All iPads Why is the iPad mini twice as popular as the regular sized iPad

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  1. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    I haven't understood this at all. Why is the iPad mini twice as popular as the regular sized iPad? The mini is slightly under double the size of the iPhone, which isn't that big. Full sized iPad is about 3 times the size. Was the full sized too big or something? Or was it apple being greedy with Amazon leading the way with a cheap 7" tablet?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Well, this is apple forum so you will see more love than hate toward any apple products coming out.

    Ipad mini, imo is a lot less capable than Ipad in many ways but people seem to look pass that because of its weight. Apple is not competing with amazon or google for cheap 7" market. Ipad mini eats away sales of their own full-sized Ipad.
  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    It's new, it looks good, it's lighter, it's cheaper, and it runs the same apps. I prefer the original size iPad, but it's not a surprise that the smaller iPad is so popular.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Less capable? No. More portable? Yes.

    How is the Mini eating sales away from the iPad? If someone wants a 9.7 screen, they go iPad. If they want something smaller, they go Mini. The Mini's sales are good now because it's new. Something new is going to get picked over an iPad 3S any day of the week. Either way, Apple is still making at least $150 profit per 16 GB Mini sold while getting $184 per 16 GB iPad. No matter what people buy, they're still making a hefty profit.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2010
    The mini nailed the proper size for portability. When I first imagined the idea of having an iPad, I really thought I'd take it everywhere with me but the size is just a tad bit too big for that. The mini however is the perfect tablet size. Small enough to fit in your pocket and large enough that you don't have to navigate website the way you do with an iPhone.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2009
    If I get a new iPad, I'm ditching my iPad 3 in favor of a Mini (2nd gen with Retina display, natch). They're so much nicer to hold and a hell of a lot more portable.
  7. macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    Keep thinking because it is none of your incorrect answers.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    The mini is less than twice the size of an iPhone? But the regular iPad is 3 times the size? Have you ever seen any of these products?
  9. macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2012
    I guess it's just a math fail, he thinks that an 8" screen is twice as big as a 4" one (the correct answer is 4x since those values are measured diagonally).
  10. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    You're not thinking correctly there. :)

    The Mini is small, but not THAT small. If you only took the screen part of the iPhone 4/4S (note, not the top or bottom part or the sides) and put them side by side, it would be six of them. That's a lot of screen to use.

    I use it as if it were a full scale iPad. Have I ever used a full scaled iPad? No, but this feels like one to ME.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2009
    Mini is a full blown tablet with extremely capable camera, very good GPU and fine CPU (not the best, but just fine and much better than any Atom). It has full stereo, very good speakers, It also has 40% larger screen compared to 7 inch android offerings and only slightly more expensive as compared based on screen size. In addition, it is very light, lighter than Nexus 7 despite having 40% more screen size. Now you understand why.
  12. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2011
    OP, you've got it all wrong. The iPad mini is more than just "double the size of an iPhone". You get the full unadulterated iPad experience in a thinner, lighter, and more portable form factor. Although its not cheaper by much, it's enough to where is not as expensive as the full sized iPad.
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    May 3, 2009
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  14. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
  15. macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    Because it is cheaper, lighter, more portable, and I don't feel that I'm losing anything in comparison to its big brother. Many people feel the same way, though not everybody.
  16. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Is it really twice as popular? It's new so are you saying twice as many iPad minis have sold than all other iPad full size models? Either way, it is popular because it is indeed really nice to hold. It's easy for some to pocket and most of all, the price is nicer.
  17. macrumors 68020


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Why is it popular?, maybe it's the size some of us wanted in the first place.
  18. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    By definition all corporations are greedy, including Amazon. Did you know that on Kindles (and Nooks for that matter) you can't download free books or apps without having a valid credit card on file? Apple at least lets you download free items without having a credit card attached to the Apple ID being used. Also, Amazon prices its tablets low and hopes to profit by selling you stuff, including an Amazon Prime membership.


    Yes, the iPad Mini fits in pockets, pocket books and fits better in a lot of camera bags.

    Also, the Mini is easier to hold for reading books.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2012
    I find my mini a great size a very good screen for almost everything and it certainly seems fast enough for anything that I do.
    If/When it has a Retina screen I think the questions will be why buy a full size iPad other than as a "laptop" type replacement which will sit on a desktop most of the time.

    I find I carry my mini most of the time - it is great if I go out to lunch by my self and can carry it in my pocket where a full size would be more of a pain for that.
  20. macrumors G4


    Jun 12, 2012
    price is the main reason. The difference between $329 and $499 is a lot to most consumers...over half the price of the mini.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    Why do you define competition and changes/advancements in technology as "greedy"? Please explain that.
  22. macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    This baffles me have you never carried a laptop with you sure the iPad isn't the size of a deck of cards but it sure is a hell of a lot more portable then most laptops.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Some laptops are more portable than others. The iPad mini is more portable than an iPad.

    To travel with a laptop you really needed a laptop bag or backpack. The iPad mini is so small and light you can carry it like a notepad in a portfolio case.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    Yeah, I don't get that.
  25. thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012

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