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iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad gallery

Here's a quick look at the differences between the iPad mini and the 4th-generation iPad.

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iPad mini: Front

This is the front of the iPad mini. As you will see in other pictures here, the black edges are much thinner than the iPad's. At first glance, the iPad mini appears to be all about the screen; however, it's unfortunate that Apple opted for a non-Retina display.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini: Back

This is the back of the iPad mini. Nothing crazy, and the camera is positioned in essentially the same location as the 4th-generation iPad's.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini: Bottom

This is the bottom of the iPad mini, where the only notable difference is seen. A new plug is present, as well as the appearance of stereo speakers in place of the corner-only speaker found on 4th-gen and prior iPads.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad: side-by-side

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two latest iPad offerings. You can clearly see how mini the iPad mini is, but unfortunately, it's not mini enough to carry around in a pocket.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad: stacked comparison

Here, you can see just how down-sized the iPad mini is from its beefier counterpart. With usage between each model, it's quite clear that the 4th-gen iPad makes more sense to purchase, both in its capabilities and price range. With it, you get FAR more power, a MUCH more beautiful display, and the guarantee of the latest apps working without any special considerations.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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4th-gen and 3rd-gen iPad comparison

Literally, the only external difference between the latest iPad revision and the 3rd-gen is the plug. For clarity, the top iPad is the latest, 4th-gen version.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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4th-gen, 3rd-gen, and iPad mini comparison

With the iPad mini and the 4th-gen iPad comes a change to the text at the bottom on the back. Where the size of your model used to be indicated (as seen on the 3rd-gen iPad at the bottom of the pile), there is now just branding and other misc. information. To know how much space is in an iPad now, you must check system settings.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini and 4th-gen iPad WiFi comparison

Some Apple devices have a history of bad WiFi connectivity, but here, it appears as though the WiFi cards are different in each new iPad. The menu on the left is on the 4th-gen iPad, which picks up more wireless networks than the iPad mini does, as seen on the right.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini and Kindle Fire: side-by-side

With the iPad mini making its debut into a similar form factor as devices like the Kindle Fire, I thought it would be apropos to compare them. Side-by-side, they don't look too far off from one another, which is demonstrated even better in the next image.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini and Kindle Fire: stacked comparison

The angle of the photo makes it look as though the Kindle Fire isn't flush with the bottom or side of the iPad mini, but I assure you it is. My goal here was to capture exactly how far off these two devices are from one another size-wise. Interestingly, the iPad mini's width is just enough to make it not fit into pockets where the Kindle Fire will.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: unboxing video

For those of you who want to see more of the iPad mini and the 4th-generation iPad, I uploaded an unboxing video to YouTube. It may give you a better representation of what these products look like in-hand instead of in fancy photographs.

See also: iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad: first-impression review

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