We've been hitting it pretty hard with coverage of the new 4th generation iPad and iPad mini launches today, and earlier we posted a list of the Top Ten Best iPad Game Classics For iPad Mini where we suggested some of our favorite iPad games that cover a lot of different genres and should be a nice fit on the smaller form factor of the iPad mini.

We thought it would be fun to show some real-life shots of those games running on the iPad 3 side-by-side with the iPad mini, so you could see just how the different size devices compare.










Sure, the iPad mini runs in the same resolution as the iPad 2 and has the same screen ratio as all the different iPads, so there really isn't much difference in how the games run from a non-technical standpoint on any of the iPad devices. However, what I found most interesting is that the iPad mini, despite being significantly smaller than the full-size iPad, doesn't actually feel that much smaller when playing games on it. None of these games had any issue with UI elements being scaled down, and in general it feels just like playing games on an iPad normally does just more compact and much lighter.

If you have any opinions on how you feel the iPad mini feels when gaming, feel free to drop them in the comments below or hit up our community iPad impressions thread in our forums and let us know what you think.

  • E_7

    The brightness on the Mini is set higher than the iPad. It attracts the eye towards itself.

  • http://twitter.com/NWNirvana The Dictator

    Wow, how about something for reference. For all I know these could be a 55" and 42" television on the wall.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      You have never seen an iPad before?

      • http://www.facebook.com/johnnewton29 John Newton

        Looks like we've reached a new all time low where even comparison shots are being deemed as supspect here at TA.

      • http://twitter.com/thebenchwarmers BenchWarmers Clique

        seems legit....but i dunno.....

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6027417 Paul Yang

    unless you could post clear and sharp images, these comparisons are obsolete. 

    • JPhilipp

      There's a feature that when you click on an image it zooms in to a bigger version.

      • http://twitter.com/Leonick91 Hampus Jensen

         I think his point was that even if you do so the images are just blurry anyway.

  • Corky McButterpants

    Complete and utter waste of time and bandwidth if you're going to use a camera that came out of one of last year's Christmas crackers! >_<

  • FuZion

    One of the more pointless comparison articles.

  • jweezie5181

    I think there is a shadow that obscures the bottom bevel, making it hard to distinguish the overall size of the tablets. I like this comparison and it really drives home the point that the apps really aren't hindered by the smaller area. Thanks for the article, please make more videos that show the comparison of top tier games. Oddly, I would like to see how much better the ipad 4 is to the mini. Demonstrate why someone would want the 4 over the mini. I think a lot of sites are focusing on the mini, and you guys have done a good job to include the 4 and suggest good games. Are developers really pushing the envelope so much that the faster A6X will actually be utilized?

    Short rant: it would seem to me that developers will only start catching up to this new A6X chip capacity when the next ipad is released in 2013. This is the iPad 3S.

    • http://twitter.com/Leonick91 Hampus Jensen

       "I think there is a shadow that obscures the bottom bevel, making it hard to distinguish the overall size of the tablets."

      Not a shadow, what you see on each iPad is the latch for the smartcover

  • msantiago1256

    In response to the actual post. I'll say that I immediately loved the mini for gaming. Once I restored my (sold) iPad 3 apps onto the mini I had a blast launching an playing Rahman run and asphalt 7. It's sooooooo light and a perfect size for long game playing. I just ordered a tpu case to add some grippy ness but that's all I need now. Love it. Just wish it was retina but the screen is surprisingly good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/caesaredouard Caesar-Édouard Perrin Esturco

    I have hereby deduced from this article that the iPad Mini is indeed smaller than the New iPad.

    • Tyrwin

      I lol'd very hard at this.

  • witedahlia

    Thanks for this article, I want to get an iPad Mini and think the photos look good. It's good to hear comments from people who already own one as well.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Maybe it's just me, but the iPad 3's picture looks more sharp and clear. I have an older iPad that has the same res as the mini, so I don't think I'm being biased. I am thinking about grabbing a 3 or 4 sometime next year after Christmas shopping is out of the way. I was for a while thinking about getting an iPad mini, but my iPod Touch 5 does everything I need on the go and fits in my pocket, so I'm thinking that money would be better used being saved towards getting a newer full size iPad.

  • Decaf Table

    Thank you Jared for these comparison shots. The negative criticism ismreallymout of place.

  • 1337brian

    Picked up my ipad mini this morning and I've noticed True Skate runs worse than my first gen ipad. Have you noticed the same, or am I just imagining it?

  • MidianGTX

    Checked out the iPad Mini at the Apple store earlier today. One thing thee camera shots don't elaborate on is how surprisingly bad the pixel density looks. I honestly couldn't understand it, why is the text in the Mail app so horribly blurry? It's like it isn't even being rendered at the Mini's native resolution. I'm pretty sure it's not just me being spoiled by retina as I also have a non-retina MacBook and a PC, something about the screen on the Mini is just off slightly.

  • MeAndYou

    Wow. It all looks so fuzzy!

  • scott slomiany

    I kind of like how TouchArcade spent the last few weeks telling how the 10% increase in size of the screen on the iPhone 5 made games so much more immersive and better. But now, a 15% decrease is just as awesome as the original size.

    • mrbass

      new purchases must be justified somehow

    • mjgarwood

      A wider screen brings a new element to gameplay, often getting big thumbs outta the way. I played with an iPad mini all afternoon today and I totally agree - the size is PERFECT, and never did I think the smaller size, lighter weight, or screen Rez were hindrances.

      • MidianGTX

        Perfect for what? Wearing around your neck? We're talking negligible differences on an object that already requires a bag for transportation.

      • mjgarwood

        Perfect for HOLDING. The difference in weight goes from something that causes tennis elbow after prolonged time in one hand to something that feels almost like a kindle. It's amazingly light. Perfect for ergonomics without sacrificing too much in viewable size. The end. Geesh.

  • Scape3d

    Wow, lots of hating on the comparison here. I will say though, a video of these games running on both iPads simultaneously would have been better.

  • ezone

    I agree - the iPad mini definitely feels like an iPad (as opposed to a big iPod). I don't think I'll buy another full size iPad again, the mini has the perfect form factor. Anyone want to buy a used iPad3?

  • xepiczx

    Everybody if you go to best buy there is an offer for buy an ipad 4 and get an ipad mini free

  • Psiufoxx

    I'm quite happy to have see this comparison. Like someone said earlier, these shots helped me to realize that the iPad Mini's slightly smaller screen area is not going to be a negative selling point, at least for gaming.

  • sekazi

    Looks like the pictures were taken with a iPhone. Get a real camera and redo the compare. Cannot compare when the pictures are just 1 big blur.

  • http://twitter.com/guildastrogator CJ

    One cannot possibly take these complaints about the camera quality seriously when such complaints are submitted using low-electron count digital media. Please rewrite your complaints on weight 3A vellum using lampblack India ink, at the very least.

  • http://twitter.com/jason0078 Jason Yim

    I played with the Mini in the Apple store and honestly thought the non retina screen was a dealbreaker compared to the iPad 3. Was really looking forward to getting a more portable and lighter device, but since the screen is smaller, you definitely notice the fuzziness on text. If next year's model is a retina, Apple has my money!

  • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ Jignesh Padhiyar

    While almost everyone over here seems to be saying that this was a waste of time, I think this is rather useful to make people who need a small push to buy that thing, buy it!

  • http://iPhonage.com/ joshua logan

    fruit ninja works better on iPad mini