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Old Jan 12, 2013, 03:06 AM   #1
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I have an iPad 3, which I love....but that mini is tempting.

I game a lot on the ipad, or at least I try to.

The iPhone is just too small for gaming and the ipad is just a tad bit too big, first person shooters are incredibly awkward.

For those of you who have a mini, what do the games feel like? Are the shooters much better?

I would pick up the newer mini I guess, which I heard will come around march.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 09:01 AM   #2
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Playing games feels very natural on the mini...I notice I'm buying more games because it feels great to play them...my full size iPad felt like I was holding a dinner plate in my hands playing games...
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 09:02 AM   #3
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 10:29 AM   #4
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Wrote this on my mini, it is the best iPad ever.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 10:39 AM   #5
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The mini eclipses the full sized iPad in my opinion, especially for gaming.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 10:52 AM   #6
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buy it,try it, and if you don't like it return it. that's what I did...unless the ipad makes your arms feel like they are gonna fall off, you will hate the display after using the 3....that was my personal experience anyhow...I surf the web a lot though and in my opinion that is where the mini display shows its shortcoming the worst....
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 11:17 AM   #7
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buy it,try it, and if you don't like it return it. that's what I did...unless the ipad makes your arms feel like they are gonna fall off, you will hate the display after using the 3....that was my personal experience anyhow...I surf the web a lot though and in my opinion that is where the mini display shows its shortcoming the worst....
That depends on the person. I own an iPad 2/3 and currently typing this on my 3. The text is crystal clear without zooming in. Frankly I use my 2 more because my eyes are such that when using my iPad 2 the fuzzy text actually makes the text look bolder. So it depends on each individual. I had a chance to briefly play with a mini at Best Buy and honestly the text looks slightly sharper than my iPad 2.

I would have bought a mini if it were not for the A5, so I'm holding out for the refresh.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 11:22 AM   #8
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I just couldn't get over how ****** the iPad mini's screen looks in direct comparison to the iPad retina display.

I will hold off until a retina mini comes out.

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Old Jan 12, 2013, 11:30 AM   #9
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I just couldn't get over how ****** the iPad mini's screen looks in direct comparison to the iPad retina display.

I will hold off until a retina mini comes out.

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Same here. But i will instead hold on untill iPad 5 comes.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 11:36 AM   #10
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That depends on the person. I own an iPad 2/3 and currently typing this on my 3. The text is crystal clear without zooming in. Frankly I use my 2 more because my eyes are such that when using my iPad 2 the fuzzy text actually makes the text look bolder. So it depends on each individual. I had a chance to briefly play with a mini at Best Buy and honestly the text looks slightly sharper than my iPad 2.

I would have bought a mini if it were not for the A5, so I'm holding out for the refresh.
Ipad 2 is not the same as the ipad mini. Just because they're both non-retina does not mean the text will look the same. The ipad 2 is bigger and is able to get away with non-retina. I have both the ipad 3 and mini and while the mini was great for a couple of weeks because of the size, I'm back on my ipad 3. Ipad mini with retina will be the winning combination but do not make the mistake of using the 2 as a replacement to the mini when comparing retina vs non retina. Just not the same...
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 12:13 PM   #11
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Same here. But i will instead hold on untill iPad 5 comes.
I am holding out for the iPad7. Imagine how good that will be!
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 12:35 PM   #12
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Ipad 2 is not the same as the ipad mini. Just because they're both non-retina does not mean the text will look the same. The ipad 2 is bigger and is able to get away with non-retina. I have both the ipad 3 and mini and while the mini was great for a couple of weeks because of the size, I'm back on my ipad 3. Ipad mini with retina will be the winning combination but do not make the mistake of using the 2 as a replacement to the mini when comparing retina vs non retina. Just not the same...
iPad 2 and iPad mini have the same CPU, RAM, storage capacity and display resolution.

The only differences which I know of, are the weight and physical dimensions, in addition to marginally higher pixel density (ppi). That said, all of these differences are in favor of the iPad mini.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 01:14 PM   #13
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Ipad mini has better cameras and newer bluetooth:

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3...&idPhone2=3848

I also read that the chip which does image processing is also updated, not sure.

Edit: Compared to Ipad 2.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 01:17 PM   #14
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 02:23 PM   #15
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I game a lot on the ipad, or at least I try to.

The iPhone is just too small for gaming and the ipad is just a tad bit too big, first person shooters are incredibly awkward.

For those of you who have a mini, what do the games feel like? Are the shooters much better?

I would pick up the newer mini I guess, which I heard will come around march.
I have one at work, and yes it was fun for a few days but I think if bought one I'd regret it after the initial excitement (I too have an iPad 3).
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 02:26 PM   #16
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I have one at work, and yes it was fun for a few days but I think if bought one I'd regret it after the initial excitement (I too have an iPad 3).
Which is why OP should buy it and try it. If he regrets the purchase, he can return it no problem.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 02:42 PM   #17
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I had a iPad 3 and i got the mini when it came out. i use the mini now more then my 3, it is just so light and small that i can use it almost everywhere.(i can even fit it in my pockets)
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 03:04 PM   #18
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I had a iPad 3 and i got the mini when it came out. i use the mini now more then my 3, it is just so light and small that i can use it almost everywhere.(i can even fit it in my pockets)
I couldn't fit the mini in the pockets of anything I wear and to be honest, I thought it was just as big of a pain to tote on the go as the full size. I use my iPhone for my portable and hate to say it but I can read text on it easier than the text on the much larger screen of the mini...
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 03:52 PM   #19
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I have had all 4 generations of the iPad and am currently using the iPad 4, primarily for web browsing and e-mail. I had no problem using the iPad 1 and 2 but after using the retina screen I wouldn't want to go back to the lower resolution. The mini has a great form factor and I would love to have that size for portability, but between the smaller screen size and the poorer resolution, I just find it too uncomfortable (not painful) to use. It's a great little iPad but it will never replace my iPad 4 with its beautiful retina screen.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 03:54 PM   #20
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iPad 2 and iPad mini have the same CPU, RAM, storage capacity and display resolution.

The only differences which I know of, are the weight and physical dimensions, in addition to marginally higher pixel density (ppi). That said, all of these differences are in favor of the iPad mini.
iPad 2 has a bigger screen which expands the size of texts and makes it forgiving as a non-retina.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 03:56 PM   #21
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I just couldn't get over how ****** the iPad mini's screen looks in direct comparison to the iPad retina display.

I will hold off until a retina mini comes out.

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Of course, because you're comparing it directly to the iPad 4. What average person uses them at the same time / next to each other? What average person even has / would have both to do that?
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 04:02 PM   #22
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Just out of interest, how many people would buy the mini over the 4 if it had a retina display?
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 04:46 PM   #23
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Just out of interest, how many people would buy the mini over the 4 if it had a retina display?
I know I would. Any day.
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 05:07 PM   #24
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Personally, gaming is one of the best things about the mini. I used to play games on my gen 1 iPad a lot, despite owning a PS3, but with my mini I play and enjoy them even more, because for me and the games I play, I can either hold it in one hand and click around easier, or use both hands to hold and click on the device - it's a personal thing perhaps, because I would never say my iPad full sized was not fun, it was lots of fun, I just prefer the size of the mini over the full sized iPad.

And Joe Danger right now is the game I can't stop playing, if I had a full sized iPad I'd be saying that too - if you haven't played it, give it a go, it's a lot of fun (and I own the PS3 version too, but this one is more fun).
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 05:17 PM   #25
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I admit I have not had a retina device bigger than an iPhone yet. I do think it would make the mini better, but I positively love the mini. It feels better than any iOS device I've owned especially for typing. I'm posting this from it which I would never do from my iphones or iPad 1.
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