iPad mini What can my rMini do that my iPhone can't do?

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  1. AudiA3 macrumors member

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    I was so excited to get the space grey iPad mini 16GB wi-fi with retina display yesterday. But i've just been wondering if this purchase was a waste of money, because I cant find any new uses that I have not already been doing with my iPhone 5... Can someone help justify my purchase here?
     
  2. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    It does the same thing. Only have some specific apps for iPad. You zoom less for reading etc.
     
  3. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    I honestly feel like the iPad is really overdue for a more powerful OS than just the iOS...
     
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    You have 14 days to decide for yourself if its a waste of money.
     
  5. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    An iPad is really just a bigger iPhone, but the bigger screen changes how it is used. There are plenty of iPad-specific apps, and everything is just done better on the iPad.

    What kind of things do you like to do on the iPhone?
     
  6. Arpetee macrumors newbie

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    Aside from a few apps that are catered to an iPad, not much that I know of. But perhaps someone with more experience with iOS could chime in.

    I have an android phone and I felt the same way when I acquired a nexus 10. I eventually sold my nexus and just recently picked up the iPad Air so that I could differentiate my phone and tablet a little more with different OS's/Apps, and because of the form factor. The iPhone's screen is so small tho that surely it makes more of a difference.
     
  7. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    Emails, podcast, text-to-speech web articles, youtube vids, check stocks, watch news, radio, flipboard, casino games and forums
     
  8. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    Are you in school? The iPad is wonderful for taking hand-written notes (via a nice stylus and a nice note taking app), annotating PDFs, and reading e-books.
     
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    MacBook Air
     
  10. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    I already have that... 2013 Macbook Air 13"... Its a trully amazing ultrabook. I was hoping for an OS thats more powerful than iOS, but less so compared to the MacOS
     
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I think the benefits of a larger screen with anything video should be obvious.

    Podcasts, audio books and music are the same on both devices.

    Reading benefits from a larger screen because there is less scrolling.
     
  12. bidwalj macrumors 6502a

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    It's the iOS experience (minus voice / texts) on a larger screen. Do you like the iOS experience and what the perks of having it on a bigger screen? That's all there really is to it.

    Personally I love my content the way apps present them. I can't get that on a laptop.
     
  13. nealh macrumors 6502

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    I find the iPhone 5 is great but 4in screen is smallish, they really need to make it 4.5in to 5in. The iPhone for me has a different use as everyday carry device and texting/phone device. I really thing it needs a little arguer over screen. makes typing easier as well.

    I ordered a rMini hoping to replace my iPad3 for lighter weight for book reading and casual surfing. I hope I like it or I will have to look at iPad Air.

    nothing replaces my rMBP though love this 13in laptop. Just wondering if I would like the 15in screen even more
     
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    A larger screen in laptop is always better unless it makes it more of a pain to take places. If your mobile computing, for the most part, is now handled by an iPad then it doesn't matter that much that the 15" laptop is more of a hassle to bring places.
     
  15. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    Its should be better because its much more expensive
     
  16. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    No, no one here can justify a purchase you make with your money. If your gut tells you you made an impulsive wasteful purchase you probably did.

    Personally I've owned an iPhone and iPads since the first iPad. Currently iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad mini. I use each for different reasons and feel each is a worthy purchase for my personal needs.

    So do yourself a favor and return your Mini because you clearly got caught up in the excitement of the day. There are reasons to own multiple iOS devices just as there are to own multiple cars or tools or TVs. If you have a plan for each great otherwise $399 is a lot of $ to spend for no benefit to you.
     
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    More expensive does not always mean better.
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Unless they bought it through the Apple Online Store, which means they have until January 7th to return it.
     
  19. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    It boils down to the apps you use regularly.

    iPad specific apps tend to use the greater screen real-estate in ways not possible on an iphone size screen, taking advantage of the larger size to present more information/options.

    Some random apps off the top of my head: Yelp, Urbanspoon, IntellicastHD, eWallet, Amazon, eBay, Flixster, LinkedIn, Tivo, banking apps, Numbers, Pages, etc.

    If the stuff you do with your phone wouldn't be any different on the larger screen, then there's not as much reason for you to want an ipad as there would be for other people.
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    iPhones and iPads both run iOS. There's not a different OS for iPads.
     
  21. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Plenty of time to draw your own conclusions and decide for yourself.
     
  22. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think a part of me is feeling guilty also, because I rarely ever use my MacBook air since I got the iPad, unless for doing more serious task which is less than 10% usually and I've spent quite a bit for a maxed out MBA
     
  23. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Sell your maxxed out Air, and buy a cheap used MacBook.
     
  24. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    Good idea... I only need it to download free movies from torrent most of the time
     
  25. nealh macrumors 6502

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    Thx
     

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