Struggling about buying iPad Air or iPad mini 2? In this article, I compared iPad Air and iPad mini 2 specs and prices and tell you the secret to choose your best iPad.
Compare iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 specs
For tablet weight, 9.7-inch iPad Air is 138 gram heavier than 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 (331 gram) with the same 7.5mm depth.
100+ gram does not seem heavy but it would make a different when you are holding it for a long time.
Retina display is one of the most requested feature for iPad mini. Now both iPad Air and iPad mini 2 have the same Retina display resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels).
Due to smaller display size, iPad mini 2 has higher pixels per inch (ppi) at 326 than iPad Air (264 ppi). However, you wonâ€™t notice the different in their PPI, both are great, trust me.
New A7 64-bit processor is used in both iPad Air and iPad mini 2. It is a great upgrade for iPad mini (A5 to A7) and a step upgrade for iPad (A6X to A7). Every benchmark result shows A7 processor performance is a lot better than previous processors.
Faster processor means shorter battery life, correct? Not in this case. iPad Air and iPad mini 2 still keep the famous 10 hours battery life.
So, should you buy iPad Air or iPad mini 2?
iPad Air and iPad mini 2 specs are same in many ways â€“ both iPads are retina display, same processor, same cameras, same battery lifeâ€¦
The only major different is the display size â€“ 9.7 inch vs. 7.9 inch.
iPad Airâ€™s bigger display is ideal for watching movies with your partner. iPad Air â€“ lightweight & long battery life â€“ could be your ultrabook replacement if you feel comfortable of using iOS productivity apps for work.
For those who prefer a smaller device that can be hold by one hand for a longer time (read news, books, comics, etc), iPad mini 2 is your ideal tablet. It is easier to keep iPad mini 2 too â€“ throw it in any bag and you are ready to go.
Compare iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 price
iPad Air is RM320 to RM330 more expensive than iPad mini 2. See the table above forÂ iPad Air vs. iPad mini 2 price.
Malaysia iPad Air price
Here is the official Malaysia iPad Air price list:
iPad Air WiFi 16GB â€“ RM 1,599
iPad Air WiFi 32GB â€“ RM 1,929
iPad Air WiFi 64GB â€“ RM 2,249
iPad Air WiFi 128GB â€“ RM 2,579
iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 16GB â€“ RM 2,029
iPAd Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 32GB â€“ RM 2,349
iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 64GB â€“ RM 2,679
iPad Air WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 128GB â€“ RM 2,999
iPad Air is RM150 to RM230 more expensive than iPad Retinaâ€™s launch price.
The price different between iPad Air WiFi vs. iPad Air 4G LTE is around RM 420, similar to iPad Retina.
Malaysia iPad mini 2 price
Here is the official Malaysia iPad mini Retina display (iPad mini 2) price list:
iPad mini 2 WiFi 16GB â€“ RM 1,279
iPad mini 2 WiFi 32GB â€“ RM 1,599
iPad mini 2 WiFi 64GB â€“ RM 1,929
iPad mini 2 WiFi 128GB â€“ RM 2,249
iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 16GB â€“ RM 1,699
iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 32GB â€“ RM 2,029
iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 64GB â€“ RM 2,349
iPad mini 2 WiFi+Cellular (4G LTE) 128GB â€“ RM 2,679
iPad mini 2 WiFi 16GB is RM330 more expensive than iPad mini WiFi 16GB. The latter is the only iPad mini 1st generation model available now on Apple Store Malaysia.
Cheapest iPads in the World!
Though iPad Air and iPad mini 2 are both more expensive than previous generation, but Malaysiaâ€™s new iPads are one of the cheapest in the world! The price is matching to the Apple USA price!
Availability in Malaysia
iPad Air and iPad mini Retina Display (iPad mini 2) are available without contract at all local Apple resellers, such as Machines, Mac City, Switch and SenQ.
Local telcos â€“ Maxis, DiGi, Celcom â€“ are also offer iPad Air WiFi+4G and iPad mini 2 WiFi+4G with data plan contracts.
In a nutshell, it really depends on your personal usage and preference. Would you prefer a bigger or smaller tablet?
Instead of struggling in front your computer, why donâ€™t you visit nearest Apple resellers and try both iPad Air and iPad mini 2 to find out which one you like most?
No matter you buy iPad Air and iPad mini 2, they are good for the next few years â€“ thanks to 64-bit processor, good build, iOS updates, and good battery life.
You wonâ€™t be wrong buying either one. However, you are advised to buy at least 32GB model. 16GB wonâ€™t be enough for your many iPad apps, photos and videos.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 LTE version has been released in Malaysia on October 2, 2013. The tablet computer is powered by Intel Atom Z2560 processor (â€œClover Trail+â€) and Intelâ€™s 4G LTE solutions.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE version uses Intel XMM 7160 4G LTE solution, while GALAXY Tab 10.1 3G version Intel XMM 6262 3G modem.
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Intel Atom Z2560 processor
Intel Atom Z2560 is dual-core 1.6GHz processor build on 32-nanometer process technology. With Intel Hyper Threading technology, it supports 4 simultaneous application threads for better multitasking.
Build-in Intel Graphics Media Accelerator supports 3D games, 1080p HD video and 1920×1200 display. It also includes dynamic frequency scaling for power efficiency.
When compared to previous-generation Intel Atom Z2460 processor, Intel says:
â€œIntel Atom Z2560 provides 2x computer performance and 3x graphic capabilities.â€
Intel 4G LTE chip
Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 also uses Intel XMM 7160 4G LTE modem, one of â€œthe worldâ€™s smallest and lowest power multimode-multiband LTE solutionsâ€ in market today.
The 4G LTE modem supports 15 LTE bands simultaneously, and highly configurable RF architecture with envelope tracking and antenna tuning, that enable global LTE roaming and extended battery life in single SKU.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 (LTE) photo gallery
GALAXY Tab 3 10.1 LTE Specs at a glance
Processor: Intel Atom Z2560 (â€œClover Trail+â€) Dual Core 1.6GHz
OS: Android 4.2
Display: 10.1-inch, 1280×800 pixels
Camera: 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
Connectors: earjack, MicroSD memory card slot (up to 64GB), SIM slot, micro USB port
At last, DiGi 4G LTE network is now available in limited areas in Klang Valley for all customers who subscribe to specific â€œDiGi Broadband and Tablet Plans with 4G LTEâ€. Read on to learn about the DiGi 4G LTE plans and coverage areas.
Tell me about DiGi 4G LTE plans
DiGi 4G LTE is not an automatic upgrade for customers. DiGi customers need to change their SIM cards to DiGinet+SIMs at selected DiGi Stores to activate 4G LTE service.
Only customers who subscribe to DiGi Broadband and Tablet postpaid plans with 6GB Internet quota and above (paying RM89/month and above) receives free 4G LTE service.
Customers with DiGi Broadband and Tablet plans with less than 6GB data quota do not receive free DiGi 4G LTE service. They will need to subscribe addtionalÂ DiGi 4G LTE On Demand 1GB Internet quota for RM8 per day or RM30 per month (Yes, RM30/month for 1GB data) to enjoy super fast wireless broadband in DiGi 4G LTE coverage area.
DiGi 4G for iPhone and other smartphones?
Sadly, just like Celcom 4G, DiGi 4G is data only at launch. It does not support smartphone nor iPhone 5.
DiGi 4G LTE coverage area
The first DiGi 4G LTE coverage areas, or â€œDiGi 4G LTE Zonesâ€ as they named it, is limited to a few areas in Klang Valley. Check out below DiGi 4G LTE coverage maps (click to enlarge) to see if you are lucky enough:
Disappointed that no free & auto network switching to DiGi 4G LTE network for all existing broadband customers. DiGi not only ask customer to pay for data quota, but now also ask customer pay for 4G speed. Not good.
Plus, DiGi 4G LTE coverage areas are very limited. In fact, it is only a few roads in Klang Valley. If you purchased DiGi 4G On Demand, make sure you stand where you are and do not walk outside the limited coverage area.
What do you think about DiGi 4G LTE? Do you think paying for higher speed is fair?
6 months after launching on 1st January 2013, Maxis 4G LTE network has now doubled coverage and expanded to cover areas in Penang, Johor, Sabah, and Sarawak. Maxis is also the first to offer 4G LTE services in East Malaysia.
According to Nasution Mohamed, Maxisâ€™ Joint Chief Operating Officier, Maxis 4G LTE network now serving more than 130,000 customers in Malaysia.
Here is the list of current Maxis 4G LTE coverage areas:
Bangsar, Mont Kiara, Desa Park,
Seapark, Dataran Prima, Tropicana
Petaling Jaya Section 13, 14, 17, 19, SS2
Sunway, Kampung Tunku, SS2, SS3
Taman Desa, Pantai Dalam, Old Klang Road
Ampang Hilir, Kelab Darul Ehsan
Bukit Rahman Putra
Golden Triangle, Bukit Bintang, Pudu, Kampung Baharu, KLCC, Taman U Thant
Jalan Barat, Bukit Jalil, Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Club
Kampung Sri Puchong, Puchong Perdana, Taman Puchong Prima, Mawar, Taman Puchong Perdana, Puchong Utama, Taman Perindustrian Pusat Bandar Puchong, Section 2 Taman Perindustrian Puchong Utama, Kampung Baru Puchong, Taman Saujana Puchong, Wawasan Puchong, Bandar Kinrara 1, Bandar Kinrara 3, Bandar Kinrara 4, Bandar Puteri
Taman Kinrara 2, Taman Kinrara 3, Taman Kinrara 4
Mahameru, PWTC, Putra Bus Station, Sentul Selatan, Police Station Sentul, Sentul, Semarak, Datok Keramat, Kampung Baharu, Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Overseas Union Garden, Taman Yarl, Taman Sri Petaling, Taman Goodwood, Taman Pagar Ruyung, Kuchai Entrepreneur Park, Taman Salak Selatan, Taman Gembira, Taman United, Taman Serangkai, Taman Bukit Indah, Desa Petaling
PJS2, PJS3, PJS5, PJS6, PJS7 Petaling Jaya, Taman Desa Mentari, Taman Desaria, Taman Medan Baru
Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Bandar Utama, Mutiara Damansara, Damansara Utama
Pusat Bandar Damansara, Taman SA, Jalan Semantan, SPRINT Highway, Taman Duta, Bukit Damansara, Damansara Heights
Section 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Kota Damansara, Taman Sains Selangor, PJU5, Dataran Sunway, Section 12 Sunway Damansara
SS14, SS15, SS16, SS17, SS18 Subang Jaya
Sungai Besi, Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Taman Ikan Emas, Salak Selatan, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Bandar Tun Razak
Taman Kepong, Bandar Manjalara, Kepong Baru Tambahan, Taman Sri Bintang, Taman Segambut, Taman Sri Sinar, Taman Petaling, Taman Sri Segambut
Taman Selayang Baru, Taman Sri Murni, Jalan Batu Cave, Taman Beringin 2, Taman Wahyu, Jinjang Utara, Taman Mutiara, Taman Sri Delima, Taman Bamboo, Selayang Pandang
Taman Sg Besi, Kampung Baru Salak Selatan, Taman Sri Budiman, Taman Salak Selatan, Taman Connaught, Taman Mutiara Timur, Cheras
Taman Sungai Besi, Taman Mulia, Kampung Baru Salak Selatan, Bukit Sri Petaling, Taman Sri Budiman, Taman Connaught,Taman Mutiara Timur Cheras
Taman Megah (SS23, SS24, SS26), Kelana Jaya
Universiti Malaya, Taman Bukit Pantai, Section 11, 12, 16 Petaling Jaya, Kampung Kerinchi
Maxis I-Centre, Northam Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Gurney Plaza Auto-City, Bukit Tengah
Politeknik Seberang Prai, Taman Pauh, Taman Pauh Jaya, Taman Nagasari, Jalan Baru
Pulau Tikus, Jalan Burma, Jalan Cantonment, Jalan Kelawei, Jalan Birch
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Jalan Permatang Pauh, Kampung Pertama
Johor Bahru, Johor
Taman Nesa, Kg Poh Che Leng, Jalan Shahbandar 8, Danga Bay Commercial area, Maxis I-Centre, Taman Tasek, Jalan Kolam, Jalan Strait View, Maxis Taman Molek, Taman Molek, Taman Saujana, Desa Perwira
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
One Borneo, Bangunan KPD, Jalan Kilang, Balai Polis Likas, Lorong P. Haba, Liwen Court, Jalan Maktab Gaya, Mahkamah Negeri, Jabatan Kastam, Wisma Sabah
Jalan Patingan, SK Encik Buyong, SK Merpati, Jalan Simpor, Borneo Hotel, Salvation Army, Mirama Cinema, Jalan Padungan, Jalan Manggis, Dewan Masonic, SM Chung Hua No.3, Dewan Masyarakat, Jalan Stampin, Jalan Kedandi, SM Patrick