All iPads If you have a big screen iPhone, do you still use your iPad for content consumption?

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  1. gdourado macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    Just wondering about this.
    In a case where you have an iPad for content consumption, either videos or web browsing and not productivity, do you find that a big screen iPhone like the xs max or even the XR makes you not reach for your iPad any longer?

    Cheers
     
  2. xxray, Feb 5, 2019
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    xxray macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. A 6.5” screen still doesn’t compare to a 10.5” or 12.9”. I only find myself going to the iPhone to watch videos when I’m watching a dark show/movie that will show more contrast/“true black” blacks.
     
  3. simplynando macrumors 6502

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    It's kind of the opposite for me. I have an iPad Pro 11" and at home I find myself using the iPad more. It does everything I do on my phone including iMessage. I find casual browsing so be much more enjoyable on a larger screen.
     
  4. bpeeps macrumors 68030

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    The big screen iPhone is for use on-the-go. The iPad is for use at home. I will almost always use my iPad as a content consumption device over the iPhone. It really just does not compare.
     
  5. secretk, Feb 5, 2019
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    Agree with this. Phones are great when you are not at home. When at home I will always use the device that has the balance between big display and portable/light.

    I just got company laptop. It's 14 inch and quite light so it's actually great for media consumption in bed. It's stable, has backlight keyboard, touchpad and touch screen. I am now wondering how this will impact my iPad's usage. It will be interesting the next few weeks trying to settle between the iPad and the laptop.
     
  6. gdourado thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am wondering this because I have an iPad Air 2 and an iPhone 7.
    Not the latest tech, but I find I only use the iPad currently for safari and YouTube.
    I use it for safari as it is better to read reviews for example in sites that have pictures and such.
    On other kind of sites, reading mode does a pretty good job on the iPhone.
    Also, I only use the iPad at the couch.
    When I am around the house, I always have the iPhone in my pocket and for a suíço browse or forum reply, I use the iPhone and don’t go searching for the iPad.
    Also, some apps like Tapatalk are well optimized on the phone and I prefer to thumb type on the phone.

    So I am wondering if I should sell both my iPhone and iPad and use the resulting funds with some more added to get a single device, like a xs max.

    But then I fear I would only really miss the iPad once it is gone.
     
  7. simplynando macrumors 6502

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    That' where the Surface Pro really shined for me. I loved the full computer in tablet form. I just really dislike Windows and I'm so invested in the Apple ecosystem that I couldn't adapt to it.
     
  8. secretk macrumors 6502

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    Makes sense :). Unlike you I am not invested in the Apple ecosystem. The only Apple device I have is an iPad. I have Android phone and Windows computers. I like it this way because I can get advantages of each system. Granted there are things that I dislike about each OS but there are also things that I like.

    The company laptop is actually Dell and I did not think that I would use the touch screen at bed. However it turned out that sometimes I prefer the touch screen over the touchpad.

    I am supposed to get company iPhone in the next 2/3 months so we will see how this would go.
     
  9. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    Phone is for out and about only. With my 10.5 iPP, I never use the phone at home and I hardly ever use my 8" tablet anymore - I use either the iPad for consumption or my laptop or desktop for production.
     
  10. bilibug macrumors regular

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    When I upgraded to an iPhone 6S Plus, I almost completely stopped using my iPad (gen 3). However, I now have an iPhone X, and just got an iPad Pro 12.9 (2018). I find that I'm using the iPad more because of the big screen size, and now carry it with me. Even if I upgraded to an XS Max, I think I would still use my iPad.

    However, my usage of the devices is almost mutually exclusive. Simple web, light video, music, phone calls, messaging, email on phone. More complex web, document viewing (including sheet music), comic books, office apps, etc. on iPad.
     
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors G3

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    Yes I have the Xs max and I have an iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro 10.5. I use the iPad mini on my commute to work and the iPad Pro at home. I use my phone mainly for web browsing, apps, online shopping and banking, social media, messaging, organiser and watching YouTube videos. However for watching tv shows and movies and reading comics and magazines I use my iPads.

    Even before I had my Xs max I had the 6 plus, 6S plus and 7 plus and before that a few galaxy note phones but I always had a tablet for content consumption.
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    I’d rather have a phone and a tablet than a phone.
     
  12. Kiimora macrumors 6502a

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    When out & about yeah...my Max does the job brilliantly, however goes on the charger when I get in & my iPad takes over. I use both interchangeably when travelling. I am not likely to replace the iPad with my Max nor any future Plus iPhones
     
  13. simplynando macrumors 6502

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    That is perfect then, get the benefits of each OS!
    It doesn't seem like a touchscreen on a computer would be useful until you use it and realize that it really is. lol.
     
  14. Digger148 macrumors regular

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    My 11" iPad Pro is the go to device for me. Perfect size, huge power, sound and potential held back by the limitations of iOS 12. The iPhones usually sit unused on the table whenever the iPad Pro is around.
     
  15. sracer macrumors 604

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    No.

    I know it is common for people to believe that a phablet can replace a tablet, or that "the XS Max is nearly the same size as the iPad Mini" (it's not, not even close), but I don't find them to be replacements for an iPad.
     
  16. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    Nope. Sold my ipad when the 6+ came out and never looked back. Having an iPhone XS Max and a macbook, the ipad would be totally useless for me and would sit around collecting dust.
     
  17. gdourado thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was reading something along those lines.
    That the iPad mini only has 1 inch something more diagonal size than the iPad mini, but due to the 4:3 aspect ratio of the iPad, the display area is almost double the display area of the XS max.
     
  18. Shanghaichica macrumors G3

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    This is the Xs max in comparison to the iPad mini. Yes

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    "The best camera is the one that's with you."

    It's similar for iPhone/iPad. For many people, larger screens make them less likely to reach for the iPad.
     
  21. wicked271 macrumors member

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    I’m thinking of selling my iPad 9.7”. Ever since I got my iPhone X, I haven’t used it much. I love the screen on the X. It’s big enough for everything but still small enough to be in my pocket. I find the iPad heavy and the things I can do on it, I can do on the iPhone. I don’t bring it to travel too coz the Macbook Pro 13” is light enough and can do more than the iPad.
     
  22. tps3443 macrumors regular

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    Yes but in heavy cpu lifting applications the smaller iPad Pro 2018 will run circles around a the average late 2017/2018 MacBook Pro 13”

    Obviously the MacBook Pro 13 is pretty handy with a real mouse, but apple needs to up the performance in these laptops, as it takes there top of the line i7 cpu in the 2018 model to even match the new iPad Pro’s performance.

    I’d love to get a 2018 MacBook Pro 13, but the base i5 models are like 1/3rd as fast.

    Your damned if you do, your damned if you don’t.

    Lower power laptops with great OS, high power tablets with limited control with OS..
     
  23. secretk macrumors 6502

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    lol True that. I seriously thought that if the laptop is not hybrid (tablet turned into a laptop with dock) or 2 in 1 the touch screen is gimmick. However it's proven to be useful in some cases when you are left with touch pad. Sometimes it's faster to touch the screen than to use the touch pad to move the cursor to the position you want.

    Now I only need to find the best possible way to setup my desk at work. I have Windows desktop at work with two 23 inch monitors, the laptop and the ipad. Add to this speakers, two set of headphones, dock for the laptop and streaming microphone. The desk is big, but it's still crowded :D. In the next weeks it will be a test between the desktop and the laptop :).
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    I agree that the new iPad Pro is more powerful than even laptops with i7 CPU (8th gen). However it's a matter of can you harness that power? Can you install hungry for power software that will make you productive? I know that some can and this is why for them the iPad Pro is a better option than the MacBook Pro 13.

    I personally cannot. iOS is just not at a point for me to be fully 100 % productive only on an iPad. Yes the iPad offers things that I cannot do on a laptop and this is why I own one. However there are far more things that I can't do on an iPad. For people like me laptop with quality SSD, 16 GB RAM (with additional slot to upgrade it to 32 GB RAM) and i7 (8th gen) or even higher is the option. Now granted I am not sure that MacBook Pro line has good offers when it comes to those specs, but I am Windows user so I have such laptop and trust me whenever I am at home I would use it over the iPad.
     
  24. mikehalloran macrumors 6502a

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    Never. iPad near, that’s what I reach for.

    iPhone is for phone calls and when the iPad is nowhere near. Unless hitting the road on a business trip, iPad stays home.
     
  25. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

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    Well that’s one reason why I pivoted away from the max to the xr plus iPad Pro combo. Xr more comfortable, the iPad peo for browsing at home with YouTube playing at the same time.
     

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