Torn between iPad mini 2019 and iPad 2018

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pdp1, Apr 29, 2019.

  1. pdp1 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2018
    I know the 2019 mini is a much more capable and advanced device than the 2018 iPad. However, I can get the iPad for $270 where was the mini will cost me $395. I'm really torn whether the mini is worth the extra $125. I know all the spec differences, the main one being the A12 vs A10. Also, the RAM and storage space are bigger for the mini. This will mostly be used as a streaming media consumption device so the internal storage difference probably won't be a big deal. The mini form factor is preferred, but I'm not sure if it's "$125 more preferred". As for games, I'm sure my wife will be letting my elementary school kids play simple games on it occasionally. I guess my main concern is how slow the A10 and 2GB will be compared to the A12 and 3GB about 2.5 to 3 years down the line for daily tasks as I'm expecting it to last at least that long. Can you guys help me decide which one to get?
  2. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2013
    I’m in the UK where the pricing is £329 vs £399, if I recall, so the price difference is larger for you at the current exchange rate. I bought the Mini. The A12 vs A10 likely means 2 years extra iOS support, which if you are a basic user planning to keep the device for a long time, will be important, as even basic apps will eventually ask for a higher iOS. The extra RAM is likely to become more important in the future if you fall into this group like me. For me, these factors together with never having had a Mini before but always having liked the look of it was enough to justify the difference.

    I mainly use my Mini for internet browsing and media consumption, and initially wanted 32GB. I also wanted the cellular option, which closed the gap by another £10 as it’s a £130 upgrade on the 2018 vs £120 on the Mini. I’m currently using 19.1GB with some videos and music saved, so 32GB is do-able (I deleted a lot of the pre-installed apps but have 59 installed) but I’m glad to have the 64 in hindsight as it means I won’t be running out of space in years to come. I had a GB free of the 16GB I upgraded from but I was keeping it to a minimum. The luxury also helped to justify the price difference, and perhaps would suit you best if you plan to download TV shows for offline viewing.

    I often use the Mini for media consumption in bed and while some might prefer a larger screen, it’s great for that. I have a Smart TV device if I want to use TV apps on a larger screen.

    With the larger price difference where you are, I think I’d consider a refurb 2018 but I wouldn’t buy one brand new when it has been on the market for over a year.
  3. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
    I’d recommend getting the iPad Mini 5.
  4. TigeRick macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2012
    Definitely not recommeding iPad 2018, there is rumor for new iPad 2019 so if you are not in hurry to buy, better wait for it..
  5. Heat_Fan89 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2016
    I wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening but who knows besides Apple. My vote goes to the iPad 2018 and currently it’s on sale at Amazon for $249. I purchased it last year for $229 from Amazon and could not be happier. It does everything I need it to for a fraction of the price of other iPads. In a few years when it’s gotten slow I will have more than gotten my monies worth.
  6. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015
    Yeah 2018 iPad will be great for media for several, several more years.
  7. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    On Black Friday 2018 I bought the iPad 2018 128GB and it is one-great device!
  8. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    If the device is just used for media consumption and communication any recent iPad will do a good for the coming years.

    Decide based on screen size and budget.
  9. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019
    The 2018 iPad 6th gen is awesome. I could honestly care less if the screen is not laminated. Yes, I do own a iPad Pro 11” 1TB. But, if it broke or if something happen to this iPad. I’d use the 6th gen without trouble at all!

    It is a great iPad. And it’ll do anything you need it to.
  10. pdp1 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2018
    Thanks for all the input guys. While the iPad 2018 will probably suit my needs just fine, I think I'll stick with the mini for a couple reasons:

    1) Since I'm planning to keep the iPad at least 3 years, likely more (hopefully no accidents), the extra cost for the faster CPU and 1GB of extra RAM will guarantee more longevity and seems justified.

    2) While my wife has no definitive preference over the screen size, she told me if she was forced to pick, she'll go with the 7.9" screen.

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