iPad mini too small?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rkeyser12, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    Trying to decide if I should buy the iPad mini or the iPad 2. My only concern is that the iPad mini is too small, what is everyones opinion?
  2. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    My wife loves her 7" Playbook. I find it too cramped.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2009
    Size wise, better than the 7" competition.

    It's essentially an 8" screen so without actually handling it, it seems like a sweet spot for something smaller than the normal iPad.
  4. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    IMO I dont see the point of a smaller tablet if you have one already at 10.

    I for one loooove the size of the normal Ipad. It feels like im reading a magazine or a book etc.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2010
    I agree. I own an iPad 3, and don't think I could go down in size. However, if I were buying one for the first time, I think I wouldn't mind the 8". Fits in one hand, and has 35% more screen area than 7" models. Like comparing 13", 15" and 17" laptops.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    So your wife likes them small eh? :p :D


    I actually am debating getting the Mini and get a data plan to replace my iPhone... all I do is iMessage people and I have Talkatone/Google Voice for the very very rare occasion I get a phone call and text people without iPhones.
  7. macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2012
    Get an iPad 3 and a hacksaw and create the size that suits you!

  8. macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Yeah, 7" is kind of narrow. Lucky for me I make up for it in length. ;)
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    You DO know that they make a bigger iPad mini right? It's called the iPad.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2009
    You must have BIG pockets.

    I can't fit my normal iPad into any of my jacket pockets, I could fit the Nexus 7 in, but is was a horrible little plastic thing with an awful keyboard and text selection.

    For a "in the pocket" tablet to carry in the jacket pocket for reading magazines, websites so on through the day the smaller size of the mini is ideal.

    It wouldn't replace my iPad, it will complement it.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    They should make them in increments of .5" to satisfy everyone. ;)
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    I should note that I will be using this iPad for school and internet browsing and reading at my house.
  13. macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2012
    Refurb iPad 3 on sale for less than the 2. Even though it is refurb it is hands down the better buy. Have fun
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2005
    Go to the store and hold one in your hand.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Andrew K.

    Jul 9, 2008
    Seriously wait til you can get your hands on it. I feel like a lot of people will change their minds about the iPad mini once the see it in person.
  16. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    ..... never said anything about fitting it into my pocket?
    most people only wear jackets a few months out of the year.. so umm not going to buy one just for that.

    you must have some rather weak wrists. The ipad 3 feels light to me and isnt a problem to take with me when traveling.
  17. macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
    What's the point of even asking this question? For every valid reason as to why it's too small, you will get an equal number of valid reasons as to why it's just right or too big. Just go handle one and decide for yourself.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    Is the iPhone too small for you? If not, the iPad Mini will be fine.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2013
    Not happy with mini

    I got the Mini but I'm selling it today, taking a loss etc. I have an Ipad 2 and 3 (New Ipad), I am not happy with the decreased screen size honestly and could kick myself. Oh well, live and learn. I do think if you did not have the larger ones already then the Mini is great. However, after the larger & great screens I can't get happy with this Hobbit of an iPad......:)
  20. macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    There are lots of people who currently or previously owned a full sized iPad, me being one of them, and I think the mini is the most perfect size for my needs.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    You could buy it off the Apple Store and send it back for a refund if it doesn't suit you.

    I opted for the maxi as I read a lot of textbooks and I didn't want to squint.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    Since the iPad mini is the same resolution as the larger iPad (non-retina), your eyes quickly adjust to the slightly smaller size. When I use mine it's like I'm using a regular iPad. It's not a big deal.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    I went from the ipad 2 to the iPad mini. I couldn't be happier. Great size and fit.
  24. Fed
    macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    The question of it being too small is entirely subjective.

    But I went from an iPad 4 to an iPad Mini. Other than saving in excess of £200, I lost absolutely no function (on the contrary, I'd argue it offers more function). I take it to more places now and my need for a non-work mobile phone has almost entirely vanished. Fantastic product.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2010
    I did.

    I though it was something I wanted, but since I already have an iPhone 5 and iPad 2 it doesn't seem to offer me much. It's still too big to carry around all the time without a man-bag and yet the screen felt too small in the store in comparison to the bigger iPad. So, yeah, 10" is my preference.

    Now I have:
    4" (iPhone) - 10" (iPad) - 15" (MBP) - 24"&30" (desktop) - 42" (plasma).

    Ugh, too many screens.

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