All iPads Ditching the 4 for mini

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JS3, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. JS3 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2010
    I am thinking about ditching the 4 for a mini. The size is one of the reasons. I will miss the retina and speed but very time I see the old iPad I think it looks soon big. Lol.

    Anyone else done this.
  2. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Worst Decision Ever...
  3. eggersj macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2008
  4. Baytriple macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2012
    Why not put your trousers on your head too and your socks on your hands. Makes as much sense to me. Or maybe you're a dwarf and its an excellent decision. Snow White will be very happy.
  5. tu4thenguyen macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2010
    Let OP do it so he can join the " I regret switching from my 4 to the mini post."
  6. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Mini is a winner in my book.

    Issue was the iPad and the 11 inch Air was just to close for me, so I'll roll with the mini, 11 inch MBA, and the 15 rmbp.
  7. gavinfabl macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2010
    Dartmoor, UK
    I went from an iPad 2 to the Mini. Best decision ever IMO. Not so sure I would sacrifice a 4 to a Mini though.
  8. epi117 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2010
    wife and i both went to mini. she loves her mini,
  9. Peanut207 macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
  10. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    I went from a 3 to a mini and I am absolutely loving it.

    The display is noticeably worse, but for me the portability makes up for it.

    When the mini gets a retina display I will be first in line :)
  11. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    The Mini screen is a bummer if you're used to retina. Beware.
  12. Candykwan macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2012
    I'm sticking with the 4gen. Cuz If I want small i have a phone for that and for reading, the bigger screen is more compatible with textbooks, pdf, pp slides, etc than the mini
  13. CandyNJ66 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    You will regret it I think! I love my iPad 4 because the screen is gorgeous, I can watch 1080p HD videos and see people's pores on their faces even. Stellar screen and the best for performance.

    I strongly urge you to first try out the Mini in the store and bring your iPad 4 with you! Compare them before making a decision

    Good luck :)
  14. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    I honestly don't know how people can judge one against the other based on THEIR needs.

    These are two DIFFERENT devices. If you need the larger screen, stay with the 4...if you want a smaller screen, go for the mini.

    I need to review large PDFs, and I also like to type on the larger screen. For me the mini is not even a remote possibility.

    Get what you need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    I think it depends on what you want to do with it. Yesterday while watching football I used my mini to play GTA 3 and Modern Combat 3. It was very easy to hold in landscape and play for as long as I wanted. The normal iPad is too big to do this for an extended period of time. The iPhone is too small IMO to play games like this easily. The mini is perfect. It's small and light enough to hold while you play and it's big enough so that you can enjoy larger games like these.
  16. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    My mini lasted a day before I traded up to the iPad 4. I liked the form factor, but my 45 year old eyes couldn't handle the text size, yet I have no issues with my iPhone 5.
  17. the future macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2002
    Checked out the mini, bought the mini, put the 3 on ebay. Size and weight of the mini are just perfect.
  18. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    These devices may be in the same family, but they are fundamentally different.

    The iPad's primary feature is the retina screen. It is nothing less than glorious. Everything else about the iPad is a compromise in order to support that screen: it got thicker and heavier than the iPad 2 and the battery takes much longer to charge.

    The iPad's Mini's primary feature is its light weight and handy size. It's thin, weighs like nothing, and it's SUPER handy. The compromise here is the screen, which is non-retina and has visible pixels.

    All you have to do is decide which is more important. Retina or lightweight and handy.

    The choice was pretty easy for me, but unlike others, I'm not going to tell you my choice or try to swing you one way. My preferences are mine and not necessarily your preferences.
  19. mfr1340 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    n. cal
    sold 3 to get a mini and a 4

    I sold my 3 and got a mini. I love it, but I still want the 4. I will give the wife the mini when the one with ret. display and with a stand-alone GPS comes out next time. I don't think that there will me much more to the 4 that I would want or need. It sits on my desk or on my lap so I small reduction in weight or better camera won't make me want to change it that soon.
  20. Rooskibar03 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    State of Denial
    Ill actually agree with you on that. The size, the form, the weight of the mini are a 100% win for me. I probably could have even gotten used to the screen.

    What killed it for me was the fact I was paying for 2 generation old tech. Tech that I didn't buy when it came out to replace my ipad 1 and tech that today, almost 2 years later, I don't feel belongs in the latest and greatest product.

    We all know why Apple does what they do and next year when the Mini with Retina comes out, I'll likely buy one.

    What I'll look forward to more is when the design of the full size iPad is like the mini. Smaller bezel, less tapered back, metal volume and lock buttons.

    Now that will be a slick looking machine.
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    this is one of the best post I have read in recent days. It totally depends on how you are using the device. If you take it out of the house, the mini is probably best....if you mostly use it at home or as a laptop substitute the 4 is better.
  22. Mrrikki macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I don't miss the retina on my ipad 3, yes the mini is not retina but either is my MacBook Air. Try it only you can decide.
  23. eggersj macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2008
    I second this!!! I'll give my 4 to my wife or sell it, and get the iPad 5 or Retina Mini.

    Apple is a smart company. They are the masters of tradeoffs and forcing comsumers to settle...

    iPad mini = perfect size, tradeoff = screen
    iPad 4= beautiful screen/performance, tradeoff = size

    You can always buy a different companies product, but none are as svelte IMHO.

    The next gen iPads should be near perfect, just as the iPhone 5 is.
  24. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    I also went from the iPad 2'to the mini. I played with the iPad 4 in the store and almost bought the 4 instead of the mini but after doing a side-by-side between the 2 the iPad 4 just wasn't better enough to justify the added weight and size. I bought the mini and am very happy.
  25. Ubele macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2008
    I agree. My wife and I decided to replace our aging iPad 1's, so we went to Best Buy yesterday to check out the new iPads. We loved the light weight and form factor of the Mini, but the Retina display on the 4 blew us away. We love to read e-magazines and look at photos on our iPads, and we've never found the full-size iPad to be too heavy or uncomfortable to hold, so we weren't specifically wanting something smaller and lighter. Also, we figure that the 4's A6 processor might give it an extra year of useful life over the Mini. When it's time to upgrade next, though, we might opt for the Retina Mini.

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