Re: Pdfs and textbooks readability on the rMini?
Either one would be great. It comes down to your preference...how much does size matter to you (he he he)?
Originally Posted by VanKuchen
I read many PDFs on the original mini, and loved it. I found the critiques of the screen a little overblown (unreadable! Pixelated! - like they were dot-matrix or something). Then again, my eyes are closer to age 40 than 20, so that's relevant- My x-Ray vision days have passed. Did this for a year, all the while planning to get retina mini at release.
Portability was great- and especially for student reading, the best device is the one you HAVE with you wherever you might get some time to read. I found the iPad 3 too heavy to lug around, so it started not coming with me to all the placed I really wanted it to. In contrast- the mini goes EVERYWHERE - like wallet. And iPhone. Having said that, I started to feel the size crunch after reading a lot- this bugged me more as the year went on.
So, when the Air came out before the retina minis did, I tried it. After a couple of weeks with the Air, I have no plans to go back to the mini size. The mini was perfect compared to the older, heavier iPads - so it was the right choice for me for the last year. The Air hits the sweet spot: lighter, thinner, WAAAYYY more readable, and portable enough to make me forget about the mini.
Landscape mode IS much better than portrait- you could be very happy with this on the miniR. My best advice is to try one now- and buy from Apple so an exchange or return will be simple if you decide to swap for the other.
Good luck- you can't go wrong either way - they're both amazing.