Battery

Bigger battery, better battery life. It’s longer with the iPad Air 2.

Due to its larger capacity battery, the iPad Air 2 naturally benefits from having a longer battery life. No doubt, the two are capable of pushing through a solid one-day of normal, but there’s still more juice left in the tank with the iPad Air 2 as we’re readying for bed. In our battery benchmark test, we’re reaffirmed to the obvious, seeing that the iPad Air 2 reaches a mark of 7 hours and 27 minutes – while the iPad mini 3 chimes in at a decent 6 hours and 53 minutes.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPad Air 2 7h 27 min (Good)
Apple iPad mini 3 6h 53 min (Average)

Conclusion


Separated by only $100, it’s really tough for us to recommend going with the iPad mini 3 – even though it’s the cheaper of the two models, at $399. It’s even tougher to swallow knowing that it doesn’t see any major improvements, or differences, with its own predecessor. Flipping it around, the $500 cost of the iPad Air 2 makes plenty of sense, since it’s boasting the better internals and performance. At the same time, we have to point out that the iPad Air 2’s larger size makes it more ideal for certain things – such as typing up documents, surfing the web, and watching videos. And best of all, it’s incredibly thin with its construction! Unless you prefer the more compact size of the iPad mini 3, don’t waste your money picking it up knowing that the iPad Air 2 is without question the superior tablet.



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6 Comments

1. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Where's the late crowd at! 3am and no one to "discuss" these articles with!

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not really much to discuss with theses two IMO If you want more portability get the Mini, if you want more power get the Air

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Not sure why Apple scrimped on the SoC for the mini. Regardless, the mini trails the 6+. The mini is now Apples red-haired step child. Don't be surprised if 2014 edition mini sales are off from mini sales in 2013.

3. leenwen

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I really want a Apple product, but I don't have the money to afford it. I just can afford a chinese phone. And Chinese phone is not bad, but very cheap.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What about Craigslist, other 3rd party sites? Are they more expensive in China?

6. lithium451

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

"The set of connectivity features in tow with the tablets here are identical. Therefore, they offer aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi." According to Apple website and Phonearena device page the Mini 3 does NOT have 802.11ac wi-fi.

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