Anyone here planning to switch from iPad 3 or 2 to the Mini?

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  1. liveinla14
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    I have iPad 3 and thinking about selling and get the Mini. I think I like the smaller and lighter design (but planning to first look at it in the store). My biggest concern is the A5 chip that might cause performance issues and the fact it is not retina display...I usually use the iPad for surfing the internet, few magazines and few games (Fifa 2013, racing, etc.). I had an iPad 2 before I got the 3 and do not remember it was that different in terms of performance or display so maybe switching to the Mini is not a bad move...any thoughts? thanks!
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    The resolution of the mini is identical to the iPad 2 so it will definitely appear crisper, given its smaller size.


    I don't think you will be disappointed.

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    I'm considering it. I want to get my hands on one first tho. I may just keep my maxi and add the mini. I watch movies a lot so I don't want to give up the screen size.

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    I have an iPad 2, bought the iPad 4 and a mini. Will give my iPad 2 to my brother.
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    why do you need both 4 and mini and how are you going to chose which one to use and for what?
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    I travel allot and the Mini sounds good, at the office I will use the 4. I love my 2, but I really like the 4g and retina display. My brother is a minister and it will be well used at his church.
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    I'm going to a family reunion at Thanksgiving and I could really use a mini, but I can't justify the expense for a single event.
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    If I could find out for sure whether the mini/Verizon will function as a hotspot, I'll add one to our stable of "devices."
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    in my case, it is not about need, but I do find the iPad 3 is rather heavy...hand gets fatigued after a while. I didn't this much month ago, but over time I do. Plus, I have another smaller tablet and have gotten spoiled by light weight tablets. Since I use my retina iPad for work, I'm going to split my apps up, work-related things on the iPad 3, entertainment type things (more so, not totally) on the mini. This will give me more free space, too. Depending on what kind of travel I'm doing will determine which tablet I take. Around town in the weekends, the mini. To work, the iPad 3. On business travel, iPad 3. On personal travel, probably both.
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    iPad mini will become my reader. I have about 90 books on my iPad3. Otherwise I have no intention of changing my use of my iPad3, ditto my wife and her iPad3
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    That is a good point regarding the Mini being a hotspot. I think Verizon and Sprint offer this ability. I searched Verizon's website. They are only talking about the new iPad. AT&T doesn't offer their iPads for hotspot ability. It would be cheaper to get the iPad Mini wifi + 4G to be a hotspot to my other iPads. Crazy times, I'm actually trying to talk myself into buying a Mini! LOL
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    I did the same, except giving ipad 2 to sister.
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    I was considering getting the mini as I do find my ipad 3 a little heavy with extended use , but I decided to go for the new iPod touch 5 in the end . The screen , although only 4 inch , is a beautiful widescreen retina display and it weighs next to nothing - really featherlight when holding it . I picked up the 64 GB version for just £329 . To me it's like a mini ..... Erm......ipad mini :)

    iPad 3 and iPod Touch 5 addict !
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    I went for ipad mini 64 gb really enjoying not touched ipad 3 since I got mini
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    As I said , I went for the iPod touch 5 instead ........... Until I went to the Apple store yesterday and actually played around with a mini - I ended up buying the 64GB - resistance is futile :)
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    I'm with ya, I've got the 1, and 2, got the 3 on its way, and saving up for the mini. Some people collect knickknacks, I collect cool toys.
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    I have sold my iPad 3 and bought an iPad mini . I haven't looked back

    yes I can tell the difference on safari and apps page however apps , video and pictures look as crisp as the retina

    Yes it's only iPad 2 quality but the smaller screen makes everything look crisp and its the same speed

    I have a portable beautiful iPad and I'm glad I took the plunge
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    I sold my ipad3 and purchased the ipad4 and the mini. I love the smaller form factor for reading. Not sure why people are so upset about the mini. It's fantastic! Would have liked to see it at $250
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    I returned my ipad 4 32gb and got the mini 64gb. I love it. I will be taking this everywhere since it fits in my back pocket and jacket pockets. Screen is not as bad as I thought it would be given that I was coming from ipad 4. Is there is difference? Yes but the portability is worth the trade off.

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