The iPad Mini is the smallest iPad to be released yet and if sales figures are to be believed then it is turning out to be quite a hit. The iPad Mini’s reduced puts its close to smartphone’s with bigger screen size. But today we are going to compare the iPad Mini with its cousin, the iPod Touch 5G. Is the iPad Mini just a larger version of the iPod Touch? Read on to find out.
The iPad Mini has lost some weight and size from its previous iPad line. The device measures 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches and weighs 0.68 pounds. The Mini has a similar design to previous gen iPad and sports the same industrial aluminum look that has been associated with previous iPads. In the looks department the iPod Touch matches the iPad Mini with a clean and industrial design. The iPod Touch measures 4.9 * 2.3 * 0.3 inches and is one of the slimmest music devices you will come across. The iPod touch is one of the best looking music players around.
Unfortunately for the iPad Mini the retina display is not part of its arsenal instead, the iPad Mini comes with a 7.9-inch IPS, 1,024×768 pixels at 163 PPI screen which is nowhere near to what the retina display can do. Though the iPad Mini has a .9 inch size advantage over its closest rivals the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD.
The iPod Touch on the other hand has a 4 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1136 * 640 with 326 PPI and is a retina display which more than matches the pixel density and quality of the iPad Mini. The iPod touch certainly has one of the best and most responsive screens around and the increased 4 inch size gives some much needed real estate.
The iPad Mini is well stocked in the performance department with a 1 GHZ dual core A5 processor and 512 MB RAM. The dual core processor is a perfect fit for the iPad Mini and keeps it chugging along at a good pace. We found no hiccups during everyday performance and light gaming.
The iPod Touch also has a dual core A5 processor but is clocked a little slower at 800 MHz. It is not bad though since the dual core processor is fast enough for almost everything. The 512 MB RAM can be seen as a limitation but you won’t notice any hang-ups or slowdowns. Both the iPad and the iPod Touch are relatively equal in terms of performance.
Both devices have exactly the same specifications and performance in the camera department. The iPod Touch and the iPad Mini both have a back facing 5 Megapixel camera and a 1.2 Megapixel front facing camera. The 5 megapixel camera is good enough for the occasional stills but using a camera for taking pictures is more feasible on the iPod Touch then on the iPad Mini due to the Mini’s larger size.
Battery Timings/ Storage
The iPad Mini can last for up to 10 hours continuous with WIFI on. Which is pretty good if you consider that tablets are mostly used for an hour or two continuously. The iPod Touch lasts for around 8 hours with regular video playback. The device lasts longer if you are listening to songs or even browsing the internet.
The iPad Mini comes in three storage models of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The iPod Touch comes in only two models of 32GB and the 64GB one.
The iPad Mini and the iPod Touch have quite a few things in common. Except for the increased size and the perception that tablet comes with, the iPad Mini is not much better, infact it has an inferior screen. But a tablet is a tablet and the iPad Mini is selling like hot cakes and if you want a do-it-all tablet which can act as a music player as well then the iPad Mini is the one to get.