Apple kept its strategy and kept old prices of new iPad whilst discounting old models. The cheapest Air 2 costs £399 and has 16GB of storage (no GPS, Wi-Fi only).
The mini 3 costs £318.99 for 16GB and just Wi-Fi and this is the only version available right now on MadBid auctions where you can grab it for even as little as £54. The Air 2 is also available with same storage and connectivity and can be snapped in auction for just £4.44. Bargains like that cannot be found anywhere else.
Obviously the iPad mini 3 is the cheaper option at Buy Now level, but it’s not the best value for money. And remember smaller screen means less comfort in prolonged usage, however better portability.
Let me dwell into technical details.
The major difference between these toys for big boys is processor. Here lies the reason why I think iPad Air 2 is better option. A8X processor offers amazing performance. Simply, it is so quick; it outperforms the iPad mini 3’s A7 CPU by a far.
In Geekbench 3.0 performance test, we found the iPad mini 3 scored 1376 in the single-core test and 2483 in the multi-core test. Which turns out bleak in comparison to iPad Air 2 judging by benchmark tests, scoring 1818 in the single-core test and a whopping 4520 in the multi-core test. That’s about 37% better.
But do you really need Air 2’s huge performance? At this point you have to answer honestly what you need the tablet device for. If you need a portable device complementary to your 13” MacBook then choose Mini. But if you want to unburden yourself from your laptop everywhere than iPad air is better, and this is why.
The Air 2 displays all pictures and videos on pretty nifty 9.7in screen whilst mini 3 has a smaller 7.9in display. Both have the same resolution, which is unchanged from their predecessors at 2048×1536. Both can only be described as outstanding screens. The novelty on the iPad Air 2 is a laminated display which gives a very solid impression. This improves displayed picture quality. If you plan to use it outdoors, the anti-glare coating is welcome improvement.
The Air 2 also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi which should provide faster file transfers when connected to a compatible router or hotspot. The iPad mini sticks with the 802.11n dual-band setup of its predecessor. Note that older hotel Wi-Fi installation, airports etc. don’t support this interface in vast majority. Same may apply to your home or workplace.
Finally, the Air 2 has barometer for detecting changes in air pressure. This isn’t for weather warnings, though: it’s for detecting altitude so compatible apps can tell you how many flights of stairs you climbed, while carrying your iPad. (Bear in mind that iPads don’t have the new Health app found on iPhones with iOS 8.). But do you really need it.
You should now know which one fits your needs more. All you now have to do is start bidding.
Enjoy & Good Luck