All iPads iPad 4 vs Mini comparison

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Samtb, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Samtb macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    So Many people have a hard time deciding between the 2. So would people agree with the below pros & cons for the benefit of those people?

    iPad pros
    - Large Retina Screen (good for high quality photos, diagrams, CAD)
    - A6X chip (good for power hungry apps such as photo/video editing, CAD, 3D gaming)
    - Some people may not find it ideal to use as a portable device especially for travelling
    - It is more expensive
    - Some people may not like the design

    Ipad mini pros
    - Very portable & 1 handed use possible (may be better as an ereader for some or travel companion)
    - It is cheaper
    - Some people may prefer the design.
    - A5 chip & 512MB RAM may mean future OSs won't run as well which may be an issue for some
    - Smaller screen (this may be an advantage to some but others may want a larger screen)

    - Mini is better for those who want a cheaper or more portable device and aren't bothered by screen size or lack of retina. For everyday web browsing, emails, ereading this is a good device. It is also good for extended holding, it can be held like a small clipboard.
    - Ipad 4 is better for those people who want a larger, high quality screen. It is still portable as it is much lighter than any laptop but you may need to rest it against something for extended use. It is suited for 3D gaming, more graphic intensive apps, high quality photos, CAD etc and those who just like the large retina screen for their everyday activities.
  2. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    I'd disagree with all the "the bigger ipad is more suited for graphics, pics, etc." If you read all the time, the retina screen makes text pop. It's clear, not fuzzy. That's your number one reason.

    In fact, on the Mini, graphics, videos, and pics look fine. It's all about the text being too small or somewhat blurry.
  3. Samtb, Feb 24, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013

    Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    I meant for professional use. Engineering diagrams aren't as easy to look at on the mini. And photographs of structural examinaions are better on the ipad 4 too

    Photographers may also prefer the larger screen. I guess for everyday users, it's more a choice of size.
  4. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I was always under the impression that speed wise, the ipad4 is comparable to the ipad2 or mini because all that extra processor power goes towards handling the retina graphics anyways.

    If anything, my ipad3 actually feels a tad more sluggish compared to my friends' ipad mini and ipad2.
  5. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    That's a good point actually. Speed wise they might be similar.
  6. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013

    This is interesting.
  7. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL

    The iPad 3 and Mini have comparable speed - the A5X extra GPU performance is a wash due the additional pixels, the CPUs are the same, however the iPad 3 does have 1GB of RAM. A5 @ 1024x768 = A5X @ 2048x1536

    The iPad GPU and CPU are twice as fast as the iPad 3 - this a same resolution comparison, so an iPad 4 is also twice as fast as a Mini, CPU and GPU, and also has 1GB of RAM. A5 @ 1024x768 or A5X @ 2048x1536 = A6X @ 2048x1536 * 0.5 :D
  8. davistld01 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2008
    Springfield, MO
    I tend to agree with most of the OP's points. I love my iP4 for around the house use...but it's a bit heavy & large for extended holding. I'm looking to buy a Mini soon because its the perfect size for me to carry around @ work.
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    When the iPad 3 first came out, we loaded "retina quality" pictures on both the iPad 2 and 3 and compared side by side, and it was really hard to see any difference.

    Now, if you are looking at blueprints, I think a retina display might help show more detail. And now that there are games that have been optimized for retina, some games look more sharp on the 3. And reading text is definitely much easier on the retina screen. But for just looking at photos, even high quality professional ones, 3 vs 2 was a wash.
  10. alice04 macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2013
    For apps, games, etc I'll choose iPad mini of course and it's definitely cheaper. But for calls and txts i'll really use iPhone 4. hihihihi.
  11. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    I agree with the OPs points for the most part, although the smaller form factor of the Mini can make gaming a more comfortable experience (despite the lower quality screen)
  12. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    Retina Display = amazing
    Available in 128GB = Awesome
    Cellular = Great
    A great size = Even better.

    none of those things, it's a bit of a waste. It was direct competition between the Kobo sized readers and that is it.
  13. Tsepz macrumors 68000


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    I agree with OP on most points.

    WRT where I use my iPad4, I use it at home and at university, as Cardfan said, text is everything, and with the iPad4 text looks ncredible thanks to the Retina Display. :)
  14. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    Really? What about 4k resolution photos/videos which are starting to come on the market.
  15. AznTakumi macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2011
    The only thing holding me back from buying a mini has to be the A5 processor. It's probably going to maybe last me a year or 2 then become really slow and I have to update. Apple probably did this to save cost and to give us a reason to update. I'm not even sure how apple is going to add retina to this device because the screen resolution is the same as the ipad2 so if they were going to add retina, they would have to add the ipad4 resolution onto that screen.
  16. izzle22 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2004
    Kansas City, Mazurah
    Your post is totally a subjective opinion. It could go this way:

    Retina Display = amazing (Not really that big of a difference to most people)
    Available in 128GB = Awesome (Who cares I have 32g and 10g still unused)
    Cellular = Great (That's why you have a phone. Why have 2 cellular devices. Mini is also availabe in cellular version)
    A great size = Even better. (Too big and heavy, Mini is a better size and more comfortable to hold and travel with)

    iPad 4 waste of extra money. iPad Mini better alternative for less money. It is in direct competition to iPad 4 and killiing the iPad 4's sales.
  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    If you have a link to a 4k picture, I can give it a try, since I still have both iPads 2 and 3. However, I doubt it will make much of a difference, because neither iPad 2 nor 3 can handle that high a resolution, so the pics will just get downgraded to the respective iPad resolutions.
  18. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    In real world usage, my iPad 4 is significantly faster than my mini.


    I disagree completely. I'm currently using an iPad 4 & a iPad mini. To declare the iPad 4 a waste of money is to reveal how little you know.

    Both of these have their strengths and are not to be direct competitors. The differences are distinct enough that I require both. Some people will find the iPad 4 ideal, some will find the mini ideal, and others will buy both.

    That's a fact.
  19. Luis2004 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2012
    I'm so torn between selling my 3 and buying a mini or waiting til the retina mini comes out.... Argh
  20. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    This is a 4K sample image.
  21. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Ok, loaded it up on both 2 and 3, after comparing them for a few minutes, I realized I had gotten then mixed up and had to look up the serial numbers to determine which was which. :p

    So, sorry, I'm not seeing any difference in picture quality.
  22. mapledress macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    Both of the two devices are wonderful. But I prefer the iPad mini.
  23. izzle22 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2004
    Kansas City, Mazurah
    If you had read my post which you obliviously didn't you can see that's exactly what I was trying to say. I was stating the FACT that you can say either one is better depending on your uses and opinion. You should read posts before you tell people how little they know. I have both iPads as well and find they both have their uses. I was clearly disagreeing with the previous post that the mini is a waste and if you really wanted to you could say the same about the iPad 4 if it didn't suit your needs. And that's a fact!
  24. Samtb, Feb 26, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013

    Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    Are there any ipad users here who use it for work? Which do you use and why do you prefer it for your work?

    I think alot of people who work outside an office (pilots, engineers, doctors etc) may like the minis portability but they may also prefer a larger screen, depending on the job. I guess you could say the same with office people.
    What do people think? If mini 2 has retina, do you think mini 2 is better for any job?
  25. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    Took my wife to the Apple store and asked if she wanted a mini 'cause of all the translating she's been doing on a job for me recently and after using it in the store a bit, she said she'd rather stick with the iPad 1!?!?!

    Sure the ipad 1 is heavier and slower and the screen doesn't look as good, but the screen just wasn't big enough. She thinks the mini's smaller screen was too big a trade off even though it beats out the ipad 1 in every other area.

    No worries for me, she will inherit my ipad 2 when I upgrade to the 5 in... April!?!? Well, more likely Septemberish.

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