All iPads iPad 4 vs Mini 2 - Advice

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Alex225, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Alex225 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2012
    I'm looking at buying my mum an iPad for Christmas. She currently uses a first gen Nexus 7 I bought her and she uses Facebook, does some minimal web browsing and plays some non-graphics intensive games.

    The Nexus is a good bit of kit that she uses daily but having owned one I know by comparison the iPad (and iOS) is a far slicker, nicer bit of kit and easier to use.

    Now the iPad Mini 2 is a bargain and bearing in mind the Mini 3 is identical in terms of everything except the touch ID, seems like relevant tech as well.

    Here's the thing though, I'd like to go for a larger tablet for her so there's a marked difference between her Nexus and whatever iPad I opt for.

    So my question is this. Is the iPad 4 still worth a buy? It's for sale through Apple's site as a refurb and is the same price as a Mini 2.

    Is it likely I'll receive a newly boxed one if they're old stock or will it be a plain box example?

    Any advice would be great. :)
  2. MTL18 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2013
    I'd be hesitant because of the 32 bit chip. Apple is putting emphasis on developing 64 bit so the life of the A7 chip should far exceed the A6X. Check out a refurb iPad Air and then compare the costs if you really want a larger device.
  3. Alex225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2012
    That's really good advice, much appreciated.

    I had been leaning toward the retina Mini slightly, based on the A7 and that I'd be getting brand new within my budget rather than a refurb!
  4. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    An Air refurb is a great buy at this point and it's still a fantastic tablet. The 4 is OK too but it's considerably heavier and your Mom might appreciate the sveltness of the Air.
  5. Alex225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2012
    Yeah I had considered the weight of the 4.

    I'm a big guy and I find myself propping my iPad 3 up rather than hold it. My mum is 60 and a lot smaller, may find the 4 a bit of pain to hold for the length of time she looks at Facebook or plays Candy Crush lol

    Refurbished Air is more suitable or mentioned the Mini 2. :)
  6. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    Well, I'm 63 and I know I appreciate the bigger screen. But I also have a Kindle Fre I use for reading because it's smaller. If she reads a lot that's a big consideration (but you didn't mention reading so I don't know).

    Since she already has a smaller tablet I would think getting the larger screen would be the way to go. That gives her options when say reading or perhaps she uses the larger one at home but takes the smaller Nexus out and about.
  7. Alex225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2012
    She does like reading but she doesn't seem to do it on her Nexus, mainly because she's untrusting of her card details being kept somewhere for her to spend on! :rolleyes:

    I was hoping that if I set her up with an iTunes account she could make some more use of it and get the Kindle app and actually do some reading on it as well.

    My only concern with getting a refurbished iPad is it looking second hand which I don't want as it's a gift.
  8. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    refurb iPads from Apple come with a new outer shell and new battery and the standard 1 year warranty
  9. Alex225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2012
    Thanks for that, more food for thought there. :)
  10. Nozuka, Oct 28, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2014

    Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    yesterday i actually switched from the 1st gen nexus 7 to the mini 2 myself.

    the mini 2 feels surprisingly big in comparison and i'm very happy with it. the aspect ratio makes it more comfortable to use for most tasks and the screen estate feels less restricted.

    feels like the perfect size to me.

    screensize comparison (the resolution is from the 2nd gen nexus 7, but the size should be the same):

    i'm sure she would be happy with it.
  11. Alex225 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2012
    That's a really good comparison especially seeing how the Nexus has 26% less screen size than the Mini!

    I'm warming towards the rMini for both size, weight and that its that bit more relevant tech wise.

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