iPad mini 2019

Discussion in 'iPad Mini Forum' started by amyberta, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. giradman

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    Agree w/ TP - my wife has the Mini 4 and when the new one was announced, I looked at the specs (two edited and shortened tables below - Source) - her iPad is now 3+ y/o, but has 64 GB storage (only half used) and nearly the same display; here 'battery health' is about 300 cycles and 90% healthy, and she is still 'happy' w/ the device, so will not be a purchase for us (NOW, I may get her a new iMac this year!).

    BUT, for those who like the 'footprint' of the iPad Mini and do not own one, then a strong consideration - a decision will have to be made between 64 vs. 256 GB storage. Now, for owners of the Mini 2 or 3, especially if storage, battery health, or 'sluggishness' are issues - and the 'footprint' is still desirable, then think about a Mini 5 replacement, if the budget is right - just my thoughts. Dave :)

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  2. Diane B

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    My Kindle is years old with a very aging battery and I’ve been contemplating replacing it—a friend has an old Mini 4 for reading primarily so I had looked at refurbed 4s but hated buying a device that old. I use a 12.9 gen 3 Pro all the time (has pretty much replaced my Macbook Pro 15” except for external drives). Serendipitously the Mini 5 was introed at the right time and I have ordered one. I expect to use it for Kindle reading but also newspapers and other reading, use it as a notepad (I already have gen 1 Pencil), and lots of other things that I just don’t need the 12.9 for—and I will carry it with me using it in preference to my phone for a lot of things. I bought from B & H since they work with me on delivery dates so I won’t get mine until latter part of April. It will be a much more flexible device than a Kindle for me and I’m looking forward to using it,
     
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    Hi Diane - wife still likes her Mini 4 and fits her needs well, including reading books - you should really enjoy the new Mini - good luck and let us know. Dave :)
     
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  4. amyberta

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    Doesn’t the glare bother you when you read books on your IPad?
     
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    Not at all - I read a lot of books on the iPad (now have the new Pro) using the Kindle app (and to a lesser extent Apple's Books app) - with the Kindle app, the brightness of the screen can be controlled (of course, also available in the 'Control Center') and the display colors can be changed, e.g. 'white on black' for nighttime reading, sepia, etc. (see pic below for the options). Dave :)
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    Indoors, or outside on a overcast day, it’s fine. Outside on a sunny day, you’ll want to find some shade. Or get a Kindle. Or stick with paper.
     
  7. amyberta

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    I have a Kindle. Just curious if the glare bothered anybody.
     
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    Went to get some Panda Express to reward myself for a brisk day of leaf raking (left over from last Fall). The Verizon store is next to Panda Express, so I stopped in, out of curiosity, to see if they were carrying the new iPad Mini. They ‘had’ one.

    I probably shouldn’t have, but I did.

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    How do you like it?
     
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    So far so good. I haven’t finished getting it set up the way I want, and I need to get some kind of case to make it easier to hold while using the Logitech Crayon (note taking being my main excuse for getting it), but both those will be easy enough.

    Set up is taking a bit longer than it should, because I’m adding apps manually. The Mini only has 64 GB of storage, so I didn’t want to load it with everything the iPad Pro and iPhone have. It will be a bit more task focused.

    I was a bit worried my old eyes wouldn’t like the smaller text, but because it’s easy to hold close to my face that hasn’t been a problem. I probably won’t read my comic books and manga on it anyway.

    It is a bit disconcerting to have to use the home button and Touch ID again. I’m totally habituated to Face ID.

    I got the Logitech Crayon instead of an Apple Pencil because I thought it would be smaller (it’s not), it’s cheaper, and I don’t need the pressure sensitivity to take notes. In some ways pressure sensitivity can make note taking harder. You often end up with a combination of thick and thin lines that make reading the text harder. Most note taking apps let you turn off pressure just for that reason.

    I did a few brief test using Notes, Nebo, and Notability. Works as expected.
     

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