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I wanted a Kindle.....

.... so I went to John Lewis and had a look. Hmm seemed interesting and for the price seemed ok.

Walking around I saw the iPad mini (I am a self confessed Mac fan - have the all singing/dancing MacBook pro - Retina screen 500 gigs flash etc) and thought hmm - I could load Kindle onto that - iPad mini.

Liz was with me - I rely on her to keep me in check. Her response ? - buy it. She has a full size iPad and I like it but didn't want one.

So I now have a 64 gig cellular iPad mini.

I have downloaded Kindle and some books in preparation for our 3 week Nordic excursion in May.

One thing I would say is that the screen is the perfect size to view YouTube videos when you go to full screen mode - a 17" screen just pixilates whereas the mini just works.

My point ? - I guess I am saying that I am bit daft spending money on unnecessary toys - please feel free to agree.

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What size is an iPad mini screen? I use iPads a lot (don't have one myself, although miss bobda does so I use that) and find the screen size adequate and they're definitely portable enough already.
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What size is an iPad mini screen? I use iPads a lot (don't have one myself, although miss bobda does so I use that) and find the screen size adequate and they're definitely portable enough already.
The mini is even more portable - it is about 2/3 the size but that 1/3 make all of the difference. I used to laugh at LizR with the full size one - just an inflated iPhone that you couldn't actually store in a bag or whatever. The mini will slip into an, admittedly, large pocket.

The mini will do me . For example I can log on to AO without using Tapatalk- the screen accommodates the full site without difficulty.

My point? - the iPad Mini is a great compromise - / computer/ travel/convenience - it works.
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Paul - serious question...........what will you use it for, apart from as a kindle? General browsing?
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Paul - serious question...........what will you use it for, apart from as a kindle? General browsing?
A good question.

My honest answer is that I wanted a Kindle. I could have bought one for £300 less.

I have an iPhone for general browsing when I am out and about.

I have a home laptop for when - well - I am at home.

Liz has her own iPhone and laptop.

I have a computer in the garage for when I am playing out there.

So - I don't need it - but I will watch TV in bed using it - so much lighter than the laptop - late night streaming I guess is the answer - plus better resolution than the 'phone when I am out and about.
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I envy so much of that..................and it frightens me that I do.
I spent so many years being poor - yes really - I'd delay going to work just to meet the postman so that I'd know what the next bill was and who was chasing me for money.

This is a brief period of my life - I've allowed £x squander money and the iPad uses some of that. Once squander is gone I batten down the financial hatches and try to be sensible into old age.
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iPad Mini is a good bit of kit, when I get an iPad next that's the one i'll get but I'd prefer to wait for the next gen.
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iPad Mini is a good bit of kit, when I get an iPad next that's the one i'll get but I'd prefer to wait for the next gen.
I know what you mean but if you wait for the next gen and get it in six months time then - in another six months the next gen goes on sale. In my experience the generation changes are minimal if viewed from a yearly perspective.

My son in law is a professional photographer. He makes a living. He was using a MacBook Pro pre Intel which did the job until last year. I gave him my Intel MacBook Pro (four years old) when I upgraded in November last year. It makes his life easier but he coped before.
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Congats on the purchase, I lnow what you mean about the Mini's firm factor seeming just about right. As an aside what gen iPhone do you have Paul ?
 
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Congats on the purchase, I lnow what you mean about the Mini's firm factor seeming just about right. As an aside what gen iPhone do you have Paul ?
4 - I am due an upgrade to 5 (since last September) but tbh I cannot see the advantage. Liz is still on 3 and we both cope without thinking we are missing something.
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I got a Kindle for Christmas. I'm very happy with it.

My Mum just bought herself a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
I shall download Kindle onto it for her soon. She is 87
and hasn't used a computer since she worked. I am
patiently teaching her how to use it

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I got a Kindle for Christmas. I'm very happy with it.

My Mum just bought herself a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
I shall download Kindle onto it for her soon. She is 87
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Excellent - we bought M-I-L a Kindle last Christmas (she is 87 now too) and she loves it.
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I got my parents (84 and 82) Kindles for Xmas......they are already so into them that they're recommending them to their friends!
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I know what you mean but if you wait for the next gen and get it in six months time then - in another six months the next gen goes on sale. In my experience the generation changes are minimal if viewed from a yearly perspective.

My son in law is a professional photographer. He makes a living. He was using a MacBook Pro pre Intel which did the job until last year. I gave him my Intel MacBook Pro (four years old) when I upgraded in November last year. It makes his life easier but he coped before.
It's one of those things, when do you decide to jump on?

Personally, I have a few laptops, a desktop, plenty of other tech stuff so I certainly don't need an iPad but I miss the simplicity of it, the fact the batteries aint too good in my laptops so I have to keep them tethered to the mains.

Portability, well one of my laptops is in a compact convertible format and has a touch screen but it's one of those things where it doesn't really excel in anything it does, it's a very versatile machine but also very average.

For me I find the iPads instant on availability with minimal charging between uses ideal, pick it up wander about, take it with you all a lot more easier than a full blown laptop, and the mini version just distils this into an even more portable format with no loss of functionality or performance.

But, there's the retina display and a faster processor to fit in there yet, so when that happens, I think i'll jump on just to be a little more future proof because I keep my kit for a very long time.


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I've got a retina screen on the pro - very good it is too - however I don't think it will make a vast amount of difference on the iPad.
As you say though deciding when to jump in is a personal thing.
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What's a retina screen
The resolution of the screen is such that the human eye cannot see the pixels.

They are already very good but the retina display takes it to the next level.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retina_Display
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All I would say is that on the MacBook Pro watching iPlayer in HD on the retina screen is amazingly clear. It spoils you.

The iPad mini screen size is such that even YouTube videos in standard format look good. I don't see what a retina screen would add.
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I got a Kindle Fire HD for myself, for Christmas. I was within a hairs breadth of buying an ipad mini but the extra cost was too much to justify. Don't get me wrong, I love the ipad mini but the Kindle Fire HD is brilliant ! I used it to catch up on Mrs Browns Boys on BBC iplayer last night. For such a little screen (7'') you get a high quality picture and great sound for such small speakers.
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