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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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iPad Mini - Magazines

Hi All,

I am almost at the point of buying an iPad mini. One of the main reasons is to read magazines. I live in Portugal but am English and miss UK magazines.

I already download magazines and read them on either my iPhone 4S or my MBP, but scrolling and zooming is a chore on the iPhone and the Mac is too unwieldy for relaxing reading.

Can anyone with a iPad mini report on the magazine reading experience? I use Zinio as well as iOS magazine apps.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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I have an iPad 2 and can just read full screen. I feel that I would have to zoom in on the Mini, obviously not as much as on the iPhone.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:48 PM   #3
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I read a graphic novel on the mini yesterday. It was tolerable. I didn't zoom that much. I guess it also depends on your vision.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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I had this same concern about the mini, but I've been very pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to read magazines on the mini. You do have to do a bit of double tapping to zoom here and there, but it is quick and easy to do.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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I have a 2 year subscription of TIME magazine so I have tablet access as well. My experience so far is pretty okay, text do seem a bit pixelated and small because of the non-retina and smaller screen, but it's perfectly acceptable if you don't hold it too close to your face, and TIME has also hidden some of the page's elements so that they can only be accessed if you tap on it, rather than make it a direct reproduction of the print version where the content would be too small to read. They fit the article in a page and if it's too small to be read comfortably then they will put only part of it at first glance and you need to scroll down to read the rest.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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I am reading the same magazines I read on my ipad1 with my mini without any issues. In fact since the mini is smaller and more ergonomic it is much easier.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 09:56 PM   #7
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Reading books (Kindle app) and magazines (zinio app) ere my two largest uses of my ipad. I recently switched from an iPad 2 to a mini and love the mini for reading

I find I read more in portrait mode on the mini where I mostly used landscape on my ipad 2 but find the mini just fine.
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 10:31 PM   #8
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i actually find myself using landscape mode more often b/c it makes the mini easier to hold (thicker bezel) and i have to zoom-in less often
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 11:57 PM   #9
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Reading magazines on the mini is very good. I came from an iPad 3 and use my mini so much more due to it's weight and size. I read tons of magazines, didn't read them as much on my previous full size iPads because I would get tired of holding it (not that it is heavy, but after holding it for a while you begin to adjust yourself so as not to make the iPad top heavy and also change positions to get comfortable. This does not happen with the mini. I am reading so much more.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 01:35 AM   #10
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See article on mags on iPad mini:

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/27/...and-newsstand/
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 02:41 AM   #11
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I adore reading Zinio magazines, Free graphic Novels and the Mental Floss magazine is awesome on the Mini.

Very enjoyable for me and a great size
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 03:08 AM   #12
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I have an iPad 2 and can just read full screen. I feel that I would have to zoom in on the Mini, obviously not as much as on the iPhone.
Put me on that list too. If you have to zoom in on Ipad 2, you will definitely have to zoom in on a MINI.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 06:33 AM   #13
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I've read comic books on my mini and while I zoomed in on a couple of areas I found the experience to be quite enjoyable
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:17 AM   #14
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Full size ipad is too heavy for relaxing reading. I prefer the mini in almost every way. However if you are going to sit at a table or desk and set it on a stand, then the full size ipad would be a little better because the ipad will be farther from your face.
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