“It may seem strange to compare smartphones and tablets, but they aren’t exactly apples and oranges,” Nicole Arce writes for Tech Times. “Phablets, or large-screen smartphones, have been in the market for quite some time, but Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus clearly signaled the smartphone’s encroachment of tablet territory.”
“The iPhone 6 Plus, which runs on Apple’s latest A8 64-bit processor, is the winner in the performance department,” Arce writes. “The older A7 processor powering the iPad mini 3 is by no means slow, and most users will likely love how their iPad mini 3 will run as smooth as butter. However, the most nitpicky users will notice the fraction of a second’s difference between the two. In real-world and benchmark tests, the iPhone 6 Plus has proven to be much faster than the iPad mini 3 (and plenty of other smartphones in the 5.5-inch range and up).”
“Simply comparing Apple’s two hottest new devices, the iPhone 6 Plus emerges as the strong victor over the iPad mini 3,” Arce writes. “Still, any buyer’s options are not limited to choosing between the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPad mini 3, and they can ultimately decide to purchase both in the end. However, buyers without the budget for both devices might find better value in the iPhone 6 Plus, which offers features the iPad mini 3 can’t.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Well-heeled iOS users who own Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus will likely eschew the iPad mini 3 for the iPad Air 2 for their own use. Beyond minor portability concerns, there is very little reason for an affluent iPhone 6 Plus owner to choose an iPad mini 3 over Apple’s flagship iPad Air 2.
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