iPad My iPhone is my Mini

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Markgnyc2, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Markgnyc2 macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2013
    I have been reading these forums for quite some time and I thought it was time to chime in.

    Here is my thinking in choosing an iPad Air over the mini. I already own an iphone 5. It's got a beautiful display. That is my mini, my portable device that goes everywhere I go.

    The Air is the perfect compliment when I need or want the larger screen. It's small enough to bring anywhere if I want to bring it. It's large enough to do work.

    Those are my thoughts on the subject.....
  2. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    I think that's about right. There just isn't a big enough difference in experience between the iPhone and the mini. The mini still feels a little cramped.
  3. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    So true .. iPad is supposed to be an "mid sized device" between a smartphone (very portable but screen size can be too limiting) and a real computer (desktop, laptop to do real work but portability can be a problem)

    The 9.7" display is the right answer to me. Not too big, not too small. Just right. I admit I cringed my eyes a little when iPad Mini released although I admit I love the design.

    In my book iPad Mini is just another confusing option. What is it? In between for an in between device?
    The Mini is between smartphone and iPad. In which case that iPad is another in between smartphone and computer. Doh.
  4. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Replace Air with Mini and you still get the same issue everyone is debating over.

    EDIT: What I'm saying is that it just depends on what you plan to use your iPad for and what interests you the most. No one on these boards can particularly tell you what you want or what you need. I, myself, have a 13in MBA and iPhone 5S. I think the Air would be too redundant in already owning an MBA, so the rMini fits the bill.
  5. keatth macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2013
    Exactly, everyone has different needs. For example i got an iPad mini for work, there is a lot of downtime on productions, I feel like an ******* pulling out a9.7 inch ipad and a lot more comfortable with the ipad mini, it sucks to sit there and use your phone for entertainment for hours on end, iPad mini is a much better experience. The air is just too big for my needs and I also don't need everyone who walks by being able to see better what I'm doing.
  6. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    Though you point is well taken and I agree - somewhat.

    My wife and I have the 5 and 5s.
    Just replaced our one and only ipad from Ipad1 to Ipad Air.

    Decided to get her an Ipad Mini-r. Love it.

    Now she has a reader, better device for email, facebook etc vs phone screen. Maybe more than we need, but we love it. And it was a great choice.

    Again, different people want/need different things.
  7. HankHowdy, Nov 17, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2013

    HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    My iPhone is my Mini

    I don't know man, every time I pick up my iPhone the screen looks so small. It's crazy that would I do all my web browsing on it. But no longer. :)
  8. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    I guess I better return my Mini now that this has come to light.

  9. g35 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2007
    Counterpoint: a mini does everything an Air does, at the same speed, at greater DPI, for $100 less and in a lighter device

    Neither is a bad choice. If you're going out and about, a mini holds some advantages. If you're staying home, an Air holds some advantages. If you're doing both, choose whichever you like better!

    Since I need it to fit in my coat pocket, it's down to choices like the mini, nexus 7, kindle fire, etc.
  10. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Someone should make a thread about which they chose; Mini or Air.

  11. 3rdiguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    Thank you for this post. I realize that there really isn't that much of a drastic leap from iPhone 5 to rMini as it is from 5 to Air. I do my on the go with iPhone and then tether and follow up and/or watch vids and play games at home on wifi Air.
  12. chasemac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2005
    In a house.
    Right. And I don't understand why someone would buy both and return one over the other when the iPad mini has been out for a year already. The screen size has been there as a choice all along. Just saying.
  13. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68020


    Oct 3, 2007
    I actually returned my air for the mini retina. I felt that holding it up while reading books or browsing and even playing games it was still too big and heavy. It's also a great size for meetings and church. 9.7 inch screen seems too big and distracting for my uses.
  14. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Well to be fair, retina changes the game quite a bit.
  15. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Especially with the 1st gen Mini there were much cheaper options on the market and if one wanted something light and portable one could go that route unless IOS was an absolute necessity. With retina available now and the upgraded processor, not so much.

    IMHO and with my experiences as I have been through plenty, no tablets on the market the size or thereabouts of the larger ipads even come close.
  16. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Use google voice, and you can use an ipad mini as your phone for 1/3 your monthly bill.
  17. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68020


    Oct 3, 2007
    I'd like to add that typing on my mini with the split keyboard feels great. It was a stretch on the air. Now I only use my iPhone for regular SMS and phone calls. But who even uses those anymore anyway? ;-)
  18. AudiA3 macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2013
    not quite... well, at least not until appe releases that phablet iPhone next year :rolleyes:
  19. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    which will be unlikely.
  20. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    The mini is different enough from my 5s for me.

    Basically it comes to:
    -I can soon out all the way on macrumors in portrait mode and read everything
    -I can read a full page in a textbook without zooming
    -I can use iPad apps that I cannot use on my phone

    It's also a great size for me and cheaper than the air, so no reason to buy the air personally.
  21. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Mini was too close in size to my 5" phone.

    Larger screened iPhone will sway more to the air IMO.
  22. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    Why is it incredibly difficult to utterly impossible for people to understand that not everyone has the same criteria with these devices, and more importantly, that it's okay to have different criteria, possessing one set doesn't make you any better than anyone else and other people's decisions aren't stupid and don't make them stupid because of what they wanted and how they chose their device?!
  23. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    I agree, this becomes even more the case when we get a 4.7"-5.0" iPhone next year.
  24. Infinitewisdom macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    You're dealing with emotional and not rational responses, that's why. It'll never change so long as we remain as human as we are.
  25. mariotr87 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    iPad Mini has a much bigger screen than the iPhone one. It's like night and day when it comes to browsing, reading, watching movies and gaming. Yet it's light enough to take it almost everywhere without too much effort (of course I wouldn't take it with me everywhere, that's what the phone is for, but you get the point, commuting, traveling etc).

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