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iPad mini owners ...

11-03-2013, 06:00 AM
#1
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 441
iPad mini owners ...

iPad original mini owners, assuming you could get either an iPad air or new iPad mini with retina as a gift. Which would you go for and why?

What if you had no apple devices, what would your choice then be?
11-03-2013, 06:30 AM
#2
Joined: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,205
i will sell my ipad4 and purchase ipad mini 2,because ipad4 is too weight and ipad mimi 2 and ipad air have the same hardware....

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11-03-2013, 07:15 AM
#3
I will eventually get a new Mini, though the Air is tempting because of the reduced weight.
11-03-2013, 08:16 AM
#4
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 294
As a current iPad Mini owner with over 300 games on my iPad, I'd would go with the Retina iPad Mini. It's $100 cheaper, they have the same specs, and you can hold it in one hand, which is very useful for portrait games like Cut The Rope and runner type games like Sonic Dash and Temple Run.

The iPad Air will be better with more casual/productive type of stuff. Web browsing will be better with the Air, since you have more surface to tap and larger text which is easier to read without zooming. Productive apps like Pages or Keynote are better on iPad Air because you'll get a larger keyboard and larger surface to edit with.

However, I think most people are going to end up with an iPad Air. I've been hearing really tight supply on the Retina Mini till the end of 2013 (even confirmed by Tim Cook in the last Q4 result calling), while the iPad Air seems to have much greater supply so far. Therefore most people looking to buy an iPad this holiday season will probably end up with an iPad Air.
11-03-2013, 08:59 AM
#5
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Upstate NY/USA
Posts: 2,345
If I hadn't any Apple products I'd go for the mini (with the most gig's) because of the portability, helps to know its has the same specs and retina as the Air.
But then I'd probably be swayed to buy the iPad afterward.
11-03-2013, 09:40 AM
#6
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Philippines
Posts: 19,884
New mini. I had an ipad3 and ipad mini at one point, and ended up abandoning the ipad 3 for the mini. The new mini with retina with 128gb space is godsend.

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11-05-2013, 03:36 PM
#7
Go for the mini. I love my mini and hardly notice the smaller screen. With retina display it would be that much better.
11-05-2013, 04:15 PM
#8
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 545
I'll also go for the Mini. I donno why but I rarely play game on my iPhone; solely on my Mini and it feels awesome between my (big) hands. So a bigger iPad will feel weird for me. However I'm sticking to my version 1 Mini for at least another year. Retina Display is not an incentive for me to upgrade
11-06-2013, 12:51 AM
#9
Joined: Mar 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 645
Mini all the way. Holding it feels perfect in both modes and its the best size for gaming or reading. There's no comparison really, it's a slam dunk.