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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    I tried. I really, really wanted a compact tablet. The processor and other things were fine
    for me. I didn't mind it. It was as fast as I liked. I just could not get used to that display.
    Just couldn't. Especially because I've been using retina since the iPhone 4 and have
    had an iPad 3 since it came out this year. Made me realize how much I value a really
    nice display on my devices. Also made me realize how much I use my iPad.

    Long story short, returned my iPad mini and exchanged it for an iPad 4 64gig
    Wifi+Cellular. A present to myself. Anyone else take back the Mini solely on
    the downscaled display?
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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Nope. I have an iPad 3, an iPhone 5, and an iPad mini. The display on the mini doesn't bother me one bit. Sure I notice the difference.. But the portability and the fact that I can thumb type on it make it superb. I've hardly touched the iPad 3 since the mini arrived!
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Nope. the Non-Retina ipad mini does not bother me at all just like the above poster mentioned. I do have an iphone 4S (retina), a MBP (non-retina) and I can pretty much go back and forth (retina to Non-retina) without any problems.

    I have been waiting for this ipad mini ever since Steve Jobs announced the 1st gen. ipad. But of course I'm 100% ipad (all 10 inch) hater so I would never ever get an ipad with that big screen. So I personally thank Tim Cook for announcing the iPad Mini (well Apple that is).
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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    I tried. I really, really wanted a compact tablet. The processor and other things were fine
    for me. I didn't mind it. It was as fast as I liked. I just could not get used to that display.
    Just couldn't. Especially because I've been using retina since the iPhone 4 and have
    had an iPad 3 since it came out this year. Made me realize how much I value a really
    nice display on my devices. Also made me realize how much I use my iPad.

    Long story short, returned my iPad mini and exchanged it for an iPad 4 64gig
    Wifi+Cellular. A present to myself. Anyone else take back the Mini solely on
    the downscaled display?
    I would try to wait for the new iPad mini with retina display that we know is coming sometime in 2013 first / second quarter.


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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    How do " we " know this....
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlbaker1 View Post
    I would try to wait for the new iPad mini with retina display that we know is coming sometime in 2013 first / second quarter.


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    I agree. I would think it would be a selling point for the 2nd gen.
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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Nope...I didn't return mine because of the display. I think the display is just fine for my needs.

    I have been waiting for a small tablet from Apple so I jumped as soon as I heard it was coming.
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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    I don't have any problems with the display. Unless you're zooming in close on HQ images or something, there's not much difference between retina and non. It's all in people's minds.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by jclisenby View Post
    I don't have any problems with the display. Unless you're zooming in close on HQ images or something, there's not much difference between retina and non. It's all in people's minds.
    Nah. It's pretty noticeable from the start. Zooming in displays the difference
    that much more, though. I agree with you there.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Nope. Sold iPad 3 (limited edition, retina with vintage connector). Difference is noticeable in direct side by side comparison-'the thing everyone does when shopping, and nobody does when actually using. Like WhiteiPadMini, I've been waiting for this form factor. I have iPhone 5 with retina, and do not notice a difference back& forth. I never think about it. The best display for me is the one I will carry and use. for me, that's the mini.
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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Nah. It's pretty noticeable from the start. Zooming in displays the difference
    that much more, though. I agree with you there.
    I agree there is some difference, but It just was not big enough for me to care. I probably won't even upgrade when the retina does come out.

    The size and weight are just perfect in my opinion to pass on it.
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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Gotta say, I'm surprised with the responses here.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Why would I want to look past the screen on my mini? If I did I'd miss just about everything that makes it such a great tablet. Besides it's small size that is.....




    I love my iPad Mini!
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Don't get me wrong. I would love retina but the mini screen is respectable. It will get me by fine until the day a retina mini is released.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    Gotta say, I'm surprised with the responses here.
    Me too. Perhaps it's because at least in these forums you thought people were buying the retina & quality screen arguments finally. (After all, why did anyone upgrade to an ipad 3 at the time?) Apple does a 180 and all of a sudden screen quality doesn't matter.

    It does give one perspective on how little the ppi wars matter to the mainstream and how mainstream the forums are these days. I certainly don't fault Apple. They know their market. I don't see a retina Mini coming anytime soon.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    I sold my iPad 3 and went to Best Buy to check out the iPad mini. I kept walking back and forth between the mini and iPad 4. In the store I thought the I could probably get used to the screen on the iPad mini, so I went ahead and bought it. Took it home and did a lot of web surfing, video watching, game playing. I just can't say how much I loved the feel of the tablet in my hand. I had a Nexus 7 and currently have a Fire HD 7 and have grown to love the smaller tablet size. The iPad mini feels lighter than my 7 inch tablets, doesn't seem physically much bigger at all, but it's screen just seems huge compared to those 7 inch tablets.

    But I just couldn't get used to how pixelated everything seemed. Even games were starting to look uglier, though I could forgive those. It was just a real disappointment to go from Retina to this when browsing the web. So I returned it to Best Buy and got the iPad 4 instead. It's heavier and much less comfortable to hold, but I think I value the retina screen over the portability afterall.
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    Default Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    It doesn't bother me at all! I have the Retina Display on both my iPhone 5, and my iPad 3. While it can be obvious that the mini is not retina, it really doesn't bother me at all. The more I use it, the less and less it becomes obvious. This is one great piece of technology, I really can't see the display as justification for not purchasing the mini.



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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by zeteo View Post
    It doesn't bother me at all! I have the Retina Display on both my iPhone 5, and my iPad 3. While it can be obvious that the mini is not retina, it really doesn't bother me at all. The more I use it, the less and less it becomes obvious. This is one great piece of technology, I really can't see the display as justification for not purchasing the mini. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    Coming from a iPad 3 and picking up my mini today at the Apple Store. I'm hoping I'll get used to the screen - I think after you use it for longer periods of time, you quit noticing the difference. I want that portability, which has led me to try out a Nexus 7 for a while. This'll satisfy my need for a smaller tablet, and can't think of many reasons I'd need to keep my larger iPad around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by impaler View Post
    Coming from a iPad 3 and picking up my mini today at the Apple Store. I'm hoping I'll get used to the screen - I think after you use it for longer periods of time, you quit noticing the difference. I want that portability, which has led me to try out a Nexus 7 for a while. This'll satisfy my need for a smaller tablet, and can't think of many reasons I'd need to keep my larger iPad around.
    If you are going to try the Mini out, it is best to do it on its own without putting it side by side with your iPad 3. That is what I had to do when I purchased the iPad 4 and my Mini at the same time. Putting the Mini against the iPad 4 all the time made it harder of me to get used to the Mini's display. However, after using the Mini by itself for about two days I got used to the screen and have since returned the iPad 4 and kept my Mini. I think both tablets are nice, but it depends on whether you want a nicer screen or a smaller more portable tablet....


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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    I am not surprised by the comments in this thread. I think people do way too much comparison viewing and this of course would make the mini display not look as good. If you just get it and start using it, you will slowly get use to it and won't really be that bothered by it. The only reason most are bother is because they continue to compare the retina and non-retina. I had a iPad 3 sold it to get an iPad mini. However, I was concerned about the non-retina display so I ordered the iPad 4 too. I sent the iPad 4 back after about 10 days of owning both. It was only after I really just committed to the iPad mini that I really begin to enjoy it. The size and weight just out weighed the display being non-retina in my opinion.

    I will say that I wish the non-retina display on the iPad Mini handled text rendering better and I don't mean clarity. I mean size wise, I think Apple needs to address this in the future. I think for many that have returned the mini its been more related to the tiny text than actually being non-retina.
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    Not an issue for me. The size/weight and portability are exactly what I wanted.
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    I've been using it for 24 hours now, and yes, it might not be enough time, but it actually was hurting my eyes a bit. I think I'm going to return it - I was wiling to try, but stuff just looks like crap on that display, compared to Retina on my iPad 3. Just can't get used to it - and I do LOTS of reading, a couple books a week. Love the form factor, will standby for a Retina mini.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by impaler View Post
    I've been using it for 24 hours now, and yes, it might not be enough time, but it actually was hurting my eyes a bit. I think I'm going to return it - I was wiling to try, but stuff just looks like crap on that display, compared to Retina on my iPad 3. Just can't get used to it - and I do LOTS of reading, a couple books a week. Love the form factor, will standby for a Retina mini.
    Yup. Couldn't stand reading on it. The words looked just too fuzzy.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    I don't believe they are in the same class.
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    Default Re: Did you try to look past non-retina when purchasing the iPad Mini?

    Quote Originally Posted by RaiderWill View Post
    The Mini will NEVER get a Retina Display.
    Unless Technology takes a big leap foward in the near future.. you can't shrink the components that are used in the 10" pad down to the size needed to fit in the Mini.. It would no longer be a Mini.. Not only would there be extra girth.. but the great batterylife we are experiencing now would be down considerablely ( without adding a considerably larger HEAVIER battery ).. throw 4G LTE on top of that.. and all of a sudden the Trade-Offs are too great.. Let's not even discuss the increase cost per unit as well.
    The Mini and the 3/4 are two completely different versions of the iPad.. That's what Apple is trying to get everyone to realize..
    It can if they sacrifice thinness or battery life. Rene explained it in this thread.
    Why is the iPad 4 still fat with the lightning cable?

    I wouldn't mind the Mini being just a bit thicker if it meant Retina. It would still
    fit the same in my back pocket.
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