All iPads iPad mini 2 vs iPad Air 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by keatth, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. keatth macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2013
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010
    The Air 2 has a three core A8x cpu while the mini has a dual core A7. Air has 2gb of ram while mini has 1. Also the screen has a better screen
  3. matraco macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2014
    The air 2 is also thinner and has a more powerful gpu unit. The screen also seems more solid to type on. I have both and i would have not bought the air 2 if it wasnt for the small capacity of the mini (16 gb) as it is performing well and im not having the lag problems some users are noticing. The mini also has the perfect size. Having said that, the air 2 is a beast and should last long.
  4. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    The Air 2 also has better speakers. The Air 2 has finger print id, but of course if you really want that on the mini form factor, you can get the mini 3.
  5. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2012
    No reason to pay more for the Mini 3. I have the Mini 2 and am waiting for the next one, which will hopefully have the A8 or even the A9 chip. If it has the A8 I'm not sure if I should upgrade.
  6. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    Just wanted to add one more thing to the discussion. I have both a mini 2 and air 2. I have been disappointed in the air 2's battery life. The mini 2 is like the energizer bunny - it just keeps going and going. I can get 12 hours easily over 4-5 days of use but similar use with the air 2 will only get me 8-10 hours over 2 days. The mini 2 can also be handled with one hand. I can "palm" mine and carry it around almost like a big cell phone. It will also fit into the pockets on my shorts and some of my pants, and the pocket on hoodie sweatshirts. The air 2 cannot do these things, or at least not easily.
  7. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    the short answer is: One generation. Apple forgot to update the Mini when they updated the Air.
  8. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
  9. kwokaaron macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2013
    Mostly the same difference as iPad Air 1 and iPad Air 2.

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