iPad mini iPad mini bezel too thin for reading ebooks

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Amplelink, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    So recently, I've been trying to shift from my Kindle to my mini for reading. The screen is fine for me, but I've come across a different issue. I like holding ebook readers in portrait mode - just looks and feels more natural to me. The problem is that the mini is significantly harder to hold in portrait mode than a Kindle is simply owing to the much narrower bezel. I find myself having to grip the mini on the fat bezels on the bottom instead.

    The other alternative is to just grip the mini with my entire hand across the back. But that gets sort of tiring after a while. And I'm looking for a back cover like the Caudabe Shell that I have for the big iPad, but I'm afraid if I put something like that on, it'll be even tougher to grip in that position.

    Anyone else have this issue?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
    I am having similar issues. My hands are a tad too small to cradle the entire mini in one hand. Lately I am holding it from the bottom but that feels top heavy after a while. Not the easiest device to hold, that's for sure! That said, I still think the interface and overall experience is far better than any other ereader out there, including the kindle paperwhite that I also own.

    I am curious how others at holding this device!
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
    The mini has excellent software changes that ignore a thumb held in place over the screen. Grip the screen like it has a bigger bezel and use your other hand to swipe... it will work fine.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    Cross one leg halfway over the other to cradle the mini. VIOLA!
  5. macrumors G3

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    This works for the most part. The trick is to put your thumb down and keep it there. You still have to be careful not to brush your thumb against the screen, as that will flip several pages at once.
  6. macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Naples, FL
    I use a folio case and hold the mini in portrait mode opened up like a regular book.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    I agree. I like my Kindle and it works a lot better outdoors, but the software on it is maddening at times. For example, wading through my library takes ages if I'm looking for a book at the end of the list. Much, much easier on the iPad's Kindle app.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    Think the op meant that the gripping hand is blocking the screen. I feel the same way, but this is what you get on a tablet with thin bezel.
  9. macrumors 68020

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    thisis part of the reason i returned mine and went with the ipad 3rd generation
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    I have not had that problem.
  11. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    your holding it wrong!

  12. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    The smart cover provides a pretty good grip for me; however, I think a thicker folio what help even more.
  13. Zetaprime, Dec 9, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2011
    Ohio, US
    I looked at the mini and the nexus 7..The shape of the nexus is better for holding in one hand and reading, and it's half the price for the same amount of memory (32 gigs). So when I wanted a more portable tablet to supplement my ipad 3 I went with the nexus. Also, it runs Firefox and Flash, so it's nice for web browsing. Android does have its advantages. Nearly all the apps and games I use on the iPad are also available for Android, so there's really no 'app gap'.
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2012
    I agree with those who recommended a case to you. I use a simple folio case and I just fold it back when I read. It feels very similar to a book to me and I don't end up blocking any of the screen in portrait mode. You can find inexpensive cases on Amazon. Mine was about$10.

    I've never owned a Kindle so I can't compare it to that experience, and I do admit that I still find that I prefer regular paperback books. However, reading on the Mini is very user friendly.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2003
    That's why I hope they never change the bezel size and aspect radio of the full sized iPad. It's just perfect.
  16. macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2009
    If you are a men, this isn't a great solution ... :eek:
  17. macrumors newbie


    Mar 4, 2004
    Men lacking legs?
  18. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    I didn't say cross one completely over the other like women do when they sit down especially with a dress on.

    Picture crossing one halfway to about where your calf starts unless you ain't flexible enough where it is uncomfortable. It works great, like Mini table! :D
  19. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    You're using your incorrectly. ;-)
  20. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    I agree that the Nexus feels better for reading because of the thicker bezels. But, man, it looks like absolute crap, particular the top and bottom bezels which are just huge. The fact that Android uses soft buttons just exacerbates the look. Just my opinion, of course.

    I have a smart cover on my mini and that doesn't help much at all. Actually, it makes the experience worse because the smart cover ends up sliding on the back of the mini when I fold the smart cover behind. I might invest in a folio case......or maybe just stick with my Kindle.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2011
    Ohio, US
    I don't think it looks bad. If you want one that looks bad the Kindle Fire looks awful. The screen is the same size as the Nexus but the bezel is ridiculously huge and makes the device much bigger than it needs to be.
  22. macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2009
    Men have something between .... :D:D:D

    Seriously, I can't sit comfortably with legs crossed like women do, so I was joking about that.
  23. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    I have the 7" kfhd. I can live with it but going to the larger 8.9 model even with the much improved screen I will not go for with its bezel.
  24. macrumors G3


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    I'll take the aspect ratio that actually looks like a book in my hands. I hate reading on 16:9 screens.
  25. Dekard, Dec 10, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    I got the dodocase for the ipad mini, the new sticker back is awesome. It's the 3m tape and holds the ipad in without leaving sticky residue on the ipad mini and gives it a book/notebook feel. I had one for my ipad2 but it broke and I was really iffed at them with teh bamboo tray, but this is awesome for me now.


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