The new iPad that came out this year looks better than ever. The main points laid out by Apple are that it is thinner and lighter. It is only.05 mm thinner than the older iPad 2 with a difference in weight of .3 pounds (135 g) which also isn’t a big leap, regarding it being call an iPad air, but that is just a matter of opinion.
Since the iPad Air has retina display, it has a massive 2048-by-1536 resolution, doubling the iPad 2, which only has a 1024-by-768. Other than these details, all the specs and features are very similar, if not the same as the iPad Mini, which has an A7 chip, the iSight camera, 1080p resolution and more. The iPad Mini goes for $100 less on all versions compared to the iPad air, despite the smaller size. So in conclusion, it is a smarter choice to spend your money on the iPad Mini, unless you want bigger screen.