All iPads Does anybody else think that now the Air is pretty much useless?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by FatPuppy, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. FatPuppy macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    I mean, the mini 2 has the same specs, 100 $ cheaper and it is smaller, why would anybody buy the air, you pay 100 $ for 2 inches.
  2. mikeoui macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2011
    Québec City, QC, Canada
    Let me start by saying that I will purchase the mini when I'm able to.

    That said, I had the original mini for about 24 hours before I returned it and I was bothered by the screen and NOT simply because it lacked retina. Because the mini simply adopts the screen resolution of the bigger ipad, everything is very small on the small screen. Retina will help with readability, but there is something about the squashed nature of the presentation on the mini that is bothersome. This is a problem that obviously does not exist on the iPad Air.

    So, it could suffice to say "some people just want a bigger screen," but there's more to it than that.
  3. tranceFusion macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2010
  4. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Real simple.

    1. Games are better on a larger screen

    2. People with sight issues find the larger screen better

    3. Some like smaller and some like larger, and those that keep their iPad at home prefer the larger screen in many cases.

    Look at this forum, and you will read from those that have/had the older mini going to the larger Air.
  5. cardfan macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2012
    You're not getting your money's worth then. It's only an extra 1.8" :)
  6. jdag macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2012
    There really should be a ban on these types of threads...and I really need to stop opening them.

    Size matters to people. Some like the larger screen, some like the smaller screen. Price is irrelevant!

    You could give me an iPad mini...and I'd happily take it and use it. But I would also buy (and use 95% of the time) a full size iPad because that is what I prefer!

    Some people like to camp...some like to vacation in hotels.
    Some people like fish...some like beef.
    Some people like beer...some like wine.

    PS...It is not as if the full sized iPad is huge.
  7. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    I bought mine mainly because I read a lot of Comics and Magazines on my Ipads, the mini was ok on it if I use Zoom and read panel by panel, the Ipad Air will be better at reading the full page.
  8. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Guess how much extra it costs to add more storage space? I rather have the 2 inches than an extra 16gb. :eek:
  9. boobie12 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2012
    Because people have there own personal preference for a larger screen? Why don't ppl understand this. Ppl want what they want. Just because you think it's useless doesn't mean someone else will think it's useless.
  10. Sir Ruben macrumors 68000

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    personally the iPad Mini to me, doesnt exist. I use my iPad primarily on the sofa instead of a laptop. I want a big clear screen. If I wanted a small screen Id use my iPhone.
  11. AdonisSMU, Nov 5, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2013

    AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
    Inches matter. Its a matter logistics really. I need 9+.
  12. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    I just asked if there are other people thinking the same as i do.
  13. barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    Someone beat me to it. :)
  14. Sir Ruben macrumors 68000

    Sir Ruben

    Jul 3, 2010
    In that case, to me, its the Mini that is useless.

    Id rather not strain my eyes trying to browse the web on such a small screen.
  15. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    So would my old lady..... seriously :D

    As for the original issue? I prefer the larger screen and remember that 2 inches doesnt sound like a lot but its quite a lot more viewing area percentage wise.
  16. Thepoobear macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2013
    That all depends...
  17. rhaezorblue macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2012
    Larger screen is more enjoyable for gaming and consuming content. Plus the Air may be slightly higher performing in games due to being clocked higher than the mini. Would you notice it? Maybe not. Playing games like Kingdom Rush Frontiers, the extra real estate matters. On the mini things were too cramped.
  18. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Because, contrary to what people say, size does matter! :D
  19. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
    I needed a good 9.7 incher.
  20. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    I'd turn the question around. Now that the iPad is so sleek why buy the mini? :p
  21. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    I agree.
    Antagonistic thread titles with innocuous content is a bit frustrating.
    (It's like opening a Christmas package from a cousin that is wrapped in wildly colorful wrapping paper and inside is a recipe for fish sticks. And not even a relevant recipe at that.)

    To carry over the line of reasoning the iPad mini is better- and thus the "iPad Air is pretty much useless"- as it is a smaller version, logic would then dictate the iPod Touch is better that than the mini as it is a smaller version of it.
  22. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    WHAT?? Would apple do that? would apple underclock the mini 2? Never mind, now I see that 2 inches seriously matter for some of you =))
  23. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    When I think of words to describe the Air, 'useless' is the only one that comes to mind.

    People are seriously ridiculous on this forum.
  24. Iceboie macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    That's what she said.
  25. FatPuppy thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2012
    Finally, thank you!:D

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