iPad mini What do you guys use your iPad mini for?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by raptorstv, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    I already have an iPhone 5, I am really tempted to pick an iPad mini... I dont have an iPad. Just curious... What kind of things do you guys find it useful to use the iPad mini?
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    I use it mine for reading magazines, Netflix, browsing, email, AirPlay to an Apple TV and games. While I can do these things with my iPhone 5, it's a much better experience on an iPad.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2006
    Videos, Browsing, Magazines, Music and Gaming.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2012
    Yorkshire, UK
    iPad apps. ;)
  5. macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    Best thing to do is go to apple store and try one out before clicking that button. I personally really enjoy the iPad experience of both types mini & 9'7 iPad.i use my iPad 9'7 for streaming media & the mini I use for reading,surfing the web, games,emails,social networks. I can never put my mini down now always using it for something it's my preferred device for general tasks due to it portability

    I hope that you get something to suite you
  6. macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    I will never understand what everybody is in an uproar for, re the mini - Here's how I used it yesterday:

    1. got up and read my mail
    2. checked this site and few others
    3. went to neighborhood bar to watch football with friends - used it all afternoon to check games, etc - everyone played with it and never remarked anything about the screen - (non-apple geek people don't care)
    4. came home and did an invoice with an app - Invoice robot
    5. rewrote a keynote presentation
    6. went to you tube and watched a new video
    7. used netflix later that night and watched "Margin Call"

    Is it retina? - no
    will I buy a retina Mini? - probably
    is it "unusable", "a debacle", "a fail" et. al....no - for me, it works fine for all above...

  7. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Use it instead of an iPhone. Save about $1200/yr and still have LTE on demand when free wifi is not available and I really need to make/take a call. For me, the Mini with Earbuds + mic will become the bigger "iPhone"- perfect for my modest & occasional needs for the voice functionality of a cell-phone. I'll easily save enough to fully recoup the cost of the iPad Mini 1 & 2 vs. paying the cell service toll of even 1 year with an iPhone.

    Use it instead of a GPS mapping device. Its smaller size (vs. the "Maxi") is more appealing (to me) for this kind of use.

    Use it for all of the iOS apps instead of the (too small IMO) phone/touch screen and (too large & heavy) "maxi" screen. For some this will be the Goldilocks screen size.

    If someone already has an iPhone or iPad, I think rationalizing/justifying it as an addition to those devices will be much harder. If they have neither, this can be a terrific hybrid.
  8. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Same here.
  9. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Not everybody needs to justify every purchase. Some people just want to own one, and then buy it. I have both an iPhone and iPad and I'll probably get a mini.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2009
    One thing not mentioned yet that it does well is ebooks, I read most days and nights on it. The £15 Google Play credit I got with my Nexus bought a few books and the Play reader is very good on the iPad Mini, white on black and the brightness turned right down makes it excellent for reading in bed when you don't want to disturb anybody. I was also given a link to all the special free/cheap deals on Amazon for books, so gathering quite a collection. While I read magazines on my 9.7 iPad, I never got into the ebook reading on the iPad, it was just to bulky and heavy to hold for the length of time I normally read for.

    Other than that, email, browsing, videos, magazines, TV (both TVCatchUp and SkyGo are excellent on the Mini), Internet radio, twitter, and lots of apps.
  11. macrumors regular

    May 27, 2012
    South Bay, CA
    It's my home's remote control :cool:
  12. macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    I'll be doing the same thing. What worries me is how much data Google Voice uses. I will have a basic phone on the side just to be safe. Any way to figure out how much data Google Voice uses? I'm totally getting rid of my iPhone 5. Best thing is no contract!
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Internet, email, books, games, Hulu+, Netflix...
  14. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Best I know, VOIP is not much of a data hog. I've heard some claim it's not quite as good as cellular compression but I've heard others say it's just as good. Generally, I've come to the conclusion that VOIP can often deliver a better quality of voice (sound) than cellular (probably at the expense of using a bit more data bandwidth). But I don't share your concern. At least in my own case, I doubt I could ever use enough VOIP data to burn up the GB options for 4G data associated with the iPad Mini (in fact, I'll hardly ever use the 4G options at all... just free wifi for VOIP). I'm getting the 4G for the rare "emergency" where I might need to connect but can't find free wifi and for the GPS hardware for more accurate maps. If I have to buy some 4G data more than about 2-3 times each year, I'll be surprised.
  15. macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    I use the voice part of my iPhone 30% and the data 70%. So I won't be able to use the voice on wifi a lot.
  16. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Even then, if most of your voice is OUTbound instead of INbound (though the latter does work pretty well with some VOIP apps), an ongoing 4G data plan would likely come in much cheaper than cell phone plans.

    In my case, I rarely need inbound (most of the time they just go to voice mail). I sometimes need outbound (but most of the time those can wait until I get back to a hotel or am on some site with free wifi, etc). Every once in a while I need to make an outbound call in a situation where I can't readily access free wifi. Up to now, I've turned on a mifi device for these scenarios (only about once or twice each year). However, with the Mini, I plan to leave the mifi behind and let its built-in 4G cover these "emergencies". Its data plans are better than the mifi rates so it should save me a few more dollars each year. In either scenario, I've been keeping a LOT of money in my pocket without feeling like I've made much of a "connected" sacrifice by not sending AT&T or Verizon, etc about $100/month (whether I use any cellular voice or not).
  17. macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    See I plan on getting a cellular IPad Mini though. Do you have a wifi ipad or plan on getting a 4G version? I'll need it for maps, email, apps and for google voice texting along with some voice calls.
  18. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    cellular Mini for me too. It will double as my cell phone (via 4G/3G) for those rare times when I can't find free wifi and need to connect. Besides I want the GPS hardware for it to also double as a mobile maps device.

    In short: no iphone (or other cell phone)... just an iPad Mini 4G + Voip app + earbuds with mic for calls. I already know this will work good enough for my purposes as I've got by this long using Skype + my laptop + ear buds with microphone for my "cell phone" needs. This will be just a bit more portable and kick that mifi out of my bag and the dedicated garmin out of the car.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    My iMac is broken and I'm waiting for my new MBP to be delivered, so at the moment I am using my iPad as a computer. While I really am looking forward to receiving my MacBook, and I miss not having a mac. It's actually surprising how well the iPad works as a stop gap. I couldn't do this permanently. There are just some things that a mac or PC are better at achieving, and frustrate you when you try to achieve them on the iPad. But they are still very capable little computers.
  20. dinosaur1, Nov 12, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2007
    I think I will port my cell # into google voice. I also use it for texting.....Can I use Talkatone for texting. Next is who uses more data?
  21. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    Only had the Mini for one full day so far.

    I browsed the web, checked emails, watched some of Thor via Netflix, watched some of Hunger Games via Flixster app with the ultraviolet copy I got because I bought the Blu Ray and it was included, visited some forums I participate in, and played some Temple Run.

    I had off from work today. Tomorrow is going to be a rough day at work knowing I cannot wait to get my hands on the MINI!!!!!!!
  22. macrumors 68040


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I don't have an iPad mini…It is small screen for watching netflix. I have an iPad 2 and use for netflix, browsing, reading news, and reading tweets. :apple:
  23. Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    I've been using mine for everything. The full size iPad is great, and a total powerhouse. But the mini is my go-to device. Even more than my iMac or iPhone lately.
  24. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    I believe Talkatone and Line2 both deliver a virtual iPhone (voice in and out, texting, etc). I keep seeing those 2 getting very high marks in reviews. I don't use either of them so I would look each up to be sure they cover what you need.
  25. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Reading, jotting down notes, email, txting, and surfing. Plus the occasional game and various other iPad apps

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