Macworld UK’s David Price has posted an omnibus guide to addressing questions
those facing the iPad vs. iPad mini conundrum may have. Specifically, do you go with the iPad 4 with Retina display, the iPad 2, or the iPad mini? Or, is it prudent to wait for the iPad mini 2
or iPad 5? Should you even get a new iPad at all if you already have one?
What storage capacity should you go with? Will Wi-Fi be adequate, or do you need cellular connectivity?
The overview answer is along the lines of “different strokes for different folks,” and there’s no one size fits all solution. The right iPad for you depends on your needs and tastes.
First, do you need one at all?
I dithered about this for a year before deciding to take the plunge with an iPad 2, and I’ve never regretted it. My first love is still my Mac laptops, but I’ve become totally addicted to the iPad
and would now hate to be without it, although it remains very much a complementary device to my anchor Macs. In my estimation, trying to replace a PC totally with an iPad would simply impose too
many compromises and limitations.
Other than the obvious portability advantages, there’s really not anything you can do with an iPad that you can’t do—probably more efficiently—with a MacBook, so in that sense I agree with David
Price when he says he’s not convinced anyone truly needs an iPad, noting that more than a computer, it feels like a luxury device. While you can derive great joy from one, “need” is a strong word.
However, an exception (and likely a fairly common one) is that if your…