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Old Jan 28, 2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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I just got my iPad mini!

So I just got hold of my iPad mini 16GB. I wanted to live with it for a week before deciding if I'm going to splurge on the 64gb. Let me say, after just 20 minutes of usage, I love it! I consider myself to have very good eye sight and the opticians test it at 20/10 and I hardly find it's non-retina-e-ness a problem. It's so bloody thin!! I will most definitely be returning it for a 64gb version now which I'll use to tide me over till the iPad Mini Retina comes out this autumn period or whenever it does come out.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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I just got mine last night too! I agree! The thinness surprised me more than anything. And it did seem light enough to hold it in bed, which will be its primary use for me. I agree, the non-retina didn't seem to be enough of an issue to return it. If I get closer than 12 inches or so yes I can see pixels, but it's not like I remember the iPhone 3GS screen being or the iPad 2 screen- it's kind of somewhere in-between those and the retina. Congrats! I do think I will really like using this, seemed fairly easy to type on too. Oh, and the dual speakers sounded really good, surprisingly good.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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Another convert here today too, from iPad 1 - 3 - mini. It was a rash decision today but one I stand by with. I'm a female though, the idea of it in my handbag more often excites me lol

In reality though its far more user friendly for me in terms of its portability. The 3 was gathering dust because of its size and weight.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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Congrats guys and girl!
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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Did you guys get the wifi model or the wifi/mobile model?
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:46 PM   #6
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I just got the wifi model, because it's probably not going to leave the house, or if so, very rarely. So it will have a wifi signal almost 100% of the time. But I know I'm probably in the minority.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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My Mini is wifi only as well. I have never used the mobile on our iPad2. I can tether from my phone if needed for the mini.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:22 AM   #8
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I always go for wi fi on ipads, i use Personal Hotspot from my iPhone 5 on an unlimited data plan
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:29 AM   #9
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I have the wifi version and I'm very happy. I was contemplating the LTE flavor but at this point any internet needs can be satisfied by creating a hotspot with my iPhone.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 07:36 AM   #10
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why didn't you just buy the 64 in the first place? you could of returned it if you didn't like it.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:12 AM   #11
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So, i am currently evaluating the Mini (just got it today) and the 4 for work, and i have to say that both have their plus points. Have been using the mini extensively for about 10 hours so far.

Mini:

Pros
- it is way lighter. didn't think it would be a big difference, but it is. you barely even notice it
- the screen is "good enough". no its not quite retina, but it does everything you need it to do as a personal organiser, and is just big enough to read email and browse comfortably on, yet can be held/carried in one hand easily

Cons
- its not retina (but it's not "bad")
- virtual keyboard is a bit small even in landscape


iPad 4
Pros
- screen
- keyboard

Cons
- weight

I know this will sound a bit "first world problem".... but the mini really is a better portable tablet. I was skeptical, but have both here and have used both today, and I see a market for both.


To those who say the mini is overpriced, and for a little bit more you could have a 4 - its not the point. the 4 is heavy and more unwieldy to carry.

There really is a big difference.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:20 AM   #12
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why didn't you just buy the 64 in the first place? you could of returned it if you didn't like it.
So yet one more device can go to the refurbished pile and the rest of us pay more for new items because the company prices accordingly.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:56 AM   #13
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So, i am currently evaluating the Mini (just got it today) and the 4 for work, and i have to say that both have their plus points. Have been using the mini extensively for about 10 hours so far.

Mini:

Pros
- it is way lighter. didn't think it would be a big difference, but it is. you barely even notice it
- the screen is "good enough". no its not quite retina, but it does everything you need it to do as a personal organiser, and is just big enough to read email and browse comfortably on, yet can be held/carried in one hand easily

Cons
- its not retina (but it's not "bad")
- virtual keyboard is a bit small even in landscape


iPad 4
Pros
- screen
- keyboard

Cons
- weight

I know this will sound a bit "first world problem".... but the mini really is a better portable tablet. I was skeptical, but have both here and have used both today, and I see a market for both.


To those who say the mini is overpriced, and for a little bit more you could have a 4 - its not the point. the 4 is heavy and more unwieldy to carry.

There really is a big difference.
The processor on the 4 is a huge plus IMHO.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 11:21 AM   #14
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The processor on the 4 is a huge plus IMHO.
Depends what you're using it for really.

If you're using it for email, web, maps, virtual desktop, yelp, ebooks, etc..... CPU makes no difference at all really.

Games, sure....

But in general use, sure the 4 is faster but not enough to justify the weight, depending on what you use the device for. The Mini isn't unbearably slow, is what I'm saying, in fact its pretty damn good, if you're not comparing side by side with an iPad 3 or 4...
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:54 PM   #15
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Depends what you're using it for really.

If you're using it for email, web, maps, virtual desktop, yelp, ebooks, etc..... CPU makes no difference at all really.

Games, sure....

But in general use, sure the 4 is faster but not enough to justify the weight, depending on what you use the device for. The Mini isn't unbearably slow, is what I'm saying, in fact its pretty damn good, if you're not comparing side by side with an iPad 3 or 4...
Having twice the processing power has to be considered a positive. Some will take greater advantage of it than others, but still it is a pro.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 01:01 PM   #16
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...But in general use, sure the 4 is faster but not enough to justify the weight, depending on what you use the device for. The Mini isn't unbearably slow, is what I'm saying, in fact its pretty damn good, if you're not comparing side by side with an iPad 3 or 4...
A scooter is pretty good if you're not comparing it side by side with a motorcycle.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 01:02 PM   #17
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I got a Mini for Christmas. I love it as well. A nice size. And, the screen resolution is fine for me. I have used my wife's iPad 3, and while the screen on that is quite nice, it is not enough of a difference to me. I also still have a 1, which I also use depending on the situation.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 02:16 PM   #18
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I thought the mini was pretty quick and snappy, actually, for the normal emailing and web browsing tasks. Didn't notice any lagging or anything. I'm sure if you were loading or playing a demanding game, that you would notice a difference, I guess it depends what you're using it for.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 02:18 PM   #19
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I see you are a new member, maybe you could visit the new member thread and say hi to everyone. While you're at it, could you explain your user name? Is that a request or a statement?


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So I just got hold of my iPad mini 16GB. I wanted to live with it for a week before deciding if I'm going to splurge on the 64gb. Let me say, after just 20 minutes of usage, I love it! I consider myself to have very good eye sight and the opticians test it at 20/10 and I hardly find it's non-retina-e-ness a problem. It's so bloody thin!! I will most definitely be returning it for a 64gb version now which I'll use to tide me over till the iPad Mini Retina comes out this autumn period or whenever it does come out.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 02:37 PM   #20
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So yet one more device can go to the refurbished pile and the rest of us pay more for new items because the company prices accordingly.
Wait, now we're not even allowed to play by the rules? If you don't like how the system works, do something about it. Its perfectly within his/our rights to return the thing for any reason in the given time frame.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 02:51 PM   #21
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So yet one more device can go to the refurbished pile and the rest of us pay more for new items because the company prices accordingly.
I encourage this kind of behavior so I can pay less for a refurb that's as good as new.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 02:47 AM   #22
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A scooter is pretty good if you're not comparing it side by side with a motorcycle.
And a litre sports bike is pretty good until you're trying to fit it down pedestrian foot bridges, too (where the scooter will leave it for dead).



Again, it depends what you're trying to use it for.


Same deal here....


(i ride )



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i'm not saying more cpu isn't better. but for the usage ive put both machines through - as a pda type device (not a portable gaming system)... its a non issue.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:29 AM   #23
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Depends what you're using it for really.

If you're using it for email, web, maps, virtual desktop, yelp, ebooks, etc..... CPU makes no difference at all really.

Games, sure....

But in general use, sure the 4 is faster but not enough to justify the weight, depending on what you use the device for. The Mini isn't unbearably slow, is what I'm saying, in fact its pretty damn good, if you're not comparing side by side with an iPad 3 or 4...
The mini is faster than the three...according to the bench marks....

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So I just got hold of my iPad mini 16GB. I wanted to live with it for a week before deciding if I'm going to splurge on the 64gb. Let me say, after just 20 minutes of usage, I love it! I consider myself to have very good eye sight and the opticians test it at 20/10 and I hardly find it's non-retina-e-ness a problem. It's so bloody thin!! I will most definitely be returning it for a 64gb version now which I'll use to tide me over till the iPad Mini Retina comes out this autumn period or whenever it does come out.
We should go on a date.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:36 AM   #24
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The mini is faster than the three...according to the bench marks....
Yeah in comparison to the 3 i was more referring the the retina and any other features.

The overall technical "goodness" vs the 3 and 4 - not specifically with regards to speed.
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Wait, now we're not even allowed to play by the rules? If you don't like how the system works, do something about it. Its perfectly within his/our rights to return the thing for any reason in the given time frame.
Yes it is, but why buy something fully intending to return it. Do a little research and buy it with the intent of keeping it. Of course it is your right to return it if it is flawed or you just don't like it. Sampling costs us all - just saying.
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