Re: iPad Air or iPad mini? Pros and Cons?
I had the first Mini and absolutely loved it, the principle reason being it's form, especially in terms of it's manageable weight. This was likely because our iPad3 was difficult to read lying in bed for example, for any extended time....I simply found it too heavy. It also hurt more when it hit me in the head when I dozed off! �� And yes, whilst I could see the differences in screen quality between the original Mini and iPad3, it's size and weight reductions more than made up for the display quality differences. And to me, that difference was more about the fidelity of imaging, not so much resolution. High definition images just didn't pop in the same way, and it seemed to be due to more than just image size......and actually, the reduced display size meant that it's lower resolution wasn't really the big issue I feel many made it out to be.
So, naturally, I was delighted to hear of the rMini.....as above, more because I was looking forward to the eye popping colour spectrum I saw on the iPad3 than any resolution improvement, but put the 2 together and this thing was going to be nirvana....cutting a long story short, on getting a couple of new rMinis, I was disappointed.....Personally, I didn't get the eye popping thrill that I did with the iPad3.....my wife on the other hand, having solely used the iPad3, loved the rMini and has kept it....
So I went and took a look at the Air. I hadn't realised it was a smaller, lighter, thinner version of the iPad3.....suddenly, all the reasons I had to get my first Mini were, in general, answered by the Air. And it DID have that eye popper thrill when viewing high definition images....so I returned my rMini and now have my Air. I love it to bits!
Summing up, the Mini's strengths are what they always were - great weight and ease of use making it a very transportable item. It's new display is also a big improvement. It is also clearly faster which is always welcome. The Air's strengths are exactly the same! And that is what makes this choice the conundrum it is, I think!
But for me, the gamut spectrum of the Air, near true sRGB, is why images pop - and along with it's much more manageable form, coupled with it's full size display, I make the Air a clear winner.
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