Best iPad for Reading

Discussion in 'iPad' started by werthan, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. werthan macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    I wasn't able to find a thread on this. I was wondering what your opinions are about the best iPad for reading. In particular, I read a lot of magazines using the Texture app, as well as the WSJ, Flipboard, and others. I sometimes use it for movie watching while on a plane, but not often enough for that to be a factor.

    Currently, I have an iPad 3rd gen. While I sometimes take it back and forth to work, it is primarily used for reading at home on the couch and in bed, and especially when travelling.

    I'm torn between the larger IPP and the new 9.7".

    Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
  2. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I really like the 12.9. However, if you will take it out of the home some, it might push you back to the 9.7.

    Once you put on a case (even Apple's), I stopped ever using the 12.9 in portrait. It's too big with a case to use in portrait, in my opinion. In landscape, you can have two pages of a book side by side.

    You have to remember that the new 9.7 (beginning with original Air) is quite a bit smaller than even your 3rd generation iPad in form factor. The bezels got a lot smaller with the original Air versus your iPad 3/4 so it would be even MORE comfortable than what you have now.

    I've never used an iPad in bed so I cannot comment on that. I use an iPhone 5S in bed.

    I would recommend, if you think the 12.9 might work, you go for it but buy from a good seller like Apple directly in case you have to make the return.

    I will tell you, I also have the iPad 3 and it is pretty slow. You will be blown away by the speed of whatever you choose.
  3. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    Any iPad is great for reading, the smaller one's feel more like your average book, I'm sure the larger one is fine for it, but if you just plan on using it as a kindle save your money and get the smaller one.
  4. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    12.9" will always be best due to the size, I also find that even the added half pound is not bothersome to hold. It comes down to how much you want to pay... but if you already are happy with the 9.7" go with that. Either way though, you can't really go wrong, and incase you do Powerbook911 was right about returning it if you are unhappy. :)
  5. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    Actually, the "best" iPad for reading in the iPad Mini 4 ;)

    If they made a 256GB version of that, I would have jumped on it.
  6. smooth macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2007
    I'd agree the Mini is the best if the majority of your time is spent reading. I got my first iPad before the first Mini was released and at the time I mainly just read on it. By the time I upgraded I was using it for just about everything. If I was primarily just reading I would have gotten a Mini 4.
  7. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2012
    For reading a lot the best iPad is the Kindle Paperwhite. Damn I love that iPad mini.

    Now for color reading I think it depends on the size of the stuff you're reading and how well it is scaled. Probably the Mini is the most comfortable but I read on my iPad 3 just as good. I find the 12" cumbersome but I'm not 6'10" so YMMV.

    Think the best reading experience will come from the 12" because of the ability to see more on the screen, but for me, when I tried that ginormous thing on the Apple Store, was a no-go, as I see it as a big monitor on my hands and I don't like that.

    Your best bet is go to an Apple Store, hold the 12" on your hands, try it for a bit and if you're comfortable with that thing on your lap, then bingo. Otherwise I'd say stick to the 9.7".
  8. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Magazines look AMAZING on the 12.9" -- it's wonderful. For reading novels, I still gravitate towards my iPad Air because it's more comfortable for reading on the couch.

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