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Introduction to the iPad Mini 3

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Jason R. Rich takes a close look at Apple’s new iPad mini 3, discusses what sets it apart from other iPad models, and offers advice about whether or not you should consider upgrading to this latest iPad model that boasts a stunning 7.9-inch, Retina Multi-Touch display.
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If you’re one of those people that think that size matters, than you’ll definitely want to compare the features and capabilities of the iPad mini 3 with the iPad Air 2 before choosing which new tablet is best suited to meet your needs. Then, keep that age-old adage that “good things come in small packages” in mind when choosing your tablet.

The iPad mini 3’s Screen Size and Resolution

The iPad mini 3 utilizes a stunning 7.9-inch (diagonal) Retina Multi-Touch display that offers 2048 by 1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch, while the full size iPad Air 2 provides a larger 9.7-inch (diagonal) Retina Multi-Touch display that offers 2048 by 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch.

The screen size of each tablet also impacts the iPad’s overall dimensions and weight. While the iPad Air 2 is larger in height (9.4 inches) and width (6.6 inches), compared with the iPad mini 3 (7.87 inches by 5.3 inches), the larger iPad Air 2, which is 0.24 inches thick, is actually thinner than the otherwise smaller iPad mini 3, which is 0.29 inches thick.

As for weight, the iPad Air 2 is between 0.96 and 0.98 pounds (depending on the model), while the iPad mini 3 weights between 0.73 and0.75 pounds (depending on the model). This small difference may seem insignificant, but if you will be holding the tablet in your hands, while reading an eBook, for example, for many hours at a time, the weight of the device should be considered.

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