iPad vs. iPad Mini

December 27, 2012

Finally got a chance to spend some quality time with an iPad Mini. Bottom line: not replacing our iPad 2 just yet.

My two biggest negatives with the current iPad 2 are the lack of a Retina Display and weight. Both the iPad proper and the iPad Mini fix one but not the other. The iPad mini gets the weight thing exactly right, but the specific use-case of reading (iBooks, magazines) would be difficult on the smaller, non-retina display. Meanwhile, the iPad proper with the Retina Display now feels like a lead brick.

It’s practically a certainty that a lighter iPad plus Retina Display will show up sometime in 2013. I don’t care if it’s a larger size iPad or an iPad Mini. But am definitely waiting.


  1. Rob O. says:

    I love my iPhone 4S and our iPad 2. I don’t see that there’s a real value in a device that’s in-between the iPhone and iPad.

    To me, the iPad Mini is simply an admission that the Kindle Fire, Droid tablets, et al are a valid threat. I suppose the Mini must have already been on the drawing board before his passing, but I sure have a hard time imagining Steve Jobs approving of this product. I believe it weakens the product line, rather than strengthening it.

    By the way, I’ve also quickly grown very fond of my new Kindle Paperwhite. It’s a very specific purpose device – just for reading – but the screen is fantastic!

  2. Yeah personally the iPad Mini is a stop-gap device until the iPad proper is light enough to hold in one hand, which will inevitably happen at some point.

    Being an Amazon fan I’ve been tempted by the Kindles several times ($69 is a freaking bargain), but the multipurpose nature of the iPad, plus that I’ve already bought content (particularly magazines) keeps me locked in to the Apple side.

    • Rob O. says:

      Perhaps it’s because I can still not-so-fondly recall when laptop computers were called “laptops” because they actually filled your lap and weighed somewhere just short of a ton, I’ve never found the iPad 2′s weight to be a bother.

      My 6 year old son uses the iPad fairly often (more often than I) and the heft of the device hasn’t impeded his progress.

      Makes me think of this:

      • Ha ha, unfortunately complaining about tiny things is all too true. I see it as everything else about the iPad is top notch, so minor complaints get blown out of proportion. Then there’s the acclimation angle – once you start carrying around the lighter MacBook Air or iPhone 5 the older models just unfortunately seem freaking heavy. Certainly not heavy compared to a killer laptop from just a few years ago, but still…

  3. Dave says:

    I was all set to buy the new iPad 4 to replace my old 1st gen. iPad. I happened to pass by an Apple Store and went inside to check out the iPad Mini. After trying the iPad Mini and then feeling the heft of the iPad 4 I decided that, for myself, the Mini was the wave of the future. The iPad 4 was simply too bulky and way too heavy. However, due to the lack of retina display, I’m holding off on buying the Mini just yet.

    So I guess I’m in the same boat as you. Either the iPad 5 needs to go on a big, big diet or the iPad Mini 2 needs to get a better processor and a retina display. Though I think I’ll be leaning towards a Mini option with retina. But either way, Apple isn’t getting an upgrade from me until the next generation. Sorry Apple!

    • Yeah, agree… the ultimate iPad is going to be light enough to hold in one hand and has a Retina Display. Whether its an iPad proper or an iPad Mini remains to be seen, but that’ll be the one I upgrade to.