difference between an iPhone and iPad

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bj097, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. bj097 macrumors member

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    Hi.

    I am thinking about getting either a new iPhone or iPad, only one.


    As far as I understand the system, the only difference is probably that an iPhone could make calls while an iPad couldn't, and iPad usually has a bigger screen


    In other words, is iPad usually only for people who need bigger screen for gaming or watching videos?

    If I don't play games or watch videos, is it wiser to get an iPhone which is more portable and can make calls?

    In addition to gaming and watching videos, anything that an iPad could do more than an iPhone??
     
  2. MarkX macrumors regular

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    If you need to make calls then the choice is simple.
     
  3. bj097 thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, but not really necessarily for me. Whatsapp is also not something I need.
     
  4. MarkX macrumors regular

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    I'm not being funny but it's a very easy choice deciding whether you need an iPhone or iPad.
     
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I have to agree. I mean, do you want a cellphone or do you want a tablet?
     
  6. bj097 thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't know. If I don't play games or watch videos, (and neglect the consideration of making calls), is it better to get an iPhone?
     
  7. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    So you would be willing to do all of your internet consumption on an iPhone?

    It is hard to help you as if we were confronted with a choice between the two, we need to have a phone.

    You got to make your choice.
     
  8. MarkX macrumors regular

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    If you can't decide the simplest of things as to whether you want something you can fit in a pocket or in a backpack then why should we do it for you?
     
  9. joeblow7777, Jan 16, 2017
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    joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Well, web surfing, reading, and any sort or productivity (ie. email, creating or editing documents) is definitely easier on an iPad.

    But if you want something that you can easily carry everywhere in your pocket, use one-handed, makes for a better and more convenient camera, and a more convenient music player (because it's pocketable), those are some of the iPhone's advantages.

    Also, although you say that calls aren't a consideration, I don't think that one should downplay how much better suited the iPhone is to act as a phone! There are workarounds for an iPad, but ultimately, the iPhone is designed to be a better communication device than a tablet.
     
  10. rachelsgoldens macrumors member

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    An iPad is cheaper than an iPhone. If you want to use either with cellular service so you can access the Internet anywhere, the monthly fee for an iPad is less (if you are in the US). Not sure if those are factors for you. Obviously the iPhone is more portable. Depends on what is important to you.
     
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Don't forget the iPod touch. If you don't need a phone but want a small multi touch internet device, then maybe the iPod touch is the device for you.
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    So what is it that you need/want from a device? Why do you need/want one? That's basically what should guide you as to what device might be better, if any.
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    If you're not going use the iPad for media or music, then an iPhone would likely be a better solution from what it sounds.
     
  14. Vivian125 macrumors regular

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    It depends what devices you currently use..
    I have an iPhone 7 Plus to read some PDF files because i have Extremely 20/8 Vision eyesight.. but whenever i compared it to iPad Mini/Air/Pro my iPhone 7 Plus shrinks in size dramatically. I cant imagine that im used to small screen of an iPhone.

    So if you already have a phone, iPad is definitely for you since you said its better for Watching Movies. Since it has Three to six times bigger screen and more viewing angle. The retina display of an iPad is superior and more vibrant than Macbook Retina and iPhone 7 Plus
     
  15. akash.nu macrumors 68030

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    [QUOTE="Vivian125, post: 24766648, member: The retina display of an iPad is superior and more vibrant than Macbook Retina and iPhone 7 Plus[/QUOTE]

    Are you sure about the comparison between the Retina display on iPads and the iPhones? Generally every iPhone have more pixel density than the iPads and the only advantage I see as a screen technology is on the latest iPad Pro models with changing refresh rates. That's all.
     
  16. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    This whole thread seems confusing.

    Why would you get an iphone?
    Why would you get an ipad?
    do you have a cellphone now, or need one?
    Do you have a computer that you use?

    Do you need either one? Answer some of those questions and maybe the answer will be there grasshopper.
     
  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    This thread is a few months old. I would hope the OP has made up their mind by now.
     
  18. RadioGaGa1984 Suspended

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    Sounds to me like the OP doesn't need either one.
     
  19. HEK Suspended

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    Because when he doesn't like it, he can blame it on us.
     

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