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Old Feb 21, 2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Mini vs iPad usage

Do minis get used differently compared to full size iPads?
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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Do minis get used differently compared to full size iPads?
Yes, I regularly use mine as a coaster.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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Do minis get used differently compared to full size iPads?
Yep - Mini=All the time; Full-size=Haven't touched it since getting the Mini.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 06:43 PM   #4
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Retired my original iPad. iPad mini goes with me everywhere in my backpack.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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[All iPads] Mini vs ipad usage

I've had each iPad and currently have the mini. I will say personally I have used the mini more than any of the other iPads combined. The portability and battery life just makes it a great companion while traveling. Plus the luxury of having LTE makes the mini a great combo with a laptop. I am much more productive on my Mini-- I use it for school/work.

Its all personal preference obviously, but when it comes down to it, the iPad mini is what the iPad should've been in the first place.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 05:01 AM   #6
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I've had each iPad and currently have the mini. I will say personally I have used the mini more than any of the other iPads combined. The portability and battery life just makes it a great companion while traveling. Plus the luxury of having LTE makes the mini a great combo with a laptop. I am much more productive on my Mini-- I use it for school/work.

Its all personal preference obviously, but when it comes down to it, the iPad mini is what the iPad should've been in the first place.
So would you say the ipad is closer to a laptop while the mini is closer to a smartphone? And do you think an ipad 5 might make the full size ipad seem closer to the mini?

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Old Feb 22, 2013, 06:33 AM   #7
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So would you say the ipad is closer to a laptop while the mini is closer to a smartphone?
Actually, that's a good way to think of the two. The Mini is my travel device. The iPad is my home device.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 06:47 AM   #8
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The mini is closer to your face.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 11:04 AM   #9
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So would you say the ipad is closer to a laptop while the mini is closer to a smartphone? And do you think an ipad 5 might make the full size ipad seem closer to the mini?
Thats a dreadfull comparison,

The iPad mini is just a small iPad, they are the same device, just a different size , you wouldn't say your PC is a different device if you went from a 14 inch monitor to a projector that puts out display to an imax screen would you ?
i would say that they are both just large and Extra large iPod Touch with the option of mobile connectivity.

I suspect the iPad will now stick, maybe the screen ratio of the mini will change to match the iPhone 5s longer screen, and perhaps this will eventually spread to the iPads as well, but other than that id be surprised to see apple radically offer anything different as they now go iPod Touch/iPhone as smallest, then mini, then ipad, then, if you go beyond that, its macbook air and up

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The mini is a good size and if was retina then I wouldn't have hesitated to replace my iPad 3 with it. But once you go retina, there's no going back.
Its the same resolution as the original iPad, but the screen is substantially smaller, so the pixels are smaller, its already within spitting distance of this mythical retina as it ..

Personally id rather they left the screen alone and brought the cost per GB down so they could do away with the now inadiquate 14gb (that apple call 16gb) version
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iPad mini goes with me everywhere in my backpack.
Same.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 08:30 AM   #11
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Interesting. Do you think it's mainly the weight or size that makes the full ipad a home device? I find it interesting because the ipad is still a lot lighter than any notebook.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:19 AM   #12
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Interesting. Do you think it's mainly the weight or size that makes the full ipad a home device? I find it interesting because the ipad is still a lot lighter than any notebook.
The size and weight of the iPad 1 was the main reason why I opted for the mini. I wanted a tablet that I can easily take on the subway and read. The mini is a bit more portable in that I can easily put the tablet in my coat pocket. Size is the major factor for my choosing the mini over upgrading my iPad 1 to an iPad 4
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:31 AM   #13
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Well its odd - the mini I don't feel compromised like I thought I would. I feel weird using the big and heavy iPad 2. The icons and everything just feel big and like I'm a grandpa using an iPad.

The mini feels like the perfect size - I don't feel that I loose anything going down in size - which is an odd thing - so I use my mini all the time and my iPad 2 occasionally at home when I want to use 2 iPads.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:44 AM   #14
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I just bought the mini a week ago today, my previous tablet was the Nexus 7 so I am used to smaller tablets. My wife has the iPad 3 and by far I prefer the mini. While the screen isn't up to par with the 3, the weight and size make it for me. I doubt I would go back to a full size iPad unless they do indeed reduce the weight and bezels by a large margin.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 05:46 PM   #15
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I just bought the mini a week ago today, my previous tablet was the Nexus 7 so I am used to smaller tablets. My wife has the iPad 3 and by far I prefer the mini. While the screen isn't up to par with the 3, the weight and size make it for me. I doubt I would go back to a full size iPad unless they do indeed reduce the weight and bezels by a large margin.
Well, I'm a lover of the mini and love taking it on the subway and trains, basically replaced my iPhone (which sees 10+ hours of use a day), for a week, and I really liked it, but I'm holding off for the next mini, with a retina display :3

However, the next iPad (full size) is apparently going to be lighter and thinner, along with less bezel. And I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for us mini lovers ^.^
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:44 AM   #16
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So do you think retina mini will sell more than ipad 5? And what kind of people prefer the full ipad?

Do most people with a MacBook and iPhone, prefer mini?
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:47 AM   #17
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So do you think retina mini will sell more than ipad 5? And what kind of people prefer the full ipad?

Do most people with a MacBook and iPhone, prefer mini?
I don't know and why does it matter - I think people chose the tablet that best fits their needs. I don't care if the iPad mini will sell more the iPad 5 (which isn't out) or that they may or may not own a MBP. I'm not sure what bearing this has
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I don't know and why does it matter - I think people chose the tablet that best fits their needs. I don't care if the iPad mini will sell more the iPad 5 (which isn't out) or that they may or may not own a MBP. I'm not sure what bearing this has
Fair enough. You don't have to care.

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Old Feb 22, 2013, 10:39 AM   #19
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I'd wager the mini is already selling better than the Retina iPads
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The mini is a good size and if was retina then I wouldn't have hesitated to replace my iPad 3 with it. But once you go retina, there's no going back.
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The mini is a good size and if was retina then I wouldn't have hesitated to replace my iPad 3 with it. But once you go retina, there's no going back.
I have a retina iPad 3 that I haven't used since I got the Mini. The light weight and slim form factor far outweigh the lack of a retina screen, IMO. When the Mini goes retina, it will be a killer device.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 04:40 PM   #23
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i think the mini is too small to be of much for me, then again I got a new Ipad to replace my laptop so it will be much webbrowsing and such where the bigger high res screen is nice to have. If I could bring the mini I could bring my iPad 4 as neither will fit in any pocket I have and mini or regular doesnt matter when ir is in your hand/bag.

I do like the design if the mini though and half wish the bigger one had that.
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I have a retina iPad 3 that I haven't used since I got the Mini. The light weight and slim form factor far outweigh the lack of a retina screen, IMO. When the Mini goes retina, it will be a killer device.
The thing is for me that the non retina screen is extremely noticeable for me. The pixels are extremely annoying. When I first got the iPad 2 I noticed the pixels (even without looking at specs). It was so bad that I sold it and waited for the iPad 3.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 02:21 PM   #25
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iPad mini, BIG enough to be useful, small enough to be portable. I take my mini with me even when I don't have a backpack. I would rarely do the same with a big iPad.

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