iPad mini iPad Mini - the most disappointing Apple product ever?

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  1. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

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    Got my iPad Mini at 14:30 - processed a return at 15:00 - I'm sorry - the screen is just awful compared to my Nexus 7. That and the debris under the screen (as usual) - this is a knee jerk reaction to Google I'm afraid. And a poor one. The screen is just not good enough now.

    And certainly not at £159 for the 16GB Nexus 7 versus £269 for this. I've cancelled the white one for my wife too.

    I'm an Apple fan too. Sigh.
     
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    I am all about not being unequivocally in love with the idea of non-retina, but the screen really is worse compared to N7? N7 has the crispness with 1280x800 on a 7" display, but the saturation and black levels of N7 left something to be desired -- though for the money, or in my case a handmedown, can't complain too much.

    And as you said, dust between LCD and glass is the usual. Seen it on iPad 3 and many iPhone 5's. Maybe other gens too, just never noticed. Or maybe more of them are like this nowadays.


    Never owned one, but I always feel (even today, despite internals/cooling/engineering design) that mini looks like a poor man's G4 cube design wise.
     
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  5. MartyCan macrumors 65816

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    You forgot about the "Newton" and the "Hockey Puck?"
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I think that the overwhelming majority of people who buy an iPad mini will love the product.

    I do think there are other compelling alternatives, but, overall, those who decide to get one will not regret it, mainly because they know what they're buying into: it's an iPad 2, shrunk to a more portable size, with an amazing build quality, that runs the same apps the same way.

    Disappointing products? I'd nominate the original Time Capsule.
     
  7. Poochi macrumors 6502a

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    I think the iPad mini should be how the iPad 1 should have been :) The size, the screen, the weight, it's excellent.

    The overall package is compelling, and I guess you have to compromise somewhere, whether it's the price, the pixel density, the color, the contrast, the build, the eco system etc.

    Rank those in the priority you can live with and find the one that's best for you.

    For me, it's the mini :)
     
  8. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Pixelated or not, I can barely read a page of text on my Nexus 7. Mainly because android font rendering sucks, and the only font available or the kindle app is terrible. That plus the fact that on the lowest brightness setting the display flickers. Honestly I find it easier to read on my iPhone.
     
  9. qawsed27 macrumors member

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    I don't believe your story. You sound hurt over this. Are you ok? I know it's hard buying something and then Apple comes out with something you want more. You'll just have to wait until your birthday, maybe your parents will make it okay and buy you a mini.

    By the way, I bought 3 Nexus 7s today at 10:40 and processed 3 returns at 10:42. Ok, that isn't true. I've never seen a Nexus and frankly, don't even know exactly what it is or who makes it.

     
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    They don't all do that. But I read it is a huge issue, and I've seen it myself on one or two.
     
  11. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Sorry, I compared them side-by-side this morning in-store and the Mini's screen is NOT awful in comparison. The Mini has significantly more viewable real-estate and despite having more pixels, I did not find the 7's text to be noticeably sharper.
     
  12. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    should have at least played with it for 24 hours then returned it :rolleyes:
     
  13. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Yup, and then now, we would have a mini with Retina!
     
  14. broketv macrumors newbie

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    I love mine. Everything I wanted the regular iPad to be. The screen is not a deal breaker at all.
     
  15. Dlanod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Whatever. Not everyone lives in a fantasy world. At 46, sadly my parents no longer buy me birthday gifts.
     
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    The Cube is the best looking mac desktop I've own.
     
  17. noteple macrumors 65816

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    So you like the S3 and the Nexus 7, and your mini counting unboxing gets a 30 minute review.

    Maybe and Android forum would be more to your liking.

    A side benefit is there you would be an all star.
     
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  19. Dlanod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I like any device that meets my needs. That includes Apple devices, Android devices. They all need to perform a useful and useable function. For me the iPad Mini doesn't. For millions of others it no doubt will. And that's fine.
     
  20. JohnnyAndre macrumors regular

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    Yeah, there isn't any way in hell this guy ever had an iPad mini. Obvious troll is obvious. I'm posting this from the mini, coming from a 3rd gen iPad I can honestly say the lack of retina is not all that jarring. It's hardly even noticeable.

    This dude probably bought the mini with spite toward the screen/returned it before even getting the chance to use it. What a loser.

    Every iPad mini owner is enjoying the product immensely. Don't listen to the troll.
     
  21. Dlanod thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. I agree. But it's also cheap. And IMO it has a much nicer screen. And given that it's in a case and the screen is all I see that works for me!
     
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