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    I'm this close to selling my iPad 2 and getting an iPad Mini.

    I take it a few of you have done this. Was it 'really' worth it? I'm still on the fence, but if I switch I'll get a 32GB at least. Currently I only have a 16GB iPad 2.
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    Made the leap my self and haven't regretted it. U can notice the picture size a bit when ur watching a movie but for me at least that went away after a few times. Love the portability of it compared to the iPad 2. I think you'll definitely like it and not regret the move either. Good luck.
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    navI, my mom got a 64g iPad mini for Christmas from my dad. She still has her iPad 1st gen and uses it, BUT she definately uses and enjoys the mini more
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    I went from a 3 to a mini, absolutely love it , it's more comfortable in size to hold, I find it more personal than a larger sized iPad. Go for it bud ;-)
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    Picked up a 64GB Mini and sold my 16GB iPad 2 to the Best Buy sales guy who sold me the Mini. Love, Love LOVE the Mini. It's what the iPad should have been from the start. You won't regret it.
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    Yep, the iPad mini is perfect to me. This is definitely the size that the iPad should've been. I take this thing everywhere, including the grocery store...and I don't feel like a tool when I bust it out. I really don't notice the resolution difference and think its just something for technophiles to argue over.
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    I've never owned the 2, but my mother has it and I prefer my mini hands down. Camera is light years better than the ipad 2 and I find typing a pleasure in the mini in either position. It's so light I find that I take it everywhere with me even if I don't need it with me. (Something that I need to break myself of.)

    Speaking of the camera, I don't feel like such a tool pulling it out in public to snap a few shots because it it just so small and portable. Battery life is stellar too. I only charge it every other day and I'm on it a lot. My mini has become my on the go tablet and my BlackBerry PlayBook has become my laptop. Both are portable as heck, but as this is the newer device, the battery will go longer.

    I would dump an iPad 2 for an iPad mini any day of the week.
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    Thanks for all the tips and points. My other question is do most of you have the wifi model or the 3G model?


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    Quote Originally Posted by naviwilliams View Post
    Thanks for all the tips and points. My other question is do most of you have the wifi model or the 3G model?


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    I bought the wifi at first. Couldn't handle wifi only and returned it. Bought the LTE model for AT&T and added it to my shared data plan for just $10 extra.
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    I don't think you mentioned what you will mainly use it for. If you do much typing w/o an external keyboard, I think the mini would be a problem. I haven't had much time on one yet, but my friend has both. He types on the iPad 3 more like he would on a normal keyboard and his speed is pretty good. He says that with the mini, it's more like his iPhone in that he types with two fingers or his thumbs... which makes for much slower input. If it wasn't for that, I'd have gotten one already, as well, to replace my iPad 2. But, I just do too much typing on the virtual keyboard for it to make sense for me at this point. For web surfing, reading e-books, and apps where you don't need really fine UI input, I think it would be perfect.
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    4-6months expect the Retina Display Ipad Mini with the same price as of now. If you can wait, I prefer waiting the Retina Mini. Ipad 2 still works smoothly but not that portable because of the size. But it depends upon your use. If the weight isn't a big deal, go with Ipad3 or Ipad4, and If Retina isn't necessary for you The IpadMini upgrade from an Ipad2 is suitable for you.
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    WiFi only. I'm almost always in WiFi, and when I'm not I have a Verizon MiFi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveW928 View Post
    I don't think you mentioned what you will mainly use it for. If you do much typing w/o an external keyboard, I think the mini would be a problem. I haven't had much time on one yet, but my friend has both. He types on the iPad 3 more like he would on a normal keyboard and his speed is pretty good. He says that with the mini, it's more like his iPhone in that he types with two fingers or his thumbs... which makes for much slower input. If it wasn't for that, I'd have gotten one already, as well, to replace my iPad 2. But, I just do too much typing on the virtual keyboard for it to make sense for me at this point. For web surfing, reading e-books, and apps where you don't need really fine UI input, I think it would be perfect.
    That was my biggest concern also. I find typing on the keyboard in landscape mode is almost the same if not better than with the bigger iPad. Tell you friend to at least try to type in landscape mode and he will see how easy it is. I love the mini. But I am coming from an iPad first generation so this is a major improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeans94621 View Post
    I find typing on the keyboard in landscape mode is almost the same if not better than with the bigger iPad. Tell you friend to at least try to type in landscape mode and he will see how easy it is. I love the mini. But I am coming from an iPad first generation so this is a major improvement.
    I also have an iPad 1st generation but like you, I love the mini. No, I don't own a mini yet but held it and used it a bit at the store. The size is perfect, another big win for Apple when it comes to getting the size right on a tablet. Too bad I can't justify buying one now but that's good because whenever I get some extra cash then maybe a newer mini will be out
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    I love being able to stick my mini in my pocket. It's not retina, but it does the job. I got the 32gb model. You won't be disappointed.
    "If you settle for less, you'll settle for anything."
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    Switched from 16gb iPad 2 wifi to 32gb mini with cellular lte and have no regrets. Perfect size for everything. Easier to haul around and was able to get more GBs and LTE for the money
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    Quote Originally Posted by naviwilliams View Post
    Thanks for all the tips and points. My other question is do most of you have the wifi model or the 3G model?


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    Default From an iPad 2 to an iPad Mini

    Thanks everyone. Decisions, decisions...


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    Quote Originally Posted by jeans94621 View Post
    That was my biggest concern also. I find typing on the keyboard in landscape mode is almost the same if not better than with the bigger iPad. Tell you friend to at least try to type in landscape mode and he will see how easy it is. I love the mini. But I am coming from an iPad first generation so this is a major improvement.
    I really need to get one side by side with my iPad2, but wouldn't a mini in landscape be pretty close to the iPad 2 in portrait as far as the virtual keyboard size? If that is the case, then I think I'd disagree with my friend that typing would be as slow as with an iPhone, but certainly not as fast as I can go in landscape on my iPad 2. It is more, IMO, than just bigger targets, but it's also close enough to a standard keyboard that muscle-memory from normal typing helps. I suppose if you ONLY typed on the mini, you could eventually get pretty fast, as there seems to be enough space to actually use all your fingers... just barely for me though (well, at least on my iPad2 in portrait).
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    WiFi only. I'm almost always in WiFi, and when I'm not I have a Verizon MiFi.
    I'd second this. Other than a phone or very specific applications, I tend to not want cellular built-in. Apart from the initial cost difference, you're locked to that standard and have to have another data plan, etc. I'd rather use a MiFi type device or tethering from a phone for all my devices than having individual cellular in each. I guess there is a convenience factor to having it... but just be sure to weigh that against the costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveW928 View Post
    I'd second this. Other than a phone or very specific applications, I tend to not want cellular built-in. Apart from the initial cost difference, you're locked to that standard and have to have another data plan, etc. I'd rather use a MiFi type device or tethering from a phone for all my devices than having individual cellular in each. I guess there is a convenience factor to having it... but just be sure to weigh that against the costs.
    I also tried tethering from my i5. Battery life while tethering from my i5 was horrendous. Then I knew I must have a LTE model. The extra $130 was so worth it. I added the mini onto my phone plan for $10 extra and now I use my mini for a LTE hotspot for anything I need and get stellar tethering battery life.

    Also, how much does it cost monthly for a MiFi?
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    Really wondering if I should ditch my 64 GB iPad 3 for a mini. Choices choices. Would I lose money or be downgrading? Or would it be worth it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdmedina7 View Post
    Really wondering if I should ditch my 64 GB iPad 3 for a mini. Choices choices. Would I lose money or be downgrading? Or would it be worth it?
    See, now you're sparking to think like me. 😀


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    Quote Originally Posted by naviwilliams View Post
    See, now you're sparking to think like me. 😀


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    Lol I know. 😆
    I'm so indecisive though. I start next college semester in February and financial aid kicks in. Debating still I I should sell my iPad 3 and put it the difference for a 64 GB iPad Mini. 😖
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    I got an iPad Mini, black, like my iPhone 5.

    My iPad 2, and loads of accessories are now on ebay
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