All iPads iPad Mini Review

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AJsAWiz, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68030


    Jun 28, 2007
    After reading numerous posts here, it seems as though most either love or hate the iPad Mini. I found a comprehensive review (part of which addresses the retina display issue) which I found interesting:

    In closing, I think it's great that Apple released 2 different models (iPad 4 and iPad Mini) . . . one full size and one mini, so you can choose the iPad that best fits your needs. And the iPad 2 is still around for those who want that. I really don't understand the iPad Wars going on :( There is something for everyone . . . well most. And in the end. you will select the best model for you :)
  2. macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2010
    This is what I have been having trouble understanding. Why does it make some people so mad that some of us are happy with the iPad mini?

    Could they have made it better? probably. Is the current mini bad value for money? not in my opinion I was very quick to sell my iPad 2 to replace it with a mini the form factor is exactly what I have been looking for to make it something I take out of the house more.
  3. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    If I cared for the iPod Touch 5 or iPad3 when trying those compared to my experience with the Mini, I would have kept them. BUT after a relatively short time with the Mini, Apple got my bucks.

    Doesn't mean the others aren't good, this was BETTER for me!
  4. thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jun 28, 2007
    Me Too

    I have no idea why some people are venting so much anger towards the iPad Mini and those who choose to own one. It's something like those who berate certain television shows but continue to watch instead of just changing the channel or turning off the TV. Or want it off the air so no one can choose to watch them LOL Oops, sorry didn't intend to inflame or offend anyone.

    Could they have made it "better"? Perhaps, and I'm sure that the next model will reflect some improvements as is typically done with next generation models. I, too, was quick to sell my iPad 2 in favor of the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini happened to be exactly what I was looking for :) But again, to each his or her own. Different strokes for different folks ;)


    I absolutely agree :)
    Couldn't have said it better, myself.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Well said.
    I have an iPhone 5 and an iPad 3, so I am used to the retina display. I also had an iPad 1, without the retina display. I love my iPad mini, the screen is wonderful and the size and weight is perfect.

    For two iPad generations (well 2 years) the iPad display was magnificent and it was such a wonder that it could be in a device so light and thin. It was like the greatest thing since sliced bread. Then comes the iPad 3 with it's "resolutionary display" Yes , the display was even better and it made the iPad a little heavier and warmer. But it didn't make the previous 2 years iPads unusable. In fact they are still making and selling the iPad 2. Apple sold Millions of iPad 1 and 2's. Now Apple comes out with the mini with same resolution screen as those iPad 1 and 2's and they made it smaller, but now you have all these people complaining because it's not retina. Big deal, because of the smaller size it seems clearer than the iPad 2, and as far as specs go, it's specs far outshine the iPad 2, since aside from the screen most of the other specs are the same as an iPad 3 or 4. Why is it that all of a sudden everyone seems to think that if it's not retina it's garbage. I have no problem with my iPad mini screen and love my mini.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Because the Internet is full of lazy people that are desperate to be noticed.

    Hyperbole, FTW!
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 15, 2008
    Well said. I have an iPad 1 + a 4S so for ME, the Mini is perfect. It's lighter, it's easier to carry, the resolution difference is negligible for my needs. I also have a 2008 MBP, 2010 MBP, 2011 11" MBA - all non-retina. If all your devices are retina, I can see where the Mini might fail your eyes.

    In terms of usability, no 2 people use their devices the same way. Everyone has different needs. To each their own.

    I love the Mini. I can't put it down.
  8. Defender2010, Nov 17, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012

    macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
    Good post. I too have had every iPad released (not the 4th gen) and the mini is super. The display is beyond fine and the size is perfect. I don't think I ever used an iPad as much as I use the mini. Any sceptics that use it will find it really tough to go back to the full size one again, despite lack of retina. I have not experienced any lagging or issues with the A5 chip, and it is the most beautiful iPad to date! Given a choice of 4th gen or Mini, I choose the Mini. So much so that I gave away all my full size covers/cases as I know I will not go back to the full size iPad as long as it looks and weighs the way it currently does. Whenever retina does come to the Mini it will be even more amazing!
  9. macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    i really love the form factor of the mini. next year is going to be fantastic. ipad mini with retina and full size ipad light and thin. itll really come together next year but ill be more then happy to use my mini for a year.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    It goes both ways. Those who disliked the mini had their opinions disrespected also.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2009
    You forgot to mention the people who apparently think Apple smeared a jar of Vaseline over the Mini's screen ;).

    No hyperbole involved ;) :D.

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