1. Jessia Romero's Avatar
    I'm looking to buy either an iPad Air 2 or and iPad Mini 2.

    Which would be the best buy?
    Would it be better for me to invest in a 32gb iPad Mini 2 or a 16gb iPad Air 2?

    Thanks for your help!
    11-23-2016 12:07 PM
  2. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    Depending on what your using it for I would go with the air 2 because of the screen size. I also would consider going to the next level of storage because, at least for me, these levels are too low.

    Let us know what you decided about on.
    11-23-2016 12:17 PM
  3. scruffypig's Avatar
    Just saw the iPad Mini 2 on pre-Black Friday sales for under $200.00
    11-23-2016 02:15 PM
  4. ElenaCanada's Avatar
    Yes, if you can afford the Air 2 with upgraded storage, I would go with that. The 16 fills up so fast it's crazy. Even if you aren't a heavy user.

    Oh and check out the refurbished store for one at a discount!
    11-24-2016 11:09 AM
  5. darius_robin's Avatar
    Choose between a mini 4 and air 2 since the air 2 is a generation ahead of the mini 2, air 2 released with the mini 3, but I wouldn't recommend a mini 3 since it's basically a mini 2 with Touch ID and a higher price tag slapped on. So go between a mini 4 and air 2.

    Air 2 is better if you want a bigger screen, mini 4 has a more advanced processor.
    11-25-2016 01:55 AM
  6. DLieSaS's Avatar
    I'm sorry, but there is no question: iPad Air 2 is much faster, thinner, has a better display, much better camera, Touch ID, supports Split-view (which the iPad mini 2 doesn't) – that's really essential for modern iPading… – as much RAM as the newest iPad Pro (9.7"). iPad Air 2 is the obvious choice for the present as well as in terms of futureproofing!
    11-25-2016 02:04 AM
  7. DLieSaS's Avatar
    mini 4 has a more advanced processor.
    That's not true, actually: iPad mini has a regular A8-dual-core-chip – just like the iPhone 6 –, iPad Air 2 has an A8X-tripple-core-chip, which is much faster.
    11-25-2016 02:06 AM
  8. Matty's Avatar
    I'm looking to buy either an iPad Air 2 or and iPad Mini 2.

    Which would be the best buy?
    Would it be better for me to invest in a 32gb iPad Mini 2 or a 16gb iPad Air 2?

    Thanks for your help!
    Firstly, A Very warm Welcome to iMore! Thanks for joining us

    I personally would go with the iPad Air 2.

    + More Screen Real-estate
    + Fully laminated display
    + Antireflective coating
    + Better Processor and Graphics
    + Better Camera (8mp vs 5mp)
    + Finger Print Sensor

    As you can see, it offers a lot more
    11-25-2016 02:26 AM
  9. niharikasarma's Avatar
    I guess it really depends on what you need it for. Quite honestly, I don't think the iPad Mini's screen is that much larger than my iPhone 6 Plus screen. It's nice and portable, but the screen size is a definite disadvantage.

    I read a lot of PDFs and books, so the iPad Air, iPad Pro, etc. are much better options. Bigger screens are better, in my opinion. Of course, if you just want an iPad you can easily fit into most handbags, the iPad mini might be a better choice.
    11-25-2016 08:23 AM
  10. wkelly24's Avatar
    Get the largest storage amount as you can afford. Size is a preference you should decide.
    11-25-2016 09:33 AM
  11. Ganesh Vu's Avatar
    Simply Air 2 is beyond to that mini 2
    11-25-2016 10:50 AM
  12. michaelvosburg's Avatar
    I love the size of the iPad Mini because it fits in my bag and on my elliptical machine. My wife carries the iPad Air 2, with a keyboard case as a laptop replacement.

    It really depends what you are willing to carry/hold and how you want to use it.

    BTW, iMore tipped me to a great sale on the iPad Mini 4 right now.
    11-25-2016 02:27 PM
  13. michaelvosburg's Avatar
    I disagree. Reading books, PDFs and playing games ported from the PC all work MUCH better on the iPad mini than the iPhone 7 plus.

    Other things are simply nicer, such as video and long-form writing.
    aximtreo likes this.
    11-25-2016 02:29 PM
  14. metalchick719's Avatar
    I say the mini 2. I have that iPad, so I might just be a bit biased. I got mine in June for $189 and it runs smoothly, even since I updated to iOS 10.1.1.
    11-25-2016 05:42 PM
  15. Swapnil Vartak's Avatar
    Between the Air 2 and Mini 2...I would go for the Air 2...much more powerful with a better and bigger screen...Also the Air 2 base model has been upgraded to 32 gb at the same price...
    11-29-2016 03:19 AM
  16. mrjayviper's Avatar
    I would prefer the regular sized ipad while not mobile. and at almost 8in, this mini isn't really that different.
    11-29-2016 04:27 AM
  17. Ling Cheung's Avatar
    I would get the iPad Air 2 because apple stop software support for the iPad mini 2.
    11-29-2016 05:19 AM
  18. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    The Air 2 will give you greater longevity and support because it's a newer device. That being said, I wouldn't go with 16 GB. Even if you can pull it off today it doesn't mean you'll be able to pull it off a year or two from now. Do yourself a favor and invest in a larger capacity Air 2. You'll thank yourself later on.
    aximtreo likes this.
    11-29-2016 05:39 AM
  19. klecke's Avatar
    Whoa! Nice price.
    11-29-2016 10:43 AM
  20. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    Best Buy had an awesome deal on Friday (Black Friday)... it was on a iPad Air 2, 32g... $125.00 off the regular price, which I happily took advantage of! It might be worth checking to see if the same deal exists since it's still cyber week.
    Rob Phillips likes this.
    11-29-2016 10:54 AM
  21. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    Best Buy had an awesome deal on Friday (Black Friday)... it was on a iPad Air 2, 32g... $125.00 off the regular price, which I happily took advantage of! It might be worth checking to see if the same deal exists since it's still cyber week.
    I picked up a 128 GB for my mother-in-law on the same deal. $375 vs. $500.
    Annie_i6s and aximtreo like this.
    11-29-2016 09:01 PM
  22. jonrenia's Avatar
    Maybe iPad Mini 2 will be good
    11-30-2016 12:15 PM
  23. uliapalm's Avatar
    iPad Air 2
    11-30-2016 12:57 PM
  24. ankbertts's Avatar
    iPad Mini 2, I am using it
    11-30-2016 01:14 PM
  25. Amy Acker's Avatar
    The best way to decide between the two form factors is to go to your local Apple store and spend some time using them. I started with a full-sized iPad, then moved to the mini when it came out, and recently moved to the mini 2. I agree that there is little reason to consider the mini 3.
    12-07-2016 04:19 AM

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