iPad mini Saw a mini for the first time and ....

Discussion in 'iPad' started by johndallas999, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    I couldn't believe how sub-par the display is. I love the size and weight but that is a total oversight to not put a retina on it. Very poor display by a company that touts Retina everything.
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    After a while, your eyes get back used to it (coming from a retina iPad, that is). Its not that bad.
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2012
    The mini is a total fail. Unbelievable. Epic sadness - no retina.
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2012
    I do not own one, but from what I saw at Best Buy, I did not think the display was bad at all. Maybe my eyes are so bad they can't tell much of a difference between this and retina though haha.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I love my mini, I think that Apple is saving it for next year's iPad mini release.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2009
    It looks good in a store for a reason - everything looks better in store. Not to say the display is as bad as OP is making it out to be, but it is definitely a step backward in display quality. In terms of portability and design? Top notch. I guess you just have to weigh the pros and cons.
  7. macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    Everyone is freaking out about how it's not retina and it burns their eyes. Jesus, it's not like its black and white. It's just as good as my Macbook Pro - which isn't "retina", but honestly it's not a big deal.

    I love my Mini. It's much better for me than the iPad 2. Retina seems like it would be nice, but it's just not a big deal. I've not had anyone complain about the screen quality when they played with it. I think it's great.

    The screen quality is fine. If you're on the fence about buying the Mini because people are bitching about the screen, I'd just suggest that it's not nearly as big of a deal as people make it out to be. Personally, I'm much more concerned with the older processor. But for now, it fits my needs better than a normal size iPad.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2010
    And the low amount of RAM really sucks. Apps and Safari tabs constantly reloading.
  9. macrumors member


    Nov 1, 2011
    ...and this is the reason I got an ipad 4 over the mini. One look at that screen and instant disappointment. Maybe I will go for the retina mini next year though.


    Only problem is once you get a good look at that retina display, there's really no hesitation. You gotta have it and have it now! Hehe :D
  10. macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    Wow, a new topic. :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    You are aware how battery-hungry retina displays are, right?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    im sure many would sacrifice some battery life for better screen. i too am not owning the mini and i get to have a look at it in nearby shop. The screen is a let down but i am more disappointed by the feel of it. It just seems too delicate and light. I much prefer it to be a little heavier or maybe because im coming form original ipad feels.

    i seriously found ipod touch 4 to have a better durability feel to it.
  13. MrXiro, Nov 28, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012

    macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Non-retina is fine... the PPI on your TV is MUCH worse.

    Things not Retina:
    11 inch MBA
    13 inch MBA
    13 inch MBP
    15 inch MBP
    17 inch MBP (do they still make this one?)
    21.5 inch iMac
    27 inch iMac
    Mac Mini - Can't buy a Retina Monitor for it.
    iPad 2
    iPad Mini
    AppleTV (you use it on your TV which is not Retina)

    Retina Devices:
    iPad 4
    15 inch MBP
    13 inch MBP
    iPod Touch 4
    iPod Touch 5
    iPhone 4
    iPhone 4S
    iPhone 5

    I count more non-retina devices than Retina still...
  14. macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    Agreed. Maybe it's because I currently use an ipad 2, or use a 37 inch tv as a monitor for my mac mini, or it could be that I would much rather have 10 hours of battery life than a retina screen, or maybe, just maybe, I'm willing to give apple credit on a good first draft.

    I actually love the mini and am a bit envious. My only problem with the ipad is the heft.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2010
    Yeah but I dont't hold my TV 12in away from my face either. Maybe you do, but most humans do not.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    I originally ordered a Mini but after playing with it I returned in the Apple store. Why? Coming from an Ipad 1 the screen resolution never bothered me but for some reason resolution on the mini did. I believe the smaller footprint had something to do with it, I had to keep zooming in and out of webpages. Also I felt the price point was too high after using it. Ended up getting the "4". I don't see the mini getting retina anytime soon and I see it lagging at least 1 year behind the full sized Ipad in terms of specs. I see apple going the way of their Ipod lineup as how it relates to the Ipads...(Mini, Ipad wo/retina, and Ipad w/retina). All in all I think it's has great promise but there is room for improvement. I think this product was rushed out just for the holiday season to snag the Kindle and Google Nexus market and in doing so they skimped.
  17. macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    Dogs are notorious for holding televisions 1 foot away from their face.
  18. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    Yeah, it's been nearly a whole day since the same thing has been repeatedly regurgitated to promote nausea.

    I use both the 4 and the mini alternately throughout the day, and often forget which one is in my hands. Probably because I'm busy using them, instead of comparing them.

    These threads are clutter, IMO.
  19. macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    This will be like any other apple product. People will complain, some claiming it is a disaster and won't sell well, and within a year everybody will want one anyway.
  20. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Those who are surprised or disappointed with the mini's display, fail to understand that comparing it to retina is completely irrelevant. They are vastly different resolutions. If you know displays you don't even have to see the mini in person.

    I understand those who prefer retina, and knowing how the general public reacts I think it was a major mistake on Apples part not to include it. Yet the fact that they chose a lower resolution display does not make it bad.

    Frankly it's a typical move that Apple makes time after time. Push out a product that's missing a feature, then include that feature in the next version. It creates sales & huge profits for the company that's addicted to profits at all costs.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2009
    I've owned my mini since launch day, and the screen isn't bad at all. It's not retina quality, but it's not even close to the garbage people on here are describing it as.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    I saw one today for the first time, too, and thought it was terrific. I have an iPad 2 and an iPod Touch 5.

    I guess if you're accustomed to viewing nothing but a retina screen, you would be unhappy with non-retina. But that's just not the case for most folks.
  23. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    Wouldn't it be nifty if there was a place for people who are interested in the iPad product line, to share their experiences and expertise, without ridicule and childish proclamations?

    As a newb to both the ipad and to the forum, the chaff sure seems to be outweighing the wheat here. Hopefully that settles out soon.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2011
    Coming from the iPad 3 I can say their is a difference but it isn't going to be a deal breaker for the majority of people who want;

    - Smaller footprint
    - Weight / Thickness

    Who (may/don't) like the mini

    - Graphic Arts / Photographers
    - Editors / Comic guru's
    - Above average viewing times
  25. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    New York, NY
    iPad mini is also an introductory product into the iPad family. Those who had interests but never made the leap due to price, size, etc. are starting off with the iPad mini and aren't going to be concerned with iPad minis lack of retina display.

    If you want a powerhouse tablet with retina display, get an iPad 3 or 4.

    If you want a small, light weight yet powerful tablet and are on a budget -- there's iPad mini.

    It's that simple.

    Those upset about iPad mini not having retina off the bat -- don't be naive and/or surprised, you know how Apple is.

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