Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPad

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Oct 23, 2012, 03:57 PM   #1
rkeyser12
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
iPad mini too small?

Trying to decide if I should buy the iPad mini or the iPad 2. My only concern is that the iPad mini is too small, what is everyones opinion?
rkeyser12 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 03:59 PM   #2
flopticalcube
macrumors G4
 
flopticalcube's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In the velcro closure of America's Hat
My wife loves her 7" Playbook. I find it too cramped.
__________________
Read the Rules / Search the Forums / Use a Descriptive Title
Mac Won't Boot?
flopticalcube is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:00 PM   #3
d123
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Size wise, better than the 7" competition.

It's essentially an 8" screen so without actually handling it, it seems like a sweet spot for something smaller than the normal iPad.
d123 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:03 PM   #4
BFizzzle
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Austin TX
IMO I dont see the point of a smaller tablet if you have one already at 10.

I for one loooove the size of the normal Ipad. It feels like im reading a magazine or a book etc.
BFizzzle is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:06 PM   #5
Rob9874
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
I agree. I own an iPad 3, and don't think I could go down in size. However, if I were buying one for the first time, I think I wouldn't mind the 8". Fits in one hand, and has 35% more screen area than 7" models. Like comparing 13", 15" and 17" laptops.
Rob9874 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:09 PM   #6
MrXiro
macrumors 68020
 
MrXiro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Quote:
Originally Posted by flopticalcube View Post
My wife loves her 7" Playbook. I find it too cramped.
So your wife likes them small eh? :P

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rob9874 View Post
I agree. I own an iPad 3, and don't think I could go down in size. However, if I were buying one for the first time, I think I wouldn't mind the 8". Fits in one hand, and has 35% more screen area than 7" models. Like comparing 13", 15" and 17" laptops.
I actually am debating getting the Mini and get a data plan to replace my iPhone... all I do is iMessage people and I have Talkatone/Google Voice for the very very rare occasion I get a phone call and text people without iPhones.
__________________
Whole lotta , very little $.

MrXiro is online now   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:19 PM   #7
hackjo
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Get an iPad 3 and a hacksaw and create the size that suits you!

hackjo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:20 PM   #8
flopticalcube
macrumors G4
 
flopticalcube's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: In the velcro closure of America's Hat
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrXiro View Post
So your wife likes them small eh?
Yeah, 7" is kind of narrow. Lucky for me I make up for it in length.
__________________
Read the Rules / Search the Forums / Use a Descriptive Title
Mac Won't Boot?
flopticalcube is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:31 PM   #9
kfergiez
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkeyser12 View Post
Trying to decide if I should buy the iPad mini or the iPad 2. My only concern is that the iPad mini is too small, what is everyones opinion?
You DO know that they make a bigger iPad mini right? It's called the iPad.
kfergiez is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 04:57 PM   #10
d123
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by BFizzzle View Post
IMO I dont see the point of a smaller tablet if you have one already at 10.

I for one loooove the size of the normal Ipad. It feels like im reading a magazine or a book etc.
You must have BIG pockets.

I can't fit my normal iPad into any of my jacket pockets, I could fit the Nexus 7 in, but is was a horrible little plastic thing with an awful keyboard and text selection.

For a "in the pocket" tablet to carry in the jacket pocket for reading magazines, websites so on through the day the smaller size of the mini is ideal.

It wouldn't replace my iPad, it will complement it.
d123 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 05:04 PM   #11
Yr Blues
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Houston, Texas
They should make them in increments of .5" to satisfy everyone.
Yr Blues is offline   7 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 08:47 PM   #12
rkeyser12
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
I should note that I will be using this iPad for school and internet browsing and reading at my house.
rkeyser12 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 08:50 PM   #13
cnguyen0320
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Refurb iPad 3 on sale for less than the 2. Even though it is refurb it is hands down the better buy. Have fun
cnguyen0320 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 08:52 PM   #14
lighthouse_man
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkeyser12 View Post
Trying to decide if I should buy the iPad mini or the iPad 2. My only concern is that the iPad mini is too small, what is everyones opinion?
Go to the store and hold one in your hand.
lighthouse_man is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 23, 2012, 09:04 PM   #15
Andrew K.
macrumors 65816
 
Andrew K.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Seriously wait til you can get your hands on it. I feel like a lot of people will change their minds about the iPad mini once the see it in person.
__________________
iPhone 5 Black 32GB l iPad Air Black 32GB l MacBook Pro 15.4" Late 2008 l Apple TV 3
Andrew K. is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 24, 2012, 08:06 AM   #16
BFizzzle
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Austin TX
Quote:
Originally Posted by d123 View Post
You must have BIG pockets.

I can't fit my normal iPad into any of my jacket pockets, I could fit the Nexus 7 in, but is was a horrible little plastic thing with an awful keyboard and text selection.

For a "in the pocket" tablet to carry in the jacket pocket for reading magazines, websites so on through the day the smaller size of the mini is ideal.

It wouldn't replace my iPad, it will complement it.
..... never said anything about fitting it into my pocket?
most people only wear jackets a few months out of the year.. so umm not going to buy one just for that.

you must have some rather weak wrists. The ipad 3 feels light to me and isnt a problem to take with me when traveling.
BFizzzle is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 24, 2012, 09:37 AM   #17
mcdj
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: NYC
What's the point of even asking this question? For every valid reason as to why it's too small, you will get an equal number of valid reasons as to why it's just right or too big. Just go handle one and decide for yourself.
mcdj is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Oct 24, 2012, 09:38 AM   #18
gmanist1000
macrumors 68020
 
gmanist1000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkeyser12 View Post
Trying to decide if I should buy the iPad mini or the iPad 2. My only concern is that the iPad mini is too small, what is everyones opinion?
Is the iPhone too small for you? If not, the iPad Mini will be fine.
gmanist1000 is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 07:22 AM   #19
JRJbob
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Not happy with mini

I got the Mini but I'm selling it today, taking a loss etc. I have an Ipad 2 and 3 (New Ipad), I am not happy with the decreased screen size honestly and could kick myself. Oh well, live and learn. I do think if you did not have the larger ones already then the Mini is great. However, after the larger & great screens I can't get happy with this Hobbit of an iPad......
JRJbob is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 07:32 AM   #20
WilliamLondon
macrumors 68000
 
WilliamLondon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Quote:
Originally Posted by JRJbob View Post
I got the Mini but I'm selling it today, taking a loss etc. I have an Ipad 2 and 3 (New Ipad), I am not happy with the decreased screen size honestly and could kick myself. Oh well, live and learn. I do think if you did not have the larger ones already then the Mini is great. However, after the larger & great screens I can't get happy with this Hobbit of an iPad......
There are lots of people who currently or previously owned a full sized iPad, me being one of them, and I think the mini is the most perfect size for my needs.
WilliamLondon is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 07:39 AM   #21
kylera
macrumors 6502a
 
kylera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Seoul
You could buy it off the Apple Store and send it back for a refund if it doesn't suit you.

I opted for the maxi as I read a lot of textbooks and I didn't want to squint.
__________________
Current Macs: 2012 13" MBA | 2011 27" iMac | PowerBook G4 12" | eMac 700Mhz
Current iOS: iPad 4 3G 64GB | iPhone 4S 16GB
kylera is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 07:54 AM   #22
mono1980
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lansing, MI
Since the iPad mini is the same resolution as the larger iPad (non-retina), your eyes quickly adjust to the slightly smaller size. When I use mine it's like I'm using a regular iPad. It's not a big deal.
mono1980 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:07 AM   #23
pooleman
macrumors 65816
 
pooleman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Eastern CT
I went from the ipad 2 to the iPad mini. I couldn't be happier. Great size and fit.
__________________
Mac Mini (latest model), iBook G4, Mac Mini (mid 2007), iPhone, iPhone 4, ATV3, iPad 2, iPad Mini, iPad Air.
pooleman is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:17 AM   #24
Fed
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Liverpool.
The question of it being too small is entirely subjective.

But I went from an iPad 4 to an iPad Mini. Other than saving in excess of 200, I lost absolutely no function (on the contrary, I'd argue it offers more function). I take it to more places now and my need for a non-work mobile phone has almost entirely vanished. Fantastic product.
Fed is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:18 AM   #25
omenatarhuri
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrew K. View Post
Seriously wait til you can get your hands on it. I feel like a lot of people will change their minds about the iPad mini once the see it in person.
I did.

I though it was something I wanted, but since I already have an iPhone 5 and iPad 2 it doesn't seem to offer me much. It's still too big to carry around all the time without a man-bag and yet the screen felt too small in the store in comparison to the bigger iPad. So, yeah, 10" is my preference.

Now I have:
4" (iPhone) - 10" (iPad) - 15" (MBP) - 24"&30" (desktop) - 42" (plasma).

Ugh, too many screens.
omenatarhuri is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPad

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPod or iPad Mini for small child? Emet iPod touch 10 Nov 14, 2013 11:01 AM
iPad Mini: Is the iPad mini too small for a keyboard? wellingtonwimpy iPad Accessories 3 Sep 22, 2013 03:03 PM
Is the iPad mini too small? moonman239 iPad 21 Oct 23, 2012 06:52 PM
Is 8GB too small for iPad mini? Zauberer iPad 80 Oct 23, 2012 07:47 AM
Will the iPad Mini be too small? adamdr3420 iPad 41 Oct 17, 2012 11:39 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:24 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC