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Which iPad Mini 5 Color to Buy?

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Apple sells the iPad mini 5 in three colors. You can buy the new iPad mini in Silver, Space Gray and Gold. These are the same colors as the new iPhones. We’ll help you decide which iPad mini color is best and walk through the important things you need to consider before you buy the iPad mini 5. While the choice is yours, there are some very important things to think about before you make your final color choice.

The new iPad mini 5 colors are the standard Silver and Space Gray, but this is a new hue of Gold compared to the older versions. You can check out any of the new iPad mini colors in person at an Apple Store or any store that sells iPads. After you decide which color you want, here’s a look at how much iPad mini 5 storage you need.

When we asked Gotta Be Mobile readers about their favorite iPad colors, Space Gray was the number one choice in a poll of nearly 6,000 readers. Gold is a close second and silver came in last. This mirrors iPhone color preferences.

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Buy the Silver iPad mini 3 if you want a clean look that’s iconic Apple or that works with any case. This color will hold up well and show minimal wear compared to Space Gray. The white bezels can be distracting while watching movies.Buy the Space Gray if you want a standout color and black bezels that are great for watching a lot of movies. You don’t need to worry about a lot of scratches, but this darker color will show wear more than the others.Buy the Gold iPad Air 3 if you aren’t going to use a case and want a color that draws attention. The Gold iPad color holds up well to wear and offers a nice alternative to Silver.

Bezels: It is Just Black and White

Frankly you should forget about the three main color choices and look at the two most important color choices first. That’s the color of the bezels on the front of the iPad mini. While the iPad Pro bezels are so small they barely matter, the iPad mini 3 bezels as as big as they’ve always been. That means you’ll be looking at a lot of white or black on the front of your iPad mini.

  • Buy the Silver or Gold iPad mini if you want a white bezel that stands out and if you plan to do a lot of ebook reading.
  • Buy the Space Gray iPad mini if you plan to watch movies and stream since the black bezel fades away.

Essentially if you plan to use your iPad mini like a book or sketchbook, buy one with a white bezel. If you plan to use it like a TV for watching and gaming, you should get Space Gray with a black bezel.

Does Space Gray Show Scratches More?

How will the iPad mini hold up to wear and tear as you use it? The good news is that the coloring process, called anodization, is proven and improved from early days so you don’t need to worry about this much.

Lighter colors like Silver and Gold will show scratches less and dust is less likely to show on them, but even Space Gray holds up pretty well. If you don’t plan to use a case or a skin, you should prepare to live with a few small marks over the life of your iPad mini and choose appropriately.

You don’t need to worry about the white front turning yellow or fading in sun and with repeated exposure to the elements. This hasn’t been an issue and with the same design in play we don’t expect anything to change.

If you keep your iPad mini in a case, make sure you take it out and clean the case and the iPad to prevent moisture from damaging the color and dirt from scratching it. This is especially important if you share your iPad mini with a kid or if you take it to the gym or the pool.

If You Liked It Then You Should Have Put a Case On It

You can change your iPad mini 5 color with a case or a skin.

You can change your iPad mini 5 color with a case or a skin.

Will you put your iPad mini 3 in a case to keep it safe while you take it with you? If you will, then you should think about how the cases look in it. There are a lot of clear cases for the iPad mini that show off the color of the back of your iPad. You will also want to think about the bezel color since that is the color you will see most of the time.

One of the nice things about the iPad mini is that you can also put a skin on it. This allows you to change the color of the bezels into anything you want, not just black or white. This works with a case, or it can take the place of a case. If that’s the route you go, your color choice isn’t as big of a choice as you may have initially thought.

5 Reasons to Buy the iPad Mini 5 & 6 Reasons Not To

Buy for Solid Software Support

Buy for Solid Software Support

If you plan to keep your next iPad for a long time you should consider buying the iPad mini 5

If you're the type of person that likes to hold onto your gadgets for three plus years, buying a model from the current generation has a lot of appeal. 

Apple didn't confirm this with the device, but the iPad mini 5 should get four years (or more) of software support. That means 4+ years of new software features, security patches, and bug fixes. 

While you might be tempted to go with an older (and cheaper) iPad model, support for those devices will end much sooner.

The iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 don't get the company's iPadOS 13 update. They'll stay put on Apple's iOS 12 operating system. 

The iPad mini 5's upgraded hardware ensures you get the latest features from Apple down the road. Older devices typically don't get the full version of Apple's latest software due to hardware limitations (and marketing purposes). 

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