All iPads Any poll on whos buying iPad Air or iPad Mini?

Starfyre

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I am pretty sure this poll exists already. Does anyone have a link to a poll on whether most people are planning or have already bought an Air vs a Mini? Debating on which one to get.
 

deeddawg

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Buy which one fits your needs/wants/preferences. Don't just follow the crowd mindlessly.

(And yes, the differences have been discussed a lot, several threads already that should get you up to speed.)
 

thelookingglass

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I have both and was a diehard advocate of the Air until I made myself use the mini for several days. I always loved the form factor but hated the tiny-ness of text on the mini. But what I discovered is that once I adjusted my usage patterns, the tiny text wasn't an issue at all. I'm quite loving the mini now.
 

Starfyre

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I was set on the mini, until I saw the reviews on the display being different in quality with the mini having worse, but noticeable quality loss.
 

thelookingglass

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I was set on the mini, until I saw the reviews on the display being different in quality with the mini having worse, but noticeable quality loss.
It's a color gamut issue, not just a generic "quality loss." You need to figure out if that's a big deal to you. To the vast majority of people who aren't professional photographers or graphic designers, it doesn't make a bit of difference. The screen is crystal clear, razor sharp and stunningly beautiful to the average user.
 

Rodster

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I was planning on buying a rMini but have decided to get a full size iPad instead. I don't like having to zoom in and out when surfing the web. The extra real estate helps.
 

nostresshere

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I am pretty sure this poll exists already. Does anyone have a link to a poll on whether most people are planning or have already bought an Air vs a Mini? Debating on which one to get.
Let me try to be nice here.

Such a poll would be of little value, on many levels.

1 - People are buying MILLIONS of each.

2. - If they are buying more of one than other, does it make one better? Or worse?

3 - Your audience here is way different than the general population. Or is it?

4 - Then there are the MILLIONS buying nothing.

5 - And, MILLIONS buying various competing tablets.

Bottom line - what purpose would a poll serve?

(P.S. In the last month, I am guessing there are a few hundred threads and a few thousand posts debating which is better)
 

luckylisp

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I personally would not let the color gamut issue stop you if you feel the size factor is important to you and makes the device more useful/enjoyable for you.

I looked at both the Air and the mini at my local Apple shop, and while the Air does have more saturated colors, I didn't find the mini colors a problem at all.

I personally prefer the Air due to the bigger size, and mainly because I use mine at home to browse the net, but if you think the mini fits your lifestyle better you should get it. You'll most likely love it. Basically the best device is the one that suits your wants and needs the best.
 

meistervu

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I am pretty sure this poll exists already. Does anyone have a link to a poll on whether most people are planning or have already bought an Air vs a Mini? Debating on which one to get.
person 1 - iPad Air
person 2 - iPad Mini
person 3 - iPad Mini
person 4 - iPad Air
person 5 - iPad Mini
...and so on

People obviously buy one or the other or both. So what if you see a survey that says x% buying iPad Air and 1-x% buying iPad mini, how does that helps you decide?
 

mpantone

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A poll doesn't help.

Buy the device that best fulfills your needs. If you need to schlepp around three kids and their friends, don't buy a Mazda Miata, buy the minivan or SUV.

It's not a popularity contest. A tablet is an appliance.

Also, MacRumors is one awful place for a technology poll. The site is full of teenagers who still live with mommy and daddy, mostly privileged white American kids. This site has zero relevance whatsoever to the general public (which again doesn't really matter in your case).

Running polls on this site is meaningless.
 

dannynjoni

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Running polls on this site is meaningless.


And fun. ;)

I agree with those who say the screen difference doesn't matter much. I have an Air and am into photography so I didn't think id like my wife's Mini as much. I don't want to put it down. It's razor sharp and actually very colorful. Just not as much so as the Air. If you didn't have them side by side I doubt you'd notice. They're both awesome. But if you are into photography then I'd give the nod to the Air. The screen is just perfect for editing and showing off your work! For reading books I'd say the Mini. But both device do both of these tasks well. Good luck!
 
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v0lume4

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The site is full of teenagers who still live with mommy and daddy, mostly privileged white American kids. This site has zero relevance whatsoever to the general public (which again doesn't really matter in your case).
I'd go as far to say that teenagers are the minority on these forums. Or, at the very least, there's equally as many people from other age groups as there are teenagers.

However, your comment saying this site not representing the general public, I agree with.
 

Harmonious Zen

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I'd go as far to say that teenagers are the minority on these forums. Or, at the very least, there's equally as many people from other age groups as there are teenagers.

However, your comment saying this site not representing the general public, I agree with.
Well we're certainly all just guessing when we claim to know the user demographic for this site. If it's at all reflective of reality, surely there are quite a few grown adults who act like teenagers!
 

deeddawg

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depends on if this person has used an iPad Air at all. it may not be a big deal...but it could be?
Yep. It certainly could be a big deal to someone. For most normal folks (non MR users) I doubt they'd even notice.

Trouble is there's no real good way to fit an Air into a sportcoat pocket. If that's an important criteria, then you have to decide which is more important.
 

MrXiro

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I was set on the mini, until I saw the reviews on the display being different in quality with the mini having worse, but noticeable quality loss.
The PPI is denser on the iPad rMini... so wouldn't that be a quality gain? Just showing you a different perspective.

Color Gamut is lower but you'll never notice it unless you had it next to an iPad Air.

I had both and went with the rMini, it's cheaper and I enjoyed the smaller form factor more. I did love the Air though... I wish I had the money to keep both.
 

Max(IT)

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I was set on the mini, until I saw the reviews on the display being different in quality with the mini having worse, but noticeable quality loss.
Most of the people doesn't even know what color gamut means, but now they are on forums like this to bash iPad mini for its "poor quality display" :rolleyes:

I have an Air, but today I was at the store playing with a rMini for a while and I love it and its wonderful display.
I went for the Air only because a like a bigger screen to read and watch films.
 

JackieInCo

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Most of the people doesn't even know what color gamut means, but now they are on forums like this to bash iPad mini for its "poor quality display" :rolleyes:

I have an Air, but today I was at the store playing with a rMini for a while and I love it and its wonderful display.
I went for the Air only because a like a bigger screen to read and watch films.
I found it hard to really see how nice the Retina Minis display was in the Apple store because the indoor lights were so bright.

Once I got it home and started using it, I was so impressed and still am.
 

quamsi

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Most of the people doesn't even know what color gamut means, but now they are on forums like this to bash iPad mini for its "poor quality display" :rolleyes:

I have an Air, but today I was at the store playing with a rMini for a while and I love it and its wonderful display.
I went for the Air only because a like a bigger screen to read and watch films.
I agree, to a degree. Had I not read anything on the forums about the Ipad Mini's lesser color intensity, I would never in a million years have noticed it. Now that I have and I've seen it in person, I can't un-see it. It nagged me enough to seriously start considering the Air. I chose the Air overall, not only because of the colors, but because I was surprised how well it fit my uses.
 

RickTaylor

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I chose the retina mini, and didn't need a poll. Nonetheless, I'd certainly be curious about how many people by Airs vs retina minis, even though it wouldn't influence my purchasing decision. Unfortunately, likely Apple alone would have accurate figures in that regard, and they're not telling. :)
 

Misskitty

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I chose the retina mini, and didn't need a poll. Nonetheless, I'd certainly be curious about how many people by Airs vs retina minis, even though it wouldn't influence my purchasing decision. Unfortunately, likely Apple alone would have accurate figures in that regard, and they're not telling. :)
Mini is outselling the air
 
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