IPAD MINI, please help.

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  1. Teasy2007

    Teasy2007 Funster

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    Hi I have been looking at the mini for months and trying to justify investing in one.

    I wondered what advantage the 3g version had and what the costs of using it, especially abroad.

    Any help or advice on advantages and drawbacks would be appreciated.

    Ginny
     
  2. Chris

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    I don't see the point to be honest.

    If you want an iPad , go for an iPad 2 - about £300 John Lewis.
     
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    None... Save your cash and buy a MIFI... Then you can insert a card into that and share with up to 5 devices like laptops and smart phones.. Makes more sense and a lot cheaper..

    Unsure that a 7" tablet will be ok... They are great for kids and those younger ones with good eyesight and nimble fingers, the 10" standard ipad is better..

    If budget worried then maybe the Samsung tablet as an alternative.. But I love my ipad...:thumb:
     
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    It takes a SIM card thus avoiding the need for wi- fi hot spots
    If your near 3 g aerial :Blush:

    Other than that it's an extra hundred pounds for apple

    Saying that I have a I pad 2 , 3G rarely use 3g

    I wish I'd saved the hundred pounds
    but I don't travel any where near as much as I'd like to :Angry:

    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    I have unlimited tethering on my mobile phone so there was no point to have a 3G iPad.

    Why pay for a mobile contract with unlimited data and then have to pay again for a data sim for the iPad, when I can just connect it by wifi to my mobile phone hotspot if I am out and about.

    If you still want the iPad mini you can buy a "refurbished" one direct from Apple with a 12 month warranty as with any of their products. They come wrapped and boxed as new so it's difficult to tell them apart from a "brand" new model.

    See here 16Gb, wifi... £209.

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FD528B/A/refurbished-ipad-mini-with-wi-fi-16gb-black-slate

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    I just bought one this weekend for a gift for someone, delivered in 24 hours, I can't see the difference from a brand new one..



    For using it abroad, I just put a local sim with data allowance in my phone or MiFi, and once again tether the iPad or laptop etc to that,...
     
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    I had an iPad 2, now an iPad mini, I prefer the Mini, it does everything the 2 did and is easier to carry around. I don't notice the size difference, I wear reading glasses so it isn't an issue.
    I tether it to my phone ( on 3) when out and the Mifi when 3 has a rubbish signal ( so, quite often!)
    If you can tether to your phone, don't bother with the 3g iPad.
    Allan
     
  7. Teasy2007

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    I think I have chosen the wrong time of year, I checked and there's no stock!
     
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    I bought my wife an iPad Mini for Christmas last year. Non-3G.

    She loves it. I've the iPad 3.

    Mine is better for photos and typing. The Mini is slightly more useable when out and about.

    For us, both with iPhones, iTunes and Apple TV, they work together brilliantly.
     
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    When they do have stock they do sell like Hotcakes as they are like new, only cheaper, and have the full apple back up, which I have found to be superb.

    If you check regularly they do put new stock up quite often.
     
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    I like the mini better and have a mifi for when away.....size is great :Smile:
     
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    Do not waste your time on the 3G version. In most cases you will be within reach of a "WiFi" spot and all you do is look for that spot and your away......

    The iPad mini ( wife has it ) is better than the larger version and easier to hold. I find after about 30 minutes of surfing I have to put my iPad 2 down on a flat surface.
     
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    I have an iPad Mini and my wife has an iPad Retina. I much prefer mine because of the size and weight. Do not bother with the 3G model, just get an unlocked mifi and get a local data sim wherever you are. Full size sim and easy to find and relatively cheap.
     
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    I have a new i pad mini 64gb cellular which will accept any network nano sim, so local network sims when abroad can be used.
    I have this in addition to an i5 processor 14" laptop which is great but not as convenient when travelling etc, the mini i pad being a really useful size for browsing etc :thumb:
     
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    Hi Ginney, I have got the I pad mini without the 3 g, and love it, the laptop is practically redundant, I can tether from my phone or use my3 Mifi when awy. Excellent size for us lady's. :Smile:
     
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    Thanks Carol, that's just what I needed.

    I have the 64gb BlackBerry PlayBook, and wanted something of a similar size but not as heavy.

    I also hope the Ipad will give more flexibility and much better and faster access to Wifi. The PlayBook is good on my home Wifi but no good away from home.

    I also want to be able to Skype whilst we are in Spain and can't do that with the Playbook.

    Ginny
     
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    I have a mini, I like it. Just buy the largest memory size you can afford. Fully agree with the comments about mifi, much better option than a 3G version.
     
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    When I got my mini I kept all options open by having cellular as well , wherever I am I can use wi fi or if not available a local network sim, no need to fiddle with tethering .
    In UK I use 3 network payg :thumb:
     
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    We've just took the plunge & bought an IPad mini with retina display (whatever that means). Got it mainly for the travelling we have planned for next year.
    Even the bloke at curry's/PC world said why bother paying the extra £100 when you can use a mifi for £30. As it happens we already have one so it was a no brainer.
    Mind you it's not cheap at over £500 for the 64g model :Eeek:
    I have to admit though, I use it instead of the laptop all the time & it seems lightning fast compared to the windows stuff I'm used to.
    It's got to last a very long time to justify the cost tho.
     
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    I pad 3

    Can the I pad3 on 3G mi fi work in Europe .( France/ Spain). Don't know a great deal about this technology. Thanks terry
     
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    Yes.... as long as you have an active sim inside the mifi.

    When you say "3G mifi" I presume you mean a separate MiFi unit, as opposed to a standalone "3G" iPad.

    Best use a local sim as roaming costs can be exorbitant even still......
     
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