iPad Mini & iPad. Who feels the need to own both?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Rm.237, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Rm.237, Oct 1, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012

    Rm.237 macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    I've always found it's nice to have an Apple product at the ready for when I am in need of it. I've got an iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone. All have their place and time for use and all get used. Anyone finding reason to own both an iPad and a iPad Mini? If so, why?
  2. miklovo macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2008
    iPad for me and iPad Mini for the kids. It won't be as heavy and it would be smaller for smaller hands. Doesn't hurt also that it'd be a cheaper price point to replace if my 2 year old dropped and broke it.
  3. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
  4. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    I'll probably have both only because I bought the iPad when the Mini wasn't available. I think the smaller form factor fits my usage patterns a little better though.

    What I'd love even more is something with the form factor of the Mini which can also double as my phone.
  5. big samm macrumors 65816

    big samm

    Oct 27, 2008
    I will get the smaller ipad there's no doubt about it! My ipad 4G is just too big and heavy to carry everyday, but perfect for home usage, and the mini will be the tablet i carry everyday! I really love the form factor and weight of my nexus 7.
  6. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Hmm nah i dont think i would need it. iPad is a perfect fit for me in terms of screen size/portability.
  7. zunex macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2012
    I don't think so. One is really enough though. Unless you have kids, you know :D
  8. Breaking Good macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2012
    I agree with big samm. The current size is perfect for home, but inconvenient to tote around everywhere. An iPad Mini would be the perfect compliment to the iPhone.

    What I would really love to see is the ability for the iPad Mini (or larger iPad) to mirror or mimic everything you do on your iPhone. So if you are doing something with an app on your iPhone and decide you need more screen space, you just put you phone away, take out your iPad and pick up right where you left off.
  9. Infinitewisdom macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    That's ideally what iCloud should enable, but I hear from developers that it's a pain in the arse to implement.

    We see some of what you mention in the iCloud bookmarks for Safari.
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    There are a lot of apps that do this already. For instance, Kindle app, Instapaper and iBooks all sync furtherest read points in any books / articles you are reading. They don't open to the last book / article, but when you do open the book, you'll be at where you were on your other device.
  11. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    My wife and i each have an ipad3 but i bought a google nexus7 and love the form factor so its become an addendum to my ipad. I'll use the ipad now mostly for tv and movies and online shopping and the nexus for email browsing etc. my wife's fallen in love with it and i'm sure will go for a mini if and when it comes out. I might too if it has a rear camera. If the mini doesnt get released she'll get the nexus 7 to replace her older generation ipod touch to carry around.
  12. Breaking Good macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2012
    It's good to know that they are heading in that direction.

    The gripe I would have is that in order to use iCloud to do this, you need a data plan for both devices when you are not around WiFi.

    I would like to see them do this using Bluetooth. However, I am probably in a very small minority with this. I'm too cheap to buy a data plan for my iPhone.
  13. Rm.237 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    See I'm thinking of doing exactly this. I've been wanting to kid my oldest one for quite sometime. If I had to think of a way to incorporate one for myself it would be on the reading front. Something easier to manage at certain times. Those times would be so few and far between though that I'd be fine not to have one for myself.
  14. Changen macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    I have the iPad three which is perfect for me and my school books but I will get the mini if the price is right mainly because I want to run it with my theater in the house and have a dedicated remote using my itach and roomie remote. Only think that I can wish for is that apple comes out with a dock system for it to complete the setup.
  15. mrrippey macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2009
    Low Resolution compared to others

    Doesnt anyone feel that the iPad mini proposed resolution inferior since the other 7" tablets have higher resolutions?

    I'm not sure if I am going to get another iPad but I will give my kids the iPad 2's that I have now and get one of the $199 tablets just for reading (which is what I do most on the iPad now).

  16. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    ipad mini seems like a waste to me, too much of a middle ground product, and rumor has it will be at least double the cost of a nexus 7 and other competing 7" tablets.

    If I want a screen I can shove into my pocket I've got my iphone, if I want a "full" size screen I have my ipad3, and if I need to do a lot of typing I've got my macbook air. The mini is too much of a compromise in every aspect, unless I considered using it as a phone like the G-note.

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