Apple iPad mini 3 full review

Last week Apple announced the iPad mini 3 so you're probably wondering what's different compared to the iPad mini 2 including price, specs and features. Also see: Best tablets

Normally, we would split a comparison into many different sections but here we're going to simple explain what's new and what is still the same. You'll see why. Read: iPad mini 3 first-look review.

iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2 comparison: What's new

At its special event in Berlin, the iPad mini 3 got about 10 seconds worth of stage time following a comprehensive introduction of the iPad Air 2. Now we've checked the specs of the new pint-sized tablet, we can see why.

Compared to its predecessor, the iPad mini 3 only gets you the Touch ID finger print scanner and is available in gold like the iPhone 6. The storage line-up has been changed as the 32GB model has been dropped so you can now choose from 16-, 64- and 128 GB.

iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2

This is bit a bit shocking considering the iPad Air 2 has a thinner and lighter design, new A8X processor, a better 8Mp iSight camera, an anti-reflective coating on the screen and a barometer. See also: Apple iPad Air 2 first-look review.

Typically, the new iPad models come with the same upgrades but that's not the case this year. Apple has kept the price the same, so the iPad mini 3 starts at £319 and goes up to £479 for that 128 GB model. You can add £100 for 4G connectivity.

While keeping the price the same for a new model is good, the very small amount of changes mean that the iPad mini 2 at a lower price of £239 looks like a far more attractive option. We're not comparing it full here but it's worth noting that Apple has kept the original iPad mini on sale for £199. See below for a full price comparison.


iPad mini 3

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iPad mini 3 Touch ID

iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2 comparison: What's the same

So, aside from Touch ID, gold option and the lack of a 32 GB capacity, the iPad mini 3 remains identical to the iPad mini 2.

It is still 7.5 mm thick and 331 g with a 7.9in IPS Retina display (2048 x 1536). It still has the A7 processor and M7 co-processor, 5Mp iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Lightning connector and up to 10 hours of battery life.

iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2 comparison: In summary

If you're thinking about upgrading from the iPad mini 2 then you're going to have to really want the Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the gold model (the additional storage will cost you more anyway).

If you're considering buying your fist iPad mini then we recommend saving some money and getting the iPad mini 2 since it's almost identical and still a decent tablet.


Apple iPad mini 3: Specs

  • Apple A7 processor (ARMv8-A, dual-core) with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
  • PowerVR G6430 graphics
  • 7.9in (2048 x 1536-pixel) LED-backlit Multi-Touch IPS display, 326ppi
  • iOS 8.1
  • 16/64/128 GB flash storage
  • dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • OPTIONAL 4G LTE modem and Nano-SIM card slot, with A-GPS
  • 1.2 Mp FaceTime HD front camera, 720p video
  • 5Mp f/2.4 iSight rear camera, 1080p video
  • dual microphones
  • stereo speakers
  • Lightning dock connector
  • three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass
  • 23.8Wh fixed lithium-polymer battery
  • USB power adaptor
  • 200 x 135 x 7.5 mm
  • 331g (Wi-Fi only model) or 341g (Wi-Fi plus cellular model)

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