All iPads IPad mini 2 (32gb) or iPad Air 16 (gb)?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Drew.89, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. Drew.89 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014
    Hey guys. First time iPad buyer here. I have narrowed it down to the iPad mini 2 32gb or the iPad Air 16gb, I can't spend anymore. Would it be worth going with the mini 2 for the extra storage ? Or going with the Air for the nicer screen? I will mainly be using it for browsing the web, Netflix, youtube, games etc. thanks guys.
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    IPad mini 2 (32gb) or iPad Air 16 (gb)?

    What kind of games ? Candy crush and etc or stuff like xcom? If it's stuff like candy crush personally if you don't store music on it I would go with size preference. Personally I think 16gb is to small for me ImageUploadedByTapatalk1414172435.305678.jpg

    I refuse to get 16gb models any more even with android and which is why I didn't buy the Samsung Galaxy s 5 and waited for the note 4 which has 32gb of internal storage

    The 16gb should have around 13-14gb free I think
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    32GB iPad mini 2. Easy.

    Love the Air but 16GB is just too close for comfort. It's doable but may become unenjoyable. The mini 2 and Air 1 have very similar specs so you aren't losing out on that end. I have both and enjoy both but if it was one or the other w/ your constraints I'd pick the mini.
  4. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
  5. arbogast777 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2010
  6. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    if you are not a heavy apps user, then why go with the 32gb. i have the air in 16gb and it's just fine. i use it for web/youtube and have a few movies on it as well. i will never pay the premium price for the extra storage apple charges, $100 for 32gb? come on man
  7. erickj macrumors regular

    May 9, 2008
    Go Mini 32

    I just got the 32gb Mini after much the same debate. I am doing a ton of travel with it and not using it for 'work' but for movies, tv, netflix, some music, web browsing and email. It's the perfect size for travel, plane, beach, and just all the little things like maps, browsing, email, etc. I couldn't be happier, it just feels good in my hands. And I feel like it's also less conspicuous. I've got a rMBP so for me so the screen and size of an air, it just felt like I should take my laptop. The Mini to me is really just portable, good for laying around, watching, browsing, emailing, etc.
  8. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Mini 2, better ppi, better size, better experience IMO
  9. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    For your purposes, definitely the iPad Air. The screen is bigger, so every element is larger onscreen. The bad thing about the iPad mini is that elements on screen are the same size as iPhones, meaning elements on the screen are much harder to make out without holding it as close as you do an iPhone. For the iPad Air, it is easier to see webpages, watch videos, etc. The 16GB is enough for your purposes. Browsing the web, Netflix, and youtube take up virtually no storage. Games take up some storage, but if you have a few games, 16GB is absolutely enough. 16GB storage has always been more than enough for me and everyone I know. If the iPad somehow tells you have no storage left, it is easy to delete stuff you somehow downloaded at one point, but you never ever use. I don't know anyone who regularly uses 16GB worth of content and apps.
  10. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    Get a refurb and save 50 dollars. They're just like new and it might open up the number of devices you have to choose from in your price range.
  11. Simonna macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2014
    16GB will be probably enough for you if you aren't thinking to play HD games which uses around 1GB-2GB of storage these days
  12. Drew.89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014
    Thanks for all the input guys. I was able to cough up a little more dough and got the iPad Air 32gb space grey. I'm pretty happy with my decision. I actually went with the mini first , picked it up yesterday , I liked it a lot but just wanted a bigger screen so I took it back today.
  13. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    True it has better ppi but you can't tell the difference. I have a mini 2 and comparing it to my air 2 the screen on the air 2 is so much better.
  14. Donoban macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2013
    This would have to be one of the most idiotic suggestions I've read in quite some time. LOOOOOOOOOOOOLZ
  15. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    +1 while I think the 16gb is a waste of time for most people there is some who it doesn't matter. If your soley watching streaming services like Netflix , Hulu or etc and web browsing then it's fine
  16. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Yes, true, however OP said Air 16gb.


    Serious? Refurbs have fresh cases and batteries. Care to elaborate?

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