iPad mini My #1 gripe about iPad Mini (not what you think)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by PracticalMac, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    If it where not for my recently purchased iPad 3, I would have a mini, but get a chance to play with one every time I see it.

    One thing I noticed that does irk me about the mini: Performance.
    I notice a level of lagginess and jittery operation on display mini's the iPad 3 does not have.

    Anyone else notice that?

    Otherwise, the small non-retina screen is not an issue for me. Yes, I see it is a little pixelated, but I can still see text clearly.
  2. macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
  3. macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    Here and there yes..not too bothersome though..I see it with many Safari tabs open only really

    This is why I will STILL upgrade to the next gen regardless retina or not

    I will upgrade for more RAM and a faster processor alone
  4. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Subjectively my experience has been contrary to yours.

    No i have no lag on my mini and I went from a iPad 3 to a mini.

    App wise most apps are the same, the only noticeable differences has been on games, and If anything some games actually play, have more effects and lag less on the mini (MC4, NOVA3) than they do on the iPad 3.


    Technically you could say the iPad 3 was just an iPad 2 with a retina display and more memory. CPU processor wise they are exactly the same.
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    This. It pretty much shares the same CPU, SoC, RAM, and GPU as the the iPad 2. The 3rd gen iPad has more RAM and a slightly different CPU.
  6. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    And the funny part is that it has features that the iPad 2 doesn't have, like Siri and Flyover... which I assume, require more power.
  7. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I'm sure the 2 could support those features as well if Apple wanted but they need to reserve some features for the newest iPad or no one would buy it.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    The iPad 2 does have flyover, just not Siri.
  9. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I see, ta
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    I have no complaints about the mini. I came from an ipad 2 so for me it was a lateral move with just a bump up in the camera and form factor categories.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    Based on all these (ongoing and never ending - sorry to the OP, I don't mean any disrespect at all) negative comments about the mini, I'm concluding that I must have bought (unknowingly) a secret generation 3 or generation 4 iPad mini prototype because the mini I have doesn't cause eye strain, headaches or display text in unreadable ways; my mini doesn't run apps slowly, with any lag or in any way unusable; my mini is wonderful, I love it, I have no complaints and every day I am still impressed with this amazing device.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I really don't notice any slow down and I did have a 3 since release day. Maybe I'm not playing the CPU intensive games or something because I just don't see it. I love my mini as is.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2011
    I don't notice any lag at all on my mini. I find it quite snappy actually.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    No problems with lag or performance issues my Mini. It runs everything I have smoothly.
  15. macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2012
    See no discernible difference in performance from my iPad 3 to my mini. Just the obvious difference in screen resolution.
  16. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    And the upgraded stereo speakers in the mini, something even the almighty 4 doesn't have!
  17. macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    I do find it a little less speedy, but I wouldn't say it was laggy or jittery. I find I'm forgiving of its performance because somehow my expectations are lower for a smaller device. I was worried I would miss the performance of my Ipad 3 but I really don't.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Apr 13, 2006
    No lag or jitter on my mini. I have an iPad 3 as well and I actually find the mini just as fast as the 3 and the Internet itself seems speedier for some reason. I don't usually have more than 5 or 6 tabs open at one time and have yet to see any of them reload.
  19. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2011
    This. I did the same exact thing.
  20. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    May need to do a reboot? Where is the lag and jittery operation on the mini's display? Didn't notice it when I owned it or on my GF's mini now.
  21. macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
    No discernable lag on mine. If you are experiencing lag, you may need to try to check to see if you have a lot of apps open on the multi-task bar, and close some of them or all of the ones you don't use regularly.
  22. syd430, Jan 6, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 6, 2013


    As others have probably already pointed out, the main difference between the A5 in the ipad 2/mini and the A5X in the ipad 3 is the graphics chip. There really is no discernible speed difference between the A5 on non-retina ipads and the A5X on retina ipads as the additional graphics power is offset by the computational requirements of the retina display.
  23. macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2005
    Did your mini come with a unicorn too? Putting aside, for a moment, your dogged insistence that the non-retina display is hardly noticeable - even the most objective owner of the mini who has come from the iPad 3 can notice the lag in apps. I notice it in several games and in the loading of certain web pages.

    Glad that you enjoy it so - but to claim that it is all rainbows and peppermints is laughable.
  24. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Nope, I do not notice it. Actually my ipad 3 seems laggier than my mini.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    i notice most apple shop with ipad mini for you to try on. The ipad will be put at 100% brightness and auto brightness off. That means what you see is probably the best the screen can put out.

    I went to check out Ipad mini for my mom, she kept going to the Ipad 4 because the screen is much bigger. Thats okay. But even with 100% brightness, i still can't read clear on website in the mini. Having to zoom in more than my Ipad 2 and it was suppose to be clearer with better ppi? Guess the size really matter. I used to have 7 inch tablet (playbook) it has better screen but for overall uses, it just not good enough. 9.7 is the best.

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