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    Post iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    Debating whether to get the iPad Mini or iPad 4. Can someone hit me up with some pros and cons, I'd appreciate it.
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    Default Re: iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    iPad mini:

    Advantages: easy to carry. Lack: the capacity is too small.

    iPad 4

    Disadvantages: The heat is not good, the price is high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoeybob View Post
    iPad mini:

    Advantages: easy to carry. Lack: the capacity is too small.

    iPad 4

    Disadvantages: The heat is not good, the price is high.
    You know, there's no point in writing a pros/cons list if you don't put down at least 1 pro and 1 con.
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    Default Re: iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    Quote Originally Posted by zoeybob View Post
    iPad mini:

    Advantages: easy to carry. Lack: the capacity is too small.

    iPad 4

    Disadvantages: The heat is not good, the price is high.
    Apple offers the same capacity for each: 16, 32 and 64 GB... so this one is moot.
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    Default Re: iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    Quote Originally Posted by zoeybob View Post
    iPad mini:

    Advantages: easy to carry. Lack: the capacity is too small.

    iPad 4

    Disadvantages: The heat is not good, the price is high.
    As you can see from your own post; iPad Mini has only 1 Advantage and iPad 4 has only 1 Disadvantage.
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    Default Re: iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    iPad mini

    - Pros
    1. Lighter/smaller (if that's your preferance)
    2. Costs less, $329 compared to $499

    -Cons
    1. Slower processor
    2. Not retina display
    3. iPad 4 has a better camera


    And here's the iPad 4 pros & cons (basically the opposite of what was written above)


    iPad 4

    - Pros
    1. Bigger screen (Retina Display)
    2. Faster processor
    3. Better camera

    -Cons
    1. Bigger/heavier then iPad mini
    2. More expensive $499 vs. $329
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    Just my opinion, but i have the 64gig mini and a 16 gig 4th generation, and when i had them side by side the performance ( not screen resolution) isnt drastically different, granted if a second is that important to you in load time then get the 4, me personally i am happy with the mini and will be returning the 4, i am ok with the screen on the mini, pictures look clear and sharp to me !! Retina is amazing but not to the point i cant live with out it !!! and when or if they bring out a mini with retina, bet you *** this guy will be first in line !
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    Default Re: iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    I had the three and don't miss the screen resolution at all. Will you notice it while reading text - sure - but a lot depends on how closely you hold the device.
    One of people I work with wants to upgrade from her original iPad and while she loved my Mini, her primary use of the iPad was watching videos. I told her that she should then stay with a full-sized iPad.
    As far as processor speed - I have about 2 dozen various games and have not had any issue with them at all. Do some of the more graphic intensive ones take a bit longer to load, sure, but again not a significant amount of time.
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    Depending what you are going to use iPad or a mini for to be honest and truthfully.If you just going to read books,emails,surf the web play games then i would just say the mini is perfect for that sort of thing.But if you watch a lot of movies and Tv Series then i would suggest a regular iPad me personally i think the mini isn't really that good for watching movies really but anything else is spot on. I have both iPad mini & regular iPad i think that 9'7 is perfect for watching media on.i have only had my iPad mini a few days and i use the iPad mini more then i use my 9'7 inch iPad the only time i really use the 9'7iPad now is to watch Movies on or TV Series i use the mini for everything else i think the mini a lot more enjoyable experience.
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    I couldn't decide in the Apple store this past Saturday, so I purchased both with the intent on sending one back. Problem is my husband who has never used a smartphone or a tablet before tried the iPad 4 last night and really liked it. He and my son both want me to keep the iPad 4 and not the Mini. However, after 3 days with my Mini I'm leaning toward keeping both of them. I use the Mini at work a lot now and because it is so small and light it is very easy to slip into my scrub pockets.


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    Sounds like a good decision - keep both. I have both. I use my mini all the time but my little boy likes the larger Ipad. Suits me! Of course, paying for both means sacrifices have to be made elsewhere, but it's worth it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iCollin View Post
    Debating whether to get the iPad Mini or iPad 4. Can someone hit me up with some pros and cons, I'd appreciate it.
    I just faced the same choice and went with the iPad mini. After handling the iPad Mini, I found the iPad 4 too heavy and not as portable for that reason. The mini was just about perfect in size and so light. The fact that it will be a Christmas gift also helped!
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    Default iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    I went with the 4 and glad I did I also bout a mini for my wife so I have used both
    Mini is light and really cool and portable but I personally like the bigger screen and love the retina
    I play a couple games like modern combat 3 or asphalt 7 and wow it's amazing
    Basically the most noticeable diff between the 2

    Mini has size and is more portable
    The 4 has the screen size and clarity ( not saying the mini screen is bad by any means ) and maybe a tad faster in speed but not a big noticeable thing




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    I ended up taking the iPad 4 back and plan on keeping my AT&T White 64 GB iPad Mini. I kept the iPad 4 for half a week and it hardly got used at al during that time. Even my husband who used it a lot on the first day continued using the computer more than the iPad 4, so I decided it wasn't worth keeping. Although the Mini doesn't have a retina display, the one that it does have works fine for my needs and I even downloaded my first book and enjoy reading on it before bed. There wasn't one thing wrong with the iPad 4, I simply prefer the size and weight of the Mini more. It was nice having both of them for a few days in order to do a fair comparison between the two.


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    After playing with the iPad Mini and iPad 4 consecutively, I would pick MINI. Reasons being that matter most to me are...

    1.Form factor
    2.Price
    3.Supply & demand/re-sell value
    4.Availability

    I've heard complaints that the iPad Mini screen is too small, it isn't a retina display, blah blah blah. At the end of the day, it's pretty much an iPad 3 with different display. Works for everything I need it to and more.
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    Default iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    It's really depends on what your preference is. I have an iPad mini and an iPad3 (not much different than the 4) and I like them both. Truth be told since I got the mini I haven't used the 3 at all. I'm not sure if that's because it's new or because I truly like it better but here are things I like about both :

    Mini :
    - I can thumb-type really quickly on it so writing is way easier
    - it's small and light, better portability
    - performance is solid, haven't noticed any lag in most apps

    IPad + retina display :
    - the display is gorgeous
    - gaming can be better on the larger screen
    - easier to read some webpages that get cramped on the mini

    Some other comments :
    - the non-retina display on the mini is noticeable BUT it's nowhere near as poor as the iPad2. I don't mind the screen on the mini at all. The higher DPI makes a difference.
    - surprisingly the performance of both devices is similar. I don't notice lag or sluggishness on the mini at all like i thought I would.
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    Default iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    Had the same thoughts and we went with the iPad 4. Son hasn't put it down since we gave it to him 2 days ago for his bday
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    Default iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    I like both I got wife a mini and myself a iPad 4 .. I came from a 2 and she never had her own iPad

    I've used both I like weight and size of mini very portable and good for holding while reading laying down

    But I like my 4 more
    Screen is amazing games like modern combat 3 is awesome

    I can see the mini for a person on the go and using them out and about vs a iPad being used more in a sit down place where the portability is not a issue

    Just depends on how you will use it and what matters for you



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    Default Re: iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    I'm using a Mini for a day now. Right now I'm still having issues with the screen. But I'm thinking I'll trade this in for a retina ipad basically because I'm not sold on the form factor.

    The kid will be using this a lot. The Mini begs to be held. Which also means she's more likely to drop it. They way she uses a tablet is it's in her lap. Even the extra weight works better in this regard because it stays put. Plus she can see it better (from her lap or on a stand) if it's bigger.

    I'll probably get an ipad 3 refurb. Same price basically as the Mini but I don't think the 4 merits spending the difference.
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    I wish returning an item works here in the philippines. Ha ha. Once we pay for, stores will never accept it back.


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    All I can say is they both (Mini and 4) are incredible.. both have their own advantages and disadvantages.. . if you can afford both.. get both.. if you can only afford one, I would get the Mini..
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    I have an iPad 2 (32GB) which I have liked as a mobile device and which I bought as an extension of my home computer. But a recent purchase of a MacBook Air 11" to replace the home computer has also given me a fully-featured lightweight mobile computer, almost making the iPad redundant.

    That said, I'd certainly consider the Mini as replacing my larger iPad (or any thought of a 4) as a daily mobile device - I've never had a problem with the 2's hardware specs, and a test running these on the Mini while viewing docs, web pages or video and using the keyboard seemed fine. The Mini's size is nearly pocketable, though I've found it's 4:3 aspect means it feels little wide to hold naturally, compared to some of the 16:9 x 7" devices out there. But then, in that aspect, I guess you lose some screen real estate when using the keyboard, so....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDoug View Post
    All I can say is they both (Mini and 4) are incredible.. both have their own advantages and disadvantages.. . if you can afford both.. get both.. if you can only afford one, I would get the Mini..
    Doug
    I would agree, if you can, get both, each has times and places for use. The mini is definitely more of a device to consume/read media and the iPad can do that plus do better at producing media.

    If you have another small computer like a MacBook Air or similar and only need one, I would be inclined to get the mini, as it will give you a great portable computing ability with the MacBook and super portability with the mini.

    If you have a desktop and are looking to add one of these only, I would get an iPad 4 and an Apple wireless keyboard or similar. You can use the iPad and keyboard together for an almost MacBook Air like experience while making it easier to type and produce documents, email, etc. or you can use the iPad alone for even more portability.

    Certainly if you want only one and size and ability to use and carry it just about anywhere is of great importance, you can't go wrong with just a mini. I think it would make doing "everything" or at least what I do with my iOS and Mac devices a bit more challenging but you could do it. I would go for the WiFi plus Cellular as it seems sometimes just when you need it you don't have wifi available and you get true GPS with that option.


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    Default Re: iPad Mini or iPad 4???

    I just bought the Mini yesterday. It replaces an iPad 2. never considered the 4 since it's not that different than the 2 IMO. The Mini is what the iPad was meant to be - something between a phone and a laptop. The iPad is way too close to the laptop, and there isn't even much difference in weight between an iPad and an 11" MacBook Air, which is the combination I started with. Moving between my current MacBook Pro and iPad was difficult, but I can leave the Mac in my lap and grab the Mini with no problem, practically using them simultaneously. And I love getting the extra weight out of my purse!
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    Hey I just thought if something: does the mini support Siri?
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