Many home and business users are having difficulty deciding which iPad to choose when purchasing a tablet PC. It is obvious that the main difference is in the size of the display screen in the iPad 4 vs. the iPad Mini but there are pros and cons, which can be applied to both devices.
Apple recently released the 4th generation iPad known as the iPad 4 Retina that resembles its ancestors in terms of appearance only with a set of new features. The iPad 4 features a Retina display of 264ppi (pixels per inch), front facing camera, 720p HD video for improved FaceTime, and 1.2 megapixel camera.
If it is power and speed you desire, the [easyazon-link asin=”B00B7MR1P2″ locale=”us”]iPad 4 is equipped with a new A6X processor[/easyazon-link], quad-core graphics to power the Retina display, and the standard iOS 6 operating system. The new features in the iPad 4, in addition to the release of the next generation iPad Mini has left consumers scratching their heads trying to choose between an iPad and an iPad Mini.
If you are a home or business user that cannot decide between the iPad and the iPad Mini, you are not alone. Choosing between these two Apple devices goes beyond deciding whether or not you require a larger or smaller screen. Instead, selecting the right iPad for your needs requires going beyond the screen size to consider the functionality which is present underneath the hood. You might even enjoy our Ipad vs Kindle review.
Although choosing the right iPad is dependent upon your specific needs as a home or business user, developing an understanding of each device is beneficial in helping to make the right decision. In this article, we will consider some of the features of both the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini and some of the pros and cons of the features when you compare devices.
We will begin with the most obvious feature which is the size of each device. The iPad Mini with its compact 7.9 inch display and 0.28 inch depth is very portable and easy to carry with you wherever you go. The iPad Mini essentially defines itself as a true mobile device which easily fits in your bag or backpack. And when you require a larger screen, the iPad Mini is designed to connect to your flat screen TV.
The iPad 4 Retina is definitive of the classic tablet PC with a 9.7 inch display. It is still portable in its own right like the iPad Mini so, it really comes down to your preference for screen size and how mobile you want your iPad to be.
In this regard there are really no pros or cons when it comes to device size as it all comes down to your lifestyle, purpose, and preferences.
The processing capability is another major consideration when you are trying to choose between the larger iPad 4 and an iPad Mini. Without a doubt, the processing speed for the iPad 4 is faster than the iPad Mini. However, the slower performance of the iPad Mini is also offset by the fact that it has a smaller screen which reduces the demand on the processor.
The iPad Mini is equipped with a dual-core A5 processor where the iPad 4 offers a dual-core A6X processor. This means that the iPad 4 has twice as much processing speed than the iPad Mini.
The processing speed can be a pro or a con depending upon what you require. If you are business user that requires multitasking functionality, then it would make more sense to go with the iPad 4 with a higher processing speed. If you are a home user who seeks a portable device for simple daily activities, then the iPad Mini may adequately suit your needs.
It is also important to mention that both the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini have basically the same functionality in terms of application capability, the main difference is in the processing speed and the screen size.
If you are considering a purchase of the iPad 4 or the iPad Mini, chances are you are looking for portability. This means that the battery life is an important consideration to avoid having to locate and connect to the nearest power outlet.
When it comes to the battery life on the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini, there are no pros or cons. Both devices are equipped with a battery which is capable of up to 10 hours of use. This provides you with many hours of juice to multitask on the go.
Data storage is an important consideration when choosing an iPad. However, this does not come down to the iPad 4 vs. the iPad Mini since both devices can be purchased with varied data storage in three choices: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
While it is true that the more storage space you have on a device the better the performance, you will still get good results with all storage sizes as long as you do not completely fill the drive. So, it really comes down to your storage needs and what it will take to store all of your data with space left on the drive to maintain device performance.
See the official Apple website for pricing details. The more storage you require, the more it will cost!
Business owners may have significantly different requirements from personal users, for example, additional storage space may be required for users from the design/media industries.
Another feature to consider is the applications. How many apps do you need to access at once? Are you using casual daily activity apps or are you a business user that is required to access multiple spreadsheets and other office applications?
Although both the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini offer the same applications, controlling the apps with your fingers may be an issue with the iPad Mini due to the smaller screen size. If you require agility in working with apps, the iPad 4 may serve you better due to the larger screen size. In this regard, the smaller screen size may be a disadvantage where the larger screen will provide you with an advantage.
One of the primary differences between the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini is the screen density. This can potentially be a deal maker or a deal breaker depending upon the purposes for which you plan to use your new iPad. The iPad 4 offers a Retina display which is an impressive resolution of 2048 x 1536 with 264 pixels per inch.
If you are using your iPad for viewing media or you are simply seeking better business productivity, then the iPad 4 Retina may be the better option.
The iPad Mini display resolution is not shabby at 1024 x 768 with 163 pixels per inch. This will serve you well if you are constantly on the go and is more suitable to gaming applications designed to be viewed on a mobile gaming device.
If you are a business professional requiring videoconferencing capabilities or you are a home user that desires to keep in touch with friends, both the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini offer decent camera capabilities. The camera specifications are relatively the same for both devices.
The iSight Camera offers a 5-elements lens which provides face detection and the ability to take 5 megapixel photos with autofocus capabilities. The FaceTime HD is equipped to handle 1.2 megapixel photos with a video in 720p HD which is capable of functioning over cellular services and wireless connections. Both devices are also capable of recording video with video stabilization in 1080p HD.
Keyboard – Ipad vs Ipad Mini
Your keyboard preferences when choosing an iPad 4 or an iPad Mini will depend upon your needs and requirements. Of course, a larger screen means more keyboard and more room to function where the smaller screen size means a small on-screen keyboard.
If you are a business professional that is on the go, you may find the smaller screen to be an inconvenience when it comes to using the keyboard for an extended period of time. In this case, you might prefer the iPad 4 with a larger screen which makes using the keyboard a lot more comfortable.
On the other hand, if you are a home user that wants an iPad to perform short productivity tasks, you may prefer the iPad Mini keyboard. The smaller keyboard is ideal for performing short typing tasks.
The type of content you consume can play a role in deciding on the iPad 4 or the iPad Mini. If you consume a high volume of eBooks and videos, they will certainly be easier to view on an iPad Mini than your mobile phone. However, depending upon your preferences, the content may be too much or too little for an iPad Mini and you may prefer the iPad 4, or vice versa.
If you listen to a lot of music, both the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini offer great sound capability. But if portability is what you seek, the iPad Mini makes a convenient music player with high end stereo speakers.
The bottom line is when trying to decide between the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini, the difference in the screen size is what makes a significant impact on how each device is used, in addition to other aspects we have discussed in this article.
Hopefully, this information together with an assessment of your needs and requirements will help you to make an informed decision when you purchase your new iPad.
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Claire is a technology writer from the United Kingdom. Claire loves to write about any new computer technology, especially anything released from Apple.