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Should you upgrade to the new iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina if you already have an old one?

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:23

While the difference between the new iPads has gotten smaller, the gap between the new and old Apple tablets has grown larger…

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posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:33 9

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

In my opinion, Windows based tablets are better than any Android or iOS based tablets.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:37 10

3. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

I bought a lenovo helix with windows pro 8.1. After 2 weeks of using it, I rather have a regular laptop. The screen is too small for real work, and the tablet is too heavy to be used as a tablet. Since you love windows based tablet, do you want to buy mine?

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:41 5

7. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

I like how you spent $1350 on an i5 convertible laptop with 4gb of ram. No dedicated GPU, only 180gb of storage. You could of gotten a way better laptop with an i7 + 250GB ssd + 2tb hard drive+ 16GB ram + and a mid range GPU for that much.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:45 7

12. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Exactly, I was trying to have a tablet and a laptop on a same device. But obviously, the money will be better spent on a laptop that actually is a only laptop. I am regretting the purchase now.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:55

15. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Also, there are very few 1080p laptop with smaller than 15" screen that weight a ton and cost a lot.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:38

4. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

Its not going to happen.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:39

5. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Baytrail has saved windows 8 tablets.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:58 7

16. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)

Well... When it comes to those who desire a full-fledged computer, the newer ATOM-based (full) Windows tablets are likely the most reasonable choice for those seeking productivity machines, and the prices tend to be far less than iPads/Galaxy Notes of similar/often lesser storage.

Additionally... One can not dismiss the Surface 2 and Nokia 2520 either given that they come with Microsoft Office, the world's most ubiquitous productivity suite...For Free (NOTE: and NO - Apple's iWork doesn't really compare).

Making them (and other Windows RT devices) ideal for those who appreciate portability, very useful/well-integrated keyboard options, excellent battery life and with the Nokia, built-in LTE for a mere US 499.00.

The ONLY thing seeming holding the RT devices back are a (marginally) lacking app catalog (for some) and general ignorance on the part of many consumers as to the fact that Windows Modern UI represents the future of Windows computing (NOT old 'legacy' applications)... So they might as well get used to touch-based apps sooner than later.

Personally... I'm likely skipping the iPad 'Air' as I already have an iPad 4/128gb and the iPad 'Air' adds absolutely no new functions or features, and plan to buy a Nokia 2520 largely because I like the looks/build, the built-in LTE and Office, and the overall value it represents.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:25 2

26. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

How many ipads are there, oh I'm so confuse.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 11:36

31. HarryWild (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)

Windows based tablets are using the wrong form factor for their smaller tablets. Still landscape form factor of 16:9 or 16:10. If you use a tablet for reading or surfing - you got to have 4:3! Apple had it made for people who want it for that purpose.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:37 4

2. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

iPad Mini 2 is best

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:40

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

U might be right I find windows tablets to be more usefull for business and school work wise but with the lack of apps as compared to play store and app store stops me from buying one. Ios 7 sucks monkey balls while android tablets especially the nexus and galaxy note 10.1 2014 are beasts.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:41 1

8. fistigons (Posts: 353; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

I'm probably going to get the iPad mini 2 for the wife so she can FaceTime with the family while we are stationed in the UK. For myself I'm waiting for a light, powerful, windows 8.1 tablet so I can stop dragging a laptop with me on deployments. I may have to wait a while for that to happen.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:44

11. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Quad core 1.86ghz intel, 64GB ssd, 2gb ddr3. $400.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:06

17. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

Screen resolution on it sucks. Windows RT sucks.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:49

21. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)

bro.. the transformer runs full fledged windows..not scaled up version of a mobile os...

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:53

22. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

It runs Windows 8, not RT. When exactly the resolution be so important on a laptop?

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:42

9. nctx77 (Posts: 2374; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

It really comes down to which version you have and what condition it's in. If you have the 4th gen, probably not. I am upgrading from a 4th gen though. People are overlooking one big thing with the 10 inch version. It can be griped with one hand like the mini. It's also thin and light which is huge for tablets. The key is to sell your old device a month before release and get a good price for it.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:43 5

10. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

As usual phone arena you miss a valid point when talking about apple. PRICE ! Ipad mini and mini 2 are drastically overpriced.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:46

13. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Just buy a 32gb Nexus 7 and save yourself $150.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 13:35 1

36. wildfiregt (Posts: 171; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Dunno if the article was edited but it's stated "you can almost buy two Nexus 7 for the price of one iPad mini second-gen!"

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 07:50 3

14. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Ipad Air - Sounds like its a joke for a bag of crisps (potato chips)

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:31 1

28. nctx77 (Posts: 2374; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

I see where you are trying to go with that, but honestly, ipad Air sounds cool to me. It was just a surprise that they renamed it. I never even thought about Ipad Air before. It makes since. The Air means thin.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:46 1

29. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Air means emtpy.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 12:41

34. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

can't live without air too :P another analogy ...u from mars bro?

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:21

18. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Pa should include the summarized differences on their reviews all the time

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:34

19. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Quite honhahaha haha Retina display is a good enough reason alone for upgrading. It makes using the device so much easier, but the added processing power is one more reason to consider it....

What icrap reason to upgrade you biased article

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:06

24. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Ugh, really? It's difficult enough to make sense of what you wrote, but the content is like a visual IQ reducer, with added reduction power.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:40

20. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

boy yall can't help but hate! now all of a sudden everyone is riding Windows Tablets???


The iPad will remain the best tablet until windows can figure it all out.

...and i have a iPad 2 and definitely in need of an upgrade this is a no brainer

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 09:05

23. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Apple is clearly pushing their new 64 bit processor.

With all the iWork and iLife app updates ... all of them boasted additional features on 64 bit platforms.

To me ... Apple is clearing trying to give folks a reason to upgrade.

With that being said ... as much as folks hate iTunes ... iTunes has made Apple TONS of money, so Apple does not want to kick all the "32 bit" folks out the door yet. So give them the 5C and hang on to the iPad 2.

At the end of the day though ... Apple is clearly trying to sell the "64 bit" story.

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