Ipad Form Factor

Discussion in 'iPad' started by freeman727, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. freeman727 macrumors 6502

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    I a just got the gen 3 iPad. It is very cool but it's not for everyone. If you do a lot of reading on a tablet the 9.7" screen and weight is a little difficult to hold for long periods of time, unless you got giant Shaq hands. The borders are slightly too small for easy one hand grip. I guess a case with a hand strap would fix the issue.
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    I agree. I found my Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 a lot more comfortable to hold for extended periods of time.

    The problem is now that 1200x800 screen looks fuzzy to me... :rolleyes:
     
  3. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I'm only 6' tall with average size hands and I find it comfortable, even for long periods of time. Play around with how you hold it.
     
  4. freeman727 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    We got a Kindle Fire for Christmas. That is the right size for reading. I wish there were an 8" iPad.
     
  5. wmitch macrumors regular

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    "You're Holding it Wrong" :D

    seriously though, as much as I love the new iPad and wouldn't buy anything else, I agree that you do notice the weight after a bit.
     
  6. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

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    Even if Apple releases a 7.8 to 8 inch ipad I would still pay $500 for it (but $350 to $400 would sale very well for Apple). All apple has to do is shrink a ipad 2 down to size. There would be no fragmentation at all.
     
  7. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

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    The average height in the US is 5'9.5" for men and 5'4" for women. The only reason I replied is because you used the word "only".
     
  8. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Well I'm not shaq height or have shaq hands which is why I said only.
     
  9. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    I'm 6'4" and have freakishly big hands but the iPad is too large for me for extended use as an ebookreader. I prefer a Kindle or Nook for that.
     
  10. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    I gotta agree with a poster that the kindle fire is the ideal size for reading (I wish it were a little lighter) and the iPad is a bit big (which is why I haven't gotten an iPad because I see the biggest reason for me to have one is ebook reading. But I'm being given my mom's old iPad 2 so for free I'll make do with it ;) but I still think after playing around with iPad's and kindles and nooks now that I know I'm getting an iPad that the kindle size is much better for books. But, I will enjoy having my iPad work well with the rest of my gadgets since they're all apple stuff ;). Plus the much bigger app library for it cause I do want it to be more than an ebook reader which is why I haven't just bought a kindle fire <- wouldn't consider the normal kindles cause honestly, e-ink annoys me when you change pages and I like having a color screen that is backlit).
     
  11. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    Interesting because I would love for Apple to make a bigger iPad instead of smaller.
     
  12. batotman macrumors 6502

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    My iPad 1 has a Casecrown Glider case and it has a lip on the front that makes gripping with one hand easy. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any cases like that for the new one. :(
     
  13. mrj412 macrumors regular

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    While I enjoy using my iPad for many tasks, I prefer my Nook Simple Touch for reading. I got it a few months ago, both for the clarity of the e-ink screen and for the fact that its just for reading. I found I would set down to start reading on the iPad, get a notification and then I would be using Facebook or another app instead.

    I will be using the new iPad for reading technical docs though, PDF files look fantastic on the retina display.
     
  14. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, the OP did say shaq hands, didn't he. It's fine for me too but there are a lot of women out there only 5'2 or 5'3. I can see how they might want a 7 inch tablet.
     
  15. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    The difference is that the iPad is a multi-purpose, "jack of all trades" tablet whereas the Kindle, esp. the b/w version, is specifically a reader. Two different markets.

    I agree the iPad is not a great book reader, and I still hold on to my old Sony eReader for reading in long time block, and outdoors. However, the iPad is great for reading magazines and PDFs, which is not a strong suit of the eInk readers, and then there is everything else the iPad does that even the Kindle Fire cannot do.
     
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I'm a 5' tall woman, and I have no trouble using the iPad. I don't try to hold it up in the air, however, I just rest it on my lap. It's just like reading a hard cover book, really, only you get to carry 100s of books with you instead of just one for the same weight.
     
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    The smart cover makes it easy to hold vertically with one hand.
     

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