All iPads Help Choosing Between Air or Mini

Discussion in 'iPad' started by omgzombies, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. omgzombies macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2014
    The usual question. Should I get an air or mini?

    My little minions just destroyed my 1st generation ipad. So... I'm now looking to replace it. I use it mostly for checking e-mail, browsing pinterest, a few internet forums, reading ebooks, and games (Kingdom Rush, Civ, Dominion, etc). Any thoughts on which might be better suited for my needs? I like the idea of the mini, but I want to make sure I can play games on it without problem. Thanks!
  2. kristalsoldier macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2013
  3. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    You like to play games and you already have them then I think you will love an iPad Air. :apple:
  4. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Just buy and try the Mini for yourself with what you want to do. You will have a window for return, usually 14 days.
  5. omgzombies thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2014
    Eye sight is fine. I have no problems there, and I love the small nature of the mini. I'm very tempted by it, I just don't want to try games out on it, and then be cursing the smaller screen size.

    I'd rather not have to make a separate trip to the mall to exchange. I'd much rather get it right the first time!
  6. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    I'd go to The apple store and play around with them and make your decision there.
  7. Curun macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    You liked the size of your old iPad 1?

    The iPad Air is already smaller than it, thinner, lighter, and slimmer side bezels. Why go for extreme small?

    Also... your going to your mall, to an Apple store there I assume? Play around with a Mini vs an Air when you are there.
  8. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    The rMini is currently $349 at Best Buy if it is closer to you so I saved you $50 already on it and $150 over an Air! :D

    You aren't going to be able to do everything you want to with using the devices in the stores to try them. Yes, you will sort out some things but ...

    If you already had a larger Ipad and liked it, go for the Air. Seems more the "get it right the first time" sensible recommendation since you have no experience with a smaller one. ;)
  9. Hey Jude macrumors 6502a

    Hey Jude

    May 9, 2008
    I was 100% certain that I needed a Mini, and even after using both I decided to keep the Mini Retina. However, after about a month's use --- I bought under extended holiday return period, I returned it and got the Air instead.

    The Mini felt toylike to me, constantly scrolling when reading PDFs, browsing the Internet, etc was a pain. I was not put off by the inferior screen, however the Air's slightly better screen was a bonus.

    Our uses are somewhat similar, so I think you would be better served with the Air.
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its such a personal decision, you need to decide if you want the larger iPad or the smaller. I perfer the smaller one, buy YMMV
  11. Dave Meadows macrumors 68020

    Dave Meadows

    Nov 10, 2010
    Help Choosing Between Air or Mini

    I have and love both. I use the air at home on my lap and the mini in the office. I can fit the mini in my trouser pocket. It's great for carrying around the office. Mini is good as a good e reader too.
  12. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
  13. episcientist macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2014
    I went with the retina Mini after spending some time with both devices. It really comes down to what screen size you prefer since the display resolution and internals are nearly identical. I like that I can comfortably hold the Mini with one hand when I'm reading, just like a book. The other thing I really like is that in landscape mode I can hold it with both hands and reach every key on the keyboard with just my thumbs.
  14. tonyy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2011
    I played with the Air at the store yesterday and was very impressed. I love how thin and light it is, plus the larger screen is really nice. I'm still sticking with my rMini however. It's hard to beat now that it has a retina display.
  15. Dave Meadows macrumors 68020

    Dave Meadows

    Nov 10, 2010

    I've been working from home this week and found myself using the mini more. Just so light and easy to carry around. The only thing is is that I have to 'pinch' to expand text more. They are both equally superb. At the end of the day the mini is more portable than the air but the air a better (as in bigger) display.
  16. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Other than purely for portability reasons and always being on the go with the tablet, I can't see why anyone would choose smaller over bigger. The Air screen size is such an an enormous difference, IMO.

    Or super small hands. :D
  17. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    I bought the Mini last week for two reasons. One was that I didn't plan on using the iPad like a traditional computer. I wanted to use it while out and about and the smaller profile of the mini was perfect for that. The other reason being Best Buy was having a sale on the Retina Mini for $349.99 and I didn't feel like spending an extra $150 for two extra inches of screen when that money could instead go towards the accessories.
  18. Americasteam macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2014
    I returned my Mini Retina for the Air tonight. There's a huge difference in screen quality between the two. Didn't think it would make as much difference as it did. Very happy with my decision.
  19. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Help Choosing Between Air or Mini

    I chose between an Air and Retina Mini. Both were around $420 brand new...went with the Mini. I just prefer to hold the device in one hand even though the Air price was a steal. So portability won out for me.

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