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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?

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Which is a worse deal?
iPad 2 for $399 72.4% (1288 votes) (1288 votes)
iPad mini 2 for $399 27.6% (491 votes) (491 votes)

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 21:40 6

1. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:08 17

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

Who cares, Sony vaio duo all the way.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:33 6

9. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:48 8

14. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:42 1

12. gixxerrider311 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)

You obviously do since you clicked on the article.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 12:15

34. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 21:48 13

2. nctx77 (Posts: 2374; Member since: 03 Sep 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 21:59 1

4. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

i agree with this guy

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:01 7

5. jdot104 (Posts: 95; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:19 6

7. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:36 2

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

Stuff like this makes me laugh at the icrap and icrap mini.


Do not buy Arm tablets. Intel Windows 8 all the way!.



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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 23:12 3

21. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 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).

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 01:13

24. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 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?

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 02:23

29. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 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:


posted on 23 Oct 2013, 02:24 1

30. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 21:58 1

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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:24

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

IPad mini2 obviously, ipad2 is so outdated

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:38 4

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:50

15. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 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.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 23:05 1

20. RoboBonobo (Posts: 62; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 12:33

35. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:46 3

13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:51

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

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 22:55

17. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 23:00

18. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 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.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 10:42

32. P-YWS (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 23:01 2

19. E.S.1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 10:42

33. P-YWS (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Stupid consumers, simply put!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 23:14 1

22. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

Lol this article.

makes me lol all day. This is definitely bait.

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 01:02

23. andrexx24 (banned) (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Jul 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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