All iPads Speed difference between iPads

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  1. zooby, Feb 14, 2013
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  2. Zav macrumors member

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    You must consider you actual usage of the device and whether the iPad Mini is for you. A lot of people are jumping ship from their iPad 3s because the Mini is new and innovative. Some, however are left with a bit of a sour taste in their mouth after reverting back to a lower res screen noticing a pixels more, also it seems obvious, but the smaller screen means a less enjoyable experience in many aspects of use. Hell, one the main reasons the iPad became so popular was the large screen.

    Weigh up your options, you clearly love your iPhone 5 and if neither the Mini or the iPad 4 is making you instantly rush out to get one, maybe stick with iPad 3. It's actually an awesome device.

    P.s many people have upgraded their iPad 3s to 4th gen iPads and are very, very pleased. There is a speed difference, and an overal faster experience. However if I owned iPad 3. I'd stick with it for now.
     
  3. Menel macrumors 603

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    Mini is exact same speed as iPad 2.
     
  4. plucky duck macrumors 6502

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    I'm pleased with the speed of the iPad 3 and don't feel shorted in any way. I've tried the iPad mini and felt it was lacking in overall experience, for me. The difference in quality of display stood out in a manner I could not shrug off and ignore. The mini's form factor is nice, but I'd actually prefer it to be slightly heavier, for more confident handling and even better battery life.

    Because of what the iPad 3 offers I don't feel the slightest bit tempted in what the iPad 4 has to offer. The incremental change is not enough for me to switch. The form factor change in the iPad 5 may sway me, we'll see....
     
  5. zooby, Feb 15, 2013
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  6. Zav macrumors member

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    Glad you've taken the best advice, from the best person - yourself. It's nice to see someone not just rushing out to buy a product on a whim (I must admit, I've done this before and felt very stupid afterwards).

    P.s I meant no offence when I made the innovative point.
     
  7. zooby, Feb 16, 2013
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  8. Essenar macrumors 6502a

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    Why don't people go to the Apple Store and try them out anymore? I went to the store, played with the Mini and I couldn't even notice it was "low resolution". Fell in love and picked up a 4G. The only reason I got rid of it was because I had the iPad 4 and needed some money to pay my bills lol. I got a little spend crazy this quarter. But I would absolutely use it as a primary iPad if I was on the move a lot.
     
  9. cruzmisl macrumors regular

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    My wife has an ipad 4, I have a mini. The speed difference is not substantial. I vastly prefer the size of the mini.

    The reason the ipad 2 still feels decent is that the ipad 1 was gimped, while the ipad 2 had a very good SoC with long legs.
     
  10. zooby, Feb 22, 2013
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  11. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    It doesn't feel gimped because the newer iPads use retina graphics, so most of the iPad's improved processor goes towards processing those graphics anyways.

    It's like saying that an older worker takes the same time to wipe a table as a more able-bodied worker takes to wipe two. :p
     
  12. kevinloyed macrumors newbie

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    iPad Mini is exact same speed as iPad 2. I used both.
     
  13. zooby, Feb 23, 2013
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  14. thadoggfather Suspended

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    4 seems appreciably quicker than my 3 in my couple days of testing.

    Booting up, loading pages on safari, playing dead trigger, opening apps instantly and less stall to get to settings page amongst other things. It'll only get better in time.

    If ipad 5 is a6x also many will suddenly notice the 4 is no slump

    It's like when pre-unibody became unibody with same architecture under the good, a bit of a superficial upgrade.
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    I've not noticed a big difference in my iPad 1 vs. the iPad mini but then my usage is less relient on the CPU/GPU. I think the iPad 4 is the best performing but if you're not playing games (like me) then the performance between the models will be hardly noticeable.
     
  16. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    I have both the iPad 2 and 4 ... the 2 is ridiculously slow compared to the 4 in just about every task. If I'm using the 2 without access to the 4, the 2 is pretty good, then when I fire up the 4, even just to view a web page, I can't believe I would still use the 2. It's all relative, unless you compare the two models side by side, which most people don't, whichever model you have will be just fine.
     

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