In the last couple of years, Apple has introduced a number of smartphones and tablets for its customers.

The year 2014 saw the manufacturer foray into the phablet arena with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus. Among the company’s 2014 and 2015 releases, the iPad Mini 4 and the iPad Air 2 are two significant nano SIM tablet offerings. While the iPad Mini 4 was released in September 2015, the iPad Air 2 made its entry a year earlier in October 2014. Typical of Apple, neither tablet is priced to suit either low or medium budget customers. Available in different memory options, the price varies according to the option you decide to choose.

Body Material, Dimensions and Weight

Apple sticks on to its metal body for its tablets like all its other gadgets. So, what exactly makes these two tablets different? The disparity lies in their size and weight. The Mini 4 sports a dimension of 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm, whilst the Air 2 sizes up at 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm. As for weight, the former tablet weighs 298.8g compared to the latter tablet weighing 437g.

Verdict: With a prominent difference in size and weight, it is quite obvious which of the two is a handy tablet. The smaller iPad Mini 4 is definitely easier to hold in one hand and operate. It also makes it quite portable.

Screen Display and Pixel Resolution & Density

The only difference in both the tablets with respect to the screen attribute is the real estate that the screens offer and their pixel densities. While the Mini 4 comes with a 7.9-inch screen, the Air 2 is equipped with a 9.7-inch screen. Both screens encompass fingerprint-resistant and antireflective coatings, as well as LED-backlit fully laminated multitouch retina displays. They also feature the same 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. However, the iPad Mini 4 has a 326ppi pixel resolution as against the iPad Air 2 that has a lesser resolution of 264ppi.

Verdict: Enhanced pixel density on a smaller screen definitely makes the display of the Mini 4 crisper and clearer. But for activities like browsing, gaming and reading, the bigger screen of the Air 2 is likely to render better experiences.

Camera

The two slates are exactly identical, without even a single point of disparity as far as their iSight (rear) and FaceTime HD (front) cameras are concerned. The rear cameras have most of the common essential features like HDR, panorama, hybrid IR filter, face detection, 1080p HD video recording and autofocus, among many others. 3x video zoom, slo-mo video and video stabilization are some highlights of the video recording functionality. The front 1.2MP snappers support video calls, burst mode, face detection, backside illumination and 720p HD video recording.

Verdict: If camera is your sole point of considering for making a choice from one of these two Apple tablets, then either one should work out equally well for both of you.

Hardware, Memory and Software

The iPad Mini 4 and the iPad Air 2 comprise 64-bit architecture each. The Mini 4 is loaded with an A8 processor and a M8 motion coprocessor. On the other hand, the Air 2 uses an A8X processor along with M8 motion coprocessor. As far as operating system is concerned, the two slates exhibit the features of iOS 9. They come with 2GB internal storage and three ROM choices of 16, 64 and 128GB each.

Verdict: Both tablets score equally in this regard and neither tablet can be declared a winner.

Color Choices

There are three colors for you to choose from. Each tablet is available in gold, silver and space gray color options.

Price

The basic version of the iPad Mini 4 is comparatively cheaper than the corresponding counterpart of the iPad Air 2.

Verdict: If price is a key factor to determine which tablet you should buy and you prefer an economical tablet, the iPad Mini 4 may be your best bet.

Battery Life

Like some other features listed above, battery life is also the same in both tablets. If you opt for a Wi-Fi model, then each device provides close to 10 hours of music playback, video watching and browsing. This is an hour lesser when you use the cellular data network.