iPad mini iPad 4 to iPad Mini w/ Retina 2. Downgrade or Upgrade?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ImKay, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. ImKay macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,
    I currently have an iPad 4 16GB wifi and I am hoping for a revised iPad mini with retina display to be announced this Thursday. Now here's the thing, I want to buy the mini because I like the idea of a smaller form factor and more portability, I think the wifi 64GB (Given they scrap 32GB as an option like they did with the iPhone) would be perfect for me. I used to bring my iPad around with me to college etc but then soon stopped as I realised the form factor was a tad to big for my liking. I use the iPad for browsing, taking notes and general media consumption. (I also jailbreak them because I like to tinker with things here and there, but that isn't too important to me right now.)

    So here's my overarching question, would buying a mini be a downgrade.

    I've read that the screen is not accurate, however I am not using it for media production, I use my pc for that.

    I'm not too sure how well the battery life is on the mini? I've seen reviews say its similar but thats very vague and I don't think that a review written a week after a device has been purchased is a good indication of battery life :confused: - I want it to consistently last 9-10 hours like my current iPad.

    Other things; touch ID is nice, I have it on my jailbroken iP5S and its an absolute joy to use.
     
  2. Trahearne, Oct 12, 2014
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    Trahearne macrumors 6502

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    I am planing to do the same thing, though I have a cellular one instead. I would say it is absolutely an upgrade if you value the smaller form factor (i.e. mobility) more than a having larger display, which shows same amount of content in 1024 x 768 points, but 22.7% larger point size (162 pt/in vs 132 pt/in, not sure if they would change it for air 2). Battery life doesn't seem to have a large disparity between the current two, and you can expect that the display quality would be improved for a new generation (though if you don't care about color accuracy it is no big deal).
     
  3. ImKay thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, with todays leaks, im almost 100% sure ill be taking the plunge
     

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