Last week Thursday, Apple released a slew of new iPads. Retuning to their numerical names, Apple released the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 while electing to continue selling the first iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and the original iPad Mini. In total, there’s now five different options available to anyone considering getting a new iPad. After a closer look at the features and price points of all available iPads, I came to the realization that deciding on a new iPad isn’t as obvious of a choice as it should be.
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in iPad innovation, the obvious choice is the iPad Air 2 for $499. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for your not-so-tech-savvy grandmother, your best bet would be the original iPad Mini starting at $249. However, those of you who are looking for the tablet that’s right in the middle, you’ve got a much harder decision to look forward to. No worries. We’re here to help you out.
For those of you deciding on the either the original iPad Air or the new iPad Mini 3, we understand your dilemma. The iPad Air features a Retina Display, A7 chip with 64‑bit architecture and M7 motion co-processor, 5MP photos with a 1.2MP front facing camera, 1080p HD video recording and supports iOS 8 all for just $399 (16GB WiFi model). Likewise, the iPad Mini 3 features everything the iPad Air does except for a screen that’s two inches smaller and Apple’s Touch ID all for the same price of $399.
So now the big question: Should you buy the iPad Air or iPad Mini 3?
Quick answers: For you, it depends. For me, I’d go with the iPad Air. Here’s Why…
Regardless of what people like to say, size does matter and it matters more so with technology. Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were made to be large because people wanted larger phones. The demand for larger phones will phase out the demand for smaller tablets. Apple believes that the iPad Mini 3 should cost the same amount as the iPad Air despite the loss of screen size.
Deciding between the iPad Air and the iPad Mini 3 comes down to either compromising on less screen real estate or no Touch ID. That’s literally the only difference between the two yet they cost the same. Should two inches of screen real estate equate to the cost of a fingerprint scanner? My personal taste is that, if smartphones are getting bigger, then it only makes more sense to get a tablet that will supplement my phone. The best tablet for supplementing my phone won’t be the tablet that’s not substantially big enough for me to have selective use for it.
For others (I suspect a very few), you may think that the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 are too big. In fact, you’re probably wishing that Apple never came out with such big phones. If this sounds like you, your best bet is to pick up the iPad Mini 3 over the iPad Air. It”ll probably resonate with your size preference and will include a treat that the old, big and fat tablet you don’t like doesn’t have; Touch ID.