All iPads From iPad Mini to iPad Air

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Dan14, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Dan14 macrumors regular

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    Curious to see who is upgrading from the iPad Mini to the iPad Air.

    Weight has always been the factor steering me to the iPad Mini, but now that's addressed with the iPad Air, who is ditching the Mini in favour of the Air?
     
  2. boobie12 macrumors 6502

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    I ditched my mini for an air but that's mainly because I use it either in school or at home. I drive and don't take trains or buses. I feel for people who take the trains or buses a mini is more suitable. A mini will always be more portable even though the air has reduced weight and bezels. It's all about your own uses.
     
  3. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Had a 4 and a mini. Sold both. Bought air. Returned air. Bought another mini.

    Mini is the optimal form factor for a thin light portable tablet, esp. in an urban environment IMO.
     
  4. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you buy another Mini now, when the Retina mini's will be out in a few weeks?
     
  5. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Sorry, I should have said "borrowed". For 14 days. :)
     
  6. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, that's more like it! :)
     
  7. techiegirl macrumors 6502a

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    I've had iPads 1,2 and 3 and then switched to a mini. I bought the Air on Friday. Now I'm not sure if I want to keep the Air or go back to the mini.
     
  8. TripleMoxy macrumors regular

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    I'm in a similar situation, but I'm considering getting both. Hard to decide...
     
  9. Freakyshiat macrumors regular

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    i have a feeling once the reviews of the rMini start pouring in week of release, and you see one in person, a lot of people will jump ship even though they love their air.
     
  10. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

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    I've had the iPad 1, 2 and 3 and then went to the Mini when it came out. I picked up the Air on launch day and my first reaction was, "God, this thing is huge!" I felt like I was holding an oversized Mini. I know that sounds weird, but after holding a Mini every day for the past year, the Air felt huge. It felt so big that I had to go and get my wife's old iPad 1 just to compare it to see if it was really smaller. I was expecting it to be a little lighter and thinner. After spending the weekend with it, I can honestly say, Ill be keeping it and do not regret going back up to the larger iPad.

    After getting used to the large screen again, I realized how much I miss the larger and sharper screen. The Air is not heavy or bulky by any means. I primarily use my iPad for web browsing, books, news articles, comics, and movies or TV shows every once in a while. I rarely play any games on it. My transition experience has been great and do not regret it at all.
     
  11. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    You could have just bought the Air and compared the three while you had them all or did you dump them awhile ago? Just curious.
     
  12. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    Had a Mini, went with the Air. The Air is absolutely perfect, the thing weighs virtually nothing, its amazing.
     
  13. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    I played with an Air for a few minutes today, and it cemented my personal preference for the Mini. I just think they hit the sweet spot in tablet size with the Mini, it hits the right balance.
     
  14. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    I still don't no what to do.... Had an ipad 3, sold it and bought a mini when they first came out. Then just bought the air. Air is nice much better then all the big iPads but the mini is just a great device. Now only if they have a 9" iPad
     
  15. nStyle macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking about selling my still new but non-returnable iPad 4 for a Mini/Air.

    Definitely waiting to see if Retina Mini is noticeably sharper than Retina Air. If it is - no brainer. If not really noticeable - it will be a much tougher sale because I prefer the larger screen for reading (90% of my iPad use goes to reading)
     
  16. Kadin macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the latest version of the Mini shortly after the new ones appeared. I owned a 4 and a 2 and wanted to try the Mini as well. I won't lie, I really liked it. A lot.

    But I absolutely love my Air. Don't miss the Mini at all.
     
  17. bumblehat macrumors regular

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    Played with the iPad Air in store. Bought it and will give it as a Christmas gift, but really - the Mini is the perfect size.

    Can't wait till they release the Mini Retina. That is where it will be at.
     
  18. Icaras macrumors 603

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    I went from full sized iPad to mini then back to Air, which I just received today, and I'm so glad I'm back.

    The weight of the mini was awesome, but the larger screen was always what the iPad was meant to be. It just feels more natural for me because you hardly have to zoom in anything to read. And with it being so light and smaller that the moment I opened the box, it almost tricks my eyes into believing it was a mini.

    The Air is definitely for me and I'll be sticking with the 9.7" form factor for all my future iPad purchases. :D
     
  19. addictzz macrumors 6502

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    iPad Air indeed has larger screen for reading. Too large in fact.

    At first i thought iPad Mini was too small but when I tried one, it feels just nice for reading. The size is similar to common books. Texts are still large enough to be read. And when I tried iPad Air, it feels too big for me now.

    But doing Keynotes, Numbers, and Pages are still much much better on iPad Air.
     
  20. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    That is exactly what happened to me. I even bought an iPad 4 and entertained the idea of owning two devices.
     
  21. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Agree, although this probably boils down to individual preferences, too.

    After taking margins out of the equation, the iPad 1/2/3/4/Air is between trade paperback and hardcover size, the iPad Mini is in between mass-market paperback (MMPB) and trade paperback, while 6" Kindles are around MMPB size.

    I've never liked reading hardcovers and tend to go for MMPB so stands to reason I'd like the smaller, lighter Mini as an ereader over full-sized iPads, too. :D
     
  22. DribbleCastle macrumors regular

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    Back to the big screen

    Like other Mini owners when I first picked up and started using the iPad Air I thought this thing is really big and I don't like it as much. After 4 days I've gotten used to having the big screen again and I'm really starting to like it. I might just be falling in love with the retina screen again but it's also super fast. It's also really nice not have to zoom in as much when on the web which is where is use it most.

    The Mini is def nice to have for waking around the house and being more mobile. I used to throw the mini on the couch and treat it a little rougher because it felt small and compact. I don't feel quite as confident with the Air, that or maybe I'm just babing it a little because there is a chance I might return it.

    I use my iPad at home mostly so I think I could live with happily with the Air, but chances are ill still give the Mini Retina a try to see what I think. That's if I can get my hands on one. Sounds like it will be challenging.

    Just my two cents from a person who used to exclusively love the mini.
     
  23. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

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    I had a 4 and a Mini. Sold the 4 bought an Air. Returned the Air yesterday - just too big and heavy still. Definitely a Retina Mini for me. That'll be the ultimate iPad as far as I can see. Could probably do with more RAM still but we can only have what's available.
     
  24. Soulweaponry macrumors 6502

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    I thought i was the only one doing that! Ever since the air announcement, i've had an unpredictable problem...air or mini? Before the announcement, i was mini all the way. When i got my mini last november, i was like "this is...the perfect size for a tablet. I will never go up or down. This is it". Then the air came out and i thought it was still going to be an easy decision. Then i held an air in the apple store.

    DAMN.

    I think both would be the ideal scenario because i think my preference is shifty. I go back and forth. Sometimes i'm in the mood for a smaller tablet for going places or putting in my pocket and others it's nice to have a bigger one. If only they could make an iPad in the future that was stretchable/shrinkable. You take a mini and stretch out the screen until its 10 inches. And when you wanna be portable, squeeze it down to 8. Mark my words, someday...10-20 years from now there will be a keynote where Tim Cook says "we are getting rid of the iPad air and mini". The audience gasps in confusion as Tim follows up with "now it is just iPad. The new, bendable stretchable tablet. The first of it's kind to work like this. Lets show it to you" and a new era of size unrestricted tablets emerges. Imagine that.
     
  25. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    For you the mini is the "optimal" portable form factor. I never even had an issue with the heavier iPad and I bring it everywhere as it never leaves me,so the air is ultra portable. I scratch my head why anyone would even still want a mini.
     

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