iPad mini Query to those who own Mini

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Macuser1066, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    I am going to have an operation which will leave in the hospital for a week or so and then semi incapacitated for 3 months. I have had each iteration of the iPad, including the latest retinal display. I generally don't find the weight too much in normal circumstances, but have found that I can't use it to read in bed or while lying down.

    I was wondering whether those who have the Mini find it easy to use in that situation. I was considering buying a 16G Wifi only Mini for use during this period of incapacity. Would appreciate any comments. I expect that the screen will not be the best. Normally I use my iPad for everything and it goes everywhere with me. The Mini I envision using primarily for reading or downloading the occasional movie from Netflix.
  2. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The Mini works well for reading in bed in my opinion.

    Remember you can buy it now, use it and if it doesn't work for you, you can always return it.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2012
    I find my Mini great for reading books etc. On websites it is fine for general reading of the screens but I find I have to expand the display to read some of the articles - this maybe a function of size rather than sharpness. In general I find it a great tool. I don't have young eyes but again don't really have an issue except for some web sites.
  4. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    For the websites, it's a size issue on the fonts, not sharpness.
  5. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    see, I feel the exact opposite....it is an issue of sharpness and not size. I honestly have less issue on a smaller iphone 5 screen.
  6. macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2010
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I use my mini when laying in bed all the time, will work great. The battery life on my mini is so much better than the one on my iPad 3 as well
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    the iPad mini weighs about the same as a thick paperback book and I love using it to read in bed. But, if you will be required to lie flat on your back, trying to hold it above your face for any extended period will be difficult and awkward, but not any more so than that thick paperback.

    If you will be able to slightly incline your upperbody with pillows or the adjustable bed, you can prop the iPad on your chest and use it just fine.
  8. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    I hadn't considered a floor stand, but am terribly near sighted and I don't think it would serve. I like the idea of it being the weight of a thick paperback, as I will primarily use for reading. Thanks all for the thoughtful comments. I appreciate your input
  10. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    You have one of the new iPads right? Why not save your dough and get a nice flip case that acts as a stand and use the iPad for movies/apps/games and invest less than $100 and get a Kindle or e-reader for reading. The new e-Readers, I believe, are even lighter than the iPad Mini and you could save over $200 going this route.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2012

    Agree with above. The Kindle Paperwhite with the lighted screen and sharp text is an excellent device for reading.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2009
    I read books on my mini in bed almost every night. I love the thing.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2012
    Northern California
    I also read books on my Mini every night in bed and it is perfect. I alternate reading with watching the first season of Downton Abbey on the Mini and it is gorgeous. I have an iPad 3 also, but if I had to go into hospital, the Mini would go with me.

    Hope this helps with your decision and comes with my best wishes for a speedy recovery!
  14. macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2011
    This if you do a lot of book reading. I have the iPad 4 which I love for surfing, photo editing, gaming etc. but I read almost exclusively on my Kindle paperwhite in the evening and it is a much better tool for book reading. My missus has the iPad mini which is a great device and much easier for holding than the full size and it's a more realistic device for book reading than the full size iPad even with the lack of retina bit I would still always used the Kindle for books.
    If you only want a single device, the iPad mini would seem the obvious choice.
  15. macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    I think personally that the mini is the best iPad out to date especially when it comes to reading its perfect and for playing games on too.

    its ok to watch things on too but i would prefer to use the 9'7inch version to watch things on.

    Just go and buy one you will love it.

    The only time that i use the 9'7 inch is when i watching a movie or tv series and that it pretty much
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    i get a bit of sleep arm but its me and my position. the mini itself is so easy to hold.
  17. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've not found the mini to be an issue any circumstance, i.e., standing, sitting, on my bed etc. I'd say it will provide less fatigue then the larger heavier iPad
  18. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Thanks for all the input. I think I am going to go for the Mini. I did previously purchase a kndle which I ended up giving away to a family member. I preferred the flexibility of having Barnes & Noble, Kindle and iBooks. I scheduled surgery on Febuary 11th (total knee) and will buy a Mini with Wifi only prior to that date. It should work fine and if by any chance it gets taken/lost, I'd rather lose $300 than over a $1000 with a 64G LTE iPad 4!
  19. koa, Jan 9, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2005
    I got a Mini for Christmas and am just finishing my second book. Love it for reading in bed and the night mode (black page w/ white letters). I do have a Otterbox Defender on it which I know defeats the purpose of small light weight, but it is easier to grip with the non-slip rubber sides and lip of the screen. And if it falls on the hardwood floor if I've fallen asleep reading it's protected. Pillows seem to grip it better too. Good luck with your surgery.

    Misery would be a good movie to watch while you're recuperating.;)

    Edit: The snap on cover of the Defender also doubles as stand to hold the Mini in vertical or horizontal positions and different angles.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    But the Mini's size/weight still make it the best choice for certian situations until it gets retina.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    Bingo!!! it is a shame that i can read the text easier on my iphone 5 than i could on the mini i had....
  22. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The mini wins hands down for use in the lying down position. The extra weight will make the retina display of the iPad 3/4 look not so great when it crashes onto your face when it slips from your tired hands after an hour or two... ;)
  23. macrumors newbie


    Nov 17, 2012
    In my honest opinion, I believe that the iPad mini is the PERFECT form factor in terms of size and ergonomics. And also, the uses that you are planning to use the Mini for are exactly what I use mine for and I love the experience with mine. I've used both the Full sized iPad and also the first iteration of the Kindle Fire and I felt that one was too small and the other too large, but Mini is just right:cool:.

    On another note, good luck with your operation :)
  24. macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
  25. macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I moved from iPad 3 to the mini, and love it! The size is great! I watch tv on it at night, on a nightstand! I carry it to work, and it is so light and easy to carry around for me. My day one iPad 3 had so much discoloration on the screen, I sent it back.

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