Which Mini should i get?

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  1. HUNTER1

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    My ipad 1 couldn't be restored for some reason and now im looking into ipad mini. I would like to get one that will be able to install higher future firmware. They're still selling the mini 1 for lesser price but unsure if its limited to a firmware update, also looking into Mini 3, which one would you recommend?
     
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    If you can afford the price, I'd recommend that you get the iPad Mini 3, it has the Retina display and has the newer A7 64 bit processor with M7 co processor and better specifications all around. It's also available in 16, 64, and 128GB storage sizes. It will receive software updates for several mor years than the original iPad mini.
     
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    Personally I think the mini2/32GB wifi for $350 is the value buy. So I bought one and moved from the 64GB iPad gen1/3g. The mini2 with the A7 processor is much, much faster than the old gen1 iPad. The old gen 1 iPad wouldn't update past iOS 5.x either. The new mini2 is on 8.1.1 presently.
     
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    Hello Hunter1 - if not already done, I would urge you to look at the regular sized iPads (9.7") vs. the Minis (7.9") - if you're planning to do a lot of reading on the iPad (especially magazine subscriptions), then the larger screen and retina display (particularly w/ 'older' eyes) may be preferable? My wife has the Mini and does not subscribe to magazines, but I do on my iPad 2 (soon to be replaced w/ an iPad Air 2).

    Now if indeed you want a newer Mini, depends on your budget (and if important, then consider refurbished models from Apple) and needs, particularly the amount of storage desired and the need for a cellular plan - please look at the model specs comparison HERE. For myself, I would go w/ either the iPad Mini 2 or 3 - both offer a retina display and the A7/M7 processors, plus the Mini 3 has fingerprint technology, so I would favor the Mini 3. As to storage, I would be reluctant to purchase a device w/ only 16 GBs on board, so 32 or 64 GBs would be my considerations.

    I'm sure that you'll receive other opinions, but just my thoughts. Dave :)

    P.S. Looks like I was 'beaten to the punch' - LOL!
     
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    One point of consideration is that the mini2 has a higher ppi count than the Air. If your eyes are getting older (like mine), you may have to zoom the display to read the text comfortably. I don't think it's quite as much of as issue on the Air as the mini2, based a looking at them in an Apple store. But I needed the mini2 size for a specific application. And the $350 price was much more acceptable than the $600 price of a 64GB Air2 or the $500 price of a 32GB Air.
     
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    Thanks for all the helpful advice and I'm being careful in choosing the right one, so many to choose from, unlike before. I had my iPad1 for many years, although I like the size specifically for browsing, not reading books, I like to try something different. I haven't seen the Mini nor the newer iPads in person, although I'm I'm planning to get the Mini 3, I still yet to see and try both Mini and Regular iPad in person. I'm looking to get one this weekend and my budget is $400, the Mini 3 16gb sells for $399 plus tax.
     
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    Honestly, the 16GB is too small. 32GB should be the entry level, imo. Once you get some music and pictures, etc. on there, you won't have room for an iOS update unless you always update via iTunes.

    The mini3 and the mini2 have the same processor (the A7). The mini 3 only adds a fingerprint scanner and the gold color option over the mini2. I'd give that up before I'd give up storage, especially for the price difference. For your budget, the 32gb mini2 wifi is the only viable choice I see.

    Go here and compare models:
    http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/

    If you have a Target Red Card, buy it there and save 5%.
     
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    The fingerprint or the other color aren't that important to me, what I'm going by is the capability of future updates of the older model. If the Mini 2 or iPad 2 is capable of updating future firmware a for at least 3 years, then it's fine. I agree having more storage on an iPad is very important, and I think my iPad 1 has 32gb. I have a $400 gift card at a particular store, so it really comes down to what they have.
     
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    Since the mini3 and the mini2 have the same processor and architecture, I suspect they will be equally upgradeable in the future. Look at the iPad2 for example. It can be upgraded to the latest iOS, unlike the Gen 1 iPad which is forever stuck at 5.x.

    http://www.igeeksblog.com/ios-8-device-compatibility/
     
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    Yeah I've been reading between the two, it seems that Mini 2 is a better buy.
     

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