iPad Loving my ipad 4 but...-_-

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Moneymiike420, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Moneymiike420 macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2012
    Was torn between the mini and the 4,ended up getting the 4 because of the specs,chip,retina...I picked up my first mac a mba13" 2 months ago.Im loving the ipad4 but it is a little too big,Already have an ipad 2 in the house(not mine) I think the mini is what i ideally wanted cause it would be a perfect median from my iphone 5 and macbook...i think ill be able to settle with the slightly slower processor and screen.The only thing holding me back really is resale value but hey...we all know we're gonna get the mini retina if they release it in a week or 6-8 months.Do you guys with minis think its a dumb decision to exchange the 4 for the mini?
  2. 49JC macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2010
    I have a iPad 3 which is my wife's and just recently purchased the mini. And honestly u don't really notice the performance or the non retina screen compared to the 3. I was worried bout the specs and thought I'd just test this out for a week and decide. But it work how I want it. It's fast, screen is fine and does everything I'd want my iPad to do. Is it dumb to exchange? Well it's totally based on ur preference and iPad experience u wish to have. For ur reasons given - go for it.
  3. Moneymiike420 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2012
    Thanks for the quick reply. I just compared my 4 to the ipad2 and there is a difference but it really isnt rediculous like people make retina out to be. I have 20-20 vision and although i did see how much sharper and warmer the colors and resolution is i think i can sacrifice this for the portability,build quality ,form factor etc...now i just have to wait till best buy gets another shipment in,but good thing is i have 29 days to change my mind again lol buti think im leaning towards the mini,hopefully a white one :eek:

  4. Ih8reno macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    Use whatever you enjoy but in my opinion the 4 is a much better product. The mini just seems like someone scooped out the ip2 innards and put them in a smaller case. The 4 had upgrades which overall make it a more competent device.
  5. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    I don't think it's dumb if the smaller ipad does what you want or need it to do. Yes the 4 is far superior device as far as specs go, but if its not going to be used as much as a mini would be then its certainly something to consider. The really dumb thing would be to hold onto a device that you're not loving. In a year or two perhaps we'll see retina make it into the mini. Until then I'm going to enjoy this one.
  6. Art1stic macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2012
    Agreed x1000
  7. Moneymiike420 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2012
    I have to agree with you too. I do know its a far superior device but this thing is pretty damn heavy lol,I have my MBA for bigger things,horsepower if needed,so I think the mini will suit me better.all in all ill end up giving the mini to a family member next year when I have to make another unneeded apple product purchase lol
  8. RTbar macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2011
    I would say get the mini only if you TRULY need portability, because the screen in my opinion is not good at all. I really tried to convince myself it was ok, but as I was wiping my 3rd gen iPad to give to a family member, I noticed that the retina screen was about 100x better, and going back was very painful
  9. JS3 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2010
    I love my 4 it is super fast and wifi gets a better signal than all my recent iPads i have had.
  10. Moneymiike420, Nov 3, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012

    Moneymiike420 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2012
    Best buy * not butt,cool typo though!

    Thank you for the replies everyone . I have a 29 day window so I might as well give it a week with the 4 and mess around...then maybe if I change my mind best buy will hopefully have another mini shipment coming in
  11. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i love my ipad 3, especially the retina display, but it's so heavy and big and always be left out at home. so im switching to an iPad Mini soon!!
  12. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    I am hoping for a Black Friday deal on an MBA myself and then I am pretty sure I will only be using it and my mini. The iPad 3 is my wife's device but I use it all the time. To me, after I get the 11.6 MBA I will never use the 3 again. I know the mini screen isn't as nice as the 3 but I love using the mini and the screen is absolutely serviceable.....I will use the MBA at home and the mini will be my companion everywhere else...
  13. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    I'm the exact opposite, I bought a Mini yesterday. Used it heavily and couldn't adapt to the screen. It looks very low res and colors looked washed out. I love it's form factor but I am going back to a 3/4th gen iPad.
  14. hawon macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2009
    I was excited to test out ipad mini today and I was disappointed. I left ipad for Nexus 7 because of the former factor. With my spoiled eyes with 15" rMBP and better screen of Nexus 7, I could not bear the ipad minis screen.

    I love the size and how thin it is, but I don't like how slippery it feels and I don't like 4:3 ratio any more.

    Back to OP, if I were you I'd go with mini. Portability is the reason you got ipad isn't it?
  15. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I hate the 16:9 form factor. Its only good for video and most of these tablets have that big bezel which defeats the purpose to begin with. I prefer 4:3 ratio because websites and books look far better with it and the page doesn't look cramped like they do in the nexus 7. Plus the colors are far away better on the iPad vs. the nexus 7 despite the fact nexus 7 has higher pixel density. The colors look washed out on it. I definitely noticed and the software was laggy and slow despite having the better processor. I was so happy to purchase the mini iPad and i almost love it. The retina display wouldve sealded the deal in my eyes.


    Check it out first. Its not for everyone.
  16. token787 macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2012
    Have seen and played with both but I love the IPad 4.
  17. Candykwan macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2012
    I'll probably never get any version of the ipad mini...for me ipad 4th is perfect and i didn't buy it to resell and upgrade so resale value doesn't bother me I really dot get the weight issue though....it's made of metal and class...how light do you extent it to be? Other tablets are made of plastic so of course they're going to be lighter
  18. NeonGreenHermit macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2010
    I bought the 4 and also questioned the value compared to the mini, but remember this: the iPad is a mature product competing in an established market, the mini is as low-specc'd as possible to sell well in a less mature market. The 4 has the fastest chipset in Apple's iOS range, unlikely to made obsolete for a couple of years at least. I have a strong intuition that the jump from iPad 4 to 5 will not be as earth shattering as the jump between mini 1 & 2. We can probably expect an A6 chipset and / or retina in the next mini, and this may leave A5 devices in general the lurch this time next year as A4 devices now are. On the other hand, the mini is extraordinarily gorgeous to hold and use, so if you're not bothered about specs so much, it makes more sense to go that way. Either way, you're boarding the Lightning express and will be able to use some new and amazing peripherals over the next few years.
  19. Aneres11 macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    I have an 11" MacBook Air and have to say, when I had my iPad 3 I just found it so much easier to pick my MBA air up and use that instead.

    However, now I have mini I haven't been on my MBA all weekend since I got the mini.

    Sounds like the mini would suit you loads better :)
  20. hyteckit Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    I think the iPad mini is the perfect median between my MacBook Pro and iPhone 4S.

    I have an iPad 1 right now, but doesn't get used much because I often go to either the MacBook Pro or iPhone.

    I think I'll use the iPad Mini a lot more than my iPad 1 because of its smaller size.
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Two very important things to consider. I think if you have an air then the mini fits right between the two (phone and air). If you have a pro, desktop, or no laptop....then you really want the full sized iPad
  22. yinz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    HAHA,.. this comment makes me think of:

    "And we took the time to design a product that was a concentration of — not a reduction of — the original." -Jonathan Ive

    I don't know. I have a 13" MBA and an iPad 2, and I use them in different occasions, equally. I find that I use the full sized iPad even though I have an MBA for surfing, or emails or looking at photos or facebook. I don't know. Maybe I feel guilty about paying so much for it and not using it? I don't think so though. It's just easier to pick it up and start surfing, rather than grab the MBA, since I turn off my computer often.
  23. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
  24. noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    Swap it out.
    Live with the mini for 10 days and you decide.
  25. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.

    Yeah, when you compare it to the original iPad, it's pretty sweet. The last two, not so much.

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