iPhone XS Max Did anyone else end up selling their iPads because their large iPhones were good enough?

Ghost31

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I got an old pro 11 at launch last year and loved it. For a day. Then after the initial newness wore off, I ended up just picking up my phone most of the time I wanted to do something. Even watching movies in bed. I didn’t even do in consciously like “this is the device I want to use”. It just seemed to make sense that if the phone I had had such a big screen I could comfortably watch movies and tv and even read books, why pick up the iPad?


So I barely picked up my iPad for a month and then decided to just sell it. If I would have had a smaller iPhone like a 6 or 7 or just a non max iPhone X, sure the iPad would have been my thing at home and work. But the xs max screen is so big and the form factory is easy to just pick up and use without a second thought. Almost like a little iPad mini. And rumors are the next iPhone max in 2020 is getting even bigger.


Anyone else experience this?
 

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Yep. I bought an iPad 5th Gen, used it for a week then sold it because at the time my iPhone X was good enough with the screen size. Then I upgraded to the XS Max November 2018. Around Christmas 2018 I bought the iPad 6th Gen because I was having the "I want a new Apple product" ichies....now I have that one for sale on this website because my XS Max screen is good enough.

No more iPads for me.
 

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I got an old pro 11 at launch last year and loved it. For a day. Then after the initial newness wore off, I ended up just picking up my phone most of the time I wanted to do something. Even watching movies in bed. I didn’t even do in consciously like “this is the device I want to use”. It just seemed to make sense that if the phone I had had such a big screen I could comfortably watch movies and tv and even read books, why pick up the iPad?


So I barely picked up my iPad for a month and then decided to just sell it. If I would have had a smaller iPhone like a 6 or 7 or just a non max iPhone X, sure the iPad would have been my thing at home and work. But the xs max screen is so big and the form factory is easy to just pick up and use without a second thought. Almost like a little iPad mini. And rumors are the next iPhone max in 2020 is getting even bigger.


Anyone else experience this?
Not me. I always go for the phone with the biggest screen because I can't stand the idea of viewing content on a smaller option. Ended up getting the XS Max partly because it would make that experience a little less painful. That being said, I never even use it to watch any kind of video, because I feel the screen is too small. No reading books either. If I have my iPad Pro 12.9 with me, I will use that. If I have my computer available, I will use that.

It's a big phone, but not big enough for me.
 

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I got an old pro 11 at launch last year and loved it. For a day. Then after the initial newness wore off, I ended up just picking up my phone most of the time I wanted to do something. Even watching movies in bed. I didn’t even do in consciously like “this is the device I want to use”. It just seemed to make sense that if the phone I had had such a big screen I could comfortably watch movies and tv and even read books, why pick up the iPad?
So, you lie in bed actually holding your cell phone completely still while watching a movie? For the whole movie??? Wow, that sounds awful. Have you considered hanging a 55”+ TV on your bedroom wall to make watching a movie in bed enjoyable?
 

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So, you lie in bed actually holding your cell phone completely still while watching a movie? For the whole movie??? Wow, that sounds awful. Have you considered hanging a 55”+ TV on your bedroom wall to make watching a movie in bed enjoyable?
I have a tv in the living room and bedroom. If I turned to that every time I needed to watch something I’d probably never need a phone. Laying in bed with my phone propped up or holding it is the most chill thing ever. Why else would I have gotten such a large phone?
 

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I won't sell mine because I don't need to.....and since I have my Max with me almost all the time it's just more convenient to use that instead of the iPad.
 
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Nope, because my phone and iPad are used for different purposes. I cannot take notes and document stuff, use apps like omniGraffle on my iPhone. Lack of a stylus support eliminates the ability to write notes. Playing Fallout shelter on my phone is ridiculously small as is reading comics.
 

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I got rid of my iPad years ago. Since I picked up an iphone 6 plus. I found myself using the iPad less and less... It was just lying around. I would use the phone for any content consumption and if I needed to do anything that required more power I would just grab my macbook so it was logical for me to sell the iPad... I've been buying the biggest iPhone models and have not looked at iPads ever since.
 

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I have a tv in the living room and bedroom. If I turned to that every time I needed to watch something I’d probably never need a phone. Laying in bed with my phone propped up or holding it is the most chill thing ever. Why else would I have gotten such a large phone?
Why indeed. It makes sense if you are trying to consume media while out and about, but it defies logic to hold a tiny phone or propping it up on your chest for watching movies if you’re in a room with an actual TV.
 

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I tried, but even an XS Max screen is too small for comfortable movie/TV viewing.

I do use my rMBP much more than my iPad Pro 10.5, but not selling it as the price I would get would be just giving it away.
 

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Why indeed. It makes sense if you are trying to consume media while out and about, but it defies logic to hold a tiny phone or propping it up on your chest for watching movies if you’re in a room with an actual TV.
Meh. “It defies logic” can be reserved for many things. Watching stuff on a 7inch screen isn’t one of them in my opinion. I’m old enough to remember when people were freaking out when phones went into 5 inch territory and they all called it a mini tablet. Now phones are about 7inches and it’s “omg I can’t imagine watching anything on a screen that small”. Interesting how things change. Perceptions shift. Ask anyone a few years ago and they’d say MacBook airs have a nice screen. Now it’s “ew”.

For me anyway, I’m fine with light tasks being given to my gigantic phone and more intensive ones for my mac or tv
 

StralyanPithecus

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Nope, try to read a PDF in a phone, or draw a schematic. Phone has its uses (mostly as a phone for calls and texts) my iPad Pro 12.9 has its use and the MacBook Pro for development, advanced tasks and writing this post comfortably.

But of course, I'm not so young, so the older you get the bigger screen you need ;)
 

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God no. As much as i like my iPhone i love my iPads too. I have the 11 inch and 12.9 and both are used well. No way you can do certain things on an iPhone like you can on iPads.

I think i would struggle more without an iPad than an iPhone.
 
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Not for me. I have the 11 also and the Max. I have actually decided I wanted to go to a smaller size phone since I use my iPad for almost everything (work and personal) while not on the go.
Yup, I'm gonna do the same myself this year.

God no. As much as i like my iPhone i love my iPads too. I have the 11 inch and 12.9 and both are used well. No way you can do certain things on an iPhone like you can on iPads.

I think i would struggle more without an iPad than an iPhone.
Agree 100%, and as a result of using my iPad so often lately, I'm thinking this years regular sized iPhone will get the job done with better pocket-ability to boot!
 

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So, you lie in bed actually holding your cell phone completely still while watching a movie? For the whole movie??? Wow, that sounds awful. Have you considered hanging a 55”+ TV on your bedroom wall to make watching a movie in bed enjoyable?
Perceived size on something like a 12.9" iPad from 2ft is actually bigger than a 55" TV from 15ft away. Besides, I'm near sighted so on iPhone or iPad, I can skip wearing glasses or contacts.

Personally, I find even the largest iPhones to be too small still especially when used in landscape. Particularly so when the onscreen keyboard is blocking practically the entire display. I actually downsized my phone because I do most things on the iPad (LTE model) and found the large iPhone to be an awkwardly sized device that always felt either too big or too small.

Maybe when iPhones go up to the size of the iPad mini and can run iPad-only apps, I might consider consolidating.
 
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the size of the viewing device (iPhone, iPad, TV set) is relative to its viewing distance. A 45" TV several feet away can have a narrower field of view than a plus iPhone 16" away from your eyes held in your hand. Also the big iPhone will have a higher resolution that the TV set.

Sometime try this experiment:

Sit in front of your TV at your normal viewing distance however many feet away from the TV that is, then, sitting in the exact same place, hold up your IPhone Plus in your hand at your normal arm's length, however many inches that is. Then hold the iPhone in front of your vision to block the view to the TV, and compare THE RELATIVE SIZE of the screens.

Chances are high the iPhone will have a "bigger" screen depending on how big your tv is and how far away from it you normally sit.
 
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dcpmark

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Perceived size on something like a 12.9" iPad from 2ft is actually bigger than a 55" TV from 15ft away. Besides, I'm near sighted so on iPhone or iPad, I can skip wearing glasses or contacts.
Now THAT makes a lot of sense....I never considered that for those people with glasses/contacts it might be more comfortable to watch a movie when you didn’t have to wear your glasses or contacts, even if the perceived size is a bit smaller!

Now, having said that, using an iPad for watching a movie has GOT to be preferable than on a tiny cell phone screen....even a 7.9” iPad Mini has got to be better than a 6.5” Max-sized cell phone.
 

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Now, having said that, using an iPad for watching a movie has GOT to be preferable than on a tiny cell phone screen....even a 7.9” iPad Mini has got to be better than a 6.5” Max-sized cell phone.
Actually, since iPad mini is 4:3 and the iPhone is widescreen, this is one case where video's bigger on iPhone than on iPad. You can get some pretty huge letterboxing on iPads particularly for cinematic 2.35:1.
 

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the size of the viewing device (iPhone, iPad, TV set) is relative to its viewing distance. A 45" TV several feet away can have a narrower field of view than a plus iPhone 16" away from your eyes held in your hand. Also the big iPhone will have a higher resolution that the TV set.

Sometime try this experiment:

Sit in front of your TV at your normal viewing distance however many feet away from the TV that is, then, sitting in the exact same place, hold up your IPhone Plus in your hand at your normal arm's length, however many inches that is. Then hold the iPhone in front of your vision to block the view to the TV, and compare THE RELATIVE SIZE of the screens.

Chances are high the iPhone will have a "bigger" screen depending on how big your tv is and how far away from it you normally sit.
Even if this were true, you would still have to hold your phone still 16” from your eyes for 2 hours to watch that movie. If you prop it up on your body, you have to remain motionless for 2 hours, or pick it up and hold it every time you want to move your body.
 

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.even a 7.9” iPad Mini has got to be better than a 6.5” Max-sized cell phone.
another factor to take into account related to "ease of use" is holding the darn thing. I had a normal size iPad that I tried to watch movies with. It was a miserable experience for me. The iPad is so large & heavy, unwieldy & cumbersome that it can only sit flat on something. There's no way to hold that monster in your hand for long. So that really limited the body positions that could be used viewing the thing. Forget about lying on your side & watching something with an iPad unless you like looking at screens rotated 45°-90° off axis from your eyes.
I got rid of the iPad. It was giving me eyestrain also -lower resolution screen.
 

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Actually, since iPad mini is 4:3 and the iPhone is widescreen, this is one case where video's bigger on iPhone than on iPad. You can get some pretty huge letterboxing on iPads particularly for cinematic 2.35:1.
Well....there would still be issues even with a 16:9 screen, and at least there would be no notch to ruin your movie-watching experience. :D
 
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No way. I love my 11" iPad way too much. While I use my iPhone for pretty much everything on the go, I barely touch it when I'm home since I essentially use my iPad.