iPad mini What are the Pros and Cons of iPad Mini?

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

  1. macrumors newbie


    Aug 25, 2012
    Chocolate Town, USA
    I have been debating whether or not to get the iPad Mini. I realize it is more portable, but is it worth not having the A5 and retina display. I want to hear some other peoples thoughts on whether or not being more portable is worth giving up the newest features.:apple::)
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    seems to me you could have easily read threads that are already out there rather than creating a new thread, but hey that's my opinion.

    but to some it up you are going to get people that love it and don't care that it lacks retina or a6 chip, but they you'll have the ones that do. basically that is what you are going to get here.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Hay Chocolate boy, read some existing threads instead of starting repetitious pointless ones.
  4. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    All subjective matters (worth is highly subjective on any topic). Depends on who you ask. It's obviously worth it to those that have bought and kept the Mini.
  5. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Plenty of threads discuss this already, just read them and draw your own conclusions.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    One better. OP can draw conclusion after buying and trying one. There is a good return policy now for the holiday so go for it, OP.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jan 29, 2010
    Blech. I should have mini thread fatigue by now, but mostly I am just turned off by the open ended threads.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2011
    Denton, TX
    I don't have a mini or I would answer. Not sure why all these goons come in here telling you to read other threads....just answer the op's question or move on. Is that so hard?
  9. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2012
    For me, the pros of the portability and usability of the mini far outweigh any cons. I've only had one retina device and though I liked the screen it was not the selling point for me to get that device, so the lack of retina is kind of a non-issue for me. I really like this mini and while it's not perfect it definitely is a purchase I'm quite happy with.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    Yes. Best bet is to go to a local store and see one in person.
  11. Contributor


    Dec 8, 2009
    Form factor is a great point, but .... once you try retina, you'll never come back
  12. macrumors 68020

    Nov 3, 2008
    Its so awesome

    Its so awesome until the next model comes out then it feels outdated

    Regardless of what the excuse makers say, Retina does matter on a device that you spend a lot of time reading on. So as much as I love my Mini, i fully intend on selling it once the rumor mill starts churning out the retina mini rumors.
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2006

    If you are a photographer or want to use the iPad for maximum
    quality display purposes in respect to imaging, then an iPad with
    a Retina screen is the way to go.

    If you can be happy with excellent, but not necessarily state of
    the art imaging quality and find portability issues higher on the list, then
    the Mini is best.

    I have both. I am a photographer. But I also have a niche for
    the Mini dues to its better handling as a Kindle device and also
    it's extreme portability.

    For me, the iPad is my #1 computing device.

  14. macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    Beware comparisons with retina - if they're showing it in portrait mode, the scaling is imperfect and makes the mini screen look worse than it really is. Run it in landscape mode and text is very legible.

    That said, for the money I spent on my 64 GB cellular mini, I would have been stuck with the 16GB retina model so capacity and portability wins the day. As others have said, go into a store and try both. The mini is fast and has a bright display. The cameras and cellular capabilities are the same on both models so it is just size and display resolution. I have shorts with big pockets and can stick my mini in them easily. Can't do that with my full size iPad.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    pros of mini= size

    cons= everything else....just my opinion
  16. macrumors 68000

    Jun 2, 2006
    for the mini, i dont care if it doesnt have a retina display, because it's quite sharp enough. much better than the iPad 2. the only cons about it is the lack of ram. i wish it shipped with A6 processor and 1GB of ram.
  17. macrumors 68040

    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Pros: it's smaller and cheaper
    Cons: it's smaller and (built) cheaper (screen)
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Print photography can't come close to resembling the look of an LCD display, let alone a retina display; so I'm not sure I agree with this statement.

    I will agree that the retina display sure makes great photos look fantastically vibrant and full of bright/sharp colors.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    I've been looking for digital notebook capability for about a year. The iPad Mini + Noteshelf + Adonit Jot Pro is the best setup I've found to date.

    I go from meeting to meeting with what I have in my hands, so the size and weight makes the Mini more desirable for me when compared to its larger sibling.

    I'm happy to sacrifice the Retina display here for the desired functionality I need given the current display satisfies my needs just fine.

    Pro's: Portability, easy to hold, perfect on the go notebook
    Con's: Thin bezel may take some adjusting time, No HDR/Panoramic photo options (yet), only 5mp front Camera
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2012
    I don't have the mini but have looked at in the store on several occasions. I have an iPad 4 and rMBP so for me the screen looks unsatisfactory. After playing with the mini I also found it awkard trying to look at websites on the small screen without enlarging the text and swiping to see everything. It is a beautiful, lightweight device to hold, but the functionality is missing for me. I rarely have the need to carry an iPad with me anywhere so the portability isn't a factor for me either. I use my iPad 4 at home and find the size perfect for recreational use. This isn't to condemn the mini but it just isn't for me. I can see that the portability makes it an excellent choice for someone who carries an iPad with them frequently.
  21. macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006

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