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iPad Air vs iPad Mini w/ Retina


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#1 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

So...  last year was an easier decision...  You pay a little more for a "full-sized" iPad, but you got 4x the graphics resolution, more CPU power, and an option for 128GB of storage.

 

But this year is a whole new ballgame.

 

From what I can read...  it sounds like the new iPad Air (hits this Friday) and the iPad Mini Retina (2-3 weeks later maybe due to supply issues) have essentially the same hardware and power inside...  only differing in form, but not in function.

 

Decisions decisions...  still on a 1st gen iPad, so it's time for something.  IF you asked me last year, I didn't want a mini because of the feature differences for not too much more money...  but this year that gap is closed and only two factors I can see...  Will the ~2" diagonal size difference bother me?  And is saving $100 to get the mini a better way to budget?

 

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 02:30 PM

The Mini doesn't have the M7 co-processor, though I'm not yet convinced it's a big loss.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 03:45 PM

According to the specs on Apple's Web site, both the mini w/ Retina and the Air have the M7.  They have a "compare models" page and virtually everything is identical except for the size and weight.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 04:41 PM

From the images I saw from the Keynote, it didn't seem like it did. But looks like I did misunderstand it.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 05:02 PM

I got the mini last year primarily as it's much easier to hold for reading for long periods. 

 

I tend to watch TV with my MBAir in my lap. I like keyboards!


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:25 AM

Our household has the ipad 1 (wife), the ipad 2 (me) and the mini (9 y/o daughter).  For me it's a no brainer ipad air upgrade for the wife and me.  I really like the mini, but I'm used to the larger ipad screen and find myself scrolling more when using the mini vs an ipad.  There is definitely a huge difference in weight between the min and the ipads, much easier to hold the mini for extended periods of reading.

 

I think it depends on how you use your ipad.  For text based reading, the mini is great, but I like the larger ipad screen for web sites and video.  Am looking forward to the lighter weight, smaller footprint and faster processor on the air.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:22 AM

I actually don't see it as a no brainer for the iPad 2. Sure it has retina etc, but the iPad 2 is the second thinnest model after the air. I'm holding out for at least one more generation.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 01:05 PM

I have original ipad so Ipad air for me.  The screen on the mini is too small for me.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 06:33 PM

I admit I'm used to the larger iPad Air screen size... so I was defaulting to that... but saving $100 for an equivalent iPad mini w/ Retina and being able to put that $100 elsewhere is tempting.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:08 PM

Patience may be needed for the Mini, Tim Cook said they may not be able to meet demand this year.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 07:52 AM

I currently have they now "Apple made obsolete" iPad 3. For me is a no brainer. I will be getting the iPad Air this Friday. I prefer the iPad better then the mini for the extra real state. for a "mini" screen, I use my iPhone 5s


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:38 AM

My sister likes the mini because it is easier to take with her in her purse. It fits but the full sized one does not.

She flies all over the country all the time.

When she is home she has a full sized Ipad.


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