iPad Mini 4 to the 2018 iPad, Months Later?

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  1. nviz22 macrumors 603

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    For those who made the switch from an iPad Mini 4 to the 2018 iPad, what are your thoughts months later?

    I am finding it a difficult proposition to make a switch to the 2018 iPad. Mainly because of trade offs: laminated display (nicer to look at mainly), same RAM for a little bit more pricey upgrade for a faster processor, larger display, and more longevity.

    I have had my Mini 4 since 2016. The processor is back from 2014 too w/ the 6/6+. I don't think this little guy has much time in terms of support since Apple won't be probably sticking with it.

    The 2018 iPad seems like a nice premise to consider, but I am not sure if it would just be extra $ spent on redundancy?
     
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    When the 2018 iPad was announced I sold my Mini 4 and bought one. I am very happy with my decision.
     
  3. nviz22 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Was it the processor jump that made the decision for you?
     
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    It was mostly wanting a bigger display, actually, but the improved performance and longevity did help with the choice.
     
  5. nviz22 thread starter macrumors 603

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    $250 isn’t a bad price for the latest entry level iPad, but having the Mini 4 makes me a bit more hesitant. Do you miss the laminated display at all?
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    No. That was actually my biggest concern when I decided to make the purchase, but I stopped really giving it any thought within a few days. The difference is noticeable, but not a big deal in my opinion.
     
  7. Whoakapi macrumors 6502

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    How is the anti-reflective coating on the 2018 iPad compared to the Mini 4 ?
     
  8. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    I can’t really comment on that. I’ve never used my iPad outdoors, which is where I think it would make the most difference.
     
  9. sracer macrumors G3

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    If your Mini 4 is still running fine, then I suggest keep on using it. I have both a Mini 4 and 2018 iPad so I see the differences on a daily basis. I believe that the differences in pixel density and laminated vs. non-laminated are often exaggerated. But if a person is sensitive to those differences and ARE important, then they need to do what makes sense for them.

    Having said that, a 9.7" iPad is not a proper replacement for a 7.9" iPad. The Mini 4 is still a very capable tablet especially for its age and size for general purpose uses and when size is important, there's no substitute from a larger or smaller device.
     

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