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Old Jan 8, 2013, 09:43 AM   #26
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I guess it's just a math fail, he thinks that an 8" screen is twice as big as a 4" one (the correct answer is 4x since those values are measured diagonally).
No.

An 8" screen is twice the size of a 4" screen, but it has 4 times the surface area.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 10:05 AM   #27
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This baffles me have you never carried a laptop with you sure the iPad isn't the size of a deck of cards but it sure is a hell of a lot more portable then most laptops.
Yes...I own two HP laptops and a MBP. The mini is simply more portable. I've seen numerous comments of people saying they feel odd carrying their iPads outside of their homes and I do feel that way sometimes. I can see myself taking a mini with me whenever I step out of the house but with the regular iPad, unless I know where I am going where it would be useful (coffee shops, hospital waiting room, etc), I don't bother taking it with me.

Sure it's more portable than laptops but the mini is more portable than an iPad.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 10:50 AM   #28
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It's so popular because it's a full fledged iPad in a very attractive, portable, and quite affordable package. And unlike the iPad 3rd & 4th Gen, it actually feels like a new product because it has a new design.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:14 AM   #29
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It's cheaper.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:23 AM   #30
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No.

An 8" screen is twice the size of a 4" screen, but it has 4 times the surface area.
reread that slowly.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:27 AM   #31
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For me it's the ease of handholding and the size - it just makes it more enjoyable to use for most tasks, and makes it much more portable. While I don't have a full size iPad, I have a 10" Android tablet that I've owned for the past year and a half. (well, it's an HP Touchpad running Android). It's roughly the size and weight of an iPad 1. I know the more recent ones are lighter and thinner, but the overall dimensions are similar.

Last night I took my daughter to swim lessons. I usually browse my iPhone when there and such. I would NEVER contemplate bringing my Touchpad, nor a full size iPad with me. For one, I'd need to carry it separately, and there's nothing to rest it on for the 40 minutes of sitting, so I'd be holding it awkwardly that whole time. It would just feel too big to bring as a diversionary device. However, I didn't give a second thought to bringing my mini. It fits in my inside jacket pocket, so I didn't need to carry it, and it's small enough to be somewhat discreet while providing a superior experience to my phone. I pulled out my iPhone, tethered my mini, and used the mini the whole time. It was great. I'd never do that with a 10" tablet. I COULD, but it's more trouble than it's worth.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:33 AM   #32
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reread that slowly.
It has twice the width, twice the height, twice the diagonal measurement, but four times the surface area.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:35 AM   #33
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so its 4 times the size, not twice the size.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:38 AM   #34
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so its 4 times the size, not twice the size.
It is twice the size but four times the surface area.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:44 AM   #35
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surface area is size, some of the dimensions are double but overall size is 4x
this is very basic maths
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:49 AM   #36
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surface area is size, some of the dimensions are double but overall size is 4x
this is very basic maths
Surface area is one aspect of the size.

When looking at the MacBook Pros, you could choose two different resolutions for the 15" MBP. While the surface area increase the screen size is considered the same.

You're right. It is basic math.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:58 AM   #37
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Surface area is one aspect of the size.

When looking at the MacBook Pros, you could choose two different resolutions for the 15" MBP. While the surface area increase the screen size is considered the same.

You're right. It is basic math.
are you saying the higher resolution of a retina 15 means it has a higher surface area than a non retina screen?
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 11:59 AM   #38
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It is twice the size but four times the surface area.


So it's four times the size.

Got it. 2 times 2 is ______?
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 12:07 PM   #39
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So it's four times the size.

Got it. 2 times 2 is ______?
The screen is twice the physical size, but four times the surface area.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 12:08 PM   #40
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c'mon, you're saying the same thing, the other user was saying 2 time the size understood as 4" and 8", 4 and 8, but it's doesn't work like that talking about diagonal, surface area and dimension of a screen in inches.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 12:13 PM   #41
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The screen is twice the physical size, but four times the surface area.
The screen is four times the physical size. Two times as long and two times as wide. 2 x 2 is 4 times the physical size.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 12:15 PM   #42
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The screen is four times the physical size. Two times as long and two times as wide. 2 x 2 is 4 times the physical size.
When compared to a 4" screen, do say it has an 8" screen or a 16" screen?
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 12:18 PM   #43
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When compared to a 4" screen, do say it has an 8" screen or a 16" screen?
It's not really a 4 inch screen. It's 4 inches diagonally. To say a screen is 4 inches is technically wrong. It isn't the height or the width.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 12:36 PM   #44
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I haven't understood this at all. Why is the iPad mini twice as popular as the regular sized iPad? The mini is slightly under double the size of the iPhone, which isn't that big. Full sized iPad is about 3 times the size. Was the full sized too big or something? Or was it apple being greedy with Amazon leading the way with a cheap 7" tablet?
One major way, big iPad was TOO BIG for a lot of people.
In small airplanes and cars it simply was cumbersome to use, vs the expanse of a home.

I also suspect it is much more kid friendly, especially when you consider its weight.

Finally, I am sure many got it simply because of coolness factor and being cutting edge. One cannot tell an iPad 2, 3, or 4 apart, but one can easily recognize the mini a mile away.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 12:43 PM   #45
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Well, this is apple forum so you will see more love than hate toward any apple products coming out.

Ipad mini, imo is a lot less capable than Ipad in many ways but people seem to look pass that because of its weight. Apple is not competing with amazon or google for cheap 7" market. Ipad mini eats away sales of their own full-sized Ipad.
Well, not true!

When RUMORS of mini, or even a SUGGESTION of a mini where posted, poster had to ware Nomex underwear (extremely flammable comments)

Only a month before release did attitudes change.
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price is the main reason. The difference between $329 and $499 is a lot to most consumers...over half the price of the mini.
I would say $329 vs $399, as the guts are much closer to iPad 2, still on sale.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:01 PM   #47
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Because when you pull out the latest ipad, no one can tell did you have the latest or not (connector difference). But if you are pulling out a mini, people will know you have the latest Apple product.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:06 PM   #48
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I would say $329 vs $399, as the guts are much closer to iPad 2, still on sale.
I would say the ipad 2 is the most horrible priced product on the market and no one with a brain should consider it
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:09 PM   #49
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Because when you pull out the latest ipad, no one can tell did you have the latest or not (connector difference). But if you are pulling out a mini, people will know you have the latest Apple product.
I think the dimensions and look of the Mini is why it is so popular. Speaking from a guy who has one, I bring it everywhere I go... Literally everywhere. My friends regular ipad stays at home because its like bringing a laptop around..

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