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Mini 2 vs. Air: Decisions, Decisions

With Apple's sleek new iPod Air coming to market November 1st, Apple lovers are naturally in a hurry to get their hands on the latest product. But with the upcoming Apple Mini 2 with Retina Display arriving later in the month, many are confronted with a decision: should you get the Air or wait for the Mini? Read on, friend. Perhaps a bit of comparison will help you make your next technology decision a good one.


Mini 2 vs. Air: Pricetags
To begin with, let's look at costs. The iPod Air is going to run you anywhere from $499 to $799 for a Wi-Fi only model (add $130 for cellular capability). The Mini 2 with Retina Display starts at $399 and goes up to $699 (again, add $130 for cellular), so you are looking at a savings of about $100 for a Mini with a comparable amount of storage (16, 32, 62, or 128 GB are available for both options). (Winner: Mini 2)


Mini 2 vs. Air: Size
If you need a device that is small enough to stash in your purse or pocket, you should consider the Mini 2. At 7.87 by 5.3 by 0.29 inches and only 0.73 pounds, the Mini 2 is ultraportable. On the other hand, the Air is not huge and is definitively light, as well (1 pound). It's respective measurements are 9.4 by 6.6 by 0.29 inches. Another size consideration has to do with one-handed operation, which is decidedly easier on the Mini 2. The Air boasts a 9.7 in display compared to the 7.9 in display of the Mini 2. (Tie. Matter of preference.)


Mini 2 vs. Air: Display
The total pixel count is identical between the two models, so this means that the pixels are more concentrated in the Mini 2's smaller screen. With more pixels per square inch, the display of Mini 2 is naturally sharper than that of the Air. (Winner: Mini 2)


Mini 2 vs. Air: Processors, Cameras, Wi-Fi

Same, same, same. (Tie.)


Mini 2 vs. Air: Planned Uses
As you can see, there are a lot of similarities between the Mini 2 and Air. Based on the differences in screen size, it all boils down to what you need your iPad to do. If you want to primarily use your iPad to:


•    Read books, get a Mini 2. They are more than large enough to easily view text.
•    Read magazines, get an Air. Photos are much easier to view and appreciate on the larger screen.
•    Play games, get an Air or a Mini 2, depending on your screen size preference.
•    Replace your desktop, get an Air. Typing is much easier on the larger screen.
•    Create art, get an Air. Your canvas will be much larger.
•    Watch movies, get an Air or a Mini 2, depending on your screen size preference.


With Apple quality, you are not going to go wrong, whether you purchase an Air or a Mini 2. To make the best choice, consider your needs and match it to the screen size that works best. The Mini 2 may give you a little more bang for your buck, if you have the patience to wait until later in the month, that is.