you're going to get different opinions based on people's own personal preferences...i saw ipad mini in person and own an ipad 4, .....i can say that ipad 4 is better....now if you're comparing it the air, the air is the best now because its so much lighter than the previous generation.
I purchased an iPad Air over the weekend. So far, I have been impressed by it's reduced weight and speed. Nice to have a larger display as well.
I had the ipad3 and received my ipad air yesterday and feel a big difference in size, it is pretty amazing how much difference there actually is.
My son had an ipad2, sold it and bought the mini when it came out thinking it would be better since he travels for work every week. He ended up not liking the mini after all, it was easier for him during traveling etc but bought the ipad air Friday and loves it.
Well my iPad has just arrive and i thought i would give you my IMMEDIATE reaction...
Its too heavy for what i am going to need it for (Its too heavy for ME)...
Its gorgeous but picking it up made me in an instant realise what it is i really want. What i really really want is a light hand held device. I already have an iMac desktop . I have a macbook pro so its very unlikely i will ever be using the iPad at this stage as a work horse. I use it mainly when I'm in bed for a couple of hours watching TV on a weekend or evening if i go to bed early. I then use it for watching films tv and browsing and such like Facebook etc. I use it mainly for sitting on the sofa browsing the internet shopping etc etc etc watching videos. I use it for travelling on train journeys to London or Leeds (I live in Birmingham) to occupy my time or look at the occasional email etc.
I do not use it to create word templates or fill in spreadsheets or any such like and i can't see that i ever will once i have laptop or desktop next to me. That may change over the years if i don't replace them but not currently.
So for that reason i will mainly be holding the device in my hand or when in bed resting it on my chest .. This is where the weight places a critical role for me. Holding it for 10-15 mins not an issue but using it for hours becomes and issue and that 0.25 difference in weight between this and the mini for me makes all the difference. Its also more mobile .
Its a mobile device i want and for that reason i think I'm gonna send it back. However i will keep it for 7 days and play with it to make entirely sure (keeping it in its cellophane wrapper of course together with an iPad cover and also keeping the box pristine).
This is my IMMEDIATE reaction ill let you know how i feel in a week. Im posting this here incase anyone else is like me don't know how to decide.
The iPad Air is a powerful being. Don't sack it. Use it and you will slowly get used to the weight. But then, its your iPad, you will need it, its your wish to select whats perfect for you, this was my opinion. :)
Originally Posted by Danceking
The weight? What weight?? My new Air is a feather compared to my old pad4, I held it comfortably all day today with one hand while drawing on Sketchbook.
How do you work that out ??
Originally Posted by abababababab
The iPad Air and iPad mini have identical specs and performance .. intact it can be added that the iPad mini might be slightly faster due to pixelating screen size etc.
But have i missed something if so please enlighten me because i believe the specs of the iPad Air and the iPad mini retina 2 which is yet to be released is the same ??
I think its cos i went in to Apple store and played around with the mini and i have not had my iPad 3 for a week now so forgot its weight .. It just feels heavier compared to the mini thats my point.
Originally Posted by Rickee67
I don't know whether 112 grams makes any difference to you, but it may. :) Sure the iPad Air is the same as iPad Mini RD, but its just for the consolation of mind. If we had conducted an experiment, where people bought iPad Mini RD, instead of iPad Air, even though they had all resources for it, the results would be that 95% of them would have cursed themselves for buying iPad Mini RD and not iPad Air. If you are one of the 5%, you may buy Mini. As I told, its your iPad, its your work, its your entertainment - its your choice. :) Good luck!
Well I got ipad mini 2 today and hmmmm .. I like it a lot but not significant difference in weight but it is easier to handle .. Going to play with it for few days and report back :-)