Will I regret getting the new iPad mini?
January 24, 2014 7:40 PM Subscribe
My laptop died, and I think I want to get an iPad to replace it for casual stuff. Can you help me make a decision between the iPad Air and the Retina mini? Enumeration of what I want from it are inside.
posted by rivenwanderer to Shopping (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Since my laptop died, I've been using a combination of my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) and occasionally borrowing my partner's aging laptop. I'm thinking that my computer needs would be best served by a desktop for heavy-duty gaming/graphics editing/tinkering with coding and a tablet for casual fun and relaxing.
What I want from a tablet: I like playing pretty and engaging casualish games like Kingdom Rush and am annoyed at how often apps aren't ported to Android for many months after the iOS release (hence my desire to go with an iPad and not an Android tablet). I'm excited to play card games like Ascension and Hearthstone, and other big, pretty games my phone can't handle. I don't watch a lot of movies or TV. I do a lot of reading and some commenting online, and I'd like the option to touch-type with a keyboard accessory so I could do morning pages while curled up in bed. Oh, and I really like reading webcomics. I want this for hanging out on the couch or maybe watching yoga videos, not for entertaining myself while commuting--I doubt I'll take it out of the house much aside from the couple of times a year when I travel.
I'm leaning towards getting a Retina mini, because it's cheaper (so I could get the model with 64GB for my budget vs the 32GB model of the iPad air). I'm guessing that I won't find the screen to small for web browsing, coming from my phone, but I've read that the mini's color profile is slightly worse, and I don't think I care about toss-it-in-the-purse portability. Will I regret the smaller screen size? Is the mini too small for card/board games? Will I be sad about the colors not being optimal when I'm playing games and reading comics? Are the keyboard add-ons as comfortable to type on? Does a mini feel like a scaled-down substitute, or the real thing?
I'm hoping someone out there has similar tablet needs to mine and can comment on how their current-gen iPad is working out for them. (I know iPad questions have come up here before, but they mostly seemed to be pre-Retina-mini.) Thanks, hivemind!