iPad Mini or iPad 4???
Size wise, the iPad 2 and iPad 4 are virtually identical. The iPad 4 is considerably faster than the iPad 2 in operation and graphics plus it has a much better screen. If you use cellular, LTE data speeds are also much faster the the 3G speeds if you are in a covered market. Not a huge overall difference in operation and ability to do things, but kind of like buying the same model car with a 4 cylinder engine/base radio and options (iPad 2) vs. the same model car with an 8 cylinder engine/premium radio and options. Both get you to the same place, one just does it faster and with some upgraded options.
Originally Posted by Alli
I would agree that for most people who have a MacBook Air, the iPad mini makes the most sense as a device between that and an iPhone. The iPad 2/3/4 still has some merit for those with a MBA as the battery life is double, the ability to use on a plane or other places with a lower profile yet become like a convertible notebook by adding a wireless keyboard that can be used or not as needed. You also get the built in cellular in the iPad that can be a factor for some.
It really comes down to the specific needs of the user and what types of use they need to do with their device as well as where they will be using it.
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