Keep iPad mini with another iPad? if so, why?

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  1. Dualvansmommy macrumors newbie

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    So i bought 10.5 iPad Pro last week after realizing i seriously need an upgrade in size from my mini 4. The iPP has been great! it is big, but not too big that it lose it's purpose for me.

    I'm struggling with a decision though; whether to keep my mini 4 in addition to my 10.5 iPP? I had planned on selling the mini BEFORE my new ipad arrived in the mail, now i'm not sure.

    Do you have any other bigger iPads and why have you kept the mini?

    I currently have my iPhone 6SE, the 10.5 iPP and the mini 4.
     
  2. unibility macrumors 6502

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    Hello. I would honestly keep both the iPad mini 4 along side the iPad Pro. I have both the 128GB iPad mini 4 and the 512GB iPad Pro 10.5 cellular. I use the smaller for reading on the go and the basic e-mail, etc. I use the iPad Pro for movies, television series, web surfing and especially iBooks for references. It's visibly easier to see and read referencing materials on the 10.5.

    The new 10.5 I think is a great machine. Upgraded from my iPad Air. I'm not a power user but I only have the basic for iCloud storage. I keep a lot of my content with me on the go.
     
  3. akadafni macrumors regular

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    Keep both. I have the iPP 9.7 which is basically my laptop replacement. My iPM is for traveling and being out and about in cafes and bookstores. Plus you never know when something might happen so having a backup device is a good idea.
     
  4. Dualvansmommy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My mini is wifi and carrier model, as well my new 10.5 iPP too. I took out the SIM card from mini to put into my iPP, and really don't want to add another line. Which means the mini, if I decide to keep will be wifi model only...that is a possibility. In fact I remembered my husband has the mini 4 wifi model only, and it's never used. So I've decided to sell my mini and use my husbands mini as I feel it'll really come down to occcasonal use. Or as a backup device just in case.
     
  5. Hayseed macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the same boat. My IPP stays downstairs and does mostly "laptopy" stuff. The IPM stays next to my bed and serves as an e-reader and consumption device. I also use the little brother on airplanes for media. The two compliment each other well and if you have room, I say keep them both.
     
  6. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502

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    If youre gonna have 2 ipads, it should be the mini and the 12.9

    In fact i just bought a mini 4 today to go with my 12.9 gen 1. Its great.

    12.9 for home, and mini for travel.
     
  7. missbing macrumors regular

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    Yep, the mini and IPP 12.9 compliments each other perfectly. Hopefully Apple realizes this and upgrades the mini.
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I think this next year will be a telltale sign if we start seeing any rumors indicating if there's an iPad mini on the horizon in the next iPad release near 2018/2019.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I have a second generation Mini and felt that I would not get much for my money so I'm keeping it. Well that's not entirely true, its in the same household but now my wife uses it. I have had zero desire to pick up and use the mini since getting the IPP.
     
  10. JoJoCal19 macrumors 65816

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    I have a Mini 2 and the iPad Pro 12.9. I think it's a great combination. I use the Mini when laying down on the couch. I use the Pro when sitting down on the couch. I will be flying in two weeks and will put both in my bag, so I'll see which one I use during the flight to read with.
     
  11. Dualvansmommy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll feel like 12.9 is huge for me though!
     
  12. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502

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    Yea i just came back from a 2 week vacation to Hawaii last week, where i carried the 12.9 with me. While its great, i prefer packing light, and the 12.9 took more space than i wanted and was heavier. So as soon as i came back i ordered a mini 4.

    And its a bit nervewracking fitting a 12.9 into a full backpack. Feels like with it being stuffed, it may bend the larger ipad. Will not have this issue with a mini.
     
  13. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Me personally, I much prefer the mini. Even around the house I used the mini more than my 12.9" pro (unless its for watching TV shows, movies, or live news). Even when I had my air 2, the mini was my preferred device. If the 10.5" is your main one for both in-house and out-of-house, you may have more benefit selling it if you can get what you want for it. Otherwise maybe give it to a family member who may appreciate it? Or use it as a digital picture frame?
     
  14. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    My LTE Mini 4 goes just about everywhere with me. I'm finding over time that I simply dislike consuming any sort of content on my iPhone 7 due to the small screen size and limited viewable space, especially when compared to the iPad Mini. And the 4:3 screen ratio is MUCH preferred over the iPhone elongated screen for Safari web browsing (e.g., this site), causing some concern for where it appears the next generation of phones are headed with elongated screens.

    I use the Flipboard app to catch up on news while doing cardio at the gym, which makes time seem to pass in fast forward compared to just listening to music or trying to watch a TV.

    I've tried replacing the Mini with a 9.7 iPad, and recently a 10.5. Comparatively speaking, they're just too big and bulky for what I need.
     
  15. subjonas macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for the 12.9+mini combo. In addition, I have an SE and a 15" MBP. Everything works together to fill my needs very well.

    SE because I prefer a true one-handed phone.
    Mini for very casual consumption, especially reading e-books.
    12.9 for sketching, as a super light laptop replacement, second display for actual laptop, and when I want to get immersed in content.
    15" MBP for heavy work.
     
  16. sracer macrumors 603

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    With the 10.5, there is less reason to keep the Mini 4.

    I currently own the iPhone SE, 12.9 Pro, and Mini 4. I bought the Mini 4 *AFTER* purchasing the 12.9 as I discovered that the 12.9 Pro isn't a great experience on a plane. the Mini 4 (with the Logitech keys-to-go keyboard) travels on the plane well.

    If I could get by with a 10.5 Pro (I won't know for sure until iOS 11 ships) then I wouldn't have the Mini 4 and 12.9 Pro.
     
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    I'm now the opposite and planning on selling my mini 4. I was a big fan of it for traveling but after spending a week in a US hotel I soon got frustrated with the smaller screen. I'll be travelling with my Pro 10.5 while my 12.9 will be my main media consumption and creative device at home.
     
  19. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502

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    Same set up as me, and it wasn't until the plane ride and extensive traveling did i realize i needed the Mini to compliment my 12.9.

    Had i gotten the 10.5 then i might ditch the other 2.

    But i think i rather have 2 ipads that excels at their purpose, than 1 ipad that is pretty good at dual purpose. I can afford it, why not.
     
  20. sracer macrumors 603

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    That, and the fact that we already own both so we're already ahead of the game. rotflmao.gif
     
  21. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    Seems there are more 12.9+Mini combo owners than I would have anticipated. Because, you know, the Mini is useless when you can get an iPhone+ :eek:
     
  22. subjonas, Jul 14, 2017
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    It's not just about being able to afford it. If there's too much overlap in function, it can become an annoyance trying to decide which one to bring for which scenario. Also more things, more clutter, more worries.

    A lot of people would argue the difference in screen size (what is it, about twice the size?) as well as the 4:3 aspect ratio, additional ipad iOS features, and fuller ipad apps--is enough to make the mini useful in addition to the iphone plus. But also, not everyone likes huge phones, as is the case for me.

    edit-added more differences between mini and iphone plus.
     
  23. sracer macrumors 603

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    This is one of the reasons why I believe that Apple will NOT discontinue the Mini. Before getting the 12.9 Pro, i had ZERO interest in the Mini. Now it is an integral part of my mobile solution. And clearly I'm far from being alone in that.

    An informal view of this forum of us 12.9+Mini folks indicates that an overwhelming majority of us would upgrade our Mini 4 to a Mini Pro should Apple produce one.
     
  24. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    I definitely see your point. I'm one of those people that has and uses multiple iPhone's because I'm a gadget dork. But I definitely agree that at times it's pretty annoying to decide which phone to bring for which scenario. Then go through the task of swapping SIM cards, syncing up WhatsApp so notifications go to the phone you're using, then going on your way.
     
  25. Asp09 macrumors newbie

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    I found that I hardly used my Mini 2 after getting an Air2. However, since getting a 12.9 Pro, my Mini has suddenly been brought back into service. Now, if anything, it is the Air2 which is the redundant device. So I completely agree that the Mini is a perfect companion for a 12.9, but less so for a 10.5 or 9.7.

    I too am crossing my fingers that Apple does not discontinue the Mini, and that the next model will at least be Pencil-compatible.
     

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