Mac mini or iPad

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Flatsfisher, May 28, 2012.

  1. Flatsfisher macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    I got rid of my mbp recently. It was to much for all I do. (Internet and music). I am deciding between a Mac mini or iPad. Portability will really not be an issue as I use my iPhone on the go anyways. What would be the pros and cons of each. If I did end up with a Mac mini I would probably wait for the new one and if I got an iPad I would probably get an iPad 2 refurbished
  2. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    That is such a strange purchasing decision, in my opinion. The two do very different things - desktop vs tablet.

    But, do you already have a computer at home? If you got a Mac Mini, do you already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse?

    If you don't already have a computer at home, definitely go Mac Mini.

    Oh, and the price difference between a used/refurbished iPad 2 and a new Mac Mini is quite large o_O
  3. Flatsfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    I know the price difference lol. I have a sony labtop I can use but syncing my phone to it would be a pain all the time. I do not have key board mouse monitor. Was thinking of just my tv as one for a little while.
  4. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    Since you already have a "labtop" you might just want to play it safe and get an iPad. A Mac Mini might be too technical for you.
  5. Flatsfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    The labtop is a family members but I have open use to it when ever. I may just see what the new mac mini has and go from there. I like having a place to back up all my music, photos, etc and with the iPad I cannot do that.
  6. Nikomanz macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2012
    Washington, D.C.
    LOL xD! , be nice man...

    Go mini, buy a refurbished base line mini at around $450, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck, and it's an overall tremendous machine
  7. JAYBEATS23 macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2012
    Since you have a laptop go for the ipAd 3. It covers your life style plus more. All you need a computer is if you need to restore your idevice. Buy one from Walmart and give it a test run. Be sure to do full run through of the app store. As there are apps you didn't even know you needed to make your life easier .
  8. palmharbor macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    mac mini?

    the new one has LION...that is reason enough to go to the iPad.
    Lion was designed by Geeks who designed WiN 95 and they want to punish Mac users for not being Windows users. Mail bounce is gone...icons in black and white and no bigger than the eraser on a pencil..Iphoto makes it difficult to print a jpeg or delete same. back up discs...its in "the clouds"...I could go on but I won't.
  9. Flatsfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    This is true. If I did go iPad what would be the easiest way to get new music to my idevice


    Huh? Lol. Confused.
  10. NovaKane macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2011
    iPad3 definitely. It's all I have now... I sometimes pair it with a 27" screen for youtube and movies from itunes. I found that I could just about back up my data ( iwork, garageband, avid studio, settings etc ) on the 5gb iCloud.
  11. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I bought one of the refurb minis for $469. It is very nice. It still isn't my primary machine yet. I picked it up so I could run ML for testing. Once that's done, I might just switch to the thing full time, especially since I put 8 GB of RAM in the thing. It runs nicely compared to the 4GB in my 2008 Macbook.

    I wouldn't try to get by with an iPad and no computer of my own. Once I had my own computer, then I'd consider an iPad as my "road machine". There is a guy who uses an iPad as his main computer at It can be done but as much as I like my iPad, I still wouldn't recommend it as an "only" machine.

    There really is no such thing as sync with a desktop any more. Well there is but it's no longer necessary now that there's iCloud. So I'd say go for the Mac mini first, get a $149 monitor, Apple KB (wired) and wired usb mouse. Then when you can afford it, get an iPad as your road machine.

    hope this helps...
  12. Flatsfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Thanks for all the help. Lotta good guys on this forum. Like I said I think I will just wait to see what apple decides to do with the new mini and go from there.
  13. Flatsfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Those of you iPad only guys what do you use to get new music?
  14. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2008
    I'm not an iPad only user, but I get my music from Amazon. It's free to store in their cloud, (forever if you buy from them) but I purchased iTunes Match, and transfer mp3's to iCloud as well. Since they match all my music, I'm going to stay with them. It's way cheaper than building a server.

    There may be an easier way than syncing with my mini, but I haven't stumbled across it yet. BTW, I vote for getting the new mini, and adding an iPad when funds are available. :)
  15. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    How do you currently get new music on your iDevices now?
  16. Flatsfisher thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Just using pandora right now because of having no mbp. I should of also mentioned the mbp is still mine I'm just letting my gf use it for 2 years of dental schooling so I have access to that as well lol. Does anyone use any subscription music? Wish I could find a good service
  17. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2011
    California, USA
    Spotify premium for $10/month (30 day free trial) or Pandora One for $36/year. I personally like spotify better because I can pick and choose what I listen to.
  18. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Pandora has an app for iPad.

    Just curious what the paid subscription on Pandora gets you. I thought you'd be able to listen to whatever whenever.
  19. Fandongo macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Pandora is the iPod Shuffle of subscription services.
    That's actually why I love it.

    There's something psychologically pleasing about hearing the right song at the right time on random. And man...Pandora has always nailed it.

    The first time I heard the Christian Bale's freak out (on Terminator), the epic Batman Begins training score was playing.

    Ads ruin every experience, drop the $36.
    Bookmark every song you like and buy em on Amazon/iTunes (though bookmarking was retardedly removed from the web browser version, it's still on the standalone/phone app).

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