iPad mini Battery Life Trounces Tablet Competition

A lot of people are wondering if the iPad mini whether the iPad mini is worth $130 more than budget Android tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. Well, if Apple’s big app advantage doesn’t impress you, perhaps it’s superior battery life will. In our testing, the iPad mini lasted three hours longer on a charge than its closest competitors, and a good two hours longer than the Nook HD.

In the LAPTOP Battery test, which involves surfing popular websites every 60 seconds on 40 percent brightness, the iPad mini lasted an epic 10 hours and 33 minutes. Among 7-inch tablets, the Nook HD came closest, with a runtime of 8:30, while the Kindle Fire HD (7:30) and Nexus 7 (7:26) were both way behind.

Granted, the larger 7.9-inch size of the iPad mini allowed Apple to cram in a pretty hefty 16.3-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. But the mini is actually lighter and thinner than the Fire HD, Nexus 7 and Nook HD. 

Bottom line: If you care about endurance, Apple’s small tablet is the one to get. See our full iPad mini Review for more details and test results.

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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