All iPads Help me decide. iPad Mini or iPad 3

Discussion in 'iPad' started by webslinger85, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2010
    I plan on purchasing my first tablet tomorrow, and i just can't decide between the 2. I found a place here that has a few 3rd gen iPad's in stock for $399.

    For $70 more compared to the mini, is it really worth it?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    imo, Ipad 2 is better than ipad 3 and you should be able to find them at less than $399.

    Or choose between Ipad mini and Ipad 4, they both have amazing battery. If Ipad mini vs Ipad 3, choose Ipad mini. Ipad 3 is a discontinued product.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2010
    But not obsolete
  4. macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I own both. I am typing on the iPad Mini right now while the larger, heavier iPad 3 sits by silently...... I love the iPad Mini and it does everything I want, but of course others' mileage may vary.... If I could have only one, I would go with the iPad Mini.......
  5. macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Completely agree with this. Once I got the Mini, my 3rd gen iPad hasn't been touched. I'd take a Mini over a retina iPad any day.
  6. macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2012
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2010
    I'm actually amazed by your responses, i figured most people would recommend the 3rd gen. I'm leaning more towards the Mini after playing with one last week, but really couldn't decide if the retina display would make that much of a difference.

    I plan on using it mostly for web content, videos, and gaming.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2012
    brownsville pa
    while i don't own either at the time.. i like the feel & look of the iPad mini.. its not to bulky but for the $ i think it packs a pretty nice punch... except for the lack of retna display.. but thats your call... its gonna come down to do u want the larger screen & retina display or not.. alot of the other specs are pretty comparable
  9. macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2012
    The mini is a wonderful choice! So what if the screen doesn't have retina? The form factor is simply amazing. The bulk of the iPad is a big hindrance to portability, when compared to a mini. The pricepoint is relatively fair; you are paying for quality hardware and also just because it's an apple product. However, it's a great investment. Definitely worth considering! Many people have converted from iPads to minis! You should too!
  10. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    I returned my iPad 4 for the mini...if that tells you anything...
  11. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2010
    I have both... As of today. Scratch that my hubby now has a iPad 3 and I have a mini. I miss the retina screen a little for the super clean txt but I'm in LOVE with the size. I think it's really just a size/weight issue. What you like might not be right for the next person.

    Now if I could just figure out why my cellular data doesn't work I'd be all set.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
  13. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    If you have other Apple products that have the 30-pin connector go with the iPad 3.

    If you have the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5, etc. go with the Mini which also has a Lightening connector.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    I'm currently an iPad 3 owner considering getting a Mini.

    From my own experience scouring the net, reading Mini reviews & reading posts on this forum in an effort to help me decide I can say with confidence that everybody has a different opinion on which of these is better. It's not likely we can help you make an informed decision.

    Your best bet would be to go to an Apple Store & spend some time trying both out. (I know the iPad 3 is discontinued & wouldn't be there, but the 4 is near identical in regular usage)
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2010
    Mini all the way man,
    So much nicer than the 3 :)
  16. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2010
    After playing around with them, I felt for what I'd be using it for, the 3 more suited my needs, couldn't pass up the beautiful screen.

    Thanks for the opinions though guys! Hopefully I don't regret it
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2012
    I had Ipad mini, 3 and 4. I just needed 2 of them. Now I have 3 and 4. I see no difference 3 or 4 , but charging cables. I didn't like mini. This is only my opinion.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2010
    I loved the ipad 2 and used it enough around the house to keep it. But now that I have the mini I find myself taking it everywhere. It's so much easier to carry and fits in my jacket pocket. Not sure what I'll do in the summer.

    Haven't used the ipad 2 since the mini came so I passed it on to my mom. They are both great, but it comes down to what are the reason for use...
  19. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    This kinda depends on your usage. You are asking whether to buy a a 2 door sports car or a mini van. Do you have kids? Do you need to haul a lot of people/stuff? Depending on your usage patterns and needs, pick the tool most appropriate for YOU.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2009
    I did the same exact thing. The retina display is awesome, but the size and weight really take away from the experience. Yes, the mini isn't as powerful or as high resolution, but it's just so much funner to use and due to it's profile and weight, you'll want to use it more.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2012
    I think you made a great choice. I love the larger size and retina screen. Increased portability would be nice but not at the expense of the beautiful retina screen. And while Apple devices hold their value better than others, I would never describe the iPad 3 or the mini as a great investment. Hope you love your iPad 3.
  22. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    Based upon this, your decision for the ipad 3 is the better choice. Web content on the Mini especially in portrait isn't very good and gaming and video is better on the 3rd gen as well.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    you won't regret it! good choice!!!

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