Four differences between the iPad 4 and iPad Mini that buyers should be aware of

Four differences between the iPad 4 and iPad Mini that buyers should be aware of

Previously, we dotted down five reasons why the iPad 4 would be worth your $399 of hard earned cash. After replacing the obsolete iPad 2, the iPad 4 looks up for grabs as it enters the entry line – up of the Apple’s tablet products. With a Retina Display and a powerful A6X processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM, you can expect the iPad 4 to be worth your money. Now, moving on to our next segment, we will be dotting down the difference between the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini Retina Display. There are four things that you need to know about these tablets before making a purchase. Apple tablet lovers, read on.

The Bezel


One factor that we believe will not be the deciding factor between the two tablets, we would still like to point this out. The iPad 4 possesses a full bezel, which makes it the perfect tablet for your fingers, especially for those who have ‘butter fingers’. The iPad Mini has a much thinner bezel compared to the iPad 4, which might not be suited for tablet users who have a tendency for not being able to grip their tablets properly. On the other hand, if you are worried that you might erroneously touch any part of the tablet while gripping it with your thumb (while the tablet is unlocked of course) then the palm rejection technology incorporated in to the tablet will prevent exactly that.

The screen size


Before you move in haste to purchase any one of the two tablets (or both, depending on your affinity with spending money on such items), the one significant difference between the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini Retina Display happens to be the screen size. If your detective skills have not helped you solve the mystery as yet, then here is a hint for you. The word ‘Mini’ in iPad Mini, will be the obvious catalyst to trigger to your brain in to thinking that this particular tablet will possess the smaller screen size. The iPad 4 has a screen size of 9.7 inches, while the iPad Mini with Retina display comes packing with a 7.9 inch display. When the resolution is concerned, then you will be pleased to know that both tablets come equipped with the exact amount of pixels (2048 x 1536 pixels) so it is up to you at which screen size your comfort zone lies in.

The processor


After the price, the internal specifications of any piece of hardware will be the second most deciding factor between choosing one of the tablets. Since the iPad 4 belongs to the previous generation of tablets, its A6X processor, though old when compared to current and next generation components is still able to hold its own against the most demanding of applications as well as multi – tasking operations. The iPad Mini however, is equipped with the notorious and formidable A7 processor, which has performance levels and energy efficiency that will leave the A6X processor in the dirt. The A7 processor supports the 64 bit architecture, which will alleviate the taxing application stress by a long margin. If you do happen to conduct benchmarks, then the results will prove that the iPad Mini will triumph easily over the slower iPad 4.

The price

Since both tablets come with the exact same price tag ($399), it will be a no brainer to choose the iPad Mini with Retina Display. However, if you have an inclination with larger sized tablets, and will perform operations such as viewing documents, images and short clips, then the iPad 4 will the perfect companion for you. However, if you want to immerse yourself in mobile gaming and view high resolution movies, then the iPad Mini will be the most obvious choice.

Did you feel that we might have left something out something? If so, then leave your reply in the comment banks below. Until then, happy iPad hunting.

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