I currently have both the mini and iPad 3. I do like how light the mini is, but I find that I prefer the screen size of the iPad 3, first because texts are easier to see, but also because touch targets are larger. I find I make a lot more errors when using the mini -- I'll miss the tap target, or hit something else. I skipped the iPad 4 because it weighs about the same as the 3, but when Apple makes a lighter 9.7 inch iPad, which they no doubt will at some point, I'll be in line t buy it.
Originally Posted by Cartaphilus
The variability of reaction to non-retina current Apple screens is astonishing. There are people like me and some other posters on this thread who can barely tell any difference between retina and non, and others who say they can hardly bring themselves to even look at non-retina.
I do see the difference between a retina and non-retina screen, but it doesn't bother me that much. Retina is easier to look at, especially for long periods of time, but it's not like non-retina screens are horrible to look at. I can't quite understand why people say they can't stand non-retina screens. Sometimes I think they are just exaggerating, but occasionary, I find myself being annoyed that the color of my iPad mini isn't as bright as the retina screens of the iPad 3 or my iPhone. So then I find myself sympathizing with people saying they can't stand non-retina screens, but then again, I feel sure they could live with it if they had to...