Would like to read about what your choice eventually was as I am curious. The Air 2 I don't feel I would go the Mini route instead at this point but you may have. I may decide to go with the Air 1 instead. Reasons? Well I rather not keep the display brightness at what I have it to get better battery life out of the Air 2 and while I use earbuds and external speaker most of the time, the vibration rears its ugly head occasionally. And I save $100.