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182 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 5, 2013 5:33 PM by spmmini RSS
baierl Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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Jan 5, 2013 1:13 PM

My first-gen iPad has decided to not charge anymore, so I'm trying to figure out if I should go for the newest fullsize iPad or get a higher storage iPad mini for less money. Most of what I use my iPad for is reading pdfs of full size books purchased from the publishers websites. I do play some games and check email and such, but most of the use is a reference pad with GoodReader. I'm just not sure if the mini screen is big enough to make reading easy, or if it will shrink the image down to the 7.9 screen size and make it too small to read easily. I do have glasses and not the best eyesight, but like I said, the full-size works fine.

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,305 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 1:14 PM (in response to baierl)

    I'd say take a trip to best buy or an apple store and give one a test drive. see if it works for you and go from there.


    nothing beats first hand experiences

  • G3gator Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 1:42 PM (in response to baierl)

    I have a Mini and aging eyes. Many apps have means to adjust the font size (like Kindle), others like Safari can be manually adjusted as needed. There are a few however, like Twitter feed, that are limited. All in all, I would not trade my Mini - I like the size and weight.


    I agree with the others who suggest a test drive before committing.



  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 5:14 PM (in response to baierl)

    I agree, get a side by side comparison. I'm sure the sales people at an Apple Store or Best Buy would download a pdf to help you make your decision. My preference is still with the full size iPad and it's retinal display. It is not a big different but text still looks much more crisp on the retinal display. My sister's new mini is pretty nice but size aside I will still get the larger size for myself.

  • spmmini Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 5:33 PM (in response to baierl)

    I agree with Stephen's reply about the salespeople helping you decide. At my local Best Buy, I have been helped several times that way. A month ago, when I was trying to pick out an Air Print Ready printer, the sales guy even used his own iPhone to walk me through the steps to print wirelessly.


    I love my new iPad mini, and I do wear glasses, but I am farsighted and can read the screen at the default mini setting just fine. But I can also tap twice to zoom in and make text/picture/whatever bigger.


    Best of luck and I hope you will be happy with what you end up choosing.


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