Can iPad coexist with an iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by DannyNguyener, May 22, 2010.

  1. DannyNguyener macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2010
    I recently got my 64 3G iPad and I love it. However I noticed I've been using my Iphone less and less, and was wondering if anyone out there share similar experiences? How is the relationship between the two devices?
  2. kdesign7 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2010
    earth, for now.
    lol...i dont even my have my ipad yet, but Ive thought about that too.. But then again, my phone is pretty ghetto.. (to me anyway) Its a 5 year old phone.
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    As far as I can tell, they get along great. Never hear them fight. Nice quiet couple.

    Seriously, though, I've found there are some apps which just make more sense on one or the other. So, I still use both, but I do tend to game more on the iPad than the iPhone (even with iPhone apps). And, of course, there's no comparison for ebook reading.
  4. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    Agreed. I've come to appreciate my iPhone more, actually. Some things are much better on the iPad, but others are better on the iPhone. As an iPod, I find the iPad to be less than satisfying, mostly due to portability, but the player is way under powered for what it could be.

    Browsing is much better on the iPad, as are photos and movies. In fact, I've removed most movies from my iPhone now. Drawing apps, and writing apps are better on iPad.

    My iPhone is better at the little widget like tools, such as weather, voice recording, converting units, calculator, etc.

    Also, since I have only the wifi model of the iPad, the iphone is a better navigation tool, although the iPad makes for a better trip planner.
  5. zenntench_oni macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2005
    i know how you feel. lately, i use my ipad as much like surfing the web, gong on youtube and facebooking. but then, i do have to use the imac to sync my media too. as for my iphone 3gs, its suspended. .
  6. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    I have both and it will depend on your lifestyle and if you have the iPad with you all the time.

    For me, of course the phone is in my pocket all the time so it's mostly accessible if I need:

    Quick notes
    Quick Wiki research
    Audio - music and podcasts, etc.
    Quick calculations, dictionary and global time zones
    Quick Surfing
    Glancing at the weather forcast

    But of course, the iPad is the better brother for:

    Reading Content: iBooks, Early Edition, Instapaper, Magazines, Comics, extensive Wiki reading
    Videos and TV shows
    Instant Messenger
    Education Content
    Long Time Browsing
    Organizing and syncing the Notes and To-Do info I wrote with the phone
    Games (I definitely enjoy the iPad for gaming than the iPhone; and I spent more than $1k on iPhone games prior to the iPad days)
    Photo Album - imagine showing your pics to grandma using the phone
    Quick Photogene away from the computer

    Both have their pros and cons and if you can get a cheaper phone that can fit your lifestyle as an iPad owner, especially if your iPad is with you all the time even when you are walking in a grocery store or having your meal in a restaurant with your family, then all is well. ;)
  7. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    try having all three of them:

    iPod touch 64 GB
    iPhone 32 GB
    iPad 64 GB

    the three manage to get along just fine.
  8. dlmart2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    Mine coexists just fine. I have the iPad WiWi and a Iphone #G.. so when I'm away from home I use my iPhone's 3G connection on my iPad :D
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    What a simplistic question. Can jelly exist with jam? Can hammers exists with mallets? Can motorcycles exist with mopeds? Can tangerines exist with tangelos?
  10. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Yes they can, and here's one example of gaming using them both.

    When I go geocaching I use my iPad to pick the next site that I am going to go to, then use the iPhone to get close to the site, then switch back to the iPad to get to the actual site. This works because it is unsafe to navigate while trying to hold the iPad or leave it on the seat and look down at it. The larger screen on the iPad helps in locating all the caches in an area as the map display is so much larger. When I get close to the site and can park I switch to the iPad because its display is steadier as you get close to the site. The iPhone display for some reason becomes very jumpy and jittery and almost impossible to use.

    I also take photos with my iPhone and them e-mail them to myself so I can quickly view them on the iPad and use the larger screen on it to do any corrections needed with Photogene, and of course it is then easier to show them to other people on that larger screen.
  11. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
  12. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    1. iPhone is a phone.
    2. Not sure what size pants you wear, iPad doesn't fit in pocket.

    I have MB, iPhone, iPad, NEED them all, in fact there was a time I was using all 3 at same time. That is multi-tasking.
  13. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    You iPhone is primarily a phone(a lot of people forget this), it is only natural to prefer the larger screen over the smaller one. Web Browsing and email on a 3.5" screen are useable but not enjoyable.
  14. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL

    That is an interesting observation about iPad/iPhone and Wi-Fi--might even be a ligament reason to forgo the extra cost of a 3G unit.
  15. DannyNguyener thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2010
    How does one keep all their content in sync between all their devices? I do not have MobileMe nor feel like wasting 99 dollars for it.
  16. PCClone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2010
    If you have relationship issues with techno devices, it is time to move out of the parent's basement...
  17. Karnivore macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    Did you really just ask about a "relationship" between two inanimate objects? Time to get a life, my friend :p
  18. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Yeah, my iPhone slipped into a deep depression after I got my iPad. It kept dropping calls intentionally. Crashing when every I launch Pandora. The tipping point came when I asked my iPhone to act as a Mobile Hot Spot for my iPad. At that point my iPhone decided to upgrade to 3.1.3 and lose it's Jailbreak.

    So one day the three of us sat down and tried to talk it out, it wasn't pretty. My iPad accused my iPhone of "Screen Envy". My iPhone called my iPad "3G Impotent". Then my iPad pulled the AT&T card. Then my iPhone went into a rant defending AT&T and how they are continually improving coverage everyday. My iPad and I had a little chuckle after hearing that.

    So yeah, don't know if the two will patch things up. On top of that, this June comes the Next Gen iPhone. I think my iPhone knows its days are numbered.

    Also, don't tell my iPhone or my iPad. I've been using my Macbook Pro on the side and using Sprint Overdrive Personal Wi-Fi with it. ;)
  19. DannyNguyener thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2010
    Haha, Sorry, i was trying to interpret how does one find a useful purpose for each device evenly other than the phone being a phone. I can go out and purchase a cheap phone and save my wallet a few bucks on AT&T's data plan for the iPhone.
  20. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    No you can't. You must have both.
  21. ngenerator macrumors 68000


    May 12, 2009
    USG Ishimura
    "iPad is better! The web browsing experience is second to none!"

    "iPhone is better! I can make phone calls and text message!"

    "Oh really fool?!"


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  22. ollybutch macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    Norwich, UK
    As i've ordered the wifi only one, when im out of the house its all about the iphone, inside however, ipad unless I want to send a text or make a phone call.
  23. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    Gmail set up as an exchange client works well for me. That and dropbox.
  24. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    It's really up to you. If you feel iPad satisfies your usage needs other than not having a phone function, and you don't mind using a cheap phone, then by all means, why not save the extra bucks? Go for it! Don't feel you have to have both the iPad and iPhone in your life if *you* have no need for both.
  25. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    I use my iPhone way more now that I have the iPad (although this may be partially due to the fact that I upgraded from a 1st gen to a 3GS a few weeks before the iPad launch).

    In addition to the JB iPhone with MyWi being the perfect companion for my wifi iPad in the rare circumstances I have no wifi available, I also make more use of the iphone now with apps that sync across both devices or via the cloud, such as Appigo's ToDo, Evernote, Instapaper, etc. The iPhone is much easier to use, for example, when I'm grocery shopping, or when I need to reference something quickly at work (both situations where I'm unlikely to pull out the iPad when the iPhone will do).

    I'm also on a free trial of MobileMe, and while it's arguable whether that service is really worth the current cost for most people, it's still pretty slick knowing that on whatever device I happen to enter contact info, calendar events, or web links, they're going to be sync'd to all of my devices without my intervention. There was a brief period where I was considering getting a Droid to replace my iPhone 1st gen, but I'm very glad I didn't due to the synergy amongst all my Apple devices now.

    I also don't see any way for the iPad to replace a smartphone. There are still many situations in which I simply need something phone-sized, not tablet-sized.

    All in all, while I don't expect this to be true for everyone, the iPad has in many ways been a catalyst for me to make much better use of resources that were already available anyway, including many functions of the iPhone.

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