All iPads iPad mini or Full Sized for Education?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MBAForever, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. MBAForever macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2011
    Hi, I wanted to get an Ipad for my niece, who will be entering Grade 8 next year. However I'm not sure whether to get a mini or a full sized IPad for her. My objective is to let her use the device as an education tool, since I've heard that the Ipad is highly useful and interactive in explaining content than normal textbook. Although the Ipad mini is lightweight and comfortable for holding over long period of times, I am worried that it can strain the eyes over time. Which one should I choose? Any opinion will be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    A used 16GB iPad2 shouldn't run you more than $200, go with that.
  3. xofruitcake macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2012
    the best way is to take you niece to Apple store to let her tries both and see which one is best for her. But the eye straining problem is mostly older folks and people who has eyesight problem. If majority of folk can use Iphone 5 display at 4 inches, it is hard to imagine a 7.9 inches screen is problematic for a young person unless she is in one of the special group.
  4. ChrisMan287 macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2012
  5. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    I moved my whole family from full size to minis. Every single one of them are happy. My son, who is 11, likes the smaller size and reduced weight. He previously had an ipad 2.
  6. esskay macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    My son's middle school rolled out a pilot program where they equipped the class with iPad 2s.

    They are using a variety of productivity apps, iMovie, etc. These are naturally nicer to use on a larger screen, but they are also loading textbooks on them, and I think this is a big advantage for a larger screen. A regular novel with text only is not a big deal either way, but when you have text books with text, graphics, diagrams, etc, I think the large screen is preferable. It's also good for their note-taking apps.

    Yes, the Mini is more portable and handy but I guess it depends on your expected uses for the tablet. At school, the extra bulk of the full size iPad is not a big deal, it's way better than humping giant textbooks around. I do find that my son does not always take his iPad everywhere after school, but always has his iPhone.

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