I’m still dithering over which model iPad to replace my faithful iPad 2 with. And the latest product rumors aren’t helping me shake off my inertia.
After considering and deciding against getting one of the re-released fourth generation iPad with Retina display units for $399, my shortlist is back down to either an iPad mini with Retina display (also $399) or an iPad Air for 100 bucks more (all in 16 GB Wi-Fi configurations).
I’ve been leaning toward the iPad mini recently, but not with enough conviction yet to pull the trigger placing the order. The mini’s appeal is not only the 20% lower price, but also the novelty of
an even smaller form factor (I’m often torn between compactness vs. display size), more convenient weight and mass for camera use and, likewise, general handling and carriage. Uncomplicating the
decision is that there is very little distinction performance-wise between the Air and Retina mini other than screen size. If one is nitpicky, the mini’s A7 SoC is clocked slightly slower than the
one in the Air, and its Retina display has slightly less color gamut spec. Everything…