All iPads My iPad 4 is perfect, so happy I didn't choose Mini

Discussion in 'iPad' started by DayOfChaos, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    And this is coming from someone who just retired their iPad 1. The display is PERFECT. There is NO blacklight bleed, no dead pixels, and the colors all look perfect, just like my iPhone 5. Performance is rockin', and while the OS as a whole is smooth as butter, everything from websites rendering to photo editing apps are about x10 faster then the iPad 3 (used my mother's iPad before deciding to upgrade).

    Then..I saw the Mini. I laughed. The A5 is alot slower, the screen is laughable, and I read about the 512MB of RAM, which doesn't future proof the Mini at all.

    If you are looking for power, and a big beautiful display, the iPad 4 is the way to go. Happy with my purchase!
  2. jmthigpen macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    Charleston, SC
  3. DayOfChaos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    Enjoy, but just wasn't for me. Glad it works for you though. :)
  4. Lindsford macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2012
    I wish everyone made a post every time they were satisfied with something they just bought. :rolleyes:
  5. kingalien macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2010
    Have both, love both. Mini primarily to check emails and simple stuff. Love the form factor.
  6. DayOfChaos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2011
    Well, you did read it, then click it, then choose to even comment on it. If it bothers you, the back button is a click away.


    Agree. I wish all the internals of the 4 were in the mini, then I would be sold.
  7. Tokes Green macrumors regular

    Tokes Green

    Jan 25, 2011
    Here, there, and everywhere.
    Again, different devices for different purposes. I'm much happier pulling the mini out when commuting (saves me carrying a bag around) than the 4. They are both good devices in their own rights.
  8. token787 macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2012
  9. DaReaper macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2008
    I haven't had a chance to check out the iPad 4 but I got my mini today. I love it, I'm replying to your post with it.
  10. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    returning the mini after trying to love it for 2 weeks, and I do love its size but my eyes are really tired switching between retina (iPad 3, iPhone 5, RMBP) and non-retina...

    so iPad 4 here I come!


    I find mini is a lot more discrete and the size is perfect... only if Apple didn't put that bloody screen on such a nice device...
  11. Trooper Sam macrumors newbie

    Jun 4, 2009
    I'm looking forward to being happy with my new iPad 4 tomorrow. It's at home waiting for me. :D
  12. atthecross macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    i'll end up with both, ipad for me, mini for my bride
  13. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    really? I hope iPad 5 will be THINEST I can wait until March/April 2013. :apple:
  14. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    I don't think I can give up my iPad 3 and replace it with an iPad mini. They can both compliment each other nicely. I like both form factors equally. An iPad mini is in the cards, but I can afford to wait and see what the mini 2 brings.

    The iPad 3 does not feel slow, has retina display, does everything I ask of it. As for the issue with weight and oddity with holding it in my hands I did get a Targus Versavue case which made it so much more easier to handle and didn't mind the extra weight.
  15. cang87 macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2012
    I think you should cry instead of laughing when you realize the weight of mini is half way less than the 4. Of course 4 is very powerful device compared to the Mini, but even when comparing and laughing about the differances, you miss or don't want to see the better points of Mini. Which has more buying power than iPad 4 for sure! At least till now..
  16. maxwelltech macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2011
    Irvine, CA, USA
    Nice to hear that you are happy with your decision. A few days ago I was in the Apple Store trying out the iPad mini, and when I saw the screen, I immediately decided that I would not buy it. As someone who is used to using the retina display on the iPad 3, I just couldn't bear the quality of the iPad mini's display. I am extremely happy with my iPad 3, haven't found a reason to upgrade to the latest generation, but it will be a huge improvement for people like you who upgraded from iPad 1. Enjoy your new iPad :D
  17. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    sure, next year... but then you might be pining for the ipad 5 at that time.
  18. Tokes Green macrumors regular

    Tokes Green

    Jan 25, 2011
    Here, there, and everywhere.
    I'll be getting a retina mini for sure, but the screen is not an issue for me - I love retina, but it didn't effect my purchase decision. I bought the mini purely for the portability and weight of it, great little device to have around, and now we have two :)
  19. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Sold my iPad 3 a few moths back having decided on a Mini when it was released. Received the Mini on release day and was so disappointed that I boxed it up within the hour and went to my local store and bought an iPad 4. Never looked back. The Mini screen quality is just a killer for me. That and the fact that both the units I received had debris under the screen.
  20. Chrisxenofontos macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2011
    mini screen is a backdown....
    I am sure retina ipad mini will sell really well next year :cool:
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The bottom line is you bought a device that best suits your needs, that's great you found one and didn't compromise.

    Conversely the mini for me is a better fit for my needs, the bottom line. One size does not fit all.

    Congrats on your new iPad :)
  22. nishishei macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    The iPad 4 is barely 0.80 pound heavier. Your case is likely to add as much in weight. If lifting 1.44 pounds makes you cry, I hope for your sake you never get drafted.
  23. Northwestern macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    I haven't decided yet which way I'll go, iPad mini or iPad 4. But reading all the negative posts about the non-retina display of the iPad mini, I think I might go with the iPad 4. My parents have the iPad 2 and I have a MacBook Air. I don't know if I really need an iPad, but I am using my parents iPad 2 for some time and I like it very much. I will decide by the end of november, because I would like to have an iPad with cellular.
  24. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    serious question, what kind of future proof are you looking for? I would say about 90% of the people who bought a mini will buy the new version next year. It is future proof enough to last a year, and that is all I personally care about.

    If you upgrade yearly, the mini actually makes perfect sense b.c you could buy 2 of them for almost the price of an ipad 4.

    I own both right now, but the more I use the mini the more I like it. At first I could not get past the screen, but using a difference browser definitely helps.

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