What is the point?

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    Don't get me wrong I love Apple products, however I do not get the point of the ipad mini. Anyone else with me on this?

    It's a little smaller than the ipad and a little bigger than the iphone..
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    Because some people have littler hands. Or they want something that fits in a smaller place. Or they want something lighter to hold over a few hours time. Or they simple want something that is cheaper that does the same thing.

    There could be any number of reasons. But those are the top 4 in my opinion.
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    The point for me is that it is smaller. Which for me is more conducive to reading in bed. Which after holding my wife's kindle fire vs my ipad 2 it seemed that the fire was about the ideal size. The ipad mini is very close. The iPhone was okay but too small for a lot of reading in on sitting.
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    Spot on! I wanted an iPad but the size kept me from buying it. The iPad mini is my next purchase.
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    For people who can't afford the much larger version but still want an iPad, the iPad mini might be more practical. A nice entry point to introduce people to the iPad family.
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    The smaller size of the iPad Mini may also be more appropriate for parents who wish to introduce their young children to tablet computers.
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    For me I needed something to use on the commute to work and at lunch times, iPhone is ok at a stretch but its not an ipad so the mini is perfect.
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    That's the reason behind my purchase
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    I think the size is ideal for nearly everything I want to do and it is not as 'cumbersome' as the large ipad.
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    What's important here is that you're satisfied, it doesn't matter how anyone else feels about the iPad Mini. After all, it's you that will be using the device, not the others who may have differing opinions.
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    For me, I've had every version of the iPad. Love it. I'm one who carries it everywhere, whether I end up using it or not. I like having it with me. I put it in my purse with everything else I need to carry. It can get a little heavy. I decided on the iPad mini because its lighter, easier to fit in a smaller purse and my shoulder doesn't hurt after a while. Lol. I still have my iPad 3-will probably end up keeping it for home use. Now did I NEED another iPad? No. I wanted the iPad mini. For multiple reasons, one bonus reason: I can hold the iPad mini and type with my thumbs-like you would when texting. Love that because it means I don't have to prop it up on a table or my lap to type. Might be a small thing, but its significant for me. Look, bottom line is everyone has a different reason for buying the mini. Is it out of necessity? Probably not. But I love my gadgets and ill keep buying them if I'm compelled enough to do so.
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    why not? everyone has their own reasons. For Apple, i suspect a huge reason is so they can compete in all aspects of the tablet market. this mini or in-between size had Apple excluded until now. they couldn't have that could they? ;)

    Personally, i do kinda see your point. i wouldn't want one as i have a full fat ipad. no point. but as said, tons of personal reasons. why spend almost double on a device when you can better suit your needs with a lite-version? also, Apple has huge resources so even if it fails, they wont financially really loose out. more options more choices. all good for us.
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    I have small thin hands. I will be using the mini all day and it will be hard if I had the iPad. I held the iPad once at the apple store and I thought "Wow, it's big and it's heavy." Also, I do not like bulky things.

    But we had it mostly because it's cheaper but it has all the same functions of the iPad except for the retina display.
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    i am really enjoyed the mini its great lovely and compact and light and great to go traveling its perfect apple did a good move in making the mini and i think in time the mini is going to sell really well maybe better then the 9'7inch iPads.I actually use the iPad mini more then i use
    the 9'7inch iPad because it lighter and it doesn't feel like brick after a lot of use and you cannot hold it in one hand for long periods on time

    (What the point of the mini)

    The whole point of the mini was apple to get in the 7inch tablet market and break through and to have a lot of tablets on offer so that it suite everyone needs which they are doing some people like the bigger iPads some people like the minis its just personal preference at the end of the day if we all liked the same thing life would be very boring.

    Another way to look at it is like this if you owned a company and you were making tablets as a business and you only made the 9'7 inch tablets in the begin would you merge in to making more tablets and different sizes i think you would personally to try and make more money for you company.

    If you were a company owner and you were turning over a million you outlook should be want to be making 2 million or possible 3 milliion that is good business sense always setting goals in your company and fingers crossed getting them goals at the end of the year.That all apple are doing is setting goals and getting them goals at the end of the year there figures have been great with the iPad if they thought they were going to be running it at a lose they wouldn't of even bothered to put the plan on the drawing board and started production

    Just remember money talks and apple have done really well with there 9'7 versions of there apple products and thought right it time to cut in tot the smaller version to get more revenue in to the company which will happen in time.

    It might take a while for apple to get good revenue for the ipad minis there new they aren't expected miracles at this moment in time but they will monitor the sale figures

    Figure wont tell lies
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    The mini makes a better reader than the maxi pad. Easier to hold, easier to place in coat pocket. Makes infinite sense.
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    Give it retina display and I will be lining up for one
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    Can't agree Holly, I spent a good 45 minutes with a mini right next to a 4 at Future Shop (Best Buy) today while the wife was getting a manicure. Sure, the 4's graphics were droolingly great compared to my 2 but the mini was no worse than the 2 either. Depends what you want to do with it. If the weight, size and price appeals....go for it. If you want to zoom in to compare electron microscope slides, perhaps not. It's all a matter of needs.

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    I cannot stress enough how tough it was, not to comment on the virtues of a maxi pad, but I didn't ....... I didn't ....... No, not a word!



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    Edit: My bottom lip is now bleeding from biting it......but......no...forum rules......oh boy....

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    lol@maxi-pad. I bet Apple didn't see that coming.


    I'm still convinced the mini is ideal for kids. I use my iPhone as a mini iPad, so I'm sure I'd use one if I had it. I'd also use an MBP. Whichever device falls most conveniently to hand is the one I'd pick up at the time. Do I NEED any of them? I went enough years without them, so no. But I also like my toys.

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    It is definitely NOT a question of need. It's a question of I just want it and I like its size. Would like it better with retina.

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