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Old Nov 4, 2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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Mini landscape mode keyboard

I haven't had the chance to get to an Apple store to check out the mini, but want to place an order.

I have normal size hands (male). One thing I love about the full-size iPad is that you can type with all fingers in landscape mode, almost as if you're typing on a regular keyboard. Can you do that with the mini? Or is it more difficult with the smaller screen/keys?

Thanks!
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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I haven't had the chance to get to an Apple store to check out the mini, but want to place an order.

I have normal size hands (male). One thing I love about the full-size iPad is that you can type with all fingers in landscape mode, almost as if you're typing on a regular keyboard. Can you do that with the mini? Or is it more difficult with the smaller screen/keys?

Thanks!
You absolutely cannot type on the Mini like it's a keyboard. However, it is much easier to hit the keys with your thumb due to the lower travel. On the full size iPad, I routinely stretched and strained by thumb to hit keys in the middle.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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Whether in portrait or landscape, with the mini you will probably find yourself using it more like an iPhone with two thumbs.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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Yea that's what I assumed -- thanks guys!
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 09:41 AM   #5
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In portrait I type with my thumbs as they can reach now, in landscape I am still able to touch type without much difficulty.
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Old Nov 4, 2012, 10:28 AM   #6
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In portrait I type with my thumbs as they can reach now, in landscape I am still able to touch type without much difficulty.
I second this. I went to go check out the mini just yesterday and this was one of my concerns. I found that it was easiest to use thumbs in portrait and it was still acceptable to type using all your fingers in landscape.

It obviously is a little smaller and will take a some getting used to.
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