All iPads Is the difference noticeable?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kaye Star, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Kaye Star macrumors newbie

    Kaye Star

    Feb 23, 2014
    I went to Best Buy today to window-shop and check out the iPad Air a little. They had the iPad Mini and the iPad Retina Mini on display. I compared the two and really couldn't see any difference, not even a tiny bit.

    Same when I tried to compare the iPad Air and iPad 2 for speed. They seemed to load as quickly as each other.

    Does anyone notice the difference? Do I maybe just need to play with them for more than two minutes?
  2. Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    I notice the difference on the screen of the retina ipad versus the ipad 2 immediately. Very noticeable. I could not go back to a non retina ipad.

    The difference between the screens of the non retina mini and retina mini is not as noticeable as the pixel density of the non retina mini is higher than the ipad 2. But the boost in specs on the retina mini vs the inn retina I think is worth the $100 extra. Double the ram and latest gen cpu gpu is worth it.
  3. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    The text is sharper on the Air, the animations are smoother on the Air. It's just overall a better spec'd machine.
  4. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    Yeah there is a difference with the air. The mini retina does seem a little slower then the air. In the end I returned the air and kept the mini since I like the size of the mini r better.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I have the original iPad mini and I've compared many times. The difference is so minor to me that it's barely noticeable. I'm still extremely satisfied with mine.
  6. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    Everyone's different. The difference between the retina mini and the original mini is very noticeable to me, but I tend to hold it a bit close, and I use it a lot for reading. On the other hand, I don't notice the difference in colors between the mini retina and the Air, but other people find that very noticeable.
  7. Americasteam macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2014
    To me, the Air is smoother and the screen is night and day. I returned my Mini for the Air.
  8. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    ipad mini and the retina iPad mini are very like, when i originally went to check it out i was playing with the non retina until a genius told me that it wasn't the retina.
  9. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    You actually have to take it home and use it.

    When I owned the first gen mini, I noticed the difference instantly when browsing in bed - the lettering just wasn't crisp.
  10. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Technically, the retina mini has sharper text since it has more PPI but the Air has better colors.
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I think it's hard to see in the stores because they have the brightness cranked up to maximum and the store lightning distorts things a bit. If you took them both home and put them side by side you'd probably notice a difference. Whether that difference is worth the extra money comes down to personal choice.

    As for speed. Yes the air is faster but the iPad 2/mini aren't slouches. They are still pretty nifty. However you have to think of the future as well. The air and iPad mini will last longer.
  12. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    As much as I wanted the 1st generation mini, I passed on getting one as I knew I wouldn't be happy with the pixelated text after using retina. It was very noticeable to me when looking at the mini in the Apple store and I found it hard to read the small text in portrait mode. I have the rMini now and love it. The color saturation isn't as good as the Air but to me it is still a very nice screen and I don't even notice the difference when using it.
  13. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    I don't think you'll really notice the speed difference unless you're playing games with a lot of real-time graphics, like some racing games, etc.

    If you don't notice any difference in color saturation, etc. (I haven't seen them in person, myself), then you have more options. You certainly won't notice any difference once you choose one and never again look at the other.
  14. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Yeah, it's really like night and day when comparing the 2 with the Air. I had a 2 but my youngest daughter now has it. The upgrade was monumental. IMO. ;)

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