First iPad Mini vs. Retina Mini: No contest

iPad Mini Retina.

iPad Mini Retina.

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The iPad Mini Retina’s speed seals the deal.

A lot has been written about the Mini Retina’s display. For good reason, of course. Take a display with 786,432 pixels (iPad Mini original) and put it up against one with over 3 million (iPad Retina) and you notice the difference.

But I have been more impressed with the performance of the Mini Retina. After using it for two weeks, the speed is what has sold me.

The best analogy I can think of is going from a circa 2009 MacBook Air to today’s fastestHaswell-based MacBook.

It’s that dramatic. Those numbers (below) don’t lie.

The reason is pretty easy to understand. TheiPad Mini has a very old (in computer years) A5 chip — that’s the same chip that debuted in the iPad 2 in March 2011.

The Mini Retina has Apple’s latest chip, the A7, with more RAM.

What does all of this speed add up to? With a tablet as good as the Mini Retina, it’s another reason to use a laptop less.

One of the greatest barriers to productivity (you know, doing actual work, not just browsing social media or watching movies) on a tablet is performance. Add a keyboard, and you’re three quarters of the way to a laptop.

Which leads me to a final thought. The A7, or its successor the A8, would work just fine in a newfangled future 64-bit Apple device.

PC makers are already doing this with Intel’s new “Bay Trail” chip, which is similar in performance to the A7.

Take Dell’s Venue 11 Pro high-end tablet. It can be converted into a professional productivity platform via its modular design.

I have to think Apple has bigger plans for the A series chips than just the iPhone and conventional iPads.

An iPad Pro, anyone?

Geekbench scores for first-gen iPad Mini (top) and Retina Mini. Numbers are single core benchmark (left) and multi-core. And, yes, it actually feels that much faster.

Geekbench scores for first-gen iPad Mini (top) and Retina Mini. Numbers are single core benchmark (left) and multicore. And, yes, it actually feels that much faster.

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