Which is a worse deal for $399: an iPad 2 or iPad mini 2?

Which is a worse deal for $399: an iPad 2 or iPad mini 2?
Apple made some very bold moves today, and not all of them were bold in a good way. The iPad Air looks like a very impressive piece of engineering and hardware, and it is certainly a worthy successor in the iPad line. However, Apple also boldly decided to cling to the past with the iPad 2 and keep the nearly three year old tablet on the market; and, Apple decided that the price of the iPad mini was too low.

The decision to keep the iPad 2 on the market for $399 is one that we've talked about at length, but it basically boils down to two things: three year old hardware at last year's price means higher profit margins, and Apple probably doesn't want the original iPad mini to be the only non-Retina tablet on sale. While the first makes some good business sense, neither argument really shows any respect at all for the consumer. Keep in mind that the original iPad mini has almost the same specs as the iPad 2 except with better cameras, and it costs $299 (down a touch from the original $329 price point). 

On the other hand, Apple decided that its lower-cost iPad mini had a price that was a bit too low, so rather than holding steady at last year's $329 for the iPad mini 2 (and taking the lower margins that came with it), it has upped the base price of the new iPad mini to $399. The specs would certainly measure up to that price point with an impressive 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 Retina display, and the new A7 chipset. But, that's a regular yearly upgrade, and the standard operating procedure for a yearly upgrade is to keep the price steady on the new device and drop the old device by around $100. Instead, Apple has priced last year's iPad mini at $299 (the price it likely should have been when it first launched), and the new iPad mini with Retina display at $399. This is especially expensive when considering the competition clocks in at $229 (Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX).

So, what do you all think? Which is a worse deal: a 31-month old tablet for $399, or a 7-inch tablet for $399?

Which is a worse deal?

iPad 2 for $399
72.4%
iPad mini 2 for $399
27.6%

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iPad 2
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 6944 mAh
iPad mini 2
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6471 mAh

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35 Comments

1. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Hmmm..... a 3 year old device for $399 or a beefed up iPad mini with retina display...... hard to choose /s

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Who cares, Sony vaio duo all the way.

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Well you can buy 3 and a half ipad minis for the price of one sony vaio so its not fair. $400 windows 8.1 tablet vs ipad mini. Windows 8.1 tablet is still better.

14. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

And you can almost buy two Nexus 7's for the price of an iPad 2/Mini 2.

12. gixxerrider311

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

You obviously do since you clicked on the article.

34. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

currently 27% of voters are Apple fanboys that are upset that Apple is charging less for the Mini for the same specs as the Air, meaning less profits for Apple, meaning their overlords at Apple aren't making as much.

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Are you serious? The ipad mini 2 has a retina display, a7 chip, new design and better camera. That's a good deal for $399 I'm sorry.

4. Gdrye

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

i agree with this guy

5. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I wouldn't call either deal "good," but at least the iPad mini 2 is a new device. The iPad 2 is two and a half years old. There's no way it should be retailing for $400 after that long.

7. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

NO modern tablet device with only 16gb on Non-Expandable storage is worth US 399.00... Regardless of Display, SoC or Manufacturer! 32gb should be the absolute minimum for ANY modern/top tier mobile device, and the prices Apple charges for storage upgrades (especially 16gb to 32gb or 32gb to 64gb) is absolute robbery.

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Stuff like this makes me laugh at the icrap and icrap mini. http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaTab-Lynx-11-6-Inch-Tablet/dp/B009AEPJ8U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382499264&sr=8-2&keywords=windows+8+8%22+tablet Do not buy Arm tablets. Intel Windows 8 all the way!. http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Iconia-W3-810-1416-8-1-Inch-Tablet/dp/B00CM1BN5Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382499335&sr=8-1&keywords=windows+8.1+tablet http://www.amazon.com/Vivotab-Office-ME400C-C2-BK-10-1-Inch-Tablet/dp/B00CY9Q8AQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382499335&sr=8-3&keywords=windows+8.1+tablet All 3 of those have 2GB ram, 64gb of storage (like 30 usable but some have sd slots) ,dual core intel CPUs and run a way superior OS for $300-$400! All your not getting is a retina display. Your choice, way better tablet or shiny childs toy/blown up iphone.

21. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Are you serious? Those tablets have the Z2760, which is even worse than the Tegra 3. THey also have exceptionnaly slow eMMC storage. I say if you're going for a basic tablet, get the Nexus 7. For Office use, the Asus T100 (that one has Baytrail).

24. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The vivopad has a dedicated power vr GPU and the lenovo has a solid state drive not eMMC. Out of the 3 the lenovo is the best best/buck unless the 10" Asus has a ssd. It doesn't say it does so I doubt it. There is no t100 Asus tablet with a baytrail. Those are laptops?

29. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

The PowerVR cannot beat the Tegra 3 in terms of graphics performance. And it is not dedicated. There is indeed a T100 Asus Transformer tablet. It has an IPS display and a Bay Trail CPU. Here is the link to the review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7428/asus-transformer-book-t100-review

30. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It seems you don't have any idea about chipsets. Let me enlighten you a bit. "Dedicated" or "discrete" means a non integrated GPU. Vivotab (not Vivopad) does not have a "dedicated" GPU, just the integrated in Z2760, which is the PowerVR SGX545.

3. HASHTAG unregistered

I'll sacrifice larger screen for a smaller screen with updated specs and a retina display. Otherwise, this article is a waste.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

IPad mini2 obviously, ipad2 is so outdated

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Is the iPad Mini 2 worth the $399? No. Is the iPad 2 worth the $399? HELL NO.

15. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I don't understand how the ipad mini has 25% votes? Who in their right mind would take an ipad 2 over a mini? I would take the mini and then sell it because its worth more.

20. RoboBonobo

Posts: 62; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

I think some people must have misread the question and thought it was asking which one is the better deal.

35. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They were all possessed by the restless spirit of Steve, who knew anything less than 9.7" is completely useless.

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LoL none of them are worth it.... Get a nexus 7, and call it a day

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Nexus 7 is the best for just for its price alone.

17. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

iPad mini 2 is a great deal considering that the iPad Air just has a bigger screen for $100 more.

18. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Consumerism and brand names - that's all people care about. On topic: People are attracted to the newest, shiniest toys (this is deeply entangled in our current culture; the "old" will always be marginalized and criticized), so the iPad Mini 2 definitely wins.

32. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Most consumers are "stupid", care only for the surface value, choose to follow deception rather than true value!

19. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Why would anyone buy any of them? It does not make any sense...Way overpriced.

33. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Stupid consumers, simply put!

22. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Lol this article. makes me lol all day. This is definitely bait.

23. andrexx24

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

If any other tablet can offer me the smoothness, reliability, app ecosystem that the ipad has please let me know MAYBE I'd consider it, otherwise no thank you I'll stick with this ipad mini and ipad air, honestly I tried that nexus tablet from last year and that samsung galaxy tab and man!!! What a let down there was lag everywhere!

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