iPad mini Help me figure out why I don't want an iPad.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by warvanov, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    So I haven't jumped on the iPad bandwagon let. I've got a 13" MBP which I think is portable enough for my needs, and I recently got an iPhone 5 that I can take with me everywhere. What do I need an iPad for?

    Don't get me wrong, I want to want one. I always thought the full size iPad was too big, but I took a close look at the iPad mini today and really liked the size, the form factor, and the screen. I couldn't bring myself to buy one though, just because I couldn't figure out what I would use it for.

    What do you use your iPad or iPad mini for? What's the advantage to having one if I've already got a MBP and an iPhone? Is there something I'm missing?
  2. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    Missing a frontal lobe perhaps?

    Just Kidding :)

    We all have our preferences.

    If an iPad is less than appealing, celebrate the money you're saving :D
  3. wizzerandchips macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2006
    I've a iPhone 4S, MacBook Air and an iPad 1, phone is on the road use, iPad is at home use, air for work as I actually hate using the air for anything other than what it's for , work and iMovie maybe.
  4. mac00l macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    I can only speak for myself, but I do also have an iPhone 5 and a 13" MBP. Recently got a mini.

    First let's be clear. The iPad mini is not a necessity, it won't substitute a computer at all for doing above average stuff.

    Then what the iPad mini is? Nothing more than a pure media consumption device.

    What does this mean?? The device I use the most is the iPad mini. It is so convienent to carry around, to instantly check what's going on, news, books, magazines, games, wepages, music. It is a truly awesome device for those who like to be roaming around the house always connected, to be watching a game while tweeting.

    The easiest way to answer, is that I use my iPad mini for everything but save for a few things.

    Programming, webpage design, excel, word, homework.

    iPhone 5:
    Social networking, agenda, quick notes. Only used while on the go.

    In the end for me it turned that instead of the iPad mini being a device for a particular purpose, it turned into my everything-for device. Leaving my other devices for very particular tasks, specially my MBP is hardly used now.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Just make your own decision; it's your cash. If you can't make this easy decision then you don't need the iPad

    Oh and have a turkey sandwich for lunch.
  6. shortcrust macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008

    Perhaps only half kidding?
  7. adnbek macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec
    These kind of threads make my head hurt. Are you incapable of independent thought OP?
    Since you say you don't want or need one. Why do you want to want one?

    (I can't believe I'm even asking....)
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No offense OP, but if you cannot figure out why you don't want an iPad then don't buy one.

    If you have little need or desire for the tablet, then move on and save your money.
  9. stuaz macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    Why do you need to be convinced? Geez ether buy or not :rolleyes:
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    How hard is it to buy one, try it, and decide for yourself if you want to keep it?
  11. warvanov thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    Alright, guys. Don't bite my head off.

    I'm mostly interested in what other people use their iPads for. Maybe to inspire me with something I haven't given enough thought to, but mostly because I'm curious.
  12. Big Byte macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2009
    I received an iPad mini for Christmas. Aside from using it when I loaf around, I find that it makes an excellent secondary display when connected to my 13" MacBook Pro.

    Specifically, I use the Air Display app to display Contacts, Calendar, Reminders and other applications on my iPad. It's nice to have two apps open at once with quick access to both.
  13. LightOnAHill macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    I have an air 11" and the iPhone 5, and when I got my mini I found it extremely useful for lots of stuff by itself and very useful as a tool to use while working on the laptop, for example ill pull up state code and have the mini stand upright while I work on pleadings on the air.

    You probably won't need the full size ipad but the mini fits the gap between your phone and 13"
  14. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    I have an MBP...

    I use my ipad for reading ebooks, magazines (Scientific American), Wall Street Journal, casual gaming, document review on airplanes with limited space...

    Also streaming video when laptop is less optimal for where I am sitting, etc.

    The laptop is not always the best form for digesting "stuff".

  15. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Search the forum for "What do you use your ipad for".

    If you're curious, buy one and try it out.
  16. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Fireball Dragon

    Nov 26, 2012
    Chigwell, England
    I have a 2010 iMac, rMBP 13", iPad 3, iPad mini and iPhone 5.

    Occupation: Research scientist

    Here is my breakdown...

    iMac is at home and used for heavy computing needs and large screen.

    MacBook for travel and lounge-work.

    iPad 3 with Logitech slimcase keyboard for meetings.

    Mini for travel to work.

    iPhone (well, it's a phone...).

    But in many ways my iPad (3) has become my new laptop, with the mini my tablet... iMac is almost redundant if one has a MacBook with an external monitor...

    Anyhow, just my two-cents on how my tech' life is shaping up...
  17. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    borrow from a friend or at least use it within a week.
    I am also a cynic when the ipad comes out, but now.. it hardly leaves my side.
  18. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    A reasonable request, perhaps best asked right off the bat ;)

    You will like it. Trust me. You will like it more than any other laptop or computer. It takes time, and actually, your predicament is typical. It's hard to see the value. It really does look like a gimmick, or gee wiz toy.

    not so.
  19. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    You're not missing anything. Most people I know who own an iPad say they rarely use it. I regard it as a toy but I recognize it's popularity has a snowball effect.
  20. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Don't listen to this. This person hasn't used one for long. Notice the 'most people I know'.
  21. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    All I'm saying to the OP is, don't feel like you have to buy one just because they are ubiquitous. I have an MBP which is a productivity machine and not simply for content consumption. If the iPad had not been given to me, I would be like you and admit I have little use for it.
  22. warvanov thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    This is more like the sort of feedback I was looking for. I suppose I should have been more straightforward in my initial post and less tongue-in-cheek.
  23. mpayne2k macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    Why do you want to want one if you have no need/want? I look at them purely as content consumption and fun devices. I watch TV shows and play games. If that's not for you, fine, I don't see a point in anyone trying to convince you into an iPad.
  24. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    I have an iPad 1 64GB that I purchased a couple months before iPad 2 came out - I like my iPad...but it is not uncommon not to use it for several days in a row. I prefer my laptop on my lap or my iPhone on the move. I have tried iPad 3, 4, Mini but returned them all. I just cant justify paying $ for them with my use personally (Their worth it to people that need/want them - I AM NOT BASHING iPad) ok back to my post....The only reason I have the iPad 1 is because it cost me $200 new.

    If you dont need it - its fine - doesn't mean the iPad isn't useful - just not useful to you.
  25. Awakener macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    OP, try one. Almost everyone says the same thing but end up forgetting they own a computer until it's time to sync.

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