All iPads Best iPad for gaming

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Donia330i, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Donia330i macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2013
    Which ipad is the best for gamimg? The full size or the mini?
  2. Furifo macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2010
    Opinions are probably going to vary but I would say the extra screen real estate of the full size iPad would be nice to have when gaming. The A6X chip is also more than capable of powering the 2048x1536 display that the full size iPad has.

    If I was debating which one to spend money on for gaming, I would spend a little extra and buy the full size iPad.
  3. Garbera macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2012
    The Netherlands
    It's really a hard choice. The iPad 4 has an really awesome retina screen and when I bought it after coming from an iPad 2 and booted up MC4 I was really amazed. The A6X is awesome too and never had any lagg.

    The mini however, is really light, wich is great for games with the accelerometer and long time usage. However, the screen is smaller and the resolution much lower. The processor is fine for the screen btw: ofcourse the iPad 4 processor is better but it has to handle 4 times the pixels and also run effects that some developers like Gameloft are using in their games for retina screens.

    You can wait for the iPad 5/Mini retina in order to get retina and better processor on the mini or a lighter iPad 5. You can also go to an Apple Store and play with both choices to see what fits you ;-)
  4. ZuneMan? macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    Apple Store
    The mini will lag slightly with graphic intensive games. You won't see this with the 4.
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The iPad 4 will be better for gaming longer than the mini because two years from now it will smoothly play games that will lag on the current Mini.

    The other side of the coin is that the Mini is better for gaming because being smaller you will be more likely to have it with you so you can play games.
  6. jonnyb098 macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2010
    iPad 4 is a gaming beast. Only a few games really take FULL advantage of the processor/visual capabilities but everything runs really smooth. For casual games like angry birds or other simple games will probably be best suited to the mini. However if you are going to be playing some intense games like Modern Combat or Real Racing, the iPad 4 will be truly stunning. I wish people would stop using Infinity Blade as a benchmark since its capped at 30 FPS anyway.
  7. mpayne2k macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    I've enjoyed some games better on my Mini than the iPad 3 I recently sold. Holding the Mini for long stretces is easier on the hands and it is easier to play some games that require pushes towards the center of the screen (ie. Joe Danger)
  8. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    Mini is obviously a better choice if you play games like Street fighter x tekken, spiderman, dark knight rises.

    I can't reach all buttons on my fullsize.
  9. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    iPad 4...

    A6X chip and Retina display plus the larger screen size.
  10. hkfan24 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    The current one is blazing fast. I'd definitely go with that one.
  11. joshwithachance macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    While the iPad 4 is much more powerful, the mini is actually the better gaming system.
  12. flavr macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
    Hands DOWN the mini...its the right size to hold and game full size is TOO BIG and clunky to game can have all the graphics power in the world, if its not comfortable to use and hold its pointless...

    iPad mini
  13. Donia330i thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2013
    Yea, that’s what I thought; the mini is a great size but lacks the performance it needs. I know playing on my iPad 2 gets old fast since it’s so big. Maybe the new iPad 5 will be the best of both worlds; light, easy to hold and awesome performance specs.
  14. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Best Performance wise ipad, for best form factor wise then go for the mini.
  15. Alith macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2008
    London, UK.
    It varies from game to game due to graphics and controls but if I had to choose an optimal device then I would say the Mini.

    The games that would benefit from the increased CPU/GPU power of an iPad4 are not great games. They are wannabe console/PC games that look like they are running on 15 year old hardware and have terrible virtual controls. You would only scrape that barrel if you are desperate for a mobile version of those genres or if you don't own any other gaming equipment.

    The best games on the App Store right now are the ones designed from the ground up for tablets. Super Hexagon, Tiny Wings and Rayman JungleRun for instance, are perfect on the Mini. I have them on all iOS devices and the Mini is by far the best for them.

    So your mileage may vary, depending on what type of games you want.
  16. Skygunner27 macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2012
    Lag or Larger form factor....

    If you don't mind lag in the most demanding games for iOS go with the Mini. If you want the best buttery smooth high-resolution experience, go with the iPad 4.

    We own both in my home. The mini is perfect for angry birds, temple run etc.....
    For Real Racing, Nova 3, MC3, Kingdom Rush(screen real estate), Asphalt 7 etc....the A6X owns.

    I know those who have an iPad 3 or 4 will be glad they do, the day Real Racing 3 releases.
  17. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    In terms of pure performance, the iPad 4 is clearly the superior gaming device. Between the retina screen and the GPU, the iPad 4 is leaps and bounds faster than the iPad mini. The CPU is significantly better as well. Anyone trying to tell you that you can get just as much performance out of the mini as the 4 is not thinking straight. I will qualify that statement by saying that I assume you're looking into intensive iPad gaming, not stuff like Angry Birds or you wouldn't have asked the question.

    The real thing to consider is if you're willing to spend that much on an iPad, since you'll likely need to get one of the higher capacity models to accomodate all your games, and if the size makes a difference.

    If size and price aren't a factor, there's no question: iPad 4
  18. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    The Mini. Save money so you can buy all the games you like!

    Unless of course you are planning to get a larger ipad used or refurbished but you'd still probably save more money spending on the Mini regardless.

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