All iPads Is it stupid to take my iPad 3 AND Mini with me on a work trip?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Dimorphic, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2011
    Gold Coast, Australia
    I'm travelling to Melbourne for three days for a work conference and I've decided to take my iPad 3 and Mini with me.

    I use my iPad 3 for movies and heavy web browsing and my mini for reading and gaming due to the form factor.

    What I am also going to do is leave the 3 in the hotel room and just take the mini with me to the conference itself to see if the smaller form factor will lend itself well to work use.

    If it does I think I'll just go mini when the retina display version comes out as I find it a bit weird taking both devices with me, however I can't go past the retina display for movies and such.

    Anyone else take both with them when they travel?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    just take the mini, surely movies arent that much better on the 3 that you cant deal without it for 3 days?
  3. macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Hope that iP3 doesn't disappear. Can you leave it in the hotel safe for...well, safekeeping/
  4. thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2011
    Gold Coast, Australia
    Never had an issue before. Left my iPad, Alienware and PSVita in my hotel room last work trip.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Only reason i'd do that is if i was expecting to be more than 10 hours between power points.
  6. thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2011
    Gold Coast, Australia
    I definitely will be. The conference itself is 10 hours a day.

    My iPhone 5 won't last half the day.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    Personally I think it is an unnecessary risk.

    Do what I do and put valuables under my dirty clothes in a dedicated drawer in the dresser. Make sure to have some nasty underwear on top. ;)

  8. macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    May also help to keep the wife and kids from hogging your iPad when you get home....:eek:
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Don't think its stupid; just not sure its necessary to take two iPads. When I used to travel, my was philosophy "less is best". I would just take the Mini.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    No its not stupid, take both.

    The mini only weighs 300g's so its no bother and then you have a device to help suit all occassions.

    You have spent on them, why would you leave one at home?

    Make sure you have adequate travel insurance to cover loss damage theft etc.
  11. macrumors 68000

    panda bear

    Apr 5, 2010

    Also, it sounds like you'll be needing some extra battery life, so you can use one while charging the other. It's a pain to use an iPad while it is charging.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Oct 3, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I take both my 3 and mini when I travel. I use my 3 mostly for work-stuff and Internet, and I have my 64GB mini loaded with numerous movies for viewing on the airplane.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Nov 3, 2008
    It isnt "stupid" because the weight of both devices together is still half what my laptop weighed. But it is redundant and puts you in a situation where you are intentionally giving yourself more to worry about than necessary.

    Personally, I dont travel often so when I do I like to limit myself in order to give real "road tests" to my product choices. Carrying everything just isnt practical.
  14. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It all boils down to whatever works for you -- not "stupid" vs "smart".

    Popular != smart or right for you

    Again, do what works for you. No need for reassurance from others.
  15. macrumors 68020


    Jun 6, 2010
  16. macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    yes. yes it is. very stupid.
  17. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2012
    Yeah i feel thats redundant. Sell both and get a higher capacity Mini
  18. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    It sounds like both tablets are rather bad at doing something so that you have to carry both of them. BTW, what about your iPhone? Are you taking it with you too?
  19. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Eh, thats too dangerous to take both. I would dislike to be the person that loses TWO iPads.
  20. macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    amen...some stupid answers here - everyone has diff needs so you can't "decree" what is right...I take both - my Ipad4 for Keynote presentations and the mini for airplane movies and sitting at the fine
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    are you really travel for work conference or sightseeing?

    Ipad 3 for movies/ web browing and mini for gaming. You seem to have a lot of free time. Just curious. I would just bring my phone and an ipod. Dinner and drinks with friends at the convention would be more fun, don't you think?
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    Yes, this is only a problem because the 1st gen mini had no retina display. The OP's question was not stupid. Many people are going through the "Man, weight and size is amazing but why so fuzzy?" dilemma.

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