Mac mini vs tablet for joe soccer mom/dad

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by crazzapple, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. crazzapple Guest

    Oct 19, 2014
    What would you recommend to someone that wants to use email, facebook, solitaire, internet, and look at photos?

    Mac mini entry level $499 + monitor + mouse + keyboard


    $200-$500 tablet (ios or android)
  2. 6r4ff3r macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2014
  3. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    IPad Air 2 with 64GB.

    Or the first iPad Air in 32 or 64. Just avoid the 16GB models.... Save yourself some future frustration with OS updates not having enough space because you'll be the one supporting it!
  4. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
  5. indychris macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2010
    Fort Wayne, IN
    I'm surprised no one has asked about preferences like portability, screen size, watching movies, etc. I wouldn't necessarily default to an iPad though it may certainly be the best option. There are still some other considerations.
  6. majkom macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    with given use case, there is no better option than ipad air 2
  7. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Mac Mini, if portability is not important, because

    - you get to use a decent sized monitor of your own choice

    - you get to use a proper keyboard of your own choice

    - it's set up, ready wake from sleep and go any time

    - it's easy to load photos from a camera

    - lots more storage, and can easily add more using USB or Thunderbolt

    …… and lots more.
  8. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    iPad Air.

    There's really no way I would recommend someone buy a new $499 Mini + $250 monitor + $60 keyboard and mouse. Once you add that up, you're in MacBook Air territory. Since they both share the same weak internals, it only makes sense to buy the portable version.

    For $499, I would recommend something like this instead of the Mini:

    You get a real quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of ram, 1TB HDD, comes with keyboard & mouse, and you can put a real graphics card in there later if you wanted (just do your research beforehand).

    I bought my nephew a previous version of that computer with an i3 processor a year ago, and he's on it everyday. This Christmas I'll buy him a graphics card for it so he can play newer games.
  9. indychris macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2010
    Fort Wayne, IN
    That's kind of my point. I'm not sure all of the pertinent questions have been asked. What are the users accustomed to? How much e-mail do they do. My goodness, I handle in excess of 50 emails/day, many with detailed info. If I had to do all of those on my iPad, I'd go NUTS!

    Don't get me wrong, I love my iPad, but it's clearly not enough at times.

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