1. iMore Question's Avatar
    My daughter really wants an iPad for her birthday this year. They are starting to use tablets (not Apple ones) in her classroom and she will probably use primarily for games and educational purposes. She is not super in to computers or gaming, but does have a few apps that she likes. I understand that she may increasingly use a computer (though I don't know about whether it would be a tablet or lap top) to take notes and write in the classroom. Cost is also an issue for us. So, all that said, I was wondering if anyone had thoughts about an iPad2 vs. iPad mini for her. Sorry I'm not very sophisticated about this all, but help would be most appreciated!!
    01-10-2014 10:24 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    My youngest son is that age and loves the iPad Mini. I have restrictions set on it so that he cannot do certain things, however, he does use it for homework, when necessary, as well as play games, watch Netflix videos and read. It's not heavy, but big enough to not be a nuisance. I asked him if he like the iPad 2 i had prior or the Mini, and he quickly chose the Mini.
    01-10-2014 10:36 AM
  3. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Whichever one you decide to go with, make sure it has a very durable case and screen protector, lol.
    01-10-2014 02:41 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    My 6 and 10 year olds have had iPad minis since last Christmas and that size works very well for them. A case is a necessity.
    01-10-2014 05:51 PM
  5. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I would agree with t he others here that IMO last years Mini would be child perfect and YES like Sean suggested, Get a good shock case and screen protector.
    01-10-2014 05:57 PM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I would agree with t he others here that IMO last years Mini would be child perfect and YES like Sean suggested, Get a good shock case and screen protector.
    Agreed on last years mini. Not only cheaper but kids won't notice the lack of retina screen as much.
    01-10-2014 05:59 PM
  7. Peligro911's Avatar
    Both my girls 7 and 3 have iPad 2 before the mini was even announced
    Best investment I even bought
    Whatever you choose some sort of case is needed but depending on the child will depend on what case you need. Mine just use folio style cases and have been fine.
    If you what to save some cash buy them refurbished off of apples site they still have one year warranty just like new ones do.

    I should also add I have a mini in the house also and both my girls prefer the ipad 2 vs the mini just because of screen size and watching Netflix and movies
    01-10-2014 06:05 PM

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