ipad vs ipad mini
I’d say mini if it’ll be carted out and about, air if it’ll mostly stay at home. If she’s into music or films 16GB is too small after apps and photos, I find myself having to regularly clear stuff off my 32GB iPad. The other consideration is whether to go with a data model or WiFi only. You can manage hotspotting off your mobile if out and about, although it’s slightly inconvenient turning it all on and off again to preserve the battery on both devices – sometimes I can’t be bothered.Posted 4 years ago
mainly used for reading documents, internet browsing and watching tv, currently she’s doing a lot of this on her phone so any increase in screen size will be a benefit
She’s had use of an ipad occasionally but neither of us have used a mini to be able to compare.
does the smaller screen size make a difference or is the more compact size a good thing?Posted 4 years agospidersexualMember
Personally if your going to get an iPad, get the standard size, not the mini.
Plus get atleast 32gb as what has been mentioned above.
Oh and IMO , I would not pay £100 privilege just for the option of cellular.Posted 4 years ago
Oh oh and one more thing, women love to have the white coloured ones, you can thank me some other time hehe ;dgeoffjSubscriber
I’ve got both and the mini is better in almost every respect. No real need for a 10″ screen IMHO.
* obviously not if you are an Apple haterPosted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
I’d say full size, ie Air. Currys had an offer so (linked to on stw) so maybe you can get the 32. Otherwise Apple store of John Lewis for 2yr warranty.
I like the bigger screen for email/web browsing/document reading – more is better, also with my eyesight I can read larger screen better, also as its “touch” it’s much easier to navigate pages as you are touching a larger target. Main advantage of the mini is it will go into a coat pocket and is lighter to hold although new Air is very light too. I have a “man bag” for my iPad and it goes everywhere with me. My iPad is 64 but it’s never been full, my phone is 16 and I still have 500 songs, 5 full length movies, 50 apps, tons of emails and 1500 photos – still have 3gb left so 16 goes a long way.
Finally very cool you describe your wife as being awesome this year, good for you and her !Posted 4 years ago21dwbMember
I’ve just ordered a mini retina 32gb. I can’t ever imagine requiring more than 32gb to keep apps etc on then just purchase an iusbport to enable you to connect your portable hdd, usb pen drives or SD cards via an addhoc wireless network. I think I could have probably got away with the 16gb to be fair.Posted 4 years agoMarkSubscriber
The mini is now outselling the full sized iPad by several factors. The reason is portability and ease of handling. You can hold a mini on one hand easily by gripping it on both edges with thumb and fingers. Sounds superficial but the biggest issue with the full sized iPad according to Apple was the hand fatigue in having to hold it with all fingers pressed against the back of it and thumb around the bezel.
The mini size is also hugely more popular with women as it fits in bags. No really!Posted 4 years ago
Thanks all for the additional replies to the thread
As above I went for the 64Gb Mini geoffj linked to. the small size seems great for my wife, it will fit better in hand and also in bags etc. Certainly i’ve always been surprised at the weight of a full size ipad, we’ll see if the lack of retina screen is an issue or not, I don’t think she’ll be too bothered, at least I hope not.
she’s maxed out her 16gb iphone with pictures, apps etc as the kids also use it so having a lot of space will be a good thing. She’s not especially techy so she’s better off without needing external storage.
Its been a tough year for us, we’ve both been through the wringer a bit, she has been awesome throughout it all so its nice to be able to surprise her with something she’s wanted for a long time 🙂Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Certainly i’ve always been surprised at the weight of a full size ipad, we’ll see if the lack of retina screen is an issue or not
I still use my iPad1 every day – at the time is was the latest greatest lightest thing ever, now if I pick up an Air it feel alike a brick ! All mini’s are now retina FYI so that one must be old stock and hence discounted, it will still be amazing.Posted 4 years ago
footflaps – Member
I found the new Air model was much larger / heavier than I expected
Me too. In fact, my local Apple store had them all sunk into the tables and sealed in. I had to complain and demand to feel one. When I questioned the manager, based on the fact that its weight was the essential selling point, he didn’t have any answer other than “thats what I was told to do”.Posted 4 years agobensalesMember
Me too. In fact, my local Apple store had them all sunk into the tables and sealed in. I had to complain and demand to feel one. When I questioned the manager, based on the fact that its weight was the essential selling point, he didn’t have any answer other than “thats what I was told to do”.
The ones in the tables are intended to provide product information about the other Apple product they’re next to. Not to show off the iPad.
The iPad section will have them all loose on lanyards.
At least this is the case in the two Apple stores near me.Posted 4 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
The A5 chip is from the previous generation of iPad Minis and have very recently been replaced by the iPad Mini with Retina display using the A7 processor. The online Apple store still sells the A5 Mini in a 16Gb model and the cellular version is £349. £299 for a 64Gb model is a good buy, but you’re not getting the latest and greatest if that kind of thing bothers you.
As a good comparison, the latest A7 Retina display Mini is £579 for a 64Gb version!Posted 4 years agomogrimMember
mogrim, is there a particular reason you hate Apple?
I used to hate the brand to, but then I realised it was their demographic I disliked not the products themselves, now I’m fully embraced & happy as I don’t care if idiots want to pigeonhole me
Can’t stand the shitty software, hate the keyboards, and I really hate hypocrites – the fact one of the richest companies in the world tries to sell itself as alternative / the underdog really sticks in my throat.
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