overall design of its immediate predecessor, it makes a lot of changes under the hood. With bigger size and larger display, iPad with Retina display lets you use iPad software at full size. Looking at the differences, it has an A6X processor, which Apple claims is twice as fast as the outgoing model’s A5X chip. The lastest 9.7-inch iPad has new Wi-Fi radios, which Apple also claims are twice as fast as the outgoing model’s. It supports dual-band 802.11n (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) in addition to 802.11a/b/g. It also supports the Sprint’s LTE network, where the outgoing model was only available for AT&T and Verizon. The iPad 4 loses the 30-pin port for the Lightning port. The FaceTime camera has also been improved.

Numerous reviewers focused mainly on the Mini versus reviewing both devices separately. Here are a handful of highlights from the reviews on the 9.7-inch, fourth-generation model and samller 7.9-inch model:

iPad Mini Reviews and Fourth-generation iPad Reviews

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iPad Mini Reviews

  • CNET: Bottom line: If you want the full, polished Apple tablet experience in a smaller package, the iPad Mini is worth the premium price. Otherwise, good alternatives are available for less money.
  • All Things Digital : I’ve been testing the iPad Mini for several days and found it does exactly what it promises: It brings the iPad experience to a smaller device. Every app that ran on my larger iPad ran perfectly on the Mini. I was able to use it one-handed and hold it for long periods of time without tiring. My only complaints were that it’s a tad too wide to fit in most of my pockets, and the screen resolution is a big step backwards from the Retina display on the current large iPad.
  • Engadget : This isn’t just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple’s best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. No, the performance doesn’t match Apple’s latest and yes, that display is a little lacking in resolution, but nothing else here will leave you wanting. At $329, this has a lot to offer over even Apple’s more expensive tablets.
  • TechCrunch: The iPad Mini isn’t perfect — for one reason in particular (more on that below) — but it’s damn close to my ideal device. In my review of the Nexus 7 (which I really liked, to the shock of many), I kept coming back to one thing: the form factor. Mix this with iOS and Apple’s app ecosystem and the intangibles I spoke about earlier and the iPad Mini is an explosion of handheld joy.

Fourth-generation iPad reviews

  • CNET: The bottom line: The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It’s better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.
  • The Verge: The fourth-generation iPad is the very definition of an iterative change: Apple made important things better, but neither overhauled nor revolutionized anything…. For now, if you’re within your return window you should probably swap for the newest iPad, but if not? Rest assured you’re not really missing that much. Not yet, at least.
  • TechCrunch (embedded in its iPad Mini review): I’ve been playing with this latest version of the iPad for the past week. Yes, it’s faster. Apple claims 2x CPU and graphics performance thanks to the new A6X chip. That claim has been a little hard to test since no apps are yet optimized to take advantage of the new power — and mainly because the previous iPad was already so fast — but things do generally seem to launch and run a bit faster than they do on the third-generation iPad. I did get a chance to see a demo of a game that was optimized for the new chip (though it’s not out yet) and that’s clearly where this new iPad is going to shine.
  • Slashgear : Day to day, there’s not a significant difference in usability. By its third generation, the iPad was already smooth and showed little in the way of lag, and that same polish is evident here on the A6X powered model. There isn’t the obvious swell in performance that we’ve seen before in, say, stepping from the first-gen iPad to the second, however…  On the other hand, it widens the distance between the iPad 2 — which remains on sale as the “budget” full-sized iPad — and the iPad with Retina display.
  • Stuff: The sneaky iPad 4 takes our tablet top spot almost by default. There are no cosmetic changes to swoon over but this is a seriously slick, turbo-charged version of our favorite slate, and all for the same price as the outgoing iPad 3… iPad 2 or iPad owners should also perhaps hold out on the upgrade. Maybe the slim, 308g iPad Mini, with its decent 7.9in display and extreme portability would suit you better? In six months time we may also be treated to an iPad 5 with a skinny bezel slimmer waistline anyway.
For a clearer comparison of iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad, you can refer to the form below:

P.S. As you see, both iPad Mini and iPad with Retina Display are top-notch on-the-go entertainment device for movie and TV watching. If you have any problems about enjoying movies on your iPad, just check out the Guides for Beginners to Enjoy TV shows and movies on Your iPad to find solutions.

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