iPad Has anyone switched from iPad to the iPad mini; any regrets?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by msarway, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    i am thinking of switching to the ipad mini i have the ipad 3 now. i use my ipad to read surf the web nd play games. and for work i use to read documents and spreadsheets. i was wondering if any went and switched to the mini after having the large size and and what where your thoughts or should i not do it at this time.
  2. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I had the 3 & sold it for the mini

    I just found the big iPad to be too heavy

    Go to the apple store & hold the ipad mini in your hands , then make your decision
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    my kids all have the mini but from those who use more then just a social device i would love to hear there thoughts.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    I'm asking myself the same question. I'm going to have enough Apple Store gift cards to buy an iPad Mini. I have an iPad3 which I've liked, but I think I would really enjoy the lighter weight and smaller size of the Mini. The big unknown for me is going from the retina screen on the iPad3 to the non-retina on the Mini. I don't live close to an Apple Store or even a Best Buy to go in and compare screens.
  5. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2011
    Sold my iPad 2 and got a mini. The size is perfect and it's so portable and lightweight. Display is not as bad as it was made out to be. No regrets.

    Edit: I also own and iPhone 5 and while the mini display isn't Retina, it really is not that bad. I used my iPad 2 and iPhone 4S together (and then the 5) since May before i got the iPad mini.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    anyone using it for work projects documents and spreadsheets?
  8. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2011
    It's a good size for documents. Never used my iPad for spreadsheets or projects so I can't attest to that.


    Wow, really?
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA
    Just gave my iPad 1 to a grand daughter but still have a 2, 3 and mini. I use the mini all day until I run the battery down. Then I reluctantly reach for the 3. When mini 2 comes out I will buy it and get rid of the full size pads. Hard to go from mini to full size.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2011
    Previous owner of the first generation iPad and iPad 2 here, recently picked up an iPad mini and I'm definitely enjoying it more than the full sized iPad. I could use the mini all day and not get tired of holding it. I find the size and weight much more useable for my needs. The lack of retina display is apparent, especially when reading text, but it's definitely not a bad screen.
  11. macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    I've gone iPad 3 to mini and no regrets at all.

    The lighter weight and being able to put it in my pocket is a huge benefit. I notice the lower resolution screen but it does not outweigh the benefits.

    It sounds crazy but even on the last couple of plane journeys I have taken, it is so much more manageable to take on board than the full size model.
  12. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You have access to a Mini? Just swap with one if your kids and use it for a week.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I have the iPad 3 and when the mini came out I had to get one. Since getting the mini I have rarely used the iPad 3. I just find the iPad mini easier to work with and a lot easier to carry around. The smaller size fits in my backpack or messenger bag better and the lighter weight makes it a joy to carry around. I never thought that the iPad 3 was heavy by any means, but when compared to the mini, the iPad 3 seems as heavy as a brick.

    As for what I use it for, well aside from using it to read books via the Kindle app or iBooks, there is surfing the web, checking email, and playing a few games. I also use Numbers to keep track on a few spreadsheets, I use Pages to write a few letters with and I use PocketMoney to keep track of my finances. I am also user of CraftStudio and love it to create greetings with it. When I got the iPad mini I got a 64GB version and love the extra space where I can put a few movies on it when hitting the road. My iPad 3 was just a 16GB version so that wasn't always possible to do. Since I have a lot more space on this iPad I have also started creating some photo books in the iPhoto app. I take a lot of pictures with my iPhone 5 and with photo stream love that I can veiw a larger image a few seconds later on the iPad.

    I have read a lot of negativity on the mini because it's not retina, but in all honesty I don't miss retina on the mini. The screen itself is pretty amazing for a device the at size. If a retina mini comes out that doesn't compromise the size and weight of the mini as well as the battery life then I will more than likely upgrade at that time. Until then the iPad mini will be my iPad of choice. I am even considering selling my iPad 3 because in all honesty it is just sitting there collecting dust at this point.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2010
    The iPad mini is much lighter, making reading around the house much easier for me, but lately I've been using my iPad 3 as my bedside reader. And taking pictures/video with the iPad mini is much easier since it's lighter.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    I won't especially with the next one coming sooner rather than later if you agree. Even still, I am sure you enjoy the 3 and I am not sure currently that the mini would suffice for you since you don't seem to have access to one to try it out and you are use to the 3.
  16. Mainsail, Jan 2, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    I have played with the mini at the local Apple store, and it seems like a great device. However, I use my iPad 3 for a fair amount of light content creation and note taking, so I really appreciate the larger screen. The full sized ipad has really replaced my need for a laptop, and it accounts for about 75% of my personal computing. I have a desktop for the heavy lifting.

    At this time, the full sized iPad fits better for my uses:
    iPhone for on-the-go
    iPad for couch surfing, editing/drafting documents, meeting notes, and vacations
    Mac mini for photo editing and more substantial document development
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Had my "3" since release and sold it after a few weeks with the Mini. Did not miss the Retina display at all and the reduced size and weight make the Mini a joy to use.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Dec 11, 2008
    I tried the mini and returned it. I am visually impaired and rather myopic, so I am very sensitive to differences in screen resolution. On top if that, I only have sight in one eye which I am sure factors into my assessment the form factor and weight were very attractive as regards the mini, but it always was blurry. Albeit smaller, I found the iPhone 5 to be much clearer for me.

    I will re-evaluate when and if there is a Retina version. I suspect others with better vision will not have these issues.

  19. macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    The graphics and power from the iPad 4 are not to be underestimated but I can look past that every time I hold my mini in my hands and feel how thin and light it is compared to my 4 when I had it. It's much easier to use and carry.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    Completely agree. It's amazing how much the reduction in size matters to the overall experience.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2009
    Yup, working for me. Just did this today and wow am I liking the mini even though its not retina and I can tell its not quite as snappy in a few things.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2009
    What he said.
  23. danpass, Jan 2, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013

    macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Mini used for imovie, iPhoto (stuff imported with lightning adapters) and aviation apps.

    Even wrote a sponsorship proposal using Pages. Using Pages is much handier on the Mini.

    No regrets and it was a nicer experience for all those things over doing them on the full ipad.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I'm going to wait for the retina mini before I make this decision.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    It was no contest after using both...in fact we had TWO iPad 4s...Decided to pick up two iPad minis to "try out", a week later the iPad 4s were returned to Best Buy...ZERO regret :)

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