Apple has always been at the forefront of innovative design in the field of computer development. Their products are characterised by stylish design and compactness. Tablets are personal computers that offer portability and mobility for the user. The iPad line of tablet computers from Apple successfully combines the best features of laptops, iPods, smartphones, and video game consoles. The iPad works on the iOS platform, and offers features like multi-touch touch screen, WiFi and 3G for internet connectivity, and can be used for variety of multimedia activities. The growing sales of iPads is very much due to the ease with which the user can shoot videos, edit photos, play the latest games, listen to music, browse the web, and read books.
The iPad has seen many variations since its inception, and the iPad mini is the latest addition to the iPad line of tablets. As both iPad and iPad mini belong to the same family of tablets from the same manufacturer, there are notable similarities between the two. It is essential to understand the evolution of the iPad first to appreciate the different generations and models. The initial offering in the line of tablets was called iPad. It was followed by iPad 2, and then the 3rd and 4th generation iPads. The iPad mini is the latest tablet from the Apple stable. Generational change is marked by differences in the major components like operating system, processing speeds, memory capacity, and graphical processing power. It is not necessary that all components change with each variation. A change in combination of a few major components can be dubbed as a generational change, and discerning users should choose the model that appeals to them.
Features: Wi-Fi, HD camera, 1080p HD recording, battery life, physical materials, and Bluetooth 4.0
Chip Set: The iPad 2 and iPad share the same Dual-Core A5 chipset. The iPad from fourth generation offers the more powerful Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics.
Storage: iPad 2 and iPad mini differ in terms of storage capacity. The iPad 2 comes only in 16 GB model while iPad mini is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models.
Internet Connectivity: For internet connectivity iPad 2 offers only Wi-Fi and 3G while iPad mini offers Wi-Fi with Cellular.
Camera: iPad mini offers FaceTime HD camera and iSight camera, while iPad 2 offers FaceTime with Back camera.
Display Size: The iPad comes with 9.7 inch display while iPad mini has a smaller 7.9 inch display.
Dimensions and Weight: The iPad minis are smaller and lighter, while iPads are more larger with a weight difference of 0.8 pounds approximately.
Connector Plugs and SIM card: The iPad mini offers lightning connector plug with Nano-SIM card. The iPads on the other hand offer Micro-SIM card. The iPad 2 offers 30-pin plug while iPad4 has lightning connector plug.
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