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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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[Glass Half-Empty] Frustrating Time to Buy an iPad

Both products are so awesome, but seeing one makes you realize the inherent flaws in the other.

The iPad mini has one of the best form factors of any device I've ever used, but the screen is mediocre when compared to the iPad 4.

Simple right? Go buy the iPad 4. I did just that. Once spoiled by the size of the mini, the iPad feels like a dated device. We know that it lacks the styling cues of the current generation and will be refreshed next year to be in line with the mini and iPhone 5 and obviously thinner and lighter is coming next.

Epitome of first world problem, but this is also the paradox of having too many choices. Buying both makes starving African children cry, so time to pick! I'm happy with either, but I find myself in a unique situation where Apple doesn't have the obvious product answer that is a knockout when compared to the competition.

tl;dr....interesting point in time for the iPad line. Buy what you want and be happy
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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Buy what you want and be happy


I bought an iPad 4th Gen and have been extremely happy with it. Sure the Mini is "new" and exciting but I figure what's the point in having a bigger phone (3.5" to 4") and a smaller iPad (9.7-7.9). I'd rather have the gorgeous screen and bigger display.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:48 PM   #3
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This is similar to how I feel. I have had every version of iPad and loved them but always wished for a 'mini' version of the iPad that would be infinitely more portable and convenient to use, especially for my work. At long last the iPad mini finally exists and I am sure I will love the form (had to go LTE so still waiting eagerly) but in playing with my wife's wifi iPad mini I cannot help but notice the resolution problem. I understand and mostly accept why Apple didn't put a retina display in the mini but that doesn't change the fact that it is very noticeable. Apple spoiled me with retina everything and now I feel as if I will be left wanting more once I finally get my mini...

Oh well, at least eBay will be around when the iPad mini 2 comes out hopefully with retina.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 02:48 PM   #4
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If I buy the 4 next year I will want the mini with the new screen.

If I buy the mini next year I will want the new mini with better screen.

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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:03 PM   #5
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Buy the cheapest model of whatever form factor you choose, and sell in 11 months...recoup most of your money and upgrade to next years model. Can't really help you decide between the mini or 4 since that's mostly personal preference.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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I agree. Seeing the iPad 4 makes you realize that the screen on the mini is not quite up to par, but holding the iPad mini makes you realize that the weight, thickness, and heat (and battery life) of the iPad 4 are all compromises made to accommodate that retina display. All of this is why I'm thinking I should just keep my iPad 2, and see what the next generation brings.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:09 PM   #7
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"Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have."

Tablets are a dime a dozen now. They come in all flavors, shapes, sizes. Close your eyes and pick one and be happy with it. After all, it's just another tablet on the market and there will always be something else around the corner to replace it.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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just get a refurb 3 then when the 5 comes out it will be worth the upgrade..

I'm torn between the 3 and 4 myself.. Apple will probably keep the A6X in the 5 model and just do a redesign and maybe some new features..
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 04:02 PM   #9
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Shouldn't be this hard to choose a tablet. Pick the one that suits your uses.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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I also think it's a tough time as iPad will be refreshed to be thinner, lighter, etc. and the mini's screen is not ideal. I ended up choosing the Mini though and am perfectly happy. After using it for a few hours I could never go back to the current full-sized iPad, which is unwieldy for my uses. I will keep Mini and sell it next year to upgrade to retina if that comes out.
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