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Old 11-14-2013, 04:55 PM
 
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I already own the Ipad 3 with retina display. I used it for pretty much everything i used to use a laptop for. I also use it as an e-reader but its a bit too heavy for that. I'm thinking of buying an ipad mini just as an e-reader the only thing holding me back is the expense and whether or not i should pay $100 more for the retina display ipad mini. Does the retina display matter much when reading e-books?

I don't really want to buy a lesser quality device so the kindle and any other of the cheaper tablets/e-readers is not an option. I owned the original Kindle Fire and it was horrible. Couldn't browse on it and i don't like the fact that Kindle doesn't have page numbers with its books.

so how much difference would there be between the ipad mini and the ipad mini 2? If its just for reading books and occasional browsing is it worth plunking down the extra $100?
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I would get a new Kindle Paperwhite if you really want a dedicated E-Reader.
Unless you plan to sell the iPad3 it makes zero sense to me to own both.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:21 PM
 
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I would get a new Kindle Paperwhite if you really want a dedicated E-Reader.
Unless you plan to sell the iPad3 it makes zero sense to me to own both.
i don't like Kindle products. I've owned two of them. Do the books still lack page numbers?
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Your definitive answer

Daring Fireball: The Retina iPad Mini will answer your questions
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I already own the Ipad 3 with retina display. I used it for pretty much everything i used to use a laptop for. I also use it as an e-reader but its a bit too heavy for that. I'm thinking of buying an ipad mini just as an e-reader the only thing holding me back is the expense and whether or not i should pay $100 more for the retina display ipad mini. Does the retina display matter much when reading e-books?

I don't really want to buy a lesser quality device so the kindle and any other of the cheaper tablets/e-readers is not an option. I owned the original Kindle Fire and it was horrible. Couldn't browse on it and i don't like the fact that Kindle doesn't have page numbers with its books.

so how much difference would there be between the ipad mini and the ipad mini 2? If its just for reading books and occasional browsing is it worth plunking down the extra $100?
The old iPad mini has poor screen resolution and it comes with the A5 chip, the same one seen on IPhone 4s and IPod 5th generation. The new IPad mini 2 comes with the A7 chip (same as IPad air and IPhone 5s) which apple claims is 4 times faster than the A5 chip. As for the kindle I have never used the tablet but the new HDX line is supposed to have the faster processor for any tablet and they've improved their browser, though not sure how it compares to Safari or Chrome (which is on all android tablets).

As for your comment on other tablets being of lesser quality, I wouldn't call the Nexus 7 (2013 version) a bad tablet. In fact N7 seemed to outperform the older iPads 1-4 and the 1st mini, so its no slouch. Its also at a great price $229 for 16GB / $269 for 32GB still less than the original Mini.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:07 PM
 
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I already own the Ipad 3 with retina display. I used it for pretty much everything i used to use a laptop for. I also use it as an e-reader but its a bit too heavy for that. I'm thinking of buying an ipad mini just as an e-reader the only thing holding me back is the expense and whether or not i should pay $100 more for the retina display ipad mini. Does the retina display matter much when reading e-books?

I don't really want to buy a lesser quality device so the kindle and any other of the cheaper tablets/e-readers is not an option. I owned the original Kindle Fire and it was horrible. Couldn't browse on it and i don't like the fact that Kindle doesn't have page numbers with its books.

so how much difference would there be between the ipad mini and the ipad mini 2? If its just for reading books and occasional browsing is it worth plunking down the extra $100?
The Nexus 7 (2013) is $170 cheaper than the iPad Mini 2 and it's not a lesser device, imo. The only thing the iPad Mini would have over the Nexus 7 is the tablet optimized app offerings.


If you want a device for reading, get a Kindle Paper White.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I've never seen an E-Reader that didn't have page numbers. The app on my tablet (Google) doesn't display the page number but they are there if you tap the page.

You could also get a Nook from B&N.

Bottom line: you have an iPad3. Do not buy any other kind of Tablet like that if you plan to keep the 3. That just makes no sense. And if your stated goal is to get an EReader you absolutely should get a Nook or Kindle.
Even if they don't have page numbers.

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The old iPad mini has poor screen resolution
Wow. Have we become this jaded? Poor screen resolution? Surely, you haven't actually looked at one.
You wouldn't say that if you had. There is nothing wrong with the Mini screen or the processor in it or or or.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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The Nexus 7 (2013) is $170 cheaper than the iPad Mini 2 and it's not a lesser device, imo. The only thing the iPad Mini would have over the Nexus 7 is the tablet optimized app offerings.


If you want a device for reading, get a Kindle Paper White.
I believe one of the technology critics said that apps for smaller android tablets being an issue are becoming non-issues thanks to giant phones like the Note 3 and Xperia Ultra.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:28 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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We have the iPad-3 and the iPad Mini-1. My wife uses the Mini as her eReader, and loves it. She has various book Apps like Nook and Kindle on it, and gets free books from them.

From what I've seen, the Mini-2 has much better resolution, and that's the one to get.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:30 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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We have the iPad-3 and the iPad Mini-1. My wife uses the Mini as her eReader, and loves it. She has various book Apps like Nook and Kindle on it, and gets free books from them. From what I've seen, the Mini-2 has much better resolution, and that's the one to get.
This WAS our family until the wife's iPad Mini with Retina Display arrived on Thursday. Amazing easier to read text on the new iPad Mini.
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