iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini?

  • iPad Air

    Votes: 68 45.3%
  • Retina iPad Mini

    Votes: 69 46.0%
  • Both

    Votes: 13 8.7%

  • Total voters
    150

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macrumors 65816
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Apr 10, 2007
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Which did/will you purchase - iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini, or both - and why?
 
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ejisfun

macrumors regular
Jan 7, 2011
173
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Little early aren't you. Retina Mini not out yet

Hence the "will" in the question.

Retina Mini for me; I've wanted the mini since it came out, but just couldn't justify buying what was essentially a small iPad 2. Now that the full-size and mini have (assumedly) the same specs, it's no question.
 

Bear

macrumors G3
Jul 23, 2002
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Which did/will you purchase - iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini - and why?
It's all about the size. If you're going to use it only at home, you probably want the large riPad.

If you're carrying it around outside the home all the time, it depends on how you want to carry it. An iPad mini will fit in more places than an iPad Air.

There's also the screen size and what you're using the iPad for to consider.
 

Pugman1943

macrumors newbie
Feb 11, 2013
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Air or Mini

I'll be honest, I'm 70 and need glasses, so I bought the Air. The mini was also sitting right there and I did look at it. The Air's footprint is not that bad and the additional real estate is enjoyed. Will tell you one thing for a fact, the speed is like warp 10 Mr. sulu. Man it screams.
 

Hankster

macrumors 68020
Jan 30, 2008
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Washington DC
I purchased two 16MB white iPad Airs on the day it launched. I was expecting a line but I got to the store at 10:30am and there was no line and plenty of inventory. The iPads were for my wife and mother.

Since the rumors are pretty set that Apple will launch a new larger screen iPhone (suppose to be 5") for me there is no point in getting a mini. My next iPhone will probably be close to the size of the mini.

Though, I still use my old iPad 2 for watching Netflix.
 

Z3man

macrumors 6502a
Feb 19, 2012
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The difference in real estate between a 5" screen and a 7.9" screen is a hell of a lot.
 

docprego

macrumors 65816
Jun 12, 2007
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The difference in real estate between a 5" screen and a 7.9" screen is a hell of a lot.

Completely agree! I have a Note 3 (5.7") and a Galaxy Tab 8.0 and there is a HUGE difference. I wouldn't be comfortable surfing on my Note 3 for an extended period of time but it's perfectly fine on the Tab 8.0.

I don't think people really understand how much difference a few inches makes when comparing the screen size of 2 devices.
 

KPOM

macrumors P6
Oct 23, 2010
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Which did/will you purchase - iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini - and why?

Is both an option? :D

I have a mini right now, and was planning to hold out for the Retina version later this month, but stopped by the Apple Store over the weekend and saw the Air in person. It is very nice, and the weight reduction is a lot more than it looks like on paper. That said, I'll probably go with the Retina iPad mini since it is $100 less for the same internals.

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Completely agree! I have a Note 3 (5.7") and a Galaxy Tab 8.0 and there is a HUGE difference. I wouldn't be comfortable surfing on my Note 3 for an extended period of time but it's perfectly fine on the Tab 8.0.

I don't think people really understand how much difference a few inches makes when comparing the screen size of 2 devices.

Or, for that matter, the 4x3 ratio 7.9" screen of the mini vs. the 16x9 ratio 7" screens of the Android competition. The mini's screen is 43% larger.
 

patseguin

macrumors 68000
Aug 28, 2003
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Wow surprised it's even. I love my Air but I thought more people would be RMini holdouts. The Air is easy to hold with 1 hand all night.
 

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macrumors 65816
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Apr 10, 2007
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Thanks for all the replies - keep them coming! A "Both" option has been added.
 

shadow puppet

macrumors 6502
Dec 2, 2012
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The difference in real estate between a 5" screen and a 7.9" screen is a hell of a lot.
No doubt about it but I decided the lighter retina mini is going to be a better fit for me so returned my Air today. I never once considered a mini so coming to this conclusion has me a bit gobsmacked.

I spent about 30 minutes playing with a mini today, testing out its readability since I'll be using it as an e-reader too. I thought the text would be too small without zooming but even after surfing the web, looking at email and messages, I found it was not a problem. Same with viewing photos and video since one of my hobbies is photography. I really thought the smaller screen would bother me, but it did not.

I think it comes down to each person's plan for usage & what works best for them. For me, when I want a bigger screen, I'll use my MBP. But for lightness & portability and discovering I can read the smaller screen just fine, the retina mini will be a better fit for my needs. I also like that it's somewhere in the middle size-wise to my MBP and iPhone 5, affording me a mid-size option for usage.
 

catalyst6

macrumors 6502a
Oct 13, 2007
570
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Berlin
Because I can't pick one and I am a whore for gadgets, I will be getting both. Most likely will sell the one I use less in 6 months. Will lose $100-$200, but a reasonable loss given the benefit of being able to own both.
 

rui no onna

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Oct 25, 2013
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Happy enough with the iPad 4 (iOS 6) so I'm getting the retina Mini. I've always felt the Mini will suit me quite well as long as it had a retina display. I have a year to put my hunch to the test. Going to see which one I reach for more often - the iPad 4 or the iPad Mini with Retina. That'll determine which iPad I purchase next year (or whenever Apple upgrades storage to 256GB). :p
 

N23

macrumors regular
Aug 3, 2009
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Went with Air. Portability was never an issue for me with my 3, it certainly not with the Air.
My iPad is mostly used around the house, when I do bring it to school it goes right into my bag.

I like having the extra real estate for surfing and reading documents.
I feel the Air is a nice bridge between my iPhone and MBP.
 

randy10786

macrumors newbie
Jul 10, 2013
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I'll be getting a mini retina in a few short weeks. Still working on selling my ipad 2 though, can't believe it hasn't sold yet :confused:
 

Investor27

macrumors regular
Mar 8, 2012
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I have the mini now, and was going into an Apple store over the weekend to pick up an Air. But after reading that the 1 gb RAM wasn't enough for the new 64 bit iOS 7 from Anadtech, I'm leaning towards picking up the new mini Retina cellular with the monthly free 200 mb from T-Mobile. What I would like to know is if both the mini Retina and the Air uses the same chip architecture and operating system, and both have the same 1 gb of RAM, would the mini Retina have memory problems similar to the Air as well?
 
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