I bought an iPad, why?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ultrakomm, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. ultrakomm macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Hi everyone.

    I bought an iPad, or I ordered one, I haven't received it yet. And so, I need to convince myself it was a good decision. I already have an iPhone 6, a MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro (for work) and a PlayStation 4. What use cases are there where my new iPad mini 4 would be a better fit?

    I'm a computer science student at university and I work part time as a computer technician. I like film, books, martial arts and photography.

    Help me, please! Tell me I need this thing and why.
  2. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    Reading magazines, books, taking care of email, other various media consumption, some light gaming?
  3. ultrakomm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Thanks, it helps! Yes, those are some of the things I've thought of. Making use of the university's extensive library of scientific journals, reading e-books and magazines, watching Netflix and HBO and the like. Also Hearthstone and Baldur's Gate. But these really aren't things I couldn't do on my iPhone or on either of my MacBooks.
  4. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    No problem! I'm also a University student, and just bought an iPad as well for nearly the same uses. I hate carrying my laptop around everywhere, and I honestly don't enjoy reading articles or the like on it. Phone is too small for that stuff as well. Enjoy your new mini :D
  5. whiteRAD macrumors member


    Nov 26, 2015
    I am a physics student at university and bought myself an iPad to write down notes.
    It's brilliant when you use Goodnotes.
    I don't know if you have to take down notes, but buy yourself those cheap 5 € Stylus Pens from Amazon and go on writing.
    It's so much fun seriously
  6. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Curious - why not an iPad Pro? The Apple Pencil should be brilliant for taking notes.
  7. ultrakomm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Yeah, that is true. The reading experience should be much better. I too despise reading longer texts on my computer. Not having to carry around my laptop to do this kind of usual stuff is a plus as well.

    Taking notes is a great idea! The split-view multitasking with a text on the left and a note-taking app on the right combined with a pen sounds delicious.

    The iPad Pro really is too big for me. I wouldn't use it as I would feel awkward taking it out at lectures and the like. I can't see myself even using my iPad mini on the subway.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. The burden is starting to feel lighter.
  8. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Question ? So you purchased first, than ask why. Why don't you people ask FIRST, than buy ?
  9. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I have an iPhone 6, an ultraportable Windows laptop, and an iPad Mini 4 and I find that the Mini is the one I reach for for casual web browsing, reading emails, Facebook/Twitter, and YouTube. More screen real estate than a phone, easier and faster to pickup and use than a laptop. Even now I'm relaxing on the couch browsing Macrumors Forums, and it's my iPad I'm using.
  10. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    If you got an iPad with cellular, then that's great for gps. You can see much more of the map with it than a phone.
  11. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    It's Christmas! Buy it if you can afford it. No need to have a reason. Just enjoy it any way you want.
    Merry Christmas :)

    When you are bored with the mini one day, give it it a younger sibling/cousins/nephew/niece. He or she will surely appreciate it.
  12. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Just get the thing and use it for a week and decide. All the theoretical uses in the world don't make up for actual use.
  13. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl

    Son, you need more help, than anyone here can offer, I mean do you always buy things you don't know if you need or want??
  14. s15119 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2010
    If you need to ask strangers to justify buying something, you don't need it at all.
  15. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I think the ipad mini 4 is a great fit for along side your iphone and macbook

    I have air 2, 6S plus and mini 4 and part of me is thinking just to stick with mini 4 as my main ipad. That said I like choice so that is my question mark with selling the air 2. Think I just love the different form factors too much
  16. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I do find the mini 4 is so much easier to just grab and do things like forum posting and general tasks like twitter, facebook and searching stuff.
  17. joeblow7777, Dec 21, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2015

    joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Exactly. A phone, even a "phablet" is still too small for good web browing, and a laptop isn't as easy to just pick up and go.
  18. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    iPads are nice devices, just don't come in with the assumption it can replace a Mac.

    Light browsing (5 tabs or less), movies, music, books/magazines, gaming, etc.

    It's a pure luxury device but you may find it worth it.
  19. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I think it's perfect for ebooks/magazines, casual web browsing, emails, YouTube.
  20. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I have to admit I use my laptop very little after getting the iPads.

    They are not a replacement for my computers except to cruise the Internet from the Lazyboy!
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you're having that much buyer's remorse at just ordering it, then perhaps you really don't need it.
  22. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2009
    That may seem backwards, but at least he can return it.
  23. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    The iPad Mini 4 is a wonderful device, I loved mine (had to return it simply because I needed $ for a replacement Mac. I do miss it a little bit...) Reading school materials (pdfs etc.), light note taking and entertainment uses are great. It's wonderful to hold in one hand too, no fatigue. And the screen is amazing.

    Congrats and enjoy.
  24. Macmamamac macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2015
    You need to cancel your order immediately and order an iPad Pro. Trust me i am saving you money here. You sound like the sort of guy who will convince yourself immediately that you need the bigger screen. You will not be happy with the lesser of the iPads.

    Takes one to know one as they say. :)
  25. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    If you don't have a girlfriend at school then Mini 4 is perfect for watching porn in your dorm restroom and you can do whatever.......

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