kcmark wrote:These are NOT good deals. I bought two used but MINT condition 3rd Gen Ipads (retina display with slightly slower processor and 30-pin connector) on CL from local owners and got to use and inspect each prior to paying. Bought a 32GB WiFi 3rd Gen for $300 and 32GB Wifi+Cellular 3rd Gen for $325. No way I'd spend $200+ more to get a 4th gen. If you want/need to be on iOS right now the 3rd Gen iPad offers the best bang for the buck.
The 3rd gen is not "slightly" slower--it's the slowest-operating of all 5 generations (7 generations counting the minis) because it had to drive 4x the pixels of the previous generation with only double the horsepower. That's why it was so short-lived--8 months from introduction to being discontinued--and why they're available so cheap now.
So while I do think the screen was a worthy tradeoff vs. the faster-operating iPad2 and I skipped the upgrade to the 4, if I had it to do over I would have waited for the 4 and there's no way in hell I'd buy a 3rd gen now.
wdsims63 wrote:Technically, the mini is a completely new design, not based on the iPad 2, and the new iPad Air is a larger version of the mini's design.
Like you said though, the mini is still great.
From a hardware perspective, the Mini is absolutely based on the iPad2. Same processor, memory, GPU, screen resolution, etc. The size, design of the case, and cellular radios (if so equipped) were new, but the basic guts are iPad2 all the way.
mikej2754 wrote:i didnt think the ipad2 supported 4g cellular? only the ipad air?
iPad 3, 4, and Air support LTE, along with both generations of Mini.