iPad mini Anyone use iPad Mini as main device?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ryank82, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2006
    Just wondering if anyone uses the iPad Mini as there main device (other then phone). I only have my iPhone and my iPad now. I mainly use it for surfing, email, movies, music, games and basic notes/word processing. Seems to be working quite well. Sometimes I think a bigger display would be better but I really like how lightweight and portable the iPad Mini is. I have an older iMac core 2 Duo we have in the house but we barely use it. I like the iPad 4 a lot but it feels so much heavier.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 3, 2011
  3. GBR
    macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2012
    With everything moving into the cloud I find that I pretty much don't have a main device, it's just whichever device is best suited for whatever I'm doing. I am finding more and more that I use my mini more than everything else. I do use my rMBP at work but mostly docked to my Thunderbolt Display like a desktop. If it wasn't for spreadsheets and a few programs I need for work I could mostly work out of my iPad.
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    Just since the 3rd.

    Wiped, boxed, and listed my MBA over the weekend. Better half did the same yesterday. We're sold.

    (Plenty of PCs available at work to use, for the very occasional heavier work)
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2007
    The 3rd gen iPad was my main device and since I had the mini, it's become my main now.

    If you currently use the iPad heavily or it's your main device, then yes you can replace it with the mini. The experience is the same. The screen took a few days to get used to and also the size felt weird at first. After a few days I don't miss the larger iPad (minus the screen or course)
  6. macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    There's no way I could use an iPad as a main device. My music library alone is larger than what any of them could hold. That's not even talking about the work I could never get done...
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2012
    It's too small for me, Normal iPad maybe for a holiday
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    Summarized. You're welcome.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2009
    An iPad is an excellent way to consume but just doesn't make sense to do strenuous tasks like posting multiple items on eBay quickly or typing a huge amount.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2007
    Sounds like the op already is using an iPad as their main device and wants to know if replacing their current iPad with a mini is a good idea.

    IMO you won't miss much if you replace it unless you do / like things on a bigger screen. I can do everything on my mini that I could do on my 3rd gen.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Summarized. You're welcome. :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    How old are you and what do you do for a living? You don't have to answer that of course, but I think it is relavent.

    If you're any kind of student or business professional, I just do not see a way to get by on a tablet of any sort unless you really strain yourself. Writing a dissertation on an ipad even *with* a bluetooth keyboard would be pure ****ing torture.
  13. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The mini has a lot going for it, particularly its size. That doesn't mean it will make a great replacement for a computer for most people.

    If you do some light surfing and reading emails, then yeah the mini can replace the laptop. If you do a lot of content creation, i.e., spreadsheets, documents image editing etc. Then the tablet is not the best tool to do this.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    For me I use...

    iPad = consumption
    Computer = content creation

    The lack of a proper pointy device restricts me from doing design work on an iPad. I do use it for rough sketches though.

    The other thing holding back the iPad is the lack of a unified file system. Imagine if app developers could just build their painting or notebook app without having to constantly reinvent the wheel, adding in syncing and such. They could put more time into developing the main features of their apps.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Main device for me.

    I only use the Macbook Air a couple times a month to write big essays.

    Apart from that, my 16GB mini does EVERYTHING else.

    iTunes Match and Spotify mean my entire music library takes up next to no space.

    For web browsing, email, using Youtube/Reddit and twitter and editing photo's, I find the iPad to be a much better experience.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    I have been for that last few weeks as my iMac is broken and am waiting for a replacement. It's frustrating but doable.

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