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October 16, 2014

iPad mini 3 vs. the competition: Which will you hold in one hand?

by John_A

The iPhone might be getting bigger with each iteration, but it’s not quite at tablet size yet. There’s still plenty of room for the latest 7.9-inch iPad mini, now equipped with Touch ID. But is that enough to justify buying one over other 7-inch slates? We’ve sized up the iPad mini 3 against some of its more popular competitors to see which tablet’s specs give you the most bang for the buck. If matching the iPad mini 3 up against the Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab4 7.0 and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch isn’t enough for you, make your own comparison with our handy tool and decide for yourself which tablet really comes out on top.

iPad mini 3 Nexus 7 (2013) Galaxy Tab4 7.0 Kindle Fire HD 7-inch (2014)
Price $399 and up (WiFi), $529 and up (Cellular) $229 and up $179 $139 and up
Thickness 7.5mm (0.29 inches) 8.65mm (0.34 inches) 8.89mm (0.35 inches) 10.6mm (0.4 inches)
Weight 331g or 341g (0.73 or 0.75 pounds) 290g (0.64 pounds) 276g (0.60 pounds) 337g (0.74 pounds)
OS iOS 8 Android 4.4 Android 4.4 Android 4.4
Display 7.9-inch IPS LCD Retina display 7.02-inch IPS LCD 7-inch WXGA TFT LCD 7-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 (326 ppi) 1,920 x 1,200 (323 ppi) 1,280 x 800 (216 ppi) 1,280 x 800 (216 ppi)
Processor 64-bit Apple A7 32-bit 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 32-bit 1.2GHz Cortex A7 (quad-core) 32-bit 1.2 GHz MTK8135 (quad-core 2xA15+ 2xA7)
Memory NA 2GB 1.5GB 1GB
Storage 16 / 64 / 128GB 16 / 32GB 8GB 8 / 16GB
Ports Lightning microUSB microSD, HDMI micro USB 2.0
Front camera 1.2MP FaceTime, 720p 1.2MP 1.3MP VGA
Rear camera 5.0MP iSight, f/2.4, 1080p 5.0MP 3.0MP 2.0MP, 1080p
Cellular radio Optional GSM/EDGE
Optional GSM/HSPA+/LTE None None
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.0 v4.0 v4.0 LE Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes NA Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes NA Yes
Battery 10 hours 3,950 mAh 4,000 mAh Li-ion 8 hours

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