iPad mini Is it worth getting an iPad mini w/retina if I already have an iPad Air?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jacoblee23, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 6502a

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    I just got hired to be a sales rep at Verizon. I am a huge apple fan. I have an iPhone 5s, iPad air, and just got a MacBook Air. I love the form factor of the mini and want to stay connected at all times due to my work. Is it a waste of money?
     
  2. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Why can't you stay in touch with the Air and 5s?
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I think its a waste, you'll end up only using one tablet over the other. I don't see the iPad mini being needed to stay in touch when you already have an iPhone and an iPad Air
     
  4. Navdakilla macrumors 65816

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    Exactly this.. I like the form factor of the mini when I compare it to the Air, HOWEVER everything is better on the air to me. Movie watching, magazines, games etc, obviously because of the bigger screen
     
  5. Jaguarr40 macrumors regular

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    I would agree as you will use one over the other unless you just one the mini as q quick pick up and go sitting like in a coffee house but you still have the Air so all you are doing is duplicating what you already have. The ultimate decision has to come from you.
     
  6. blakek macrumors member

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    get rid of your Air and get a mini if you like the size

    you can use your macbook instead of the Air for looking at anything if its the screen that you like

    waste of money to have both unless you just use the mini for work stuff and nothing else
     
  7. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    If you have a use-case for it and can easily afford it, why not?
     
  8. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

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    I agree. Also the portability of the rMini would make it easier to take to work daily.
     
  9. Bheleu macrumors 6502

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    Love my IMR

    I love my IMR, doubt you can fit the Air in your pants/jacket/hoodie pocket.

    I stick with a see-thru plastic back cover (slides in pocket easily) and magnetic front cover.

    Plays movies fine, and do not notice the supposedly poorer color gamut.

    All that and I saved $100 over the Air when I would have paid more for the smaller screen - paying less was the only thing that made me pause a moment (as if paying less for something means it is an inferior product).
     
  10. mpayne2k macrumors 6502a

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    I got my Air free, so I purchased an rMini as well thinking I'd use them for different tasks and for an equal amount. For about 8 months now, I've hands down used my Air a heck of a lot more than the rMini.

    It really comes down to personal usage, unfortunately, you may not know this until you own both.

    If I were to look back, I'd probably just convince myself to be happy keeping just the Air and skipping on the rMini.

    I have no issues with the rMini, I personally just prefer the Air.
     
  11. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do you still have an iPad 4? I just notice under your signature. :apple:
     
  13. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not anymore. This signature is outdated.
     
  14. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    I agree just get the Retina Mini if you prefer that size. Having both is a waste.

    Go for the cellular version. It's only $10 extra per month for your iPad to have its own data.
     
  15. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

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    I have cellular on my rMini as that is the device that goes with me everywhere. I have an Air with LTE but don't have it activated since I don't need it at home. I bought the Air first and would not have gotten cellular if I knew I would end up getting the mini.
     
  16. thedeejay macrumors 65816

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    If you got the money to burn then go for it but I personally believe it'll be a waste of money. At the end of the day it's your call.
     
  17. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    i use my iPad 4 for movie box air played to my tv as it is always on my couch.

    my mini is in my bed and i can take with me if i need it for notes in class or something. I think the combination is great.
     
  18. chupachup macrumors 6502

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    The iPad Air and the Mini with retina Display are the same tablet. So, if you just want a smaller tablet then sell the iPad Air and get a mini. There isn't any benefits to having both.

    The iPad Air has better color reproduction, so I would just stay with the Air.
     
  19. akdj macrumors 65816

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    I've not found it a waste. I'd say it's damn. Ear a 50/50 usage scenario. Both the Air and rMini are used at least thirty hours a week...at the 'minimum'. Both serve different tasks, I love the size of the mini for bed, waking up and catching up on the news. The Air is my daily go to, go with me everywhere personal computer. Even though I enjoy thoroughly using my rMBP. For each, their own. I've also got a 5s and at the end of the day, it's got about 30% left, both iPads, 40/50%. The laptop varies from 10-90%, pending the tasks. We're mobile. Very mobile. Like flying to each job all over Alaska. It's revolutionized our business and I can't imagine not having both (we've got seven full side iPads, including two airs, four '4s' and the iPad 2 --- my wife and I's personal iPads, the Minis, but I like the Air the same. They're both better at different tasks and excel at tasks the other doesn't.

    If you've got the money it's far from a 'waste'. Tahrs an ignorant statement if I've ever heard one. Half dozen of my friends and I are pilots. With Flight 24 and Fore.flight, they've become our kneeboards, replacing 50lb flight bags with moving maps, ADS-B, fuel calculations and flight planning. Up to the minute traffic and weather conditions, as well as TCAS. Even if the mini is nothing but your kneeboard, keeping hour Jep charts and plates up to date are spectacular. The rest of your day is on the Air, you've completely justified the ownership of two. And there's a thousand occupations that are similar. Don't let anyone make your decision for you or tell you it's silly, dumb, or redundant. Don't like it bring it back.


    See above. They're definitely NOT the same tablet. Not in the least. Maybe internally, but we react and 'use' the external portion of the device including the better display 'that's the same tablet as the other'. Quicker clock. Better gamut. Significantly greater display area and a pound. It's an amazing piece. As is the mini
     
  20. chupachup macrumors 6502

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    The iPad Air and the iPad Mini have the exact same specs.

    I already said the iPad Air has a better display, other than that, in everyday use, you will not notice any difference whatsoever. And the display difference you can only notice when they're side by side.
     
  21. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    If you have both in everyday use is when you do notice the difference, going from one to the other. Not just side by side.
     
  22. chupachup, Jul 23, 2014
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    If you're sitting next to me and you are using an iPad Mini and then take out an iPad Air and keep working there I would tap you in the shoulder and knock you out.

    You're not serious if you're saying you would walk around with 2 iPads. That's ridiculous. You're joking or you get commission from Apple.
     
  23. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    What!! don't get your first paragraph, i did have both and used both at same time at home, air for eyetv and mini for checking stuff and reading is one example. Throw in a 15" MBPr too, its called multitasking:p
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd say that generally bucks many people's typical usage patterns. I still maintain my opinion that having two products that do exactly the same, except one is larger then the other is a waste.

    Its the OPs money and he can do what he wants, and if he has some ideas as to how it will be useful, more power to him, but all things being equal, I don't see it being a good use of money (at least my money if it were up to me).
     
  25. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    I frequently work with 2 or more iPads at the same time (and they're all 9.7"). For one thing, it's an easy (if expensive) way to circumvent the Safari tab refresh thing. For another, it saves me having to print tons of stuff or carry a bunch of really heavy books. Sure, you can have multiple tabs open in GoodReader, etc, but it just isn't as convenient as being able to view two or more books or documents side by side.

    From the 3GS onward, it seems I almost always had a clone/backup of my devices. It's convenient having a fallback when your battery dies or something. That might seem wasteful to some but hey, it's my money I'm wasting. Some people like spending money on cars, golf, etc. For me, tech is my hobby. :rolleyes:
     

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