Is Mini 4 worth £100 more than Mini 2 for the processor?

Discussion in 'iPad Mini Forum' started by ianpwilliams, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. twerppoet

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    Something to keep in mind when looking a keyboard cases for an iPad Mini, those keyboard are going to be much smaller than a standard keyboard. When it comes to keyboard cases, a full sized iPad case is about as small as you can get and still maintain a normal feel/spacing for a keyboard.

    So, if you have large hands, or are a skilled and practice typest, you may find keyboard cases for the iPad Mini to be uncomforable and/or difficult to use.

    I highly recommend that you try a keyboard of this size before buying. (whether the same model and make or not)

    That said, I've never had an iPad Mini; and I've always chossen to use a separate bluetooth keyboard for my other iPads. It's slightly less convinient to pack arround; but the selection is wider. And more importantlhy from my viewpoint, you can just leave it at home if you don't think you'll need it.
     
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    Yes I'll go and look at some keyboards before I buy one, because it will be small I'm sure. I wouldn't be trying to use the keyboard for typing in particular though (there are a few games which would benefit from a keyboard, but which don't require quick typing etc).

    I suppose I need to work out when and where I would want to use the keyboard. I intend to use the iPad in work during my breaks, but I doubt I would use a keyboard when I was there because it would be something I would want to just get out quickly and then put away quickly again, rather than setting up Bluetooth etc. I would use the keyboard on the train, but I rarely travel on the train. And I would use the keyboard at home, although I'm not sure how well the iPad would stand up on its own on my lap, with a keyboard in front of it. Unless I could support the whole thing (iPad, case and keyboard) in my left hand and operate it with my right.

    So that being the case, it does seem like maybe I would be better off buying a self-contained case, and then I can always buy a separate keyboard later on if need be. Although using the iPad in its own self-contained case )and having a keyboard that is totally separate) rather than connected by the case might be tricky.

    Which then brings me back to choosing a case. I could just go for one of these cheap ones:

    iPad Mini 4 Case, EasyAcc Ultra Slim Cover Smart: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Or a keyboard one:

    IVSO Apple iPad Mini 4 Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case - DETACHABLE Bluetooth Keyboard Stand Case / Cover for Apple iPad Mini 4 Tablet (Black): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    Or the good old (but bulky and expensive) Griffin:

    Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case for iPad Mini 4 - Black: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    So many choices...
     
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    Glad that you opted for the 64 GB - wife has over 40 GBs of storage left - I wanted to put some music on it for her and purchase some BT headphones, but she was not interested. The case is quite nice - only grabs two edges of the iPad Mini 4 but allows for more folding options (like the top left image in the pic I posted) - she never uses our Apple BT keyboard on the Mini except to enter recipes in our shared Paprika app. I use the BT KB for the same purpose and to respond to emails when we are 'on the road' (don't bring along my laptop).

    I believe you need to decide if you'll really need a physical keyboard - if not often then those combo cases are bulkier and heavier, so just some considerations - really a personal preference & decision.

    Looks like a nice case and at an excellent price - in answer to your question above, I scrolled down to the bottom of the link and found the response below - Amazon's Q & A section for their products often answers many questions from customers that have purchased the products under discussion. Dave :)
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    Yes it seems like the keyboard is detachable. Although there are a few reviews which say that some of the keys came off after a short while which is a bit of a worry. Maybe the craftsmanship isn't all that great, which would explain the low price.

    I'm now leaning towards the Griffin again. It's just as bulky as the keyboard/case combos, but it gives ultimate protection, including protecting the screen at all times, even when in use. And although they are expensive they are very well built. So I think that's they way to go, and then buy a separate keyboard later.
     
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    That's the Griffin ordered, iPad to follow.

    Before I put the iPad in the Griffin I want to get the screen as clean as possible because once it's in it's in. I'm hopeful that it won't need actual cleaning (ie with a liquid), but rather it might just need a light dusting off etc. Can anyone recommend some kind of cleaning kit (cloth, brush, air blower etc) that I can use which won't have any risk of scratching?
     
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    I guess something like this would do the trick?

    Ex-Pro® LCD Screen Cleaning Kit complete with cloth, brush and bag. (Non chemical cleaner, great for iPad, PDA's, Tablets, TFT, LCD, Phones and virtually any other screen). Ex-Pro® LCD Screen Cleaning Kit complete with cloth, brush and bag. (Non chemical cleaner, great for iPad, PDA's, Tablets, TFT, LCD, Phones and virtually any other screen).: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    There are more expensive kits out there but I only need something to use once.
     
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    Congrats on getting started! :) The glass screens of these iDevices have a special oleophobic coating to help repel oily substances such as fingerprints, but since these are touch screens fingerprints, smudges, and dust are inevitable - quoted at the bottom are Apple's guidelines on cleaning your device (Source).

    For myself, I have a variety of microfiber cloths designed for computer screens, optical discs, and glasses lens and that is all I use (sometimes I'll dampen w/ just a few drops of plain water). You really do not need to buy special kits w/ liquids and/or spray bottles which should be avoided. I've gotten so use to fingerprints that I rarely even clean the screen w/ a cloth. Dave

    P.S. also, wife & I have never used the so-called 'screen protectors' although there are a number of threads in the forum on this practice w/ conflicting opinions; Apple's use of Corning's newest rendition of their Gorilla glass offers a remarkable surface by itself (Source).

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    Thanks for the link. Based on my experience of having my iPod Touch 4G inside a Griffin, it should be that I'll only need to clean the iPad screen once (with a proper cloth) and then I can use whatever I want to clean the outside of the Griffin. I've ordered that kit anyway because it seems to include the correct kind of cloth, which should hopefully be all I need.
     
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    Just to let you know I'm now the proud owner of a 64GB WiFi iPad Mini 4, which is safely kept inside my Griffin Survivor case! I went secondhand in the end (has a 2-year warranty though), but they weren't kidding when they said mint condition, it's literally as good as new! And because I traded in my old Xbox and games for credit I ended up paying under £100. So yes, very happy indeed with this.

    Thanks for all your help with this!
     
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    I'm fairly new to all things Apple, having bought my first iPhone (6s) in March. Well, it was an upgrade really. As predicted, it was followed by an Air one which was offered at "no upfront cost" from my network provider, so it was a no-brainer lol

    The Air is superb, but I was thinking of treating myself to a Mini 2 as my "go anywhere" iPad....but then looked at the spec of the Mini 4...and I'm tempted. I like the idea of a 64gb Mini 4, but it's a huge jump price wise as Ian pointed out. In an ideal world, I'd get a Mini 4 cellular version and just swap my data sim over from my Air. But again, there's a big jump between the Wi-Fi only mini and the cellular (£100 extra).
    I was told that I could always use my iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, but I was told that this drains the phone's battery.

    I like the bargain price of the Mini 2 (even the 32gb cellular version is reasonable) but I don't want to buy one and then pine for a Mini 4.
     

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