All iPads If the iPad and Mini were the same price, which would you buy?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Samtb, Feb 3, 2013.


Which ipad, ignoring price

  1. Ipad with retina display

    84 vote(s)
  2. Ipad mini

    55 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
  2. macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    Cost wasn't a factor for me...originally bought me and my girlfriend two iPad 4s, a week later returned them for 2 iPad MINIs... :)

    We use them for literally everything...they have been flawless
  3. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
  4. macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 8, 2009
  6. macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    I absolutely love the mini. The only thing I would change is the processor. Well, I would really have liked a flash on the back camera and the 128gb storage.
  8. macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2013
    I went with the 4 because Its a nice big beautiful retina screen. Plus it's nice and powerful.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    I waited for ages, then finally Apple brought out the mini. I too really like the size, it's just a shame Apple got cheap with the display.

    My iPad Mini's got a 1024 x 768 resolution to my Nexus 7's 1200 x 800, and the iPad Mini 162 PPI pixel density doesn't hold a candle to the Nexus 7's 216 PPI display.

    Even though I already had my Nexus, I was hoping the mini would suffice. The good news is my iPad 4 proves what Apple's capable of. Being one to learn from their mistakes I'm sure the upcoming mini refresh will be the one to have.

    I can't wait :)
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Start to give in for the mini now. Just try it at store playing Infinity Blade 2, it silky smooth. I dont play many games on my Ipad 2 because some games require you to hold the ipad for a long time eg. Street fighter x tekken, spiderman, dark knight rises. Its just too heavy.

    I might decide to sell my and get a 32g mini.
  11. macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    Diva much? :) The screen is very nice on the mini. I tried the Nexus and it sucked.
  12. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Full sized once they get rid of that bezel and go iPad Mini style with it :cool:
  13. macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    Price was not an issue with me either. I've gone back and forth between the 4 and the mini. Had the text been larger on the mini It would have been an easy choice. I returned my 32gb iPad 4 LTE and settled on the 64gb ipad mini LTE. I carry my iPad with me everywhere. I just needed a smaller pad. The iPad 4 is king of the hill no doubt, but the mini is a great machine. I can afford any iPad I'd like. It's the mini for this old guy.
  14. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    Apple Store
    I use the retina ipad only for porn. Mini for everything else.
  15. Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
    Its situational, traveling or moving around the house then its the mini. Propped up on a desk then its the retina.
  16. macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    +1 for sarcastic honesty =)
  17. Guest

    But the mini would be better for one handed use...
  18. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    "It sucked".

    Now there's a highly intelligent way of expressing ones self. Ambiguous & meaningless, it's completely irrelevant. Those who've actually spent the money, choose wisely and spend some time learning about what they purchase, before they decide. Giving up after such a short time is indicative of an impulse purchase. Those never end well.
  19. macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    Actually, no, it was not an impulse buy. I had a Galaxy S phone and hated Android from that experience. I decided to try the Nexus because there was so much said nice about it. I used it for two weeks, but I couldn't get over how few true tablet apps there were for it. The number of pixels don't mean anything if they are not being used. Just because a monitor can do 1080p, if you're watching something at 800x600, the pixel number and density does nothing for you.
  20. macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Yeah but at least with the mini resolution, all the iPad apps work flawlessly since the iPad 2 is the same resolution. You're stuck with crap apps on the nexus that may or may not be tablet optimized.


    You're telling him how to spend money? At least he now knows what he likes and doesn't like. I too tried the nexus and for my needs, IT SUCKED.
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    For me it wasn't about money either.

    It was all about the weight. As someone mentioned it earlier, regular size iPad is way to heavy for long sessions.

    When in bed trying to read you end up putting the iPad in your lap, and either fighting to get it vertical, or bending yourself. With the mini you can read for hours and never care for getting tired.
  22. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    So how light would you need it to be?
  23. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    iPad mini for me, if they were both the same price - its a no brainer for me. I needed a smaller tablet and the mini fits the bill.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    The mini for me because it's all about the form factor. What I'd love to know is that if the mini had retina and the full sized had the "mini treatment" and was thinner and lighter, which people would choose (assuming they were the same price).
  25. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    Then it would probably just be about screen size
    And weight preference.

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