The biggest difference between the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Air is obviously the size of the two devices.
The iPad Air has a screen size of 9.7 inches, measured diagonally, whereas the iPad Mini 2, as the name suggests, is a mini tablet with a smaller screen of 7.9 inches. This gives the iPad Air about 45 square inches of screen space compared to 30 square inches on the Mini 2, which can influence many buyers. The iPad Air surely offers a better cinematic viewing experience and is better for viewing TV programs or films and for playing games as well. As far as the price is concerned, the iPad Mini 2 is obviously offered at a lower price of around US$250, whereas the iPad Air is much more expensive at about US$499. Both the tablets offer nearly identical specifications, but there are a few subtle differences.
Ease of Use – Display/Screen
However, all the other applications and other tasks, such as emails and web surfing work equally well on both the devices. The information is fitted well in both the devices and can be used very easily and conveniently in both the devices. In fact, reading is very easy on the iPad Mini screen, as it just like a paperback. The Retina Display offers greater pixel density to the iPad Mini 2, as it has the same number of pixels and the same resolution on a smaller screen space, when compared to the iPad Air.
The dimensions of the iPad Air are bigger at 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm, with a bigger weight of 469 g, whereas the iPad Mini 2 comes in 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm and weighs less at 331 g. The thickness of both the devices is the same at 7.5 mm.
Both the devices have a Retina display at 2048 x 1536 p, but the Mini has a ppi of 326, which is much higher than the 264 ppi of the Air, which produces sharper images on the Mini.
Hardware Specs Comparison
Both the devices have the same processor, using the A7 chip with the M7 motion co processor. The two tablets are very quick and offer a great experience for the most demanding of games and apps. The processor is more a kind of a future proof technology and it is ready for a future that will have applications that are more demanding and can handle them better.
Both the tablets have a similar camera specification, with 1.2 MP for the front camera and a 5 MP camera at the rear. The MIMO wireless technology is used in both the cases. Both the devices have a similar battery life, but the 32Wh battery in the iPad Air offers more life in case of video, for web browsing and even more time in case of gaming.
If you are considering portability, the iPad Mini 2 is a better option, as you will have to carry a larger chassis with the iPad air, though it is very slim. In addition, the iPad Mini 2 comes at a lower price tag, is lighter, smaller, and more portable with a high pixel density screen. However, the iPad Air offers a better color reproduction and it is surely more impressive, as it is exceedingly light and small for a tablet of a 10-inch size. The larger size makes it an ideal replacement for a laptop. If you were looking for a laptop replacement, the iPad Air would be a better choice, especially if you are working on spreadsheets and other work documents.