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Best iOS Gaming Device?

01-19-2013, 11:33 AM
#1
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Best iOS Gaming Device?

I currently have an iPhone 4S and an iPad3, and im recently about to be getting an iPad Mini next week, mostly because i think it is the better "gaming device"

Am i making the right decision in buying the iPad Mini for gaming?

A bit of discussion is encouraged. Thanks for the inputs!

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword

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01-19-2013, 01:50 PM
#2
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Originally Posted by Exact-Psience View Post
I currently have an iPhone 4S and an iPad3, and im recently about to be getting an iPad Mini next week, mostly because i think it is the better "gaming device"

Am i making the right decision in buying the iPad Mini for gaming?

A bit of discussion is encouraged. Thanks for the inputs!
??? If you like gaming on a smaller screen with no retina, then maybe. Since you have an ipad 3 and iphone 4s already, can't see any reason why an ipad mini would be better except for use in tilt games for racing cause it is lighter.

Would recommend to buy an ipad 5 or 6, or wait for the ipad mini 2 with retina screen and a6x processor. But if you want an ipad mini for portability, weight, of size, go get one. But for gaming? I can't see why a smaller screen and non retina screen would help.

01-19-2013, 01:54 PM
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I hear the mini is fun to use, and I haven't used one myself, but honestly if we're talking strictly gaming, specs matter a ton and the A5 isn't getting any newer...

If you must get a mini, wait for the 2nd gen one!! Probably an A5X based off of the 32nm technology, maybe A6. Probably a retina screen. That's worth waiting for IMO.
01-19-2013, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by JBRUU View Post
I hear the mini is fun to use, and I haven't used one myself, but honestly if we're talking strictly gaming, specs matter a ton and the A5 isn't getting any newer...

If you must get a mini, wait for the 2nd gen one!! Probably an A5X based off of the 32nm technology, maybe A6. Probably a retina screen. That's worth waiting for IMO.
Mini's superb. Big enough screen to be able to play CCG's games like King's of Dragon Pass; small and lite enough, with it's thin bezel, to be able to hold with one hand. it's easier to play games with virtual joysticks or similar controls with a mini than a Biggie, IMO, because your thumbs can reach farther into the screen. Tilt controlled games are more playable as well, though that method is still best used on an iPhone/iPod touch.

Sucks a new one will be coming out so soon, but I'm guessing my mini will hold enough value for to defray a good portion of the cost of the next one. I'll be sure to not be so dumb as I was in the past, when I help onto my 3GS after the iPhone 5 was released. And I still have it. In the spring of last year I still could have gotten a decent price for it. Well, that's what laziness gets ya.
01-19-2013, 05:23 PM
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iPhone 5 hands down. the A6 chip is an absolute juggernaut.

But imo, it depends on the game you're playing. If I'm playing a game like punch quest or mage gauntlet, i'd prefer the iPhone, but for games like battleheart and FPS's, definitely iPads.
01-19-2013, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Greyskull View Post
it's easier to play games with virtual joysticks or similar controls with a mini than a Biggie, IMO, because your thumbs can reach farther into the screen.
I always use my index/middle fingers for iPad games with virtual controls, granted it means putting the iPad down, but I find that to be the most comfortable way of using the device anyway. Either that or I sit on the couch with my knees up and lean it against my legs at an angle. I find thumb movement rather restricted compared to the freedom you get being able to throw your fingers freely across the screen at will, in fact I used index fingers on my iPod Touch a lot of the time too. Definitely agree on the tilt part though, I hate using the iPad's accelerometer, but luckily I rarely need to.
01-19-2013, 05:39 PM
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Best case scenario is to have an iPhone 5 and iPad 4. This way you have best of both worlds when you need portability vs. more screen real estate. If I could have only one, probably iPhone 5. Portable on the go, and stick to a console at home.
01-19-2013, 07:18 PM
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I don't understand why so many people use an iPad with just an ordinary case for protection and hold it in their hands to play games, read, surf the web etc., when there's cases with in-build stand on the market like this one:





I've used this case and similar cases since I got my first iPad first generation way back, and still use one now for my iPad 3.

I sit with it on my lap in the bus, on a couch, in bed - anywhere, and I only ever occasionally need to support it with a finger or two.

That way there's no issues with weight or awkward controls as can be the case in some games when you're holding the iPad with both hands.

I've looked at the iPad mini, but it's too small for my uses, I play games, read books, read comics, write on it, makes music on it and surf the web, and the smaller screen just don't cut it for me when reading comics and writing when having the keyboard up covers too much screen real estate on the small iPad mini.

Granted, you can't easily drop the iPad in a pocket, but I've always carried a bag anyway, before the iPad I always carried a book in a bag, now all my books are in the cloud, always readily accessible from my iPad, which is a godsend when you have a long commute to work like I do.

I can't fathom why people would choose the iPad mini, even if its a bit cheaper - you get so much more power and screen for a bit more.
Some games also have small fonts, which I sometimes struggle a bit with on the iPad, and on the mini it would be unbearable for me. (I'm looking at you Baldurs Gate:EE)...

Of course, if you have a limited budget and/or refuse to carry a light shoulder bag, the iPad mini might be the right choice for you.

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01-20-2013, 12:52 AM
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The Mini is just plain awesome for gaming.

I actually own an Ipad Mini and I absolutely LOVE it!
I also have the Ipad 4 which I primarily use for business. I use my Mini almost exclusively for gaming and it has made my Vita look almost like old tech.

The thing about the Mini is that it is much lighter and easier to hold when playing games. And, the difference is striking when compared to the larger ipad.
The only gripe, which is a non-gripe for me, would be the absence of the retina screen. But, in truth when I did side by side comparison with my ipad 4 using the game, Infinity Blade 2, the difference was very small.

The mini is just plain more fun to play when it comes to games.
Even the more hardcore games like Modern Combat 4 and Shadowgun, I find myself turning to the mini every time. And, the battery life is ridiculously good. I average between 12-15 hours with the brightness at 75% and headphones.

If you are on the fence, get down from there and pick one up.
I have had no regrets yet.
01-19-2013, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Exact-Psience View Post
I currently have an iPhone 4S and an iPad3, and im recently about to be getting an iPad Mini next week, mostly because i think it is the better "gaming device"

Am i making the right decision in buying the iPad Mini for gaming?

A bit of discussion is encouraged. Thanks for the inputs!
you are wrong if you buy ipad mini for gaming,its good for now but A5 will not suuport good games in 1-2 years,better wait few months and buy new ipad or new ipad mini with retina...

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