Sold my iPad Air 2 and wondering about the mini 4?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Closingracer, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. Closingracer macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2010
    Long story short I needed a Macbook Pro for school and decided to sell my iPad to foot part of the bill. Anyways I'll buy another one soon probably when I get my tax return or for my birthday later this year and wondering how is the mini 4? Did they fix the color gamut on it?
  2. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    The screen on the Mini 4 is great. I was just at Best Buy contemplating getting one while I was picking up an Air 2 for the office. Nice device, just wish it had the A9 over 2014's A8. At least it has 2GB of RAM though, so that'll make up for most of it. It's got better color and is fully lamented so there ins't any air gaps like the last gen. This improves color and helps cut down on reflections.
  3. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    It's significantly lighter than the Mini 3 and the RAM makes a big difference. It's a more powerful A8 than the 2014 specification.

    Combined with the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and screen advances, this will be good for ages and will be the latest model for a couple of years. And Apple makes great silicon cases for it.
  4. ACG12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2015
    I have an Air 2 and wife has a mini 4. Honestly it's a tough choice because I really like both. Mini 4 is great if you want a tablet on the go and use it a lot outside of your home.
  5. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2009
    The mini 4 works great. Graphics and processing power are not the same as an iPad Air 2, but the rest of the internal specifications are practically the same. The A8 in the mini 4 is definitely more powerful than the 6 and 6 Plus though.
  6. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2010

    I had an Air 2 and loved it but needed the money to pay off my Macbook Pro for school. I also think I just rather have the smaller screen for on the train use. Yeah I used my air 2 on the train fine but I have a 13 inch Macbook Pro, 17 inch windows laptop and an iPhone 6 plus. An 8 inch device would fit in more then a 10 inch device imo and I'm just rounding the sizes. Plus the 128gb mini 4 is $100 cheaper.
  7. Stevessvt macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    I bought a mini 4 at Best Buy 2 weeks ago, and although it worked well, I like fast racing games, like Asphalt 8 and it just couldn't deal with the graphics as I wished it could, so I traded it for an Air 2, which works great for that kind of thing.
  8. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Mini 4 is basically just a smaller iPad Air 2. Really just depends on what screen size you need/want.
  9. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the sliver scream
    iPad Mini 4 screen is amazing. I loved that iPad, the first one I really enjoyed owning. Needed funds for school though so back it went.
  10. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I just ditched my iPad Air (well, actually gave it to my son) for a Mini 4. I need more portability and I use the MBP 13" when screen estate is needed.

    you forgot to add: Apple makes expensive great silicon cases for it :(
  11. madgibbon macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2013
    I sold my Air 2 and purchased a Mini 4. While its quite an impressive small tablet I missed the performance of the Air 2. There's noticeable frame rate issues with graphically intensive games. I also had to disable some of the GUI effects in iOS 9 as there's stuttering when switching apps etc, this isn't an issue with the Air 2. I also found while the screen is obviously bigger, it wasn't enough for me to pick up the Mini 4 rather than my 6s Plus. Anyway I returned the Mini 4 and picked up a another Air 2.
  12. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I just got the Mini 4 today and also have to say the screen is amazing. Enjoying it more than my MBP right now.
  13. Older bird macrumors regular

    Older bird

    Apr 26, 2015
    I've had both. Kept the mini. It's the perfect tablet for everything outside the home. iPad pro for the recliner
  14. meistervu, Jan 11, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016

    meistervu macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    I have an iPad Air 1 and a Mini 4. Even at home, I often prefer the Mini to the Air. I have a MacBook Pro connected to a 27" 4K display, so when I need a bigger screen, the Air can't compete. The Mini 4 size however is in a different category. I love reading book on it, and for well designed websites that detect device size, it worked really well. On paper the size and weight difference between the 2 doesn't seem significant, but in actual use, the Mini 4 feels much more portable. I often hold it with one hand, not the Air 1. In term of size and weight the Air 2 is not that different from the Air 1 so what I am writing here applies to both.

    In my opinion, if you think that the Air 2 are not that much bigger/heavier than the Mini 4, and that you may as well get the Air 2 just in case, then you are missing the point. The size of the Mini 4 is a major feature compared to the Air 2.
  15. MrGimper macrumors 601


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I've had the mini, mini 2 and the Air. I got an Air 2 at launch. I went into the local Apple store in November last year to look at the iPad Pro. I ended up walking out with the Mini 4 (Xmas return period gives me till Jan 20 to return). Thinner and lighter than the Air 2 (obviously) and the mini 2. I seriously have not noticed a performance difference between the Air 2 and mini 4 in real-life use.
  16. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    It depends on what you want to do with Mini 4? I love my Air 2 because I can watch Netflix and movie on big screen and easy to read closed captioned.
  17. JamesMike macrumors demi-god


    Nov 3, 2014
    I got my mini 4 because I travel a lot overseas, it replaced my iPad 3, and it works great for reading, taking notes and watching a video. The size and weight reduction were also selling points.
  18. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Yeah I love it for that

    Perfect size I always use it at work and at my girlfriends house and do think sometimes do I need my air 2 but certain times I like the bigger size
  19. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2010
    I ditched my iPad Air a few months ago, missed it after about a month, and bought a mini. I have tried the iPad Pro too, and of the three sizes, I think the mini is my favorite so far. I love taking it with me if I'm going to an appointment or something and know I'll have time to read a book or do some browsing. For me, it's also the perfect sized gadget for those nights where I just want to go to bed and watch a TV show or get some reading done. The size and weight are ideal for that.

    One of the main reasons I initially ditched my iPad Air was that as thin and light as it was, I was not doing much with it. It sat in my backpack most of the time unused, and I figured out that I was often choosing my iPhone instead due to portability. When my wife got her mini, I immediately thought, "THAT is the iPad I need!!!"

    So I do love iPads, but I'm finding that owning a larger one is a bit of a waste of money in my case. For the things I do with an iPad (and yes, I even do some "work" on it), the mini is the perfect size.
  20. malandra macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2003
    I have an iPad Pro. I use it for almost everything, but I'm thinking about adding a mini if/when there's a big sale. I'd love to have it with data for on the go.
  21. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Yeah data for on the go is a big reason I got my mini 4
  22. KadMac macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    I guess I am the opposite here. I tried the iPad Mini but I like my iPad Air 2 more - probably because I already have an iPhone 6 Plus. I think the iPad Air 2 is the perfect size for a tablet although I can see where people are coming from when it comes to portability. My iPad mostly stays at home though unless I have a work convention of some sort where I need to take notes.

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