All iPads iPad 3 vs iPad Mini - Skeptic but now a believer

Discussion in 'iPad' started by aka777, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Now, I took a lot of heat regarding the technical limitations of the ipad Mini screen. However, I was just at a best buy and looked at the two side by side.

    In my honest opinion, the mini actually looked better than the ipad 3. The lack of retina was negligible considering that they have squeezed the pixels in such a small device. I had to keep the mini within inches of my face to really notice the pixel difference. However, the screen and colors just seemed so much richer than the ipad 3 next to it, which seemed dull.

    This makes picking between the ipad 4 and the ipad 3 much more difficult. The size and weight of the mini is just awesome. I can without a doubt say that the ipad mini is going to be the new norm. It's the perfect size to take with you - out and about. Cannot wait for the LTE version.

    Had apple honestly put retina and the A6 in it too, their competitors might as well have given up and closed down.
  2. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    Couldn't disagree more. Colors are richer on the three and text is substantially clearer.
  3. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Well, I want that Mini you were looking at. Compared to my iPad 3, my mini colors look dull.
  4. AzN1337c0d3r macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2010
    Observer bias anyone? ;)

    The ipad 3 display objectively measures better than the mini in all respects.
  5. davey1107 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2011
    Could tell the difference, but it was negligible

    Playing with the iPad Mini in the Apple store, I could definitely tell the difference in the display. Text was visually "fuzzier," but only slightly.

    This isn't a slam on the Mini, if you look at my other posts you'll see I've written on why this was exactly what Apple needed this holiday season. I believe retina came down to a question of cost. Apple could make their $329 mini with what 18 months ago we were calling the "7th wonder of the digital world" (the non-retina display), or they could have offered a $400 mini with retina.

    Buyers last Christmas spoke loud and clear. The "budget tablet" market is about price or size - this is why they're buying those tablets. Mini offers the smaller form factor for those who needed it, and while $329 isn't $200, Apple has really narrowed the gap. Their thinking is that budget buyers will spring for the cheaper mini, not really caring about retina, while those who want the best in tech they have done by a massive margin...stick with the classic larger iPad.

    Only the post-xmas sales figures will tell us if their decision was correct, but based on my USC Business School education, my money is on Apple.
  6. aka777 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Well yes, obviously the text and icons were not as sharp on the mini, however the differences are not that big either. Maybe it was just the way i was holding them.

    The colors for some reason looked much richer on the mini.


    That's pretty much it.

    This is also the first of the line, so Apple was not going to spend up buying expensive machinery and developing expensive processes on a product line with no sales figures. Now that they have seen that it too is a hit, they can invest the capital required to develop and produce the custom 7.9" retina.
  7. BFW122083 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2009
    I returned my mini for an iPad 4 today. I wanted to like the mini, I really did. I spent two days with it and I just couldn't get past the display. I LOVED the size, look, and weight but just couldn't get passed the screen. It's the only apple product I have ever bought that I felt like I was "trying" to like. Very happy typing this on my new ipad 4 :)
  8. OTACORB macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    People are just spoiled and Apple did this with the retina display... However, I think folks carry this stuff to a ridiculous level sometimes. I had the iPad 3, sold it, got the iPad 4, along with the iPad mini I did this because of my concerns about the display. However, after using it now for well over a week. I am actually using the mini so much more than the 4 I've decided to return the iPad 4 in favor of the iPad Mini.

    Its true the display isn't as crisp for text and colors aren't as vivid.. but the portability and the way you can use this thing absolutely made it a keeper hands down.
  9. AlterZgo macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    As an owner of an iPad 2 and iPad 3, I love the new mini I bought. Yes, the lower resolution is noticeable, but I still find the mini very usable for reading magazines, surfing the net, playing games, etc. IMO, the size is PERFECT whereas the iPad 2 and 3 always felt large and somewhat heavy.

    When I go back to my iPad 3, the text looks astoundingly nice, but I still use the mini about 90% of the time because it is so light, portable, and very easy to hold in 1 hand for extending reading. Weight of the iPad 3 bothers me much more than the lower resolution text when reading for hours.
  10. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Oh, I highly disagree. I own both, not just look at them in a store. I like the mini for it's form factor, but owning an iPad3 and a rMBP that screen on the mini is definitely a step backwards.

    An LTE Mini w/retina? All the tablet I would ever need.
  11. jihan33 macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2012
    I think that ipad 3 is better then ipad mini.
  12. Awakener macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    It is tricky comparing screens in-store. For example many people see little or no difference between iPad 2 and iPad with retina in-store, but take them both home it's like night and day.
  13. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    I think the mini is quite good. Yet it's not better than the display on my iPad 3.

    But if you think the mini is good, you should see my Nexus 7. With a much higher ppi than Apples basic screen, it's a real winner.
  14. BFW122083 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2009
    You are right. Apple spoiled me with retina displays. I love retina displays, love them. When I swapped my mini for the new 4 I knew for me it was the right decision. My wife thought the display looked fine, but she is coming from a macbook air and an iPad 2. For me it would be taking a step backwards. I mean the display is what you stare at when you use it! Maybe I should have given it longer than a couple days, but I just felt like I shouldn't have to. I shouldn't have to try and like it, you know?
  15. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    I had the mini but started getting headaches while using it. I loved the form factor but ended up returning it for a 4. Gotta admit, I am glad I did. No more headaches and the screen(whole unit actually)is impressive..
  16. urkel, Nov 10, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2012

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    The Mini is the product ive been begging for and I absolutely love it despite its flaws. But to claim the screen looks better than the iPad 3?!?! Cmon.

    I feel the screen is good but the screen complaints are more related to Apple's decision to shrink a 9.7" UI onto a 7.9" tablet with NO customization. Fix that next update and the product is better but the screen will still remain vastly inferior to a true retina display.
  17. nanotoj macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2010
  18. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    The 3 has a lot more colors than the mini and is more crisp. I'm used the TS was just excited in the moment.
  19. questioner76 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Couldn't have said it better myself! If you can afford both, I highly recommend it. The mini is just so usable. Even though the screen isn't retina, it's really only distracting when you're comparing against an iPad 3 or 4.

  20. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009
    There is simply no way that someone can honestly suggest the mini screen is better than an iPad 3/4.

    Contrast, color gamut, resolution are entirely below that of the Retina panels.
  21. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    I have a hard enough time justifying an ipad along with an iphone 5. I'm not sure when I'd have the time to squeeze a subpar ipad Mini into the mix.
  22. mfr1340 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    n. cal
    ipad mini

    One with ret screen and stand alone GPS like the Nexus7
  23. aka777 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I found that after I purchased my first tablet a few years ago, I seldom use my iPhone beyond making and receiving calls.

    Granted, a data only iNano (e.g samsung note) that is 5.5" and fits in my pocket, would be awesome.

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