I Already Have an iPad, Why Would I Want the Mini?

Let’s say you already own an iPad. Whether the first generation, second, or third, you might be wondering if you need a second tablet…a smaller tablet. Or maybe you’re wondering if you should sell your 9.7″ iPad and put it towards the purchase of an iPad Mini. Is that a wise course of action? To answer that question, we must look at what the iPad Mini can do that the larger 9.7″ iPad mini cannot. Let’s break it down.






One-Handed Usability

Unless you’ve got basketball-player sized hands, the iPad Mini is the only iPad you can hold with one hand. That’s important when you’re doing a lot of reading on your iPad, whether with a book, magazine, textbook, or web page. Watching video also because a much more pleasing affair when you have one-hand free. One reason e-Ink readers are so successful is because they are tremendously light and thin, and perfect for one-handed use. And while the iPad Mini, at 7.44mm in depth and 308 grams (compared to 9.1mm in depth and 221 grams on the Kindle Paperwhite) isn’t the lightest reader you can buy, it’s one of them.


The iPad Mini is the only iPad that easily fits into a purse, jacket pocket, or even pant pocket (yes, it’ll be possible…just be careful where you sit). The 9.7″ iPad is just too big to fit into small spaces like a glove compartment or a car console. This will make it easier to bring it around with you. For example, bringing the iPad to the beach or coffee shop won’t require further thought as to how you’ll transport it (“Should I bring my laptop bag?”) because it fits in more places like in your jacket pocket, along with your smartphone.

Do You Have Kids?

It’s clear that Apple is positioning the 9.7″ iPad as the “premium” model. It’s faster, has a much better screen, and provides a larger canvas to get work done. Let’s say you have kids, and you reluctantly allow them to use your iPad 3 (or, soon, iPad 4). With the iPad Mini and its lower price, it makes sense to give them the lesser-powered model so that they stop stealing yours (hey…the holidays are coming!). Plus, it might be easier for kids to use anyhow because of its smaller size.

Do You Commute to Work?

If you’ve ever tried using your 9.7″ iPad while walking to work or while on the subway, you know that it can be unwieldy, and probably embarrassing. Dare I suggest that the iPad Mini, with its one-handed usability, will make it acceptable to use it in your commute so that you can get more done on the way to work. Just don’t use it while driving.


Maybe you have a first or second-generation iPad and you’re just looking for something different. You don’t necessarily need all of the brawny power of the iPad 4, but you want some fresh hardware to feel good about. The iPad Mini, which starts at $329, makes it easier to upgrade your tablet without stretching to the full price of the iPad 4 at $499.


You like the idea of using iOS 6’s inbuilt navigation (assuming Apple improves Maps), but you don’t want to use your phone (it’s too small) or your iPad 9.7″ (it’s too big and there is no where to prop it up while driving). The iPad Mini just might offer the perfect size to be a great car-navigation companion: not too small, not too big.

Resale value

Maybe you don’t need two tablets and you want to sell your 9.7″ to help pay for the Mini. Fortunately, the resell value of all previous generation iPads are higher than you think.

Those of you that already have an iPad: are you going to get the Mini?

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.