Academic Journal Articles and the 10.5" iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rhyzome, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    Do you like reading academic journal articles on the new iPad Pro 10.5"?

    How well does the new 10.5 inch screen size display academic journal articles in PDF format (stuff from peer reviewed publications from databases like JSTOR, etc. that you would normally print on 8.5"X11" paper?

    Previously I found that the 9.7" iPad was good for displaying a single "chapter" book page, the 12.9" good for magazines, two book pages side by side, or the academic journal articles I described. Neither, however, was good for displaying both. The screen was either too big or too small. How does the 10.5" model fare?
  2. canesalato, Jun 16, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017

    canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    My opinion is that the 12.9 is much better than the 10.5 for academic journals. While 10.5 is better than 9.7 for many use cases, it still felt too small for this one, unless the activity is very sporadic.
    To answer your question: on the 10.5, it's very doable, not terrible at all, but I don't like it. Just my personal opinion.
  3. MarkB786 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2016
    Rocky Mountains, USA
    I have a number of academic and industry papers on my 10.5 (I use the Documents app). Also lots of Federal Registers. It's fine for reading these items since you can zoom, bit I think a 12.9 would be ideal. Especially under ios 11.
  4. fb3 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2017
    I'm wondering the same thing as the thread opener...

    If you don't mind: how do you feel about holding the iPP 12.9 for extended time for reading and annotating with the pen (1 or 2 handed)? Would landscape reading solve the problem?

    I haven't had the chance to try one in person (only iPad Airs experience) but I fear that it's more to the laptop/ convertible side of the spectrum due to bulkiness & weight?

    Overblown fears?

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