All iPads Retina iPad mini vs thinner/lighter iPad 5

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Which iPad?

  1. Retina iPad mini

    44 vote(s)
    38.9%
  2. iPad 5 - lighter/thinner

    69 vote(s)
    61.1%
  1. i0Nic macrumors 65816

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    #1
    I think this is going to be a tough decision.

    I sold my iPad 3 for a mini because the 10" was too big and heavy to use for reading. If the iPad 5 was considerably lighter and thinner with reduced side bezels, I might consider going back to the bigger model.

    What are your thoughts?
     
  2. fullauto macrumors 6502a

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    Tough one. Decisions like these make my credit card hurt.. both?

    The 5 will likely have something over the mini retina.

    So 5.

    But i voted retina mini.

    Because it's too hard to decide.

    :D

    ACTUALLY..

    The 13" iPad Pro will take the cake - if it happens.
     
  3. kattjeveln macrumors member

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    great logic in that vote...

    Anyway, I voted iPad 5
     
  4. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Personally, I believe that any retina ipad mini will basically sport the ipad4's existing specs (1gb ram, A6x) while the ipad5 should have better specs (looking at 2gb ram, A7X).

    If the specs are significantly better, I may upgrade to the ipad5, as I need my apps to run smoothly under the effect of constant airplay mirroring, and the ipad3 is starting to lag slightly in that regard.
     
  5. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    There was also talk a couple of years back about apple introducing some sort of real-feel screen tech in a new iPad. I think that could make an appearance on the 5.
     
  6. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    Same but because of heat issue. Lack of retina and screen is too small for video,TV and websites is a killer.
    Might even get a 4 now if not a 5 for sure.
     
  7. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Im in the same boat. I went from an iPad 3 to the mini because of the weight and portability. With the mini-like form factor and bezel, the 5 is starting to appeal to me.

    Its a tough one, but Im still going to say the mini. While I would welcome the larger screen of a lighter iPad 5, I still take my iPad almost everywhere I go, and the fact that I can just slip it into my pocket is just too convenient to give up. I think Im going to get the retina mini.
     
  8. yegon macrumors 68020

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    I vacillate between the two every time I pick up my iPad 3 and mini (Ill be selling both). It may be the CPU/GPU/RAM combo that edges out the mini - I want the best specs this time around, and something that will run without compromise for a few years ideally.
     
  9. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure till I see and try both. I think the people who are looking forward to the new mini might have problems deciding after they try the iPad 5.
     
  10. Sodner macrumors 68020

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    Since I plan to buy a 5, that's how I voted.

    My current Mini is fine as-is.
     
  11. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I'm surprised you can fit it in your pockets.
     
  12. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    I voted iPad 5. I have the current Mini right now and I would like to switch it up for my next iPad.
     
  13. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Why so?
     
  14. JimWPVB macrumors member

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    Both?

    Aren't you allowed to buy both, or do the tablet police show up if you have both?

    Just saying...
     
  15. allthatjazz macrumors regular

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    sorry sherlock, most of us don't have the luxury of buying two of everything. :rolleyes:
     
  16. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Even though you can't, I think the majority of us could. The question is "Why would we want to" :D ?
     
  17. Bear macrumors G3

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    I would have to see the specs and the pricing for the various storage options. Although right now, I am leaning towards just sticking with my current iPad mini for another year at least.
     
  18. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    Lets face it, the iPad mini's advantage was its beautiful chamfered edges and weight.
    Make that happen on the iPad 5 and it'll be a winner no doubt.
     
  19. yinz macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with this. The bigger screen is great for reading. I usually use my iPad indoors, so I don't need the portability that the iPad Mini gives.
     
  20. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    Same here, sticking with my Mini with cellular for at least another year. Alternatives for browsing with the Mini now to increase font size make my decision that much easier.
     
  21. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    Went from 3 to mini. Miss bigger screen and Retina display. Want 12.9 inch iPad.
     
  22. CairnsRock macrumors member

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    I use my 4 at home only. So portability is not an issue. I'm big on future proofing, so best specs are important.

    The 4 is a tad heavy, so a lighter 5 would be great.
     
  23. Motherload0211 macrumors member

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    iPad 5. Toss up almost, but the larger screen area with retina tilted the scale to the 5. And if its going to be slightly lighter, that is a plus. More restate you know ? ;)
     
  24. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd choose the 5th gen iPad for sure. I've used the iPad mini a lot, and I love almost everything about it. The large retina display will make the iPad 5 perfect for me.
     

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