iPad mini For those who got their hands on a Retina Mini today...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Frankied22, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
  2. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I'll put it to you this way. I have an Air, I was not going to go for the rMini. An employee just installed one on the kiosk at BB when I was at the store. He said they just some in and I tried it for 2 minutes or so on the kiosk. Sold!! :D

    I'll report back later. I am just loading apps for now to tell the truth to give any impression about it overall.
  3. thirdeyeopen666 macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2007
    It really fulfills the original promise of the iPad mini. I couldn't be happier with mine. It's fast, the screen is fantastic.
  4. zebi macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Absolutely love it. It's the device I have been waiting for! Screen is fantastic :)
  5. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    I just ordered one from a store my wife will be passing by tomorrow....and then I cancelled it. :D The Airs we bought are already light and thin, and the text is larger than the original Mini's we owned. Maybe I'll order one again in the next hour or two, but I like large text.....and I swore I wouldn't buy an Air and a Mini. :D
  6. iTalk macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    My 2 cents worth of quick impressions:

    Weight: It is just as light and comfortable to hold in one hand. Couldn't really tell the difference holding it and the original Mini in both hands

    Display: A bad piece with uneven color tones notwithstanding, the retina display is so easy on the eyes and really sharp like the iPhone. The difference between the original Mini and rMini is very noticeable when you zoom in to read. I couldn't read for very long without my eyes feeling fatigued on the original, but it has not been a problem on the rMini so far

    Speed: Haven't run any processor intensive tests yet but it has been very responsive so far, perhaps a tad more than the Air. I couldn't detect any stuttering in my use and it hasn't crashed on me yet with 5-6 tabs open in Safari.

    Speakers: Sounds just like the original Mini, and a little inferior compared to the Air's speakers. The difference is somewhat akin to that of the 13" and 15" rMacbook Pro speakers, in that the rMini's speakers sound a little tinny compared to those of the Air

    Obviously it's only been a few hours since I've had it so take this with a grain of salt.

    vs iPad Air: It is my preliminary opinion that the Air is still the device to get unless you are a) cash-strapped for $100 or b) really need the small size of the mini (for, let's say, a custom car dash install). The reason is simple - you'll be blown away at how little the weight difference is between these two devices. It's like night and day when you look at how different the iPad 4 and original Mini were. The Air truly is an oversized Mini without much of a weight penalty and thus is just as portable in that respect. The larger screen size provides a much better viewing experience, so unless your use case dictates that you absolutely must have a smaller, but not necessarily a much lighter device I would strongly recommend the Air

    Hope this helps
  7. Oppressed macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    Does the mini have a laminated digitizer display like the iPhone 5?
  8. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Great thoughts. I get my hands on a retina mini in a week, but I'm also inclined to think that the Air provides the better experience all else being equal.
  9. THFourteen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    I find the mini much more portable, especially if I'm on a busy train with only standing room.

    Plus it fits in some of my jacket pockets so it gets taken places I wouldn't normally take a bag for a full size ipad, like the pub.
  10. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    All else being equal. That's a tough one. If all else were equal, you'd be comparing two Airs with each other? :confused:
  11. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    From my point of view my Air wins in terms of screen colour and with the cases I have on both, the Air is 75g more in weight.

    The mini for me is about consumption of app based media and the Air about productivity and browsing.

    Display is very sharp but colours slightly underwhelming.
  12. Nikos macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2008
    New York
  13. identity macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    How is the web experience? One thing about the 1st gen Mini was the low resolution which forced me to constantly zoom-in in portrait mode. Is this fixed with the increased retina display? If not, I'm going for the Air.
  14. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    Picked mine up today and I love it! Excellent display and much faster then the 1st gen. I played with my moms air but prefer the mini's size and lighter weight.
  15. interfreak macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2012
    Queensland, Australia
  16. iTalk macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Well, for me personally browsing the web in portrait mode is a no-go for any meaningful amount of time due to text size and orientation. I mostly find myself browsing in landscape. The retina text is obviously much, much sharper looking and easier on the eyes but is it not rendered any differently size-wise compared to the original. It is definitely a trade-off between form factor and viewing experience between the rMini and Air, with the weight difference no longer much of a factor in that equation now as it was comparing previous gen.
  17. iMule macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2009
    Greenville, SC
    The only gripe I have is with the color tones. The green icons aren't as flashy. Other than that, I'm blown away by this device. I love it.

    I returned my Air for it.
  18. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Loving it so far. Killer screen, really fast. Does feel just smidge heavier, but reassuringly solid.
  19. identity macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    Thanks for the reply. I was hoping that the retina screen will make portrait browsing better. I still have to check it out in person but that makes me lean towards the Air even more.
  20. bwsteg macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Queens NY
    Compared to my air the color on the screen looks dull. Not as bright or sharp.
  21. Steviejobz macrumors 68000

    Jun 19, 2010
    The charger is larger than the first gen. Must need more volts
  22. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    For those who have the first iPad mini, and now have the Retina mini, do you feel the weight difference. I hope it won't be like going from iPad 2 to 3. That was a significant weight change.
  23. AlecEdworthy macrumors 6502


    May 1, 2007
    Leicestershire, UK
    Close, it's more amps actually. The original mini shipped with a 5W (so 5V 1A) charger, the retina mini ships with a 10W (5V 2A) charger.

  24. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Gees louise. The Air is 12W and the iPhone is 5W, so now I have THREE chargers to contend with. Sigh. I'm using the Air charger on my mini and that's that....
  25. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    The voltage is the same so you can use any charger. I use the larger of all the chargers to charge my iPhone and iPad. You won't hurt the iPhone charging it with the iPad charger.


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