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Comparing Features: iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

How does the hardware and software stack up?

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At first glance, the iPad Air and Mini, iPhone 5S and 5C, and the 5th generation iPod touch may look similar to each other. After all, they use the same operating system, run the same apps, and look like larger and smaller versions of each other. But are they really the same?

A close look at the hardware and software features of each device reveals them to be very different indeed. One is a phone, the others aren't. One offers a big screen, the others are palm-sized.

The chart below shows how these three devices stack up against each other in terms of hardware and software features.

You may also want to see how the devices compare in terms of long-term costs.

Comparing Features: iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

  iPad Air iPad Mini iPhone 5S iPhone 5C 5th Gen.
iPod touch
review 4.5 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4.5 stars 5 stars
capacity 16 GB,
32 GB,
64 GB,
128 GB
16 GB,
32 GB,
64 GB,
128 GB
16 GB,
32 GB,
64 GB
16 GB,
32 GB,
64 GB
32 GB,
64 GB
screen size/
resolution
9.7 inches
2048 x 1536
7.87 inches
2048 x 1536
4 inches
1136 x 640
4 inches
1136 x 640
4 inches
1136 x 640
GPS Yes
(limited on
Wi-Fi-only
models)
Yes
(limited on
Wi-Fi-only
models)
Yes
(Assisted GPS)
Yes
(Assisted GPS)
No
battery life (in hours) 10 10 8 talk
10 Wi-Fi
10 video
40 audio
10 talk
10 Wi-Fi
10 video
40 audio
8 video
40 audio
networking Wi-Fi
optional 4G LTE
Wi-Fi
optional 4G LTE
Wi-Fi
4G LTE
Wi-Fi
4G LTE
Wi-Fi
bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
camera 2 cameras
5 megapixel &
1080p HD video
2 cameras,
5 megapixel &
1080p HD video
2 cameras
8 megapixel &
1080p HD video
2 cameras
8 megapixel &
1080p HD video
2 cameras
5 megapixel &
1080p HD video
FaceTime Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
video out to TV 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD
Siri Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
phone No No Yes Yes No
size (in inches) 9.4
x 6.6
x 0.29
7.87
x 5.3
x 0.29
4.87
x 2.31
x 0.3
4.90
x 2.33
x 0.35
4.86
x 2.31
x 0.24
weight (in pounds) 1
(1.05
on 4G
models)
0.73
(0.75
on
4G models)
0.25 0.29 0.19
price $499 - $829 $399 - $829 $199-$399 $99-$199 $229-$399
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