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iPad vs. iPad Mini: Which Should You Buy?

Mashable’s Matt Petronzio has prepared a guide to help you decide whether the latest iPad or iPad mini is right for you, noting that as with all gadgets, it ultimately comes down to preference and how you plan to use your tablet.

He notes that although the iPad mini is smaller, it doesn’t lack anything in camera capability, the iPad and iPad mini both allow for up to 10 hours between battery charges, each device uses the Lightning cable, you can charge with a power adapter or connect to your computer. and both the iPad and iPad mini run every app in the App Store, with the caveat that because of screen size and power, the experience or performance may vary.

Petronzio says the biggest difference between these tablets is screen size and pixel density. The iPad mini’s display is 7.9 inches diagonally, with 1024 x 768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch. The iPad with Retina display packs a punch 9.7 inches, with 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch, so if you’re using your tablet primarily as a media player watching movies, viewing or editing photos, etc. the iPad Retina is typically going to be the better option, while the mini may be a better option if you’re using it more on the go.

As for power and speed, the iPad Retina, with its dual-core A6X processor and quad-core graphics, is undoubtedly stronger than the iPad mini, which has the standard dual-core A5 processor; ergo: the iPad Retina has twice the processing power and four times the graphics power of the iPad mini.

If price will be the ultimate deciding factor, it’s a no-brainer;| the iPad mini starts at $329 while the iPad with Retina display starts at $499 and goes up to $929 for 128GB (Wi-Fi and cellular), and you can still purchase the iPad 2 for $399 for the Wi-Fi model, and $529 for Wi-Fi and 3G.

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