Since the iPhone 6 Plus burst onto the market a few months ago, media outlets from the Inquisitr to Forbes have written about how the sales of the oversize phones may affect sales of the iPad mini. With Sprint unveiling a new deal, reported by Digital Trends, to lease both an iPhone 6 and an iPad mini for $100, the International Business Times took the opportunity to compare the two devices.
The iPhone 6 Plus basically looks like an oversize iPhone. Its official measurements are 158 mm x 78 mm x 7.1 mm, while the iPad Mini measures 200 mm x 135 mm x 7.5 mm. The height of the iPad Mini is slightly bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus, but the width is what takes it out of phablet and into tablet sizes.
The comparison states as follows.
“The 6 Plus sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Its 401 ppi pixel density is 23 percent higher than the Mini 3. On the other hand, the 7.9-inch IPS display of the iPad Mini 3 boasts an impressive 2048 x 1536 resolution with 326 ppi. The impressive resolution on both devices will offer crisp text and images.”
Processor and Memory
The iPhone 6 Plus is powered by Apple’s A8 processor, generally considered to be quite powerful. The iPad Mini, however, runs on the A7 processor, which is a little slower and less optimized for the most recent games and apps. Rumors reported by Inquisitr have suggested that the next generation of the iPad Mini will utilize the A8x processor that currently powers the iPad Air.
The iPhone 6 Plus’ camera is vastly superior to the iPad Mini’s. The iPhone 6 Plus has an 8 megapixel rear camera with a variety of features to make sure that the user is getting high quality photos; the iPad Mini has a measly 5 megapixel camera.
It’s interesting that, even as indications show that the iPad mini sales are dropping off as the iPhone 6 Plus gains fans, rumors continue to swirl about the next generation of the iPad mini. Beta News reported on a study conducted by the company behind the Pocket app, looking at the usage habits of people who had both an iPad and an iPhone.
“Users who upgraded to an iPhone 6 now view content on their phones 72 percent of the time, up from 55 percent when on a smaller screen. Those who went big and bought an iPhone 6 Plus consume content on their phones 80 percent of the time — the same ratio of phone to tablet reading as seen on Android.”
If you have a large screened smartphone, do you spend less time on your iPad Mini or other tablet, or do you find that the separate devices still have purposes?