iPad iPad Mini or iPad Retina?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sammyvine, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. sammyvine macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2012
    Basically I am looking to get an ipad. I have an iphone but feel the screen is too small and i browse the internet a lot so the battery always goes within a couple of hours.

    I want an ipad to carry with me to work, on the bus and train, plus use at Uni. I want the ipad basically for listening to music, browsing, watching movies occasionally and maybe reading books. Basically something on the go.

    I do have a Macbook Pro bear in mind.

    Should I get the mini or retina?
  2. blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    Mini. If portability and light use is all you're after, go with the Mini hands-down. I've owned both and sold off my iPad 3 not long ago as it rarely (if ever) was being used once I got the Mini.
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Depends. Can you afford the $499 for iPad with Retina display? Do you prefer a smaller display or larger one? Is the extra weight of a larger iPad an issue for you? Do you prefer Retina or no Retina? Etc...

    For me, I bought an iPad mini. I have a MacBook Air and iPhone 5. I use my mini for the same uses you listed including using it for university.
  4. sammyvine thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2012
    How do you find the mini? Do you use it alot? I am even debating wether i should get it tbh

    I heard the screen isnt too good?


    Yeah i think the portability is an factor for me!
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Which one is preferred is so subjective, especially what you think of its screen vs its smaller size, that its best if you buy it, try it, return it if you don't like it.
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    The screen is not Retina. But that doesn't mean it's not good. I bought iPad 4 for my parents. I helped them set it up and I've used it while at home. What I can say is that the mini's screen is really good. It's just not Retina. I advise you to go to a store and see for yourself. Ideally, put a Retina iPad and iPad mini side by side at the store and see for yourself.

    I use my mini A TON! I used to carry my MacBook Air with me at all times in my backpack. Now I just carry my iPad mini. Battery life lasts weeks for my uses. I don't use it constantly for 10+ hours a day either. It's just my device for when I'm out and I need to do some light productivity tasks. Email, web browsing, a few games to kill time, videos, reading news, reading ebooks, etc.
  7. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
  8. pr0230 Suspended

    Feb 7, 2013
    Ipad retina

    For surfing, and watching shows, definitely the IPAD... The retina display is stunning!
  9. MacAPOL macrumors member


    May 11, 2012
    I dont know.
    Mini all day. I sold my ipad2 and i will never buy a large ipad again. Retina is no such a deal, its better but mini's screen is good enoguh. I think mini's screen size is perfect and now i feel the normal ipad too big to use and grab. I'm 21 , using it at home and university all the time.
  10. Gym Hellwig macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2013
  11. sammyvine thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2012
    When's it coming out?


    I agree

    Normal Ipad is too big.

    When is the retina ipad mini coming out?
  12. New2MacOS macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I sold my iPad3 when I bought the Mini, and have not looked back. I found the Mini to give me flexibility in carrying it around -- in a bag, in my suit pocket, or in a Scottevest (which I use when I travel overseas). I do travel with a MB Air 11. I am very content with the screen on the mini, but I'm sure I will take a good look at a mini with retina when it comes out.
  13. CrzyIcE macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2010
    For me personally, I went with the ipad mini.

    I went from iphone 3GS to iphone 4S and never owned an ipad before.
    So when I got the ipad mini, I didn't really mind that it was not retina.
    At first I thought it would be really bad like some people have complain about.
    But I think if you never own an ipad retina before, the screen will seem good to you.

    Of course I would prefer a ipad mini retina, but in terms of ipad retina vs ipad mini without retina, I would choose the mini because of its size and lightweight.
  14. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    I tried the ipad mini but could not get used to the screen after having an ipad 3 retina for almost a year. Even though the ipad mini is lighter. I also didn't like the poor design of the mini's smart cover.

    Money wasn't an issue. Maybe I'll get the iPad mini 2 if it has retina.
  15. Bag302 macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2009
    I have both. The ipad mini's form factor and portability is fantastic. However, the lack of retina is certainly noticeable and I don't enjoy reading on it. When I'm home, I don't use the mini.

    My wife has an ipad2 and I offered to buy her a mini, put she prefers the larger screen on the ipad2. She uses hers for video most of the time.

    That being said, only my mini is cellular and it's the only one I take out of the house. I like that it fits in my suit pocket.
  16. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    4 hands down as long as money isnt the issue and you dont have strength issues. get the mini if you want to save some money along with making some sacrifices but want small and light.
    wait for the mini with retina and hopefully have the best of both worlds. i will probably sell my 4 when the retina mini comes out but in my honest opinion after owning both, i wouldnt even consider the current model mini...
  17. sammyvine thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2012
    yeah thats how i feel

    i dont want the mini right now since i want a very good screen for ebooks and movies and the mini doesn't have that

    that said the ipad is too big imo and i would want something smaller to carry around uni, on the bus, on the train etc...
  18. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    I'd just get the Mini and not worry about the bigger ipad.

    Here's the thing though. If you use an ipad 4, you'll be struck at how fuzzy the mini's screen might be in comparison. If you use a Mini for any length of time, the bigger ipad will seem like a brick.
  19. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    In fact, this is an important feature

    The last statement in this post is one that is very important to many of us. The freedom of just grabbing the device iPad Mini when going out of the house, without further ado, cannot be overestimated. Even if this is a solid concrete action that one is referring to, the implications of this fact are strong and telling. It says in a condensed way what kind of freedom the portability of the iPad Mini gives you, in contrast to the regular iPad, I am afraid I must say as a fact.
  20. izzle22 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2004
    Kansas City, Mazurah
    Retina is way over rated. I have iPad mini, iPad 4 and iPhone 5 and can barely tell a difference. Retina is nice but also a lot of hype. I love the iPad mini and use it more than anything I have. Hardly even use my MacBook Pro anymore except for music. I don't even care if they come out with a mini retina, I will use the one I have until it dies or I can no longer upgrade it. I don't get any blurry images or font when reading. I think anyone who does needs glasses.
  21. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    I think it depends on which display you get in your iPad mini.

    Some are better than others.

    But you can still definitely see a difference between retina and non-retina. Even color saturation stands out.
  22. izzle22 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2004
    Kansas City, Mazurah
    Why? it will be another 8 months. Get what you want now. Not that big of a difference trust me I have both and never use my iPad 4 anymore.
  23. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand

    If you need it now (like I did) then get it now.

    There is no point waiting (possibly) 8 months for the announcement and waiting a few weeks after that for availability. Get it now, sell it later (Apple products hold their value) for the next version if you want.
  24. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I prefer the mini, because of the form factor. If you want form factor over screen quality then the mini is the tablet for you. If you want the retina display then get the iPad 4.

    I've found the mini to be a great tablet and very portable, I use it more then my full size iPad (which my kids now use, because my mini is the only one I use :) )
  25. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Fireball Dragon

    Nov 26, 2012
    Chigwell, England
    Definitely go for the mini. For the tasks you mentioned, it is ideal.

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