I see why some sold their iPad Mini 4 or don't use it as much with the iPhone 6s Plus

Discussion in 'iPad' started by max2, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. max2 macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2015
    I am glad I returned my iPad Mini 4 but then got a iPhone 6s Plus. I love the size and it is not much bigger than my previous smartphone.

    It definitely makes the iPad mini 4 not as useful. Though I never said the iPad Air/Air 2/Air 3 (I know coming soon not yet) are useful now. Even the iPad Pro.
  2. SoYoung macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2015
    The 6 plus is still small compared to a real ipad. At home I use my ipad 80% of the time. More space is always better, especialy for web browsing.
  3. max2 thread starter macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2015
    I agree.
  4. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Not here. I gave my iPad Air 2 to my wife and bought an iPad Mini 4 to go with my iPhone 6S Plus. IMO, that is the winning combination.
  5. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Well, with the 6S+, I am finally ready to go back to a normal sized iPad.

    iPad Air 3, you can't come soon enough...
  6. Harmonious Zen macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2013
    I guess it just depends. If you read books on your devices, there's a big difference between reading on a 6 Plus vs an iPad mini. The aspect ratios are different and the experience is more book like on an iPad.
  7. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Yeah I sold my mini 4 mainly because I wasn't using my 6S Plus as much but there was just as much as because I had the air 2 as well.
  8. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    I still prefer the iPad version of apps and the multitask gestures that the iPhone doesn't have. I actually sold my 6+ in favor of the mini 4. But you're right, there isn't much use in having both.
  9. hojx macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2014
    I spaced my gadgets by use and screen-size.

    iPhone 6 (4.7") -> portability, small pockets, one-hand use on public transport and outdoors
    iPad Air 2 (9.7") -> books, web browsing, videos, on my bed or outside home
    MacBook Pro (15.4") -> hard-core work at the desk, in school or at home
  10. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I have a 5.7" Moto X and still love using my iPad mini. The Moto X is still too small to replace even a small tablet, IMO.
  11. mojo522 macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    I actually went the other way, replaced 6 plus with a 6. After I got the pro (which I love), I wasn't using my air and it started a cascading effect down.

    Now I have a pro, mini, and 6s. IMO, this works best for me.
  12. schmidt65 macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    I had a 6s and iPad mini 4. Decided to get an iPad pro, so swapped the 6s for a 6s plus and sold the mini 4. The 6s plus and iPad pro are a perfect combination for me!
  13. paulmeyers42 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2014
    I'm thinking of the same setup, what do you use the mini for?
  14. mojo522 macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    It's the hub in my car for music. gps etc. I use it when I am out of the house, I got one with data. I also use it for light browsing in bed and any other place the pro isn't comfortable.

    It's a great setup.
  15. parseckadet macrumors 65816


    Dec 13, 2010
    Denver, CO
    I'm in this same boat, and it has me wondering about the usefulness of the iPad as a whole. I have a now ancient original iPad mini, which I hardly use anymore because it's just too slow. I'm debating whether I should upgrade it or just not have an iPad anymore at all. I have a 6S Plus now and it's great. I routinely find myself in situations where if the task can be accomplished at all on iOS that I just prefer to use my iPhone, and if that can't handle it then it's something that needs to be done on a laptop anyway.

    Marco Arment recently talked about his frustrations with the iPad on the Accidental Tech Podcast, and I agreed with the majority of what he said. I don't get the big deal behind side-by-side multitasking. Maybe I would if I could do it, but most of what frustrates me is stuff that iOS just can't do at all. I mean, iOS will not allow me to scan 30 pages of forms from my HP scanner, merge and rearrange the page order of multiple PDFs, fill out and sign the forms, then email them to my insurance company, save them to iCloud drive/Dropbox, and print out a hard copy for my records. And even if it can do all that, it would take me who knows how long to figure out how to do it all, and probably cost me an unknown amount of money as I try out countless third-party apps from the app store with no refunds for the ones that don't do what I want. And in the end the solution would still be less efficient and time consuming than just doing it on my Mac, which includes all the built in tools to do it with OS X.

    Given all of this, I find it really hard to justify shelling out even $270 for a base Mini 2 for something that's, to me, nothing more than a glorified Netflix viewer. But I would love to hear why I'm wrong.
  16. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    You're not wrong, because there is no right and wrong. Some people are perfectly happy using their phones for their mobile needs and a laptop for everything else. Some people, like me, find even the largest of phones too small to replace a tablet. I have a 5.7" Moto X and I still won't use it for prolonged uses if I have the option to use my iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 2 instead.
  17. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I have an iPad Air 2 and an iPhone 6S Plus but there is no way I would get rid of my iPad and just rely on my iPhone. My iPhone has it's place at work where using an iPad would not be discrete. At work I use my iPhone to access online stuff like web sites, email and social networks. However anywhere else if I don't want to or can't use my MacBook Pro then the iPad Air 2 is great alternative. I have tried to use an iPad Mini but it's not as good as a regular iPad for me. For me the iPhone 6S Plus and iPad Air 2 is a great combination.
  18. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    To each his/her own, but if you ask me, the bottom line is that the Plus is a big phone and the Mini is a small tablet. While there's some overlap, I use a phone and a tablet for different things. A Plus won't serve me as well as a tablet for web surfing, watching videos, and light productivity, and an iPad Mini won't serve me as well as a phone for general on-the-go use, music player, camera, and of course, phone calls. So I think there's room for both.
  19. KaliPaige macrumors member


    Feb 9, 2016
    Proud owner of a 6+ and iPad Mini 4 here! I find that the iPhone is both too big and too little for what I like out of it, and am honestly thinking of upgrading to a regular-sized 7 when they come out. As nice as the larger screen is, I absolutely despise wide screens of any kind and find that the stock landscape keyboard on the 6+ is one of the most horrible typing experiences I've ever used. I also don't use it for much but videos or the occasional picture anyway.

    Not so with the Mini. Even with the iBlason case on it, I can thumb-type at nearly desktop keyboard speeds while holding it in both hands. It's got the right balance of screen size to the point that it just feels comfortable to hold and type on while still being nice and roomy enough to watch videos or read from. The 4:3 aspect ratio goes together with reading like peanut butter goes with jelly... Try reading a book on one of those cheapo 16:9 Android tablets in Portrait mode and see what I mean. ;)

    Apps just look better and feel more productive in an iPad format. You can see all the controls you need to without them being buried in two or three sub menus and all the information is at your fingertips. I find myself being a lot more productive and tracking my diet, scheduling appointments and meetings, and taking notes and lists as needed... Much much more than I do on my 6+.

    Yes, I understand some people will be perfectly fine with the 6+ for their needs, or even just the basic 6... But for me, the experience of a just-right screen is what I've been looking for in a tablet all along.
  20. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    That's what I was saying. I can manage with my Moto X, but the screen is bigger than I'd like on a phone but also smaller than I like on a tablet. So yeah, it's too big and too small at the same time.
  21. Fanboylyfe macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Just to touch up on here. I think the iPad mini is an awesome Device to replace the phone at home. The iOS for phone doesn't give enougn freedom.. Split screen, web browsing... Everything is better for at home use and to take around the house with a mini and dock the iPhone..... I love the mini. I have all iPads too. The mini is my most used device to be honest. It's just like having a big phone with iPad iOS software features
  22. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Who is this "some" that sold their mini because the got a iPhone plus?

    Even the 6+ is a poor replacement for doing serious Internet cruising.

    I guess if money is a problem but no other reason that I can think of! Even the mini is too small for me and I will take a full size iPad please.
  23. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Personally disliked the 6+. I tried using it for 2 months but after one too many drops, I caved and got the 6. To me, the 6+ was too big as a phone (need both hands just to do the "slide to answer" calls) and too small for a tablet. I also much prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio for web browsing.
  24. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    This is especially true if you read books or documents in PDF format on the go which can't easily be reformatted for a smaller screen.
  25. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    This is a pretty tired argument.

    It boggles the mind how people can ignore this, but the iPad mini is 230% the size of the iPhone+ in terms of screen size. This is a very significant difference.

    Calling it "not much bigger" is ridiculous.

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