My Mini 4 is my best travel companion. Perfect size for reading books and doing pretty much everything else. I don't need the Cellular version as it adds another Cellular account to deal with. I have my iPhone with me at all times and it's so much more convenient and practical to hotspot with it when I need it.
Im not one of those that thinks a Mini can replace an Iphone Plus, the difference is still too big imo. but if i already have an iphone plus I use that for cellular stuff, and wouldnt need my mini to have cellular.However, it doesn't come with Cellular... I find that more important the smaller the device is, since it adds a lot more to its portability.
Agreed, but I have an iPhone Plus and it is no way a replacement for my Mini.Im not one of those that thinks a Mini can replace an Iphone Plus, the difference is still too big imo. but if i already have an iphone plus I use that for cellular stuff, and wouldnt need my mini to have cellular.
Interesting... for me the iPad mini replaces my iPhone Plus unless in the most cramped of situations. My usage pattern probably explains why I'm dead set for having a cellular iPad mini.
There really is no comparison - the screen is so much larger that the iPhone Plus' screen is completely outclassed.
I have a 32GB iPad Mini 4 to complement my 128GB 12.9 iPad Pro. I find the Pro too large to use on a plane and so I take the mini with me when traveling. I also use it around the house when I feel like using something a bit more of a "handheld".For those of you that have the iPad mini, what do you use it for primarily? And is it the only iPad you have or is it in addition to bigger iPads?
rechargable battery pack?
I have a 32GB iPad Mini 4 to complement my 128GB 12.9 iPad Pro. I find the Pro too large to use on a plane and so I take the mini with me when traveling. I also use it around the house when I feel like using something a bit more of a "handheld".
My usage is primarily for casual gaming, light web surfing, watching short video clips.
Battery life is great. Portability is nice.
Having said that, if I were in the market for an iPad, I'd seriously consider the 2017 9.7 iPad. It's only $30 more than a Mini 4 at comparable storage size. Heck, I'm seriously considering getting rid of both 12.8 Pro and mini 4 in exchange for that 2017 iPad.
I use my Mini for almost everything. I take it with me when I go out and the majority of my computer use at home is on it. I mainly use it for reading which is one of the reasons the mini is the best size for me as I find a smaller and lighter device easier to hold for hours, which is important even at home. I'd rather not read for hours or watch videos on my phone, both due to it's smaller size and 16:9 aspect ratio. I don't have the plus, but even if I did I wouldn't want to read on it for more than a short period. The 8 inch form factor is the perfect size for my use.
The mini is my only iPad, I honestly can't think of a use for the 9.7 size that would make it worth buying. It would be better for movies, but I'd rather have portability over a bigger screen while traveling and at home I'm more likely to watch a movie on the tv.
For me the cellular version is essential, since I take the mini with me all the time. I'd rather not tether my phone because battery life is already a problem for my phone due to some of the apps I run. Also my home internet is flaky, so if it drops I can just switch to cellular.
For typical tablet uses, 16:9 (and to a lesser extent 16:10) are awkward ARs. They're too wide in landscape, and too narrow in portrait.The 4:3 ratio makes viewing films on the iPad mini less efficient. Actually if your use case is mostly watching 16:9 or 16:10 films, a tablet with that same aspect ratio makes more sense IMO.
For typical tablet uses, 16:9 (and to a lesser extent 16:10) are awkward ARs. They're too wide in landscape, and too narrow in portrait.
I have found that the suitability of a tablet's aspect ratio for viewing video has everything to do with the type of video one watches.
Older TV shows are in the Academy AR (close to 4:3). Older films are wider than 16:9. That comprises the majority of what I watch on my tablets so I've resigned myself to pillarboxing and letterboxing being an unavoidable reality.
Even most modern theatrical films have ARs different than 16:9. For someone who watches mostly modern films/videos, 16:9 AR tablets are indeed preferable.