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Old Jan 1, 2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Has anyone switched from iPad to the iPad mini; any regrets?

i am thinking of switching to the ipad mini i have the ipad 3 now. i use my ipad to read surf the web nd play games. and for work i use to read documents and spreadsheets. i was wondering if any went and switched to the mini after having the large size and and what where your thoughts or should i not do it at this time.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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I had the 3 & sold it for the mini

I just found the big iPad to be too heavy


Go to the apple store & hold the ipad mini in your hands , then make your decision
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 06:48 PM   #3
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I had the 3 & sold it for the mini

I just found the big iPad to be too heavy


Go to the apple store & hold the ipad mini in your hands , then make your decision
my kids all have the mini but from those who use more then just a social device i would love to hear there thoughts.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 06:53 PM   #4
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I'm asking myself the same question. I'm going to have enough Apple Store gift cards to buy an iPad Mini. I have an iPad3 which I've liked, but I think I would really enjoy the lighter weight and smaller size of the Mini. The big unknown for me is going from the retina screen on the iPad3 to the non-retina on the Mini. I don't live close to an Apple Store or even a Best Buy to go in and compare screens.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 06:54 PM   #5
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Sold my iPad 2 and got a mini. The size is perfect and it's so portable and lightweight. Display is not as bad as it was made out to be. No regrets.

Edit: I also own and iPhone 5 and while the mini display isn't Retina, it really is not that bad. I used my iPad 2 and iPhone 4S together (and then the 5) since May before i got the iPad mini.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 06:55 PM   #6
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iPad 4 to a mini....NO REGRETS
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 06:56 PM   #7
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anyone using it for work projects documents and spreadsheets?
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 07:00 PM   #8
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anyone using it for work projects documents and spreadsheets?
It's a good size for documents. Never used my iPad for spreadsheets or projects so I can't attest to that.

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iPad 4 to a mini....NO REGRETS
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 07:06 PM   #9
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Just gave my iPad 1 to a grand daughter but still have a 2, 3 and mini. I use the mini all day until I run the battery down. Then I reluctantly reach for the 3. When mini 2 comes out I will buy it and get rid of the full size pads. Hard to go from mini to full size.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 07:54 PM   #10
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Previous owner of the first generation iPad and iPad 2 here, recently picked up an iPad mini and I'm definitely enjoying it more than the full sized iPad. I could use the mini all day and not get tired of holding it. I find the size and weight much more useable for my needs. The lack of retina display is apparent, especially when reading text, but it's definitely not a bad screen.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 08:57 PM   #11
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I've gone iPad 3 to mini and no regrets at all.

The lighter weight and being able to put it in my pocket is a huge benefit. I notice the lower resolution screen but it does not outweigh the benefits.

It sounds crazy but even on the last couple of plane journeys I have taken, it is so much more manageable to take on board than the full size model.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 09:17 PM   #12
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my kids all have the mini but from those who use more then just a social device i would love to hear there thoughts.
You have access to a Mini? Just swap with one if your kids and use it for a week.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 09:29 PM   #13
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I have the iPad 3 and when the mini came out I had to get one. Since getting the mini I have rarely used the iPad 3. I just find the iPad mini easier to work with and a lot easier to carry around. The smaller size fits in my backpack or messenger bag better and the lighter weight makes it a joy to carry around. I never thought that the iPad 3 was heavy by any means, but when compared to the mini, the iPad 3 seems as heavy as a brick.

As for what I use it for, well aside from using it to read books via the Kindle app or iBooks, there is surfing the web, checking email, and playing a few games. I also use Numbers to keep track on a few spreadsheets, I use Pages to write a few letters with and I use PocketMoney to keep track of my finances. I am also user of CraftStudio and love it to create greetings with it. When I got the iPad mini I got a 64GB version and love the extra space where I can put a few movies on it when hitting the road. My iPad 3 was just a 16GB version so that wasn't always possible to do. Since I have a lot more space on this iPad I have also started creating some photo books in the iPhoto app. I take a lot of pictures with my iPhone 5 and with photo stream love that I can veiw a larger image a few seconds later on the iPad.

I have read a lot of negativity on the mini because it's not retina, but in all honesty I don't miss retina on the mini. The screen itself is pretty amazing for a device the at size. If a retina mini comes out that doesn't compromise the size and weight of the mini as well as the battery life then I will more than likely upgrade at that time. Until then the iPad mini will be my iPad of choice. I am even considering selling my iPad 3 because in all honesty it is just sitting there collecting dust at this point.
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Old Jan 1, 2013, 09:59 PM   #14
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The iPad mini is much lighter, making reading around the house much easier for me, but lately I've been using my iPad 3 as my bedside reader. And taking pictures/video with the iPad mini is much easier since it's lighter.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 10:36 AM   #15
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i am thinking of switching to the ipad mini i have the ipad 3 now. i use my ipad to read surf the web nd play games. and for work i use to read documents and spreadsheets. i was wondering if any went and switched to the mini after having the large size and and what where your thoughts or should i not do it at this time.
I won't especially with the next one coming sooner rather than later if you agree. Even still, I am sure you enjoy the 3 and I am not sure currently that the mini would suffice for you since you don't seem to have access to one to try it out and you are use to the 3.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:27 AM   #16
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I have played with the mini at the local Apple store, and it seems like a great device. However, I use my iPad 3 for a fair amount of light content creation and note taking, so I really appreciate the larger screen. The full sized ipad has really replaced my need for a laptop, and it accounts for about 75% of my personal computing. I have a desktop for the heavy lifting.

At this time, the full sized iPad fits better for my uses:
iPhone for on-the-go
iPad for couch surfing, editing/drafting documents, meeting notes, and vacations
Mac mini for photo editing and more substantial document development

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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:29 AM   #17
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Had my "3" since release and sold it after a few weeks with the Mini. Did not miss the Retina display at all and the reduced size and weight make the Mini a joy to use.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 12:10 PM   #18
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I tried the mini and returned it. I am visually impaired and rather myopic, so I am very sensitive to differences in screen resolution. On top if that, I only have sight in one eye which I am sure factors into my assessment the form factor and weight were very attractive as regards the mini, but it always was blurry. Albeit smaller, I found the iPhone 5 to be much clearer for me.

I will re-evaluate when and if there is a Retina version. I suspect others with better vision will not have these issues.

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Old Jan 2, 2013, 12:20 PM   #19
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The graphics and power from the iPad 4 are not to be underestimated but I can look past that every time I hold my mini in my hands and feel how thin and light it is compared to my 4 when I had it. It's much easier to use and carry.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 01:12 PM   #20
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The graphics and power from the iPad 4 are not to be underestimated but I can look past that every time I hold my mini in my hands and feel how thin and light it is compared to my 4 when I had it. It's much easier to use and carry.
Completely agree. It's amazing how much the reduction in size matters to the overall experience.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 07:59 PM   #21
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Completely agree. It's amazing how much the reduction in size matters to the overall experience.
Yup, working for me. Just did this today and wow am I liking the mini even though its not retina and I can tell its not quite as snappy in a few things.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:01 PM   #22
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The graphics and power from the iPad 4 are not to be underestimated but I can look past that every time I hold my mini in my hands and feel how thin and light it is compared to my 4 when I had it. It's much easier to use and carry.
What he said.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:12 PM   #23
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Mini used for imovie, iPhoto (stuff imported with lightning adapters) and aviation apps.

Even wrote a sponsorship proposal using Pages. Using Pages is much handier on the Mini.

No regrets and it was a nicer experience for all those things over doing them on the full ipad.

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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:26 PM   #24
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I'm going to wait for the retina mini before I make this decision.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:33 PM   #25
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It's a good size for documents. Never used my iPad for spreadsheets or projects so I can't attest to that.

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Wow, really?
It was no contest after using both...in fact we had TWO iPad 4s...Decided to pick up two iPad minis to "try out", a week later the iPad 4s were returned to Best Buy...ZERO regret
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