All iPads iPad Air or iPad Mini 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sicdeath, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. sicdeath macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    I am deciding between the iPad Air 1st gen or the iPad Mini 2. I am looking to get the 4g model. Which would be more ideal performance wise.
  2. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Same performance.

    Get the Air if you want to use it mostly at home.

    Otherwise, get the mini 2.
  3. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Do you have an earlier ipad? If you did and plan on keeping that as a secondary device, buy the other use case now (mobility or screen size).
  4. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2010
    Long Island
    i would go with the air, but thats just because i have a 6+.... not enough of a size jump....
  5. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
    I already have an iPad Retina so I went with the Mini2 for portability.......

    ....hard to beat the battery life of the iPad retina but it and even the air
    are to dang big and heavy for daily mobile use.
  6. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    I'm partial to the retina mini
    I have both. Performance wise the Air 1 and Mini 2 feel the same to me. Both are data capable and on ATT
    The mini is in my hands right now, and is 95+% of the time.
    It's all about portability to me. Hope this helps....
  7. saltd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2010
    Air, no question. The screen on the mini has an incomplete color gamut, resulting in inaccurate colors, which is a deal breaker to me. Even the Nexus 7 has a 100% color gamut(a device I also use a lot). I've had both the mini and the Air, and the larger screen is just more of a pleasure to use. Unless you're going to be carrying it around with you, get the Air.
  8. sicdeath thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2011
    I ended up buying the ipad mini 2. Let me say that the ipad feels great in the hands and its so easy to navigate around. I also used a friend's ipad air to compare and the air just feels too big. Also the mini came with ios 7 which is so much better than ios 8 in my view. Thanks for all your feedback!!
  9. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    Heavy? The iPad air?
  10. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
    Well....yes. It's 1/3rd or 1/4 of a pound heavier which is significant considering
    we are talking about a 331g device.
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I have the mini 2 and love it. Especially on Sunday as I pace around the house watching redzone and checking fantasy football.

    I have small hands and can still 1 hand the width of the device.
  12. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    It's really a matter of what's more important to you: a larger nicer screen or a more portable device. Some people prefer one, some the other.

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