iPad mini How much thicker and heavier is the Retina Mini over the old Mini?

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  1. Xeyad macrumors 6502

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    I own a 1st gen Mini, and the title says it all:

    How much thicker and heavier is the Retina Mini over the old Mini? I don't have an Apple Store nearby, and I'm really interested to see if it's noticeable. Is it is similar to the iPad 2 and iPad 3 difference, or less noticeable?

    I would love a Retina screen, but I don't want the device itself to be compromised.

    I want to hear from people with the old Mini and the new Retina Mini to tell me their experiences.
     
  2. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    I believe it is 23g heavier and a pencil is about 7g, so tape three to the back of yours and you will know! :)
     
  3. Kimcha macrumors regular

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    I immediately noticed it was heavier when I was holding it with one hand. But it's not thaaat bad. Totally worth it for the screen!
     
  4. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Seriously...i am the pickiest Apple user on the planet and I have to say that you wont notice a difference at all.
     
  5. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    I noticed the difference only slightly when holding both.

    Otherwise, I used the rMini last night exclusively and didn't notice any difference in weight while holding it to read for a few hours.

    -Kevin
     
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Did you look at http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/ ?

    23 grams (7.5%) heavier, 0.3mm (4.2%) thicker.

    Whether that's noticeable is likely to depend on the user.
     
  7. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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    I put them on my scale. The Retina is 0.9 ounce heavier. Thickness wise, I could barely see that it's just a hair thicker and I had to look very closely. But, because of that tiny bit of extra thickness, it doesn't fit in my Poetic slim case for the regular Mini. It fits in there but won't click in place to secure it. Other cases that don't have a rigid backing should fit fine.
     
  8. Xeyad thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the responses!

    So I guess thickness seems to be a non-issue, and there is only a slight bump in weight.

    Looks like the differences are less dramatic than it was with the iPad 2 and iPad 3.
     
  9. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    WAAAY less that the iPad 2 to the iPad 3. This is barely noticeable. The 2 to 3 was a big difference.

    -Kevin
     
  10. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    It is certainly less dramatic than going from iPad 2 to iPad 3.
     
  11. braddick macrumors 68040

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    Turn down the brightness just a tad and you'll be fine.
     
  12. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    iPad mini to iPad mini 2 = 308 grams to 331 grams = 7.45% increase.

    iPad 2 to iPad 3 = 601 grams to 652 grams = 8.49% increase.

    I'm thinking the difference is similar. In the end though it doesn't matter. Even if you wait for next year's refresh, it will likely be the same weight (similar to how iPad 3 to 4 had the same battery size and weight). So you might as well buy it and enjoy it now.
     
  13. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    it's 23g heavier. So it's like the original plus a mouse. an actual mouse
     
  14. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Scale matters here...
     
  15. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    Of course. If I get 10% more food during a Thanksgiving dinner, or 10% more fries from McDonald's, obviously I get to eat more during the former. But I still notice the difference of the latter even though it is on a smaller scale.
     
  16. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    And now I want McDonalds fries....thanks! :p

    -Kevin
     
  17. safarchand macrumors newbie

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    Need advice - I am casual iPad mini user. Use it mainly for browsing. I typically prefer to upgrade because I can keep with the current offering and recover some price for older hardware. Though I'm little confused whether upgrade to retina iPad mini is worthwhile or not. What would you advice based on your experience?
     
  18. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    The exact weight and dimensions are readily available. Why do people continue to ask this? Is reading really that difficult.
     
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  20. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    Like u'll break ur bone holding it. Lol I say just enjoy it it's perfect!
     
  21. thelead macrumors 6502

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    Barely noticeable. Much less than the 2 to the 3.
     
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  23. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    only 4,389 opinions already posted about the difference.

    Retina
    Better wifi
    New processor

    ????
     
  24. shadowjeff macrumors regular

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    Holding the original mini and the retina mini side by side the difference is negligible. But when it comes to actual usage, I can actually feel that it's slightly heavier. This, hopefully would go away when I get used the retina mini
     

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