All iPads iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini

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iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini?

  1. iPad Air

    68 vote(s)
  2. Retina iPad Mini

    69 vote(s)
  3. Both

    13 vote(s)
  1. Photography, Nov 4, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013

    Photography macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Which did/will you purchase - iPad Air or Retina iPad Mini, or both - and why?
  2. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Little early aren't you. Can't decide until the reviews come out on the Mini
  3. Photography thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    That's why I said did/will - "will" implying in the future.
  4. ejisfun macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2011
    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.
  5. HighFlyingBirds macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2011
    I got the air. The mini is just to small for everyday use and when I'm out and about I have my 5S! :)
  6. Z3man macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2012
  7. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    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.
  8. Pugman1943 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2013
    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.
  9. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    You are missing one option on that poll.

  10. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    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.
  11. Z3man macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2012
    The difference in real estate between a 5" screen and a 7.9" screen is a hell of a lot.
  12. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    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.
  13. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    yes,both,in January, When Clam Case releases The Clam Case Pro for each:cool:
  14. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.


    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.
  15. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
  16. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    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.
  17. Serickmetz macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2013
    I would have chosen this option. I'm getting an air, wife's getting the mini retina. I voted air since that's what I'm getting.
  18. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Ah my Z Boater and I think alike!:D:cool:
  19. Photography thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Thanks for all the replies - keep them coming! A "Both" option has been added.
  20. shadow puppet macrumors 6502

    shadow puppet

    Dec 2, 2012
    4th padded cell on the right
    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.
  21. catalyst6 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2007
    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.
  22. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    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
  23. N23 macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    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.
  24. randy10786 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2013
    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:
  25. Investor27 macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2012
    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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