iPad mini Ipad Mini vs Ipad Mini 2

Discussion in 'iPad' started by touro1979, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. touro1979 macrumors newbie

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    I got a Ipad Mini recently but my wife has taken it over lol. We changed it over to her Icloud account. I am market to get one for myself again lol.

    What is the benefit to getting the 2 over the 1? The mini one seemed fine to me. And price is a selling point for me. Limited funds.

    I had hoped we could have two cloud accounts on the Ipad and sign in when we start up but can only have one apparently so I need another.
     
  2. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    Get the 2. 4 times as fast. 64 bit processor. and the retina display is 4x higher resolution.

    all this means is the machine will be supported by Apple for much longer than the 1.
     
  3. ron7624 Contributor

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    People here will always tell you to ger the newer tech. Including me.
    But, if your funds are limited, buying the 1 is better than none at all. I used a one for a year and loved it.
    So... get the 2 if you can, if not the one will do. Don't upgrade it past its current iOS version. Keep it on 7 or 8 and you will do fine.
     
  4. touro1979 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I saw u can get a refurbished wifi model for same price as mini original on Apples site. Says it has a one year warranty. Not sure how I feel about refurbished though
     
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Apple refurbished iPads are as good as buying new one. You get the full one year warranty with them as well.
     
  6. ron7624 Contributor

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    Agreed. Apple referbs are perfectly fine.
     
  7. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    I have purchased several refurb products from Apple.
    Mac Mini, iPad Mini, AppleTV.

    After a weeks time the iPad Mini would not charge. Went to Apple store and they swapped for a BRAND NEW RETAIL.

    My phones developed issues while under warranty and I have received refurbs.

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    When you buy a refurb product from Apple it looks as new, no nicks, scratches, stains etc. They come with brand new battery and are tested even further than retail.
    I would not hesitate to buy a refurb again.
    visit refurb.me for pricing and availability.

    When I was shopping for mini2 I was looking at the refurb store to buy, however a local computer store had them on clearance or maybe someone marked them way low on error.

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    I'm happy with both devices (mini1 runs ios6, mini2 runs ios7). Holding off 8 for as long as I can (until essential apps require it), I can see difference in speed between the two, and I thought I'd not see diff in display, but yes I can.

    ipad 2 = ipad mini1 hardware (except the connector)
    ipad air 1 = ipad mini2 specs (except the size doh)

    If ipad mini 2 refurb is in your budget don't be affraid.
    It has the same warranty as retail, and if you choose you can buy apple care on it.
     
  8. cheney6 macrumors newbie

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    I'm holding my iPad mini right now, so far so good with it
     
  9. touro1979 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ordered a refurbished iPad mini 2 for same price as a mini 1 new. Thanks for advice on refurbished.
     
  10. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    Good choice. the iPad Mini had internals from 2011 (A5 SOC). And with newer iPad's moving to 2GB RAM, I suspect that the Mini 1 would become underpowered for most apps pretty soon.
     
  11. sn macrumors 6502

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    Obviously if your finds are super limited then you can only afford what you an afford. Otherwise I think the 2 is definitely the best value option. I bought the 2 a few days ago (my funds are pretty stretched too).

    In the UK, the 1 starts at £199, but for an extra £40 you get all the benefits described by someone above including the retina screen which, for me, is a huge difference - I would really hate to have a normal screen now that I have retina on iPhone and MacBook Pro. Anyway, I think that's £40 very well spent. The next option is the 3 which is another £40 again but the only benefit you get over the 2 is the Touch ID - something I love on my iPhone but not fussed about having on an iPad as it will rarely leave the house so can manage without a password. Couldn't really justify that £40 but I was more than happy to drop the extra cash to get a 2 vs a 1.


    TL;DR:
    If you're able to stretch your funds to buy the iPad Mini 2, I really think you should. It's more expensive but better value.
     
  12. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

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    If you live in the US, that was a huge mistake. You can buy a brand new Mini with Retina from resellers at Amazon or Ebay for less than you can buy a refurb from Apple. Heck, I just bought a Mini 3 off Amazon for 10 dollars more than Apple wanted for a refurb 2+tax (paid no tax at Amazon since it came from a reseller).
     
  13. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

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    The Mini is great, but I'm starting to notice lag on mine with iOS 8, and that's with using very basic apps - essentially just iBooks, Dropbox, and sometimes the browser. Not enough to be a major issue, but worth mentioning nonetheless.
     
  14. ron7624 Contributor

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    Ive had the rMini since launch and am not having any issues with lag. The only issue i have is with me. Since using my iphone 6 with the fingerprint sensor, i find myself waiting for my rMini 2 to come to life while im holding the home button like a dupe. Lol. After a few seconds of that i finally punch in my numbers. ;)
    I guess i need a 3 but im waiting for the next iteration :D
     
  15. iGeek2014 macrumors 68000

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    If you can afford to I'd also opt for the rMini 2 as well.

    I've just sold mine on eBay for an iPad Air 2 but it's a great tablet and will be good for a while longer yet.
     
  16. sn macrumors 6502

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    Ha, I do this every time
     
  17. applefan022 macrumors 6502

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    I bought a rmini 3 an hour ago for $293 including tax at Best Buy.
     

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