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Once again I'm second guessing a gadget purchase. Two weeks ago I bought the iPad Air and was indeed blown away by its thinness and lightness. Today is the 14th day and I have to make a decision whether to return it for the iPad Mini with Retina Display.

So, did anyone out there return the Air for the Mini Retina and you're now regretting it? I see my main uses for the iPad as reading and also handing it to my soon-to-be toddler on long car rides for videos and games. Whatever your uses, do you wish you had kept the Air, because you miss the larger screen, or whatever?

Or did you go from the original Mini to the iPad Air, and despite the better specs, you now miss the smaller form factor?

Thanks for any advice you can give me on my gadget D-day.
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The screen is not only larger but even better color accuracy. Read Anandtech's review on the Air. The CPU is clocked just a notch slower in the Mini also. If you want the best performance and screen, the Air is worth keeping.

Not saying the Mini is bad but it's not performance wise quite as good as the Air.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7519/a...splay-reviewed
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Hi & welcome to the forum! I'm afraid only you can make that decision but are you having a problem w/ the Air (e.g. bothered be an issue that the Mini will solve?) - I have an iPad 2 & wife the first Mini - I much prefer reading on my larger iPad, but even magazines (have about a half dozen) can be difficult (w/ my old eyes) - planning on buying an Air soon and the 'retina display' should help greatly (have that display on my MBPro) - I have no interest in purchasing the new Mini but will have my wife take a look. So, I'll be getting an Air.

Now, I really shuddered at your statement about 'handing it over to your soon-to-be toddler' - YIKES! A new iPad Air (or a new 'exchanged' Mini) - you better purchase Apple Care; I can just see oatmeal & other assortments of baby food down the earphone jack or plugging up the volume rockers - but just my 2 cents and it's been 40 years since I had a baby around but memories last - good luck! Dave
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Get the kid a cheep Android! If it breaks you won't loose a lot of $$$! Grin
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Hi & welcome to the forum! I'm afraid only you can make that decision but are you having a problem w/ the Air (e.g. bothered be an issue that the Mini will solve?) - I have an iPad 2 & wife the first Mini - I much prefer reading on my larger iPad, but even magazines (have about a half dozen) can be difficult (w/ my old eyes) - planning on buying an Air soon and the 'retina display' should help greatly (have that display on my MBPro) - I have no interest in purchasing the new Mini but will have my wife take a look. So, I'll be getting an Air.

Now, I really shuddered at your statement about 'handing it over to your soon-to-be toddler' - YIKES! A new iPad Air (or a new 'exchanged' Mini) - you better purchase Apple Care; I can just see oatmeal & other assortments of baby food down the earphone jack or plugging up the volume rockers - but just my 2 cents and it's been 40 years since I had a baby around but memories last - good luck! Dave
Ha, I hear ya about the toddler, Dave, lol. I guess I'll have to be careful, but hours of peace is worth the risk, especially on the up-coming 30-hour flight overseas!

And thanks for the thoughts. I'll make my own decision, of course, but I appreciate any thoughts. And to answer your question, no, no problems with the Air, per se, but since I'll use this primarily for reading (books, not magazines or comics), and that mostly in bed, then I'm compelled by experiences people have using the incredibly light rMini as a reader and then going to one's MBP when necessary, which is what I'd plan to do when writing, researching, and/or shopping.

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Many say the Air is thin and light enough for laying in bed reading. I know it's just 1LB without any case on it.
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A person should not torture his/her own kids
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Well, I can't disagree. Now I will wait for VanSmith to attack us! Grin
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You better watch out Dennis, his Android can beat up your Android!
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You better watch out Dennis, his Android can beat up your Android!
That is possible since I don't own any Android device.

And after watching this doubt I will!

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Yeah, I saw that. My son called me the other day and was about 10 minutes away from buying a new Nexus 7. He was basing his choice on price. He wound up with a new iPad Air instead. Once you get inside an Apple store you become hypnotized.
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The new CPU (SOC) in the Air seems to walk all over everything out there except a very thick Microsoft Surface Pro which is really Laptop parts in a thick tablet. Put that with the Retina screen and how thin and light the new iPods are, I am sold.
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Put that with the Retina screen and how thin and light the new iPods are, I am sold.
I am too but since I still have my iPad 3 and can't really afford to splurge for a new iPad Air right now, I'll have to wait. We're going to replace our office 2011 iMac 21.5" machine with a new 27" model. We donated the Windows machine we were also using to Goodwill, the iMac 21.5" will replace that.

I no longer have any Windows software that is unique. Everything we need and use is Mac only.
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Very cool! Target here in the area is offering $200 trade in for my 1st Generation iPad which is still in MINT condition. That way I will need just another $300 and the Air is mine.

The 1st gen has been a great tablet with never one issue but it's time to upgrade and with that much $$$ trade it I better do it or keep quiet!
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Very cool! Target here in the area is offering $200 trade in for my 1st Generation iPad which is still in MINT condition. That way I will need just another $300 and the Air is mine.
Hey Dennis. Is that Target promotion still active? From what I'm reading...the deal expired November 9th.

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