All iPads How are big iPads better than mini iPads?

printz

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The iPad mini is just a version with smaller size, but otherwise it has the same logical resolution and same apps. It's not like in the Android world where if you buy a tablet too small you risk running glorified phone apps on the 7" screen. It's the whole deal.

So what can I gain, other than physical size, if I buy a full iPad? Seems like the mini is a winner deal.
 

If you eliminate "physical size" from considerations, there's not much to say.

Otherwise, cue a multitude of responses like: a 20" HDTV has the exact same resolution as a big screen HDTV, so what's to gain in buying a bigger screen. Or, you can watch a movie on a huge screen at your local cinema or on an iPhone screen, so what's to gain? And on and on.

The big gain is the physical screen size, which then comes with more than just a bigger screen to see, but also more space between keys on the keyboard when typing and all similarly-beneficial benefits of having iOS running on a more spacious screen.
 

SomeGuyDude

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The iPad mini is just a version with smaller size, but otherwise it has the same logical resolution and same apps. It's not like in the Android world where if you buy a tablet too small you risk running glorified phone apps on the 7" screen. It's the whole deal.

So what can I gain, other than physical size, if I buy a full iPad? Seems like the mini is a winner deal.
Some people just like the larger screen. That's all it comes down to. The specs are the exact same between the two, and I personally prefer the smaller size, but some enjoy more screen size for watching videos and whatnot. There's no objective benefit of one versus the other. Do you want it to fit in a jacket pocket, or do you want a big screen? That's it.
 

Serelus

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If you use your iPad to watch movies on with your girlfriend in bed, using MovieBox. Then the bigger iPad is definitely better. The mini just didn't cut it for me somehow.
 

printz

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The big gain is the physical screen size, which then comes with more than just a bigger screen to see, but also more space between keys on the keyboard when typing and all similarly-beneficial benefits of having iOS running on a more spacious screen.
Is remote desktop large work space one of these benefits? So I can use my big iPad (if I get one) to control my home PC, without staring at a very small screen.
 

Serelus

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Is remote desktop large work space one of these benefits? So I can use my big iPad (if I get one) to control my home PC, without staring at a very small screen.
That is something that would definitely be more effective on the larger iPad.
 

FrankB1191

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A larger screen has larger text; an especially important feature if you're reading magazines or newspapers that can't be zoomed in on. My iPad 4 sat in a desk after I bought a Mini 1, but now my Air goes everywhere, and the Mini is long gone....including the rMini.

Movies are better as well, and the Air's speakers have more volume. Let's see...easier to type on larger keypad, less tempted to use it for taking pics ( :D ), pics are more easily viewed on larger screen, etc.
 

Lucille Carter

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Is remote desktop large work space one of these benefits? So I can use my big iPad (if I get one) to control my home PC, without staring at a very small screen.
You could do the remote desktop on your mini just as well. The full size iPad just offer more space. YOU must decide if smaller and lighter is a priority over a little larger screen.
 

Apple fanboy

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How are big iPads better than mini iPads?

They are bigger!
I have an iPhone and an iPad. For me an iPad mini is just a middle ground. Not as portable an an iPhone, but not big enough for web browsing or some games.
 

irnchriz

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Larger screen lets your touch be more precise not to mention the brighter, more vibrant screen of the Air.

Get the best of both worlds, buy both, I did.
 

jtara

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It's bigger.

And that's exactly the point.

iPad Mini is an economical choice if the physical screen size is suitable for your use.

Not so good if you need to share with others, have trouble reading small characters, etc.
 

SwingOnThis

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If you use your iPad to watch movies on with your girlfriend in bed, using MovieBox. Then the bigger iPad is definitely better. The mini just didn't cut it for me somehow.
Definitely don't want to get caught with a mini when in bed w/ your girlfriend
 

Booji

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It's bigger.

And that's exactly the point.

iPad Mini is an economical choice if the physical screen size is suitable for your use.

Not so good if you need to share with others, have trouble reading small characters, etc.
Nailed it
 

DiCaprioAngel

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I don't see either as better than the other, it just all has to do about preference. Me, personally, I don't like big tablets which is why I'm glad Apple has released a mini version. Tons of people love the bigger iPads for the bigger screen while there are ton others that prefer the smaller screen. Both iPads are good devices and Apple now gives us a choice on whether or not we want a bigger screen or smaller screen for a tablet. It all is based on what the consumer is looking for in that type of device.
 

hologram

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Big iPads are better because I say so. If they're better for me, they must be better for everyone, because everyone is the same, right? :eek:

I hope this answers your question.
 

cynics

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The iPad mini is just a version with smaller size, but otherwise it has the same logical resolution and same apps. It's not like in the Android world where if you buy a tablet too small you risk running glorified phone apps on the 7" screen. It's the whole deal.



So what can I gain, other than physical size, if I buy a full iPad? Seems like the mini is a winner deal.

They are necessary better. Just bigger.

If size was no consideration (which it seems you are hitting on) what makes the Mini better to use then the iPhone?

Apply that answer to your question.
 

David58117

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Personally, I prefer the larger iPad because I use it a lot for reading.
I have the air, and I'm kind of jealous of the rmini!

I bought one for my girlfriend, and it seems like the ideal ereader.

It much more comfortable to read and relax with, while the air is a bit bulky.
 

sracer

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As others have said, it all depends upon how you will use your device.

In addition to all of the above, here are two more benefits that I have found using a full-sized iPad:

- More enjoyable comic/magazine/catalog reading. I have a bazillion cbz/cbr files of vintage comic books, magazines, and catalogs. They are easily readable on the iPad without zooming, whereas zooming is necessary on the mini.

- Usable keyboard cover. If you plan on using a keyboard cover (I frequently switch between a smart cover and the Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover), then the larger iPad results in a larger keyboard that is easier to type on.