iPad Air 2-->iPad Mini 4 Anyone?

Young Turk

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Now that the Mini 4 has the retina screen, would consider moving to it from the Air 2. Anyone done so, and what are your impressions?
 

jmeas

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The Mini line has had a retina screen since the second iteration. The difference between the Mini 3 and the 4 is that it's thinner and has a faster processor.

Have you had a Mini before? I prefer Mini for reading books and playing games, but I like the larger screen for reading textbooks / doing work.
 

Baerok

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You are wrong, second and third generation mini had a retina display but its color gamut was significantly narrower than the bigger variant. The other difference was that they lacked display lamination which was introduced with iPad Air 2.
 

Amplelink

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Now that the Mini 4 has the retina screen, would consider moving to it from the Air 2. Anyone done so, and what are your impressions?
The larger screen of the Air is entirely too big for me to be usable. It's nice to look at for videos and if that's your primary use, then get the Air. But that aside I find the mini much easier to grab and to use for long periods of time.
 

Sanlitun

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Now that the Mini 4 has the retina screen, would consider moving to it from the Air 2. Anyone done so, and what are your impressions?
I was so impressed with the display on the Mini 4 when I saw it in the Apple store I picked one up right away. I feel it's quite a bit better than the Air 2, which has sort of a opalescent look to the whites that I hate. The size is good for me as I generally use it for iMessage and Calendar and quick Youtube viewing.

So now I am selling my Air 2, and if the Pro has a better display I may pick one up.
 

newellj

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You are wrong, second and third generation mini had a retina display but its color gamut was significantly narrower than the bigger variant. The other difference was that they lacked display lamination which was introduced with iPad Air 2.
Damned thing made me cringe every time I used it, which was a lot. Nice to have the Mini finally join the real retina world.

OP, IMO the Mini 4 is the first Mini that can actually compete with the 9.7" line. It finally has decent sound volume and a decent display. At this point, it's all down to your personal preferences on size and weight. Unless you're doing something like heavy duty gaming that really needs the A8X and GPU in the Air 2, there's no technological difference that should be driving your decision.