12.9 as reading device

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  1. amnichols10 macrumors regular

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    Hey I'm in the market for a new iPad and am on the fence between the 2 sizes. It would be my travel laptop replacement as I have an iMac but I have a couple of questions.

    I really like the extra HP the big pro has but for those who do have it how does it work as a reading device (books, comics, magazines)

    Look forward to the responses. Thanks for reading.
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    What does "hp" mean?

    Anyway, I like reading on the 12.9. It's like reading a hard cover book, whereas the 9.7 is like reading a largish paperback. Comics and magazines on 12.9 turn out nearly full size. Of course, the 12.9 is heavier, but to me, the bigger screen makes up for it. If you have good eyesight and don't mind reading smaller print, you might prefer the 9.7. It's all up to personal preference.
     
  3. amnichols10 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry I meant horse power by "HP". I'm thinking of something that would be of better "all-around" use. That's why I like the 12.9. But I do like the iPad's as e readers too.
     
  4. Whitedragem macrumors newbie

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    The 12.9 is basically A4, and perfect for PDFs and reading on.... Except the weight, which might prove fatiguing depending on your style for supporting it.

    I am a grown man, and the weight can be felt in my forearm on long usage sessions.
    Admittedly I do use for long sessions regularly...
    It weighs the same as my daughters ipad 2, and like all,iPads before the air models... Is heavier.

    But there was a time when this weight was normal/acceptable.

    I wouldn't be worried about the horsepower differences between the models, but it does appear that Apple is differentiating the bigger screen brother in a few ways with ios 10 (triple column email view as an example).

    Side by siding two webpages is cool, and is one of the last bastions for replacing a lot of my tech tool laptop use...

    Just be aware that finding the right cases or bag compartments can be tricky.

    Eg as a techie,mi take my ipad and a laptop around with me.
    Most backpacks etc assume a 10" tablet,. So it gets a little squezy!

    If cost and colour accuracy are not concerns the 12" Pro is perfect for magazine and other reading sources.
     
  5. jgelin macrumors 6502a

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    My 12.9 is my complete reading device. I have a kindle as well which I used to use exclusively for books until I got the iPad. Now I read and have read more books on my iPad Pro in this short period of time than in the same amount of time on the kindle. I feel like books are full size and doubly so if the publication has charts or tables. I get free magazine subscriptions from my local library and they are stunning on the large display and I read many per month now where before I read NO magazines. All in all my iPad Pro has become my book, my textbook (when I'm back at University), and also my notepad all in one... I could not be happier.
     
  6. off_piste, Jun 30, 2016
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    off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Staad Attaché for the 12.9. Absolutely brilliant bag. Can't recommend it enough. My wife has even tried to steal it for her laptop. Luckily her laptop was a half inch too big to fit in the sleeve.

    https://www.sfbags.com/collections/ipad-cases/products/staad-attache-briefcase
     
  7. amnichols10 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Brilliant. Thanks for the replies and putting to rest some of my concerns. Keep the experiences coming.
     
  8. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    I read a lot with the 12.9" iPad. For sitting at a table or desk it helps to have some sort of gadget to prop it up. The large screen is great for viewing larger documents including drawings. It has plenty of GPU/CPU power so that the screen renders almost instantly after scrolling or resizing.

    I travel with this on business. I usually carry a laptop as well. However, sometimes I just take the iPad. The large screen is great as I can use Splastop to remotely connect to my Mac at home. This works quite well. I wouldn't want to work this way but if I need something from home it is great. I can manipulate software to produce a document then put it on iCloud Drive to transfer it to the iPad.

    I also heartily recommend SF Bags, Waterfield Designs for a carrying bag. I have the Muzetto but I'm thinking about the Cargo Bag. Everything they make is very well made.
     
  9. bxsonic macrumors member

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    I think comics gets the biggest benefit from the 12.9" screen. Using 2 page view in comixology with the iPad in landscape is fantastic. Previously, I felt that landscape mode made the text too small to be enjoyable on my iPad 3. The 4 GB memory helps as well since you rarely need to restart the app

    In my experience, for books and magazines, while the 12.9 is better, I think the smaller iPads work well enough. If you don't mind the size & weight of the 12.9" iPad Pro though, I think it is superior to the smaller iPads for reading
     
  10. Tom G. macrumors 68000

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    My 71 year old eyes like the larger screen on the 12.9. The weight, though noticeable, is not a real problem. And I have it in a leather case full time.
     
  11. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    I read on my 12.9. I just read my books landscape. Magazines and comics I read portrait.

    It took a little getting used to the size, but I'm fine with it.
     
  12. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad Pro in landscape mode is the equivalent of two iPad 9.7' side by side - in terms of physical size, resolution not so as its a half way house increase. When reading fiction, I.e books only with text it's ludicrous to use, the iPad Mini is perfect in that scenario. For PDF's and Comics, it's the best device available.

    I did originally use Pixelmator and Pro Create on the Air 2 but ever since getting the Pro whenever I go back it just feels far too cramped, small and the pencil is fantastic. It is the same when proofing video, I just prefer the larger screen for everything task wise. I hate travelling with it though, to me it feels far larger and more fragile than a 13 retina MacBook.
     
  13. rui no onna, Jul 1, 2016
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    rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Hmm, it's not quite two 9.7" (3:4) iPads side by side. More like two 9.3" at 2:3 aspect ratio. Incidentally, 2:3 is actually pretty spot-on with aspect ratio of actual printed comics so the 12.9" is pretty perfect for reading double-page spread. Pixel density is the same at 264 ppi.
     
  14. amnichols10 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great stuff. As I said before I think the 12.9 would be more versatile from a "laptop replacement" perspective compared to the 9.7. The only thing that I was thinking about was the reading aspect, but from the comments it works out fine.

    Also once you get used to the screen there's no going back ;)
     
  15. jdechko, Jul 1, 2016
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    jdechko macrumors 68040

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    This was one of my bigger concerns when looking at such a big iPad. The kindle app, i'm pleased to say, supports 2-column view which makes 2 "pages" side by side. It's pretty natural. I use the case stand to hold the iPad so my arms don't get tired.

    I've replaced my MB Air with the iPad because the simple tasks & convenience just make such a difference.
     

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