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Upgrading my Ipad (1st Gen)

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Matt Rosenthal1 Calculating status...
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Mar 2, 2013 7:11 AM

I love my Ipad 1.  I use it for everything.  I mainly use it for apps for my kids as well as an e-reader.  I also use it at night for web browser.  I also use my Iphone 4 for email and texting.  Both sit with me each night.  Recently, I have had the need to do facetime.  I have tried from my phone and it is not good.  I was thinking of upgrading to either Ipad 4 or Ipad mini.  I only need 16GB.  I do want the device as an e-reader, but also want the capability of web surfing.  I have never used a retina screen and did not see a difference at the store.  I am so used to Ipad 1 that it really doesn't matter.  My question is whether it is necessary to spend extra on the Ipad 4 or just get a mini?  I don't travel that much, but when I do, I have no problem bringing my Ipad 1.  Can anyone give me advice on which one I should go with?  I am not selling my Ipad 1 so I will have it too.



  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)

    The biggest quesiton, after spending time at the Apple store with both models, which feels the most comfortable to you?  Which is the eaiest to read?  And if you are going to do email, which is the most comfortable for typing?


    Both are great machines, but the choice has to be very personal, especially comfort level is use.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)

    Isn't it nice to have the dilemma of choices


    I still use the iPad 1, works great, does what I want, easy to read (part of being in the over 50 crowd is reading small print) so why change?  Thought seriously about the Mini for my wife to use instead of her Nook, but that hasn't happened yet.  I really like the size of the iPad, much smaller and lighter than my MacBook Pro, but larger and easier to read than my iPhone...just a nice, comfortable intermmediate size for my usage pattern.


    I would not worry about the out-of-date has always been a problem with computers that buy today or wait for the next improvement to come out.  If you get caught in that you never buy because there is always something new and improved coming out in just a few months.  And who knows when the next generation Mini will come out?  Apple hasn't annouced any plans for a new model.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,720 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)

    My sister-in-law has a mini and I was surfing the web with it for a while last weekend and had no issues at all. Yes the screen is smaller than my iPad 3 but the issues with the retina display never entered my mind while I was using it. In fact, I was amazed at how clear and crisp the colors were on the display on the mini.


    Only you can decide what is best for your own needs. If you think that the size of the mini is fine for you based on the amount of research that you have already done, then why do you think that you would regret making the choice for the mini?

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,220 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 9:03 AM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)

    iPad Mini vs. iPad 2 vs. iPad 4: Which iPad Should You Buy? uld-you-buy/


     Cheers, Tom

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,720 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 9:05 AM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)

    Matt Rosenthal1 wrote:


    I think i would def get the ipad 4 if it did not seem too big for reading ebooks.  That is what i like most about the mini size.  Help!


    If you are already comfortable with using the iPad original for everything that you do now, and that includes using it as an e-reader ... correct? .....and you are happy with that size, then buy the iPad 4.


    The devices are the same size except the iPad 4 is a little thinner and just a little lighter. I really think that once you sit down with both devices side by side, you will notice the difference in the retina display compared to the screen of the original iPad. I have an iPad 1 and the difference to me was something to see compared to the iPad 3 that I purchased.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,720 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 9:16 AM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)

    Well, whatever you decide, good luck and enjoy.

  • Manolo Romero Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 12:04 PM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)


    I received for a Christmas present an iPad mini and I can just tell you that I love it!  I personally never looked into investing on an iPad as they always looked and felt too big to hold on my hand. If I was going to invest on an iPad just to sit on the couch I can see myself using my MacBook Pro instead. Besides, it was going to be a second device to carry around along with my MacBook Pro, and I didn't want that, but that is just my personal preference of course.  I have a MacBook Pro, an iMac, an iPod, Apple TV and an IPhone, so you can see that I am an Apple lover, but for some reason the iPad never got me too excited as I was perfectly happy booting up myMacBook Pro to check email and browse.  When the iPad mini came out I got excited about it for its size and price.  Now that I have it, I can tell you that it is great for everything I want to do!  From reading a book, browsing, doing email, and running apps.  It is very comfortable to type with your thumbs and the screen looks very sharp even though is not retina display.  I strongly recommend it if you want to upgrade; again, I could not recommend the iPad 4 for the reasons I already mentioned and not having one makes it difficult to recommend it, however, I have friends that have the iPad 4 and I will still go with the mini in a heart beat.


    Good luck!


  • Manolo Romero Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 12:18 PM (in response to Matt Rosenthal1)

    Hello Matt:

    The web browsing is not small to me, but this is really a personal opinion.  Have you gone to a Best Buy or to an Apple store to hold one and play with it?  This will be important on your final decision.  If you feel the iPad 1 is super portable, the mini will be even more portable!


    Perhaps you already made your decision, but I hope all this helped.


    Take care,



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