iPad 3 or Mini dilemma

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  1. rockyroad55, Oct 27, 2012
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    rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    I'm going to make this short and to the point since long posts are meaningless.

    I like the portability of a Mini, easy to carry around in my lab coat and commute. I don't exactly have a huge thing against a larger footprint of the iPad 3 versus the Mini, but portability is convenient not a need. BUT I have some Amazon credit which will make an iPad 3 16GB new come out to $230.

    What would you do? $230 vs $329.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    You need to determine your major needs and see which iPad best fits those needs.

    For me, portability and one handed operation are a higher importance then having a retina display. So the decision (for me) was easy, an iPad mini.
     
  3. rockyroad55 thread starter macrumors 601

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    What if you took my price into consideration at the time?
     
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    There's comes a point where saving a few bucks isn't worth it. What do you NEED? You can always use the Amazon credit for something else you need. I'd rather spend a little extra and get a device that fits my needs than save a few bucks and get a device that will make my wrists numb from holding it over my head too long while reading in bed. But that's me.
     
  5. Jedi012 macrumors newbie

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    If you can afford either, the real question is which one would you enjoy using more and actual use more.

    For me, there's a balance between portability and enjoyment. Personally, I know that I would enjoy having the 9.7" screen more than the 7.9" on the Mini. However, the gain in portability would mean that I'm using the iPad a lot more often if it's a bit smaller. I think somewhere around a 6" screen would be the other end of that. i.e. It'd be much less more useful/fun, but only marginally more portable.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Makes no difference, since the iPad mini is a better fit (for me)
     
  7. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Tough call especially in ur situation with amazon credit.

    If u didn't have amazon credit I say go with the mini.

    It all goes down to portability. How important,

    Performance wise. iPad mini/2 are about same as iPad 3 (cause of retina screen)
     
  8. rockyroad55 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Absolutely true. Love reading many of your posts here. This is actually my first ipad that I will keep for a while. I had one before but only sold it not because of size but because I didn't need one. Now I do.

    Since its my first one, I actually don't know what size I need. The only time I played with an iPad 3 for an extended amount of time was during the iPhone 5 campout. Someone let me use their iPad for hours and I enjoyed that very much. But the mini didn't exist then
     
  9. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

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    If being able to carry in you lab coat (portability) is very important the mini is the way to go. Am getting the mini for field use, too. The full size iPad is not so large I do not carry it in the field but the mini seems to be just the perfect size for holding with one hand while inputting with the other.

    You have a hard choice but just think what you will be using your device for, where and when. You will enjoy either!
     
  10. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    Lol some of you make it sound like the bigger iPad is this huge bulky piece of hardware that's such a choir to bring around. I take mine everywhere and never once thought it was a hassle in fact I forget its even in a back pack or on top of a stack of books or work related paperwork.

    The ipad mini really isn't much smaller.
     
  11. rockyroad55 thread starter macrumors 601

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    It isn't that much smaller but it's enough to get people thinking. Half the weight and thinner. People said the 13 MBP isn't too heavy but once you use a 13 MBA, the weight is very noticeable.

    I'm 60/40 leaning towards the mini. Mainly because of the convenience of the lightning port. But a part of me can get used to the iPad size. Ehh this blows. Truly a first world problem :)
     
  12. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    Well the iPad 3 has a retina display and slightly better processor. iPad mini though is more portable
     
  13. tmarks11 macrumors 6502

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    If you wait a month, then Amazon will probably have the mini, and you can use your Amazon credit on that.
     
  14. AJsAWiz macrumors 68030

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    Good advice :) That's why I opted for the Mini. I, currently, have an iPad 2. While it's not that heavy, it would be nice to have a smaller, lighter version.
     
  15. rockyroad55 thread starter macrumors 601

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    I did some calculations. If I wasn't happy with the iPad 3 and sold it for $350 (I shot low for quickest sale) I would only make $50 after taxes. Not worth the time. MINI IT IS!
     
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    Sounds like a good plan. Hope you enjoy your iPad Mini :D
     
  17. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    Personally even though i prefer the 7"~ format i think the low res screen on the Mini would bug me and i would plump for the excellent screen on the 3.
     
  18. rockyroad55 thread starter macrumors 601

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    I always do a cost analysis for resell if I ever can't return an item. If the resell is at least $150 I will do it.
     
  19. cfs, Oct 27, 2012
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    I agree with a lot of posters. It depends on your needs. For example, my needs at the moment don't include a mini. I have my phone for on the go surfing and reading when commuting in the train and bus. I need my ipad 3 because I type about three pages a day on it and the keyboard is just about right to type on. The lightness of the ipad 3 and size is perfect for me as I carry a messenger bag to work. I the weekends when I need to do work I carry my ipad 3 in a small messenger bag. I don't even notice it's on me.

    That being said, if creating documents is not something you need to do to be productive and younneed to fit something in a lab coat then I would say go mini.
     
  20. rockyroad55 thread starter macrumors 601

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    I'd like for it to fit in a lab coat but its not going to change my life if it didn't. So difficult ha
     

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