Apple iPad mini full review

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4

For the first time ever Apple announced two iPads in one go, the iPad mini and iPad 4 or iPad with Retina display. If you want to know the difference between the iPads then you’ve come to the right place so here’s our iPad mini vs iPad 4 comparison review. See also: Apple iPad mini review.

We've seen either of the new iPads in the flesh so we’ve pulled all the key specifications of Apple’s pint-sized iPad mini and compared them to the iPad 4’s.

Be sure to check back soon for full reviews of the iPad mini and iPad 4. In the meantime enjoy this comparison and take a look at our iPad mini preview and iPad 4 preview.

See also: iPad 3 vs iPad 4 comparison review.

See also: Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 tablet comparison review.

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Price

Apple has stuck to the same pricing structure for the latest generation iPad so it starts at £399 and goes up to £659. Meanwhile, the iPad mini starts at a more affordable £269 for the most basic model which extends to £529. See the below table for a complete price comparison.


iPad mini

iPad 4

16GB Wi-Fi only



32GB Wi-Fi only



64GB Wi-Fi only



16GB Wi-Fi + cellular



32GB Wi-Fi + cellular



64GB Wi-Fi + cellular



See also: iPad mini price in UK.

Apple iPad Mini black slate

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Dimensions

There are no prizes for guessing that the iPad mini is smaller and lighter than the iPad 4. The former measures in at 135 x 200mm, while the latter measures 186 x 241mm.

The iPad mini is both thinner and lighter than its bigger brother. The iPad mini measures in at 7.2mm and 308g and the iPad with Retina display is 9.4mm and 652g. This is nearly 25 percent thinner and more than 50 percent lighter.

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Screen

The iPad with Retina display uses the tried and tested 9.7in screen size which Apple has used since the original iPad. Swap the numbers around and you get the 7.9in screen which the iPad mini sports.

Both use an aspect ratio of 4:3 but have different resolutions. The iPad 4 uses the same 2048 x 1536 introduce with the iPad 3, or ‘the new iPad’. For the iPad mini, Apple has used 1024 x 768 matching that of the original iPad and iPad 2 but on a smaller screen.

In terms of pixel density, the iPad mini sits as 163ppi and the iPad with Retina display is a more impressive 264ppi.

Apple iPad 4

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4:  Processor

Apple tends to share very little about its processors but what we can tell you is that the iPad has the A5 dual-core processor found in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. In the latter the chip is clocked at 1GHz. The iPad 4, on the other hand, has a new chip – the A6X which is a dual-core processor with quad-core graphics.

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Storage

For both iPads Apple has stuck to its usual offering of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. As per usual, there is no room for expansion because there’s no microSD card slot.

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Cameras

Just like the storage, the iPad mini and iPad 4 have an identical set of cameras. These consist of a 5Mp rear facing iSight camera and a 1.2Mp front facing FaceTime HD (720p) webcam. Video can be recorded from the rear camera at 1080p HD resolution.

Apple iPad 4 Lightning connector

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Connectivity

Connectivity specifications are also like for like between these iPads so here’s what you get. Apple's new Lightning connector brought into play with the iPhone 5, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0.

As you’ll have noticed from the price table, there are also Wi-Fi and cellular models available which adds GPS into the mix as well as mobile broadband. Both the iPad mini and iPad 4 support 3G and 4G LTE frequencies in the UK. A small difference here is that the iPad 4 uses a Micro-SIM and and the iPad mini uses Nano-SIM.

Apple iOS 6 with Siri

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Software

It’s no surprise that the iPad mini and the iPad with Retina display both come with Apple's own iOS 6 operating system. Both have Siri on-board and built-in apps include Safari, Maps, Mail, Messages, FaceTime, iTunes, Photo Booth and Apple’s App Store.

Apple iPad mini vs iPad 4: Battery

The similarities continue with battery life - Apple claims both tablets have a 10 hour battery life when surfing the web over Wi-Fi. The iPad mini has a 16.3Wh battery and the iPad 4 has a 42.5Wh battery.

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Apple iPad mini: Specs

  • Apple A5 (ARM Cortex-A9, dual-core)
  • PowerVR SGX543MP2 (dual-core)
  • 7.9in (1024 x 768) 163ppi IPS display
  • IOS 6.0
  • 512MB memory
  • 16, 32 or 64GB flash storage
  • 802.11a/b/g/n with channel bonding
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5.0Mp rear camera
  • 1.2Mp front camera
  • 1920 x 1080 video capture
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Lightning dock connector
  • 16.3Wh, non-removable lithium polymer
  • 200 x 134.8 x 7.4 mm
  • 307g (67g SmartCover)

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