iPad iPad 4th Generation VS Mini

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Fastball32, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Fastball32, Nov 22, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012

    macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    I own both an iPad mini and 4th generation.

    I love my 4th gen, the screen and performance are amazing.

    I hate the screen of the iPad mini, although the ppi is more than the iPad 1/2, for some reason it looks worse, especially the text. Web text and iBooks look small & fuzzy and I do resort to landscape mode in apps/websites to make things look big enough to read (I am in my 20's).

    When friends ask me what I recommend, I hate the mini screen so much that I for some reason cannot recommend it. I do have an iPhone 5 and have been using an iPad 3 for the past half year, so retina is what I am used to.

    That being said, I find myself using my iPad mini 90% of the time. When I'm on the couch, bed, or traveling, I gravitate towards the mini. The size and weight is not perfect but feels natural and "good enough". The mini screen really sucks, but objectively, I still use the mini almost all day and everyday and rarely pick up my fast, beautiful 4.

    However, my body still reluctantly and unconsciously picks up the mini over the 4. So until the Retina Mini debuts, my conscious mind dislikes the mini, but unconscious mind loves it.

    Hope this helps others who are deciding between the two.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2010
    Williamstown, NJ
    maybe you got a bad mini, although inferior to the ipad 4 the screen on mine is better than the 2, best thing to do is not use the 4 anymore, over time the screen will not bother you but if you keep using the 4 you will be bothered by it. to me the size and weight make the mini overall the better one, when the retina comes out i can see the mini outselling the big one
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012

    maybe u are under a mini spell
  4. macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    No it doesn't, just seems your confused.
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't know about unconscious vs conscious thought, but the mini is a great tablet that provides great usage. It sacrifices some things like a retina screen and better performance. If you want a faster tablet with a better display then the iPad 4 is the better machine. If the form factor is more important to you then the mini is the obvious choice
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    You need to get out more......first world problems! Enough of these dumb threads.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    Who needs to get out more, some one who posts a pointless thread, or someone who replies to a pointless thread?

    Oh wait, I just replied to some one who replied to a pointless thread. I really need to get out more.
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    This thread are for those who may think that they would want an iPad 4 for the screen and performance, but may actually end up using a mini due to the ergonomics. It's like the classical 'want vs need'.
    I actually thought I prefer the 4, but since I have both, I realized that I end up using the mini much more despite its flaws.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2011
    Apples and oranges buddy. It's as simple as that.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    New York, NY
    The screen on iPad mini isn't bad at all. It really isn't. I've seen retina and non-retina side by side, and yes, while retina is obviously better, the non-retina screen on iPad mini is good too! ;)
  11. macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2006

    do people really think they need....

    an iphone 5,
    an ipad 4,
    an ipad mini?

    Seems like you might have had too much kool-aid, no way you need a 4", 7", and 10" screen plus i'm sure you have a MBP and iMac as well.....
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2012
    Another iPad maxi vs mini thread? I thought we already had like 600 of these?

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