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iPad Finding the perfect combo

Nautilus007

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I have a 12.9 iPad pro (original) 10.5 Pro & just bought a mini 5.

I am thinking of eliminating the 10.5 and 12.9 to get a 2018 12.9 and keeping the mini 5 for reading and portability.

Anyone else have 3 iPads, and do you use all the sizes?
 
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ericwn

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Hey, as long as you want to own two or three devices, go for it. I personally couldn’t make a use case for two iPads (plus iPhone), but whatever works best for you. Life is short, get what inspires you!
 
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nightlong

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I did have 3, but gave my Air 2 to a friend. I did manage to use all 3 for different purposes. Now I have 12.9 first gen, and 10.5 Pro - I use the 12.9 most at home, love the big screen, but I think all round the 10.5 Pro is the best iPad for my requirement, portable but good size screen, 4 speakers, promotion, and I have cellular 256 storage, so never run out of space and internet almost everywhere, plus headphone jack which I need, and Touch ID, which I prefer.

I can see for many the 12.9 and mini5 would be a good combo, but for me the mini screen is too small. I don’t know what I’ll do next because the new pro models don’t suit my needs. I can understand getting rid of the headphone jack on phones, but on iPads it is ridiculous.
 
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burgman

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I have a 12.9 iPad pro (original) 10.5 Pro & just bought a mini 5.

I am thinking of eliminating the 10.5 and 12.9 to get a 2018 12.9 and keeping the mini 5 for reading and portability.

Anyone else have 3 iPads, and do you use all the sizes?
I have three because I’m lazy and have a tri level house. A new 11 inch, 2nd gen 12.9, and a Mini 4. If the 5 is all that I will sell or trade the 4 and get one. It’s hard using the 4 after using the butter smooth 11
 
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rui no onna

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I have a 12.9 iPad pro (original) 10.5 Pro & just bought a mini 5.

I am thinking of eliminating the 10.5 and 12.9 to get a 2018 12.9 and keeping the mini 5 for reading and portability.

Anyone else have 3 iPads, and do you use all the sizes?
12.9" Pro : PDF and comics
9.7" Pro : primary device, bring everywhere
7.9" mini 4 : doesn't get used much

I got the mini 4 on sale a couple years back. By that time, I had already gotten used to the size and weight of the 9.7" and the slimdown from iPad 2/3/4 to Air was sufficient enough to get them to fit in my purses. I ended up not using the mini 4 much. If the iPad mini 3 had mini 4 specs instead (released the same time as the Air 2), I'd probably use that one more.
 
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Nautilus007

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12.9" Pro : PDF and comics
9.7" Pro : primary device, bring everywhere
7.9" mini 4 : doesn't get used much

I got the mini 4 on sale a couple years back. By that time, I had already gotten used to the size and weight of the 9.7" and the slimdown from iPad 2/3/4 to Air was sufficient enough to get them to fit in my purses. I ended up not using the mini 4 much. If the iPad mini 3 had mini 4 specs instead (released the same time as the Air 2), I'd probably use that one more.

I was thinking to get my mini to use for reading
 
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rui no onna

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I was thinking to get my mini to use for reading
Reading is my primary use for iPad. I wanted a mini for single-handed reading but when an A8/2GB mini didn't materialize in 2014, I ended up continuing to use the Air. I eventually got used to the big iPad and found myself adapting to the weight (using a cover that can be used as stand, propping the iPad against pillows, my legs, etc).

Granted, I do have the benefit of always carrying purses that will fit the 10-11" class iPads. Obviously, these aren't pocketable at all while the mini might be in certain cases.
 
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bensisko

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I currently have:
  • 11” iPad Pro
  • 10.5” iPad Pro
  • iPad Mini 4 (mostly music)
  • Dell Venue 8 Pro (Pocket sketchbook)

I am going to pick up the Mini 5, which will replace the 10.5” Pro, the Mini 4, and the Dell. The 10.5 i’ll Keep, but will probably kick around at home.
 
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davideotape

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Ive got the first gen 12.9 pro that mainly gets used as a bedroom tv set mounted on my dresser these days. It started as my main travel and home device but it is pretty big so after a year or so i found a 9.7 and that was the one.

I sold that 9.7 to get the 11 pro, but selling the 12.9 doesnt feel worth what id likely get for it. Its still pretty useful. So
  • the 11 i take everywhere, do everything with
  • the 12.9 is my bedroom/kitchen tv set and backup to take places i might not want to bring the 11.
Now im considering the mini 5 as a media “sketchpad” for music/photos/video editing but i cant justify the cost of the 256 and 64g just isnt enough space. 128 at a split difference cost mightve sold me, or if they have a great $100 off holiday sale im in.
 
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millydog

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I currently have
iPad Pro 12.9 3rd gen
iPad Pro 10.5
iPad mini 2

I consider the 12.9 to be my main device, but when I want to take a lighter and smaller iPad out, I take the 10.5.
My mini 2 doesn't see much use anymore, probably really because it's a slower device, the screen now has a white light bleed down the right side and my data SIMs are in my 12.9 and 10.5 iPads. I'm debating whether to replace it with a mini 5, but it's probably overkill for my needs if I'm being honest with myself. That doesn't mean that I won't do it though. I'm on crutches and the mini fits nicely in my back pocket, quite useful when I don't have my hands free to carry a larger iPad.
 
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