iPad mini Would You Buy An iPad Mini 2 If It Didn't Have A Retina Display?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by John55455, Feb 24, 2013.


Would You Still Buy An iPad Mini 2 If It Didn't Have A Retina Display?

  1. Yes

    25 vote(s)
  2. No

    119 vote(s)
  1. John55455 macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2012

    I wouldn't. The only thing holding me back from buying an iPad mini is the "horrible" screen. I have a Retina MacBook Pro, iPad 3, and an iPhone 5 - I can't use a non-retina screen any more.
  2. caubeck macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    We've been using screens with a lower pixel density all our lives, and most people still use non-retina displays on monitors at work, at home, on phones, tablets and laptops. I have an iPad 4 but I'm glad I can still use other resolutions.
  3. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2012
    Probably not unless it has a much higher resolution than the current screen.
  4. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
  5. duggram macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2008
    Only if it had a processor as good or better than the iPhone. I still don't understand why they put in a processor two generations older than the iPhone, in the original mini. They could put a retina screen in it and if no better processor I still won't buy it. I've stayed with my Kindle.
  6. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I am not buying it regardless since I have the current one which will do. The next one will be heavier and the turnaround to sell and then buy the new one is going to surprise some people.
  7. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    I think the market is gonna be flooded with 3's and minis once 5 and mini 2 drop.

    Maybe 4 as well but not nearly as much
  8. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Probably not as there would be little reason to switch over the current mini.
  9. SeanR1 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
  10. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    A6 and more RAM is a higher priority for me. I have the iPad 3 and while the screen is nice its pretty overrated. While there is a noticeable difference between it and my Motorola Xoom, I have no problem switching between the two.

    Besides retina is likely to introduce longer charging times and poorer performing battery.
  11. Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    Not too biased, are we? Haha...just kidding.

    I'm in agreement with you in that I would not buy a Mini 2 without retina. Seems like a given that the Mini 2 will have retina. I can't imagine a keynote sales pitch on RAM and CPU.
  12. flavr macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2011
  13. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Yes. The Mini doesn't need one.

    I've spent a lot of time looking at the screen and really it doesn't actually need one. Its not 100% as clear as the retina iPad but its miles head the original iPad in terms of screen quality. If you had to compare to the retina screen its like, only a few inches away from the quality.
  14. technowar macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Cebu, Philippines
    iPad mini 2 without retina isn't really an upgrade. So meh, I won't buy one.
  15. skippymac macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2010
    Hampshire, UK
    I wouldn't buy one anyway because I'm poor and if I do have any money in the foreseeable future I'll be upgrading to a new MBP.

    But more to the point, not having a retina display would be enough to stop me buying a mini, unless it either came down a fair bit in price or its specs got a big bump up to iPad 4/iPhone 5 standards...

    To be honest I can't see myself ever buying a small iOS tablet while it has to compete with the subsidised nexus series. 10 inch is a different matter however.
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Depends on what the rest of the specs are and the price. I wouldn't buy one based solely on a retina display. While it is an important part of the tablet, it is not the only factor for me.
  17. HeadForTheHills macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008

    I want performance and RAM for processing camera RAW files on the move - the retina display will eat performance and drain the battery.
    Cameras also weight a lot, so my ipad2 is taken under sufferance and the mac book 11" air is taken even less frequently.
  18. Corax, Feb 24, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013

    Corax macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2009
    Willemstad - Curaçao
    2 generations older than the current iPhone? You mean 1 generation older than the current iPhone.
    (I'm not counting the iPad's A*X versions)
  19. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Put 2gb in and I'm sold.
  20. radiologyman, Feb 24, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013

    radiologyman macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2011
    Had every iPad including 4 but skipped mini. Can't go to lower res and slower model just because its smaller. Now give me mini with retina screen that has higher ppi than iPhone 5 and I'll buy it on day 1!
  21. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    If I didn't have my first gen iPad mini I would definitely buy one if it didn't have a retina display. The current screen doesn't bother me one bit. It just would be nice to have a retina!
  22. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I would buy if the processor caught up a generation or two with the frontline Apple devices. I have seen what 2 years did to the experience on my iPhone 4; I would hate to think how the Mini would be 2 years from now, when it started off being 2 years behind the pack from the get-go.
  23. nephron8 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2012
    They won't go beyond 1 gb.
    Processor wise,I expect it to get a6 and not latest gen.
  24. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    Surely the next ipad mini will be Retina. But there is no way it's getting released before Fall.
  25. g0odfr1end102 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2010
    Montreal, Canada
    Got the Mini, love it, and haven't had ANY problem WHATSOEVER with the screen. As a side note, I have a rMBP and an iPhone 5. If the 2nd Gen mini has retina capabilities, I will consider switching, but will most probably wait for the 3rd gen

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