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What is Cellular in iPad and how it differs from Wi-Fi

Let’s start from the very beginning and in order, since the appearance of the iPad tablets, they were all divided not only by the amount of memory and color, but also by the communication modules. Less expensive iPad Wi-Fi lines only use the Wi-Fi communication module to access the Internet. That is, you can use Internet services only if you have a Wi-Fi access point (such points are installed both at home and in public places). There is no iPad without Wi-Fi. To see the difference in between the Cellular iPad and the regular model, you can check the of recently introduced iPad tablets.

expensive iPad tablets are equipped not only with a Wi-Fi module, but also with an additional mobile communication module, such tablets can be labeled as follows.
iPad Wi-Fi 3G, iPad Wi-Fi 4G, iPad Wi-Fi LTE, iPad Wi-Fi Cellular. The difference is only in the terminology of technical issues. 3G, 4G, LTE and Cellular. In the common people they say about such a tablet model. iPad with a SIM card.

Tablets with SIM cards have the ability to connect to the Internet not only in places where there are Wi-Fi access points, but also in the 3G or 4G mobile coverage area. That is, a user with such a tablet is not tied to points, he is tied to an area where there is a signal, as in a cell phone, this is the advantage of such models with two communication modules. he inserted a SIM and the Internet is always with you, found Wi- Fi-point and you also go to the Internet.

The first and second iPads use a 3G communication module, starting from the 3rd generation (The new iPad), tablets began to support not only 3G, but also faster 4G networks. Recently, Apple has stopped using the term “4G” in the name of tablets, instead it is now used “Cellular”. So if you take iPad Cellular, then you should know. it supports both 3G and 4G networks of mobile operators. Unfortunately, high-speed 4G networks are not everywhere, while they are at the development stage.

The meaning of “Cellular” in Apple iPads

Anton from Nizhnekamsk I decided to buy an iPad, but I still can’t make up my mind on the choice of which large iPad or small (mini) to take. In addition, while studying the commercially available models, he came across the term. Cellular, and decided to write to us:

Please tell us what Cellular is in the iPad and how such a tablet differs from the cheap iPad Wi-Fi model. Outwardly, they seem to be the same.

The clear difference between iPad Wi-Fi Cellular and iPad Wi-Fi

Having figured out what Cellular means in the iPad, we propose to consider the visual differences from tablet models only with a Wi-Fi module. The first difference is the antenna.

If you look at the back cover of the iPad with 3G or Cellular, then at the top you will see a black or white plastic cover with an antenna under it that allows you to work with mobile communication modules. There is no plastic insert in the simple iPad Wi-Fi model.

You can’t insert a SIM card into the iPad Wi-Fi, and the iPad Wi-Fi Cellular has a tray for inserting SIM cards. Different SIM card standards can be used depending on the iPad model that supports the mobile module:

  • Micro-SIM. iPad, iPad 2, The new iPad, iPad with Retina display
  • Nano-SIM. iPad mini, iPad mini Retina, iPad Air

If you have already inserted a SIM-ku, but decided to temporarily disable the mobile operator’s Internet, then you do not need to remove it, you can disable GPRS, 3G or 4G in the settings.

So we figured out what Cellular means in iPad tablets. We hope this post will help Anton make a decision and help many other readers understand the iPad. By the way, everything described above is applicable to both the “large” iPad tablet and the “younger” iPad mini, which also acquired Cellular instead of 4G.

Roman Yuriev’s impressions of the Retina iPad mini

The announcement of the new iPad models is a little unsettled, to be honest. The iPad Air turned out to be MUCH lighter and significantly more compact than its predecessor, and the iPad mini is not far behind its larger brother in terms of power. What to choose against the background of the experience of working with two tablets at once. iPad 4Gen and the first iPad mini? Each has its own advantages, but I nevertheless decided not to produce entities and use only one new generation tablet, having sold both predecessors.

iPad Air is a larger display, weighing just 120g, more than the second generation iPad mini, plus better color reproduction. In general, some absolutely wild problem was inflated with the color rendering of the display of the new iPad mini, and this also added its own confusion to the choice. Nevertheless, 80% of the time I work with iPad mini and it is always with me, there is even a chic shoulder bag for the gadget that the iPad Air does not fit in any way. A severe shortage for a compact new product almost became the reason for purchasing an iPad Air, but I still resisted and got hold of a Retina iPad mini, which I absolutely do not regret. And now, after such a long and dramatic introduction, my first impressions of the new product.

There was no WOW effect, except that I was quite a little excited by the 128 GB of flash memory and the ability to throw not only 1.5 gigabyte “rips” of movies, but also HD versions of 4-5 GB, plus all the software and toys, which were previously distributed between two tablets. Still, a big family and everyone has something of their own on the device. Now all this easily fits into 128 GB and there is still a lot of space left (about 30 GB, to be precise).

That is, the first feeling is that the new iPad mini is exactly the same as the old one, as if it did not change the tablet. This was the first few days of using the device, when I mostly sat on it in Tweetbot and watched videos on the train. Although the increased weight of the device was slightly felt, plus the light gray color of the case was unusual.

When I returned home from a business trip (in which I got a new tablet), I started working more closely with the iPad mini. And here I already felt the whole thrill of the gadget. First, I was glad that I took it, and not the iPad Air. The high resolution of the display rules and, in fact, I got the experience when surfing the web (when the clarity of the picture is actually needed) as on the iPad 4 before, but in a more compact package. That is, there is no negative experience due to the reduced diagonal of the display.

Secondly, not having an iPad Air at hand for direct comparison, I do not see any problems with color reproduction in the new mini. Gorgeous display and excellent color rendering. I do not understand the hysteria of the people about this. If you are still in the throes of choice over the display, then do not bother yourself with bullshit. Normal LCD in iPad mini.

Fourthly, I was especially pleased with the increased productivity. Faster switching between applications, Safari crashes were no longer repeated (although it can clearly still be, given that the browser “crashes” from time to time on iPhone 5s), editing texts in the WordPress admin area goes like clockwork, finally, the keyboard has stopped slowing down when typing comments in the browser, etc.

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I did not find any special heating of the tablet, although I played little games so far.

Thus, do not expect some kind of techno-maniac ecstasy from the transition from the old iPad mini to the new one. Everything will happen everyday, and only after some time will you begin to realize how cool the novelty is. This is how the overall picture of the ideal tablet develops in detail. Yes, the Retina iPad mini is the perfect tablet, in my opinion. This is the gadget I’ve been waiting for since I got acquainted with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, when I realized that 10 inches is a lot for a travel device that you carry with you all the time.

The Retina iPad mini is the ultimate tablet without compromise, with an ultra-sharp display, very powerful hardware and a gorgeous software portfolio. There are no alternatives for travel and everyday lugging with you, IMHO.

Retina display. Afterglow, contrast issues. huegate

We were genuinely surprised that the technical specifications of the latest full-size iPad will match those of the mini version. It wasn’t exactly Apple style. Somewhere the company had to really save money. Unfortunately, the savings were almost entirely on the Retina display. Chances are you already know: the screen of the new iPad mini is considered to be of lower quality than that of the recently released iPad Air. The difference is in the depth, variety and contrast of the displayed colors: the new mini is much more passive and colder in terms of color reproduction than the bright, sharp and mesmerizing iPad Air screen.

The Russian transcription of the phenomenon sounds peculiar, but in the West this “scandal” was dubbed “huegate”. by analogy with Antennagate (antenna problems in the iPhone 4) and Scuffgate (the erased edges of the iPhone 5). As an iPad Air owner with a little experience, I can confirm that the colors in the new mini are really not as vibrant as on the large iPads. The range of displayed colors corresponds to that of the very first mini model. Therefore, we can conclude: the Retina screen of the iPad mini differs from the old display by only double the resolution. And nothing else.

There are two options for how to react to this minus. If you have used only a “minicom” last year and did not have a 9.7-inch Retina-iPad at hand, then all these scandals and “gates” do not concern you at all. Any difference is recognized by comparison, and if you compare the new mini with the old, and not with some “fourth” iPad, the previous generation has no real advantage. Just take a new model and don’t worry.

Differences in color reproduction make you think twice about buying an iPad Air instead of a mini. But remember: whatever the difference in screens, the size of a large iPad still matters. Fact: mini is always more convenient and easier to take with you, carry in one hand, hide in a bag and so on. And Air, no matter how lightweight and thin it is, still remains a 9.7-inch “tray”, which is not always comfortable to get in a public place. And even more so for them to photograph something. Accordingly, if you are going to take a mini, take a mini. If you were attracted to Air and you were previously happy with full-size iPads. don’t waste your time.

Color reproduction aside, the new mini’s screen is great. Huge viewing angles and high brightness make the picture incredibly seamless, as if reproduced on paper. The old model ceases to be quoted here altogether. Now the small text on the pages of sites does not look like a cluster of blurry pixels, and with a certain skill and good vision, you can read the news on the pages without using the zoom. The sharpness of the picture is unusual for those who have been using the old mini for a long time: I swear, the first few days I continued to see pixels and their clearly delineated boundaries.

Like that.

Here, however, you have to make an unexpected remark. In the second week after buying a new mini, I discovered a strange feature of the new screen, which I had never seen on either iPad or iPhone. If the screen displays a dark picture for a long time, and then suddenly switches to bright, gray and white colors, then the color rendition changes significantly. Gray colors, and especially small text, seem to disappear against a white background, and all other shades become brighter. as if they were “burned out”. The core of the problem is suspiciously similar to the Retina display on the MacBook Pro. Only in the case of MacBooks there was a howl on all the “Internet”, but something about mini is silent. Probably everyone is happy: it’s better this way than without a Retina screen at all.

Most often I “caught” this problem in the official YouTube client: after watching a long video with a lot of black, I minimized it from full-screen mode with a gesture. and for 2-3 seconds I hardly saw the description text, the comment block, and so on. There is no need to panic: the screen very quickly restores the normal color balance, and it is not so easy to achieve such a strange effect. However, this has never happened in previous Apple mobile devices. Problems with mini displays, which forced Apple to significantly delay the launch of devices on sale, were known back in early November. It is now evident that these were not just rumors. Have you seen such problems on your devices? Share in the comments.

The Retina display makes the iPad mini a modern device, but doesn’t create a rival for the full-size tablet. iPad Air is much better suited for home use: it is more interesting to watch movies and surf the web, because the benefits of a physically larger screen are obvious. But the new iPad mini is a versatile companion in the city and on the road, capable of everything you expect from a tablet. And if you move a lot in life, you are on the way with the “minicom”.

I also asked Roma and Arthur to share their impressions of the new iPad mini.

For what?

Is the iPad mini with Retina display so bad that a separate article is devoted to its cons? Of course, this is not at all the case. Quite the opposite. I am sincerely, objectively delighted with this tablet: it is very fast, very light, very portable and functional. This is exactly the iPad mini that we secretly wanted when buying the previous model.

But after reading dozens of foreign and a couple of domestic reviews, I was left with mixed feelings: as always, journalists are in a hurry, want to be among the first to shoot a review, and slide into banal praise of the device and free quotation of marketing clichés from pages. And their readers are already talking about the minuses. on the forums, with angry responses towards the manufacturer. I think this is wrong. To keep you fully armed, I will freely go skating on the iPad mini with Retina display. I will make a reservation right away that we will not discuss the advantages in detail.

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A conversation about hardware would not be complete without mentioning RAM. Today, all Apple mobile gadgets are strictly 1 gigabyte of RAM. According to bucket owners, this is very little. According to the owners of iDevices, everyone somehow does not care. The gigabyte limit, which applies to all top-end devices, has a good effect on the optimization of third-party games and applications: developers know what “ceiling” they need to focus on at least in the next six months. But it is already clear that the system is “suffocating” within the framework of such an amount of RAM. For example, on iOS 6, the iPad could hold almost 7-10 Safari tabs in memory without requiring them to be reloaded. Today, their number does not exceed 4-5, and sometimes even less (depending on the weight of the opened pages).

iOS 7. Version matters

iOS 7 is very good. Especially her idea. Thanks to the seven, Apple devices finally found not only a second life, but also a completely new vector of software development, which seemed impossible in the language of skeuomorphism. But let’s be honest, just one minute. First, the iOS 7 icons are still ugly. We could get used to it, we could stop paying attention, but this cannot cancel the very fact of the soulless wretchedness of most of the icons of the main, home screen. Secondly, none of these icons and none of the official apps reveal the benefits of the gorgeous iPhone and iPad screens. Where there used to be super-detailed textures, there is now a two-tone gradient and spacious shapes. Finally, the performance of the system itself is often poor.

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Thanks to the design nude iOS 7, the difference between the old iPad mini and the new iPad mini isn’t nearly as strong as, say, between the iPad 2 and iPad 3 back in the days of iOS 5/6. At a glance, it is dictated only by the desktop wallpaper. now much more detailed. We’ll talk about the screen later. The main thing is that the “old man”, that the new product has strange brakes: for example, applications switch with twitching, or close with a lag when using the gesture with five fingers. The A7 processor has nothing to do with it: it’s just that iOS 7 is poorly optimized for new hardware, and Apple’s system will have to work long and hard.

iPad Mini 2 vs Mini 1 Speed Test

To really enjoy iPad mini with Retina display, you’ll need to install the latest iOS 7.1 beta on it. You cannot do this without registering a UDID, so take care of everything in advance so as not to be left with a brick at a crucial moment. The main plus of iOS 7.1 is ultra-fast, truly smooth animations for the first time, as well as the clearly increased performance of the system itself. After iOS 7.1, the officially available version seems to be hello from Android OS. Unfortunately, there are rumors that the official 7.1 release will be delayed until spring, so for now we will have to beg for beta versions.

iPhone 5s is still more powerful

If the previous moment is of interest primarily to developers, then the next “minus” can be easily understood by any ordinary user. The difference in real, effective video performance between the iPhone 5s and iPad mini is not in favor of the tablet. All thanks to the resource intensity of the new Retina display. After all, the processor in the iPhone 5s runs on a screen with half the resolution of the iPad mini 2013 display. This is partly confirmed by the tests of the processing power of the processor:

But only GPU tests show the real difference:

The difference in effective 3D performance is over 30 percent in favor of the iPhone 5s. Lower resolution means less hardware load. And here even an increased throttling threshold cannot change anything.

What does all this mean for each of us? A simple fact: the most beautiful and high-quality games of 2014 will not only work slightly better on the iPhone 5s than on the iPad mini with Retina display, but will also show a better picture. Next time Apple should consider adding more powerful processors to its tablets than the ones that come with the company’s miniature smartphones. This has already happened with the iPad 4 and A6x, so why not repeat the trick next year.?

Going through the features of the processor, I want to note: everything is not at all as bad as it might seem after reading this section. For all the odd drawbacks, performance is the first reason that should force you to swap out your old iPad mini for a new one. Fact: no mobile game will slow down on this tablet for another year or two. The difference is noticeable to the naked eye: where the old model thinks for six seconds, the new one thinks only for a second or a half. iOS 7 dramatically increased the technical requirements for the device, and the first iPad mini finally ceased to cope with modern workload. Lags and freezes do not exist on the mini with Retina display, except for one and only. those that appear thanks to the poorly optimized iOS 7.

Housing, design and heating

iPad mini with Retina display comes with iPad mini without Retina display. This could have ended. But no, Apple made a reservation that the case became a couple of tenths of a millimeter thicker and several tens of grams heavier. And now everyone wants to know: has he really become fat and terribly heavy, or can he be patient and somehow survive? Well, you understand, a whole tenth of a millimeter is not for you huhry-muhry!

No, it is not fat or heavy at all. The difference with the previous iPad mini is felt only when alternately weighing in the hands. And then all this looks more like a statistical error. In general, we immediately discard the weight.

The old cover could not stand the upgrade.

It would seem that in this situation, you can not think about the thickness at all. But no. You may not notice it, but covers and linings will not get off so easily. The new iPad mini does not fit well into the tightly fitted cases for the previous generation, for example, those that have hard plastic clips on the sides. If the clamps are weak, then the novelty will not fit there properly at all. And if you are strong, then with each “undressing” you will pray so as not to wrinkle or scratch the sensitive sharpened edges of the tablet.

Not only did the grooves burst, but also the lid now does not close completely.


The biggest difference between the two Apple tablets is the redesigned screen. The downside of the iPad mini was the lack of a Retina display. In fact, this is the marketing name for an LCD screen, in which the pixel density is so high, it is not caught by the human eye. If in the first generation gadget the resolution is 1024 × 768 pixels (which is equal to 163 dpi), then in the iPad mini it is equal to 2048 × 1536 pixels (326 dpi). At the same time, the screen is equipped with an excellent anti-reflective coating, which is so important when working in bright light conditions. At the same time, mobile devices are equipped with an IPS matrix.

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Retina display has a higher pixel density


At first glance, there are no differences in the camera on the two tablet models. The rear camera resolution for iPad mini and iPad mini 2 is 5 megapixels. It allows you to shoot Full HD video in 1080p. At the same time, the front camera has a resolution of 1.2 megapixels. An important advantage of the front camera on iPad mini with Retina display is the backlit sensor. This innovation allows you to achieve high image quality even in low light conditions.

Cameras have the same resolution

Rear camera testing shows that the newer tablet delivers slightly better image quality than its predecessor. Still, a comparison of the image shows that the camera of the iPad Air, released at the same time as the iPad mini 2, copes with its tasks better. Comparison of the tablet of the first and second generation is in favor of the latter. The camera is better at absorbing noise and allows you to achieve excellent quality photos and videos, despite the resolution of 5 megapixels. Among the minuses, you can still call the lack of a flash.

Comparison of iPad mini with the second generation iPad mini Retina

Comparing iPad mini and iPad mini 2 will allow us to conclude how important all the improvements that Apple has introduced in the newer tablet are. The devices are not much different in appearance. At the same time, the transformations affected many functions. iPad mini Retina has more than just a new display. It has more powerful stuffing in comparison with its predecessor. Despite the fact that the devices are not new today, many will be interested in comparing the characteristics of gadgets. Users are still successfully using the iPad mini, released on November 2, 2012, and the iPad mini with Retina display, released on October 22, 2013. It’s no secret that there is a category of users who prefers to update their gadgets as soon as a new product is released. In modern English, a new term “Mac nazi” has even appeared, which characterizes a big fan of Apple products. Comparison of devices allows you to find an answer to the question of how justified the updates are. Also, users will be able to conclude how relevant are Apple tablets released 2-3 years ago. Today, they cope with many tasks no worse than the new products of 2015.

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Tablet design

The appearance of iPad mini and iPad mini 2 is practically the same. At first glance, it will be difficult for an inexperienced user to distinguish between two mobile devices. However, despite the similarities, there are still differences. The dimensions of the first generation tablet body are 200 × 138 × 7.2 mm. At the same time, the newer model is slightly thicker than its predecessor. its dimensions are equal to 200 × 134 × 7.5 mm. Such an insignificant difference is practically not felt when using a tablet.

iPad mini with Retina display is 29 grams heavier than the first generation gadget. it weighs 341 grams. Such an insignificant difference is hardly noticeable to the average user. The arrangement of the buttons also remained unchanged. They are made of high quality metal and are pressed with little force. The body remains metal. it is made of anodized aluminum. The bezels visually appear to be very thin, which is an indicator of a high-end device. All connectors have remained in the same place. at the top left you can find the headphone jack, at the top center is the microphone. The Power button remains in the same place. at the top right. On the right side there is a button for auto-locking the screen rotation, which is very convenient. There are sound control buttons next to it. Both models are produced in only two, already familiar to Apple colors. silver and space gray.

Filling and performance

The second-generation tablet is powered by the more powerful Apple A7 dual-core processor, clocked at 1.3GHz. Its predecessor is equipped with a 1 GHz Apple A5 processor. The two tablets have 1 GB and 512 MB of RAM respectively. Of course, the filling makes the second generation tablet more productive and provides high-speed performance. At the same time, a newer gadget may heat up, which was not in its previous version.

Powerful processor makes iPad mini 2 more powerful

The battery capacity of the first generation mobile device is 4440 mAh, and the second. 6471 mAh. These indicators provide an optimal battery life, which is equal to an average of 10 hours. Despite the fact that the battery capacity is significantly higher in the newer mobile gadget, the improved performance does not significantly extend the battery life.

Users have the opportunity to choose different modifications of the two tablet computers. The model, released at the end of 2012, comes with 16, 32 and 64 GB of internal storage. The second generation mobile device is shipped to the market with 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB of storage. The disadvantage can be considered the inability to increase the internal memory at the expense of the SD-drive. In addition, we do not recommend purchasing budget models in which only 16 GB is available. This amount of memory is very small, given that modern applications require not only powerful powerful filling, but also enough space.

Comparison of iPad mini and iPad mini 2 led to the conclusion that both devices have a lot in common. At the same time, the second generation tablet stands out from its predecessor with an improved screen, increased performance and the ability to purchase a gadget with a large amount of memory. In appearance, distinguishing the two devices is not easy. In our opinion, Apple, having released the second generation tablet, did not present a fundamentally new device to the mobile technology market. The company only fixed the cons that iPad mini had.

Apple iPad mini: the main differences from the iPad

The first difference between iPad mini and regular iPad is, of course, its size. Imagine that all the features of a large iPad fit into a much more compact body. Its thickness is only 7.2 millimeters! Plus, it’s incredibly lightweight.

You can take it with you at any time, you do not need large bags or briefcases. it will fit into the smallest handbag. So you can always have such an iPad at hand. IPad mini has a resolution of 163 ppi.

The big iPad has 132 ppi. However, this does not fundamentally change the picture and does not spoil the impression of viewing photos and videos. While the regular iPad can record 720p HD video, the iPad mini offers 1080p. over, in addition to the standard touch focus during video shooting, it allows you to stabilize the video, and recognize the face of the person being filmed.

Also, the tablet is equipped with a light sensor on the back. You can also use these same features when taking photos from your iPad mini. And the iSight camera will allow you to take pictures with a resolution of 5 megapixels. At the same time, the large iPad has a rear camera with a resolution of 960×720 pixels.

It all depends on your preferences and, perhaps, habits. An equally important feature of the iPad is the SIM card. When choosing a tablet, remember that iPad mini is equipped with a Nano-SIM card, and the Micro-SIM cards, which are so popular in a standard device, do not support.

But it is in the iPad mini that an assistant is built with which you can send messages, or create reminders exclusively using your voice. For many, this will be very convenient, since typing a text message with your fingers is not always convenient.

What is the difference between iPad mini and regular Apple iPad?

Apple tablets are becoming more and more popular. However, today it is becoming fashionable to try new products of a world-famous company appearing on the market and compare them with each other.

For example, many lovers of Apple products have recently faced a new question: which tablet to choose for themselves, or as a gift to a loved one. a standard iPad, to which everyone is accustomed, or iPad mini, which is only gaining popularity.

In today’s article, we will compare both tablets and consider their main characteristics so that you, relying on this data, can more competently approach a responsible choice.

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Which is better: iPad mini or regular iPad?

Of course, everyone is able to decide for himself what kind of iPad he would like to have. However, the very name iPad mini already says a lot. For example, its display is in no way inferior, except for the size, of course, the large display of a standard iPad. You can also use the Maps application on it to find out where you are.

You can view photo albums and videos, and the detail is on par with a large tablet. Plus, the iPad mini’s display is equipped with an LED backlight (the large iPad also has it), which allows you to show the picture clearly, expressively and vividly. You can also use the “small” iPad to work with a huge number of other applications available for the “older brother”.

Active users of the global network will be able to spend up to ten hours on the Internet from any device in Wi-Fi mode. At the same time, they will be able to watch movies or listen to music. On the cellular network, both tablets will work for up to nine hours. Well, you can also charge them both from a computer via a USB drive, and using a regular power adapter.