iPad mini iPad mini and reading comics? Comixology, comic zeal?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by livebackwards, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. livebackwards macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2012
    Hey there so I am planning in upgrading my 1st generation ipad this October when apple (hopefully) refreshes their iPads.
    My question is how is comic book viewing on the mini?
    Specifically the comixology app but more importantly the comic zeal app.

    I like the size and weight of the mini as I also would like to use it for books but I want to make sure comic viewing is good.
  2. Greyhame888 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2013
    It really depends. I have a 3rd gen with Retina display and I love it for reading graphic novels and comics.

    I tried using my wife's mini once when my battery was dead, and honestly the lack of retina display really bothered me. The text was FAR clearer on my retina display.

    However, since you are upgrading from a first gen iPad, the mini is a great idea. It's nice and light, as well as easy to hold for long periods of time. If you don't need a retina display, the Mini is a great option.
  3. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    If Comic book reading is a main use, I'd say the retina display is a HUGE feature. I noticed the same when going from my iPad 4 (which I sold) to my current iPad mini. Text is no where near as sharp. In normal books, you can't tell as much - but obviously the great art in comics causes the lack of retina display to standout.

    Hoping the mini 2 has a retina display. Though depending on the overall size and weight of the 5, I may go back to the full size as its better for watching movies IMO.

    I'll be torn come release day!
  4. jprmercado macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    I read comics using the Marvel app on my iPad Mini pretty regularly. No major problems with it.

    Despite what purists might say about it, I actually like Guided Mode. I normally don't view the entire page in portrait orientation since that makes the dialogue hard to read because everything gets squished. Then again, I also did the same when I borrowed my dad's first-gen iPad. [I view the whole page to put everything in context, though.]
  5. livebackwards thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2012
    Well I guess its going to come down to the specs between the ipad 5 and the ipad mini 2. After playing with the mini 1 and the ipad 4 the size of either is fine.

    The main thing about the mini its its weight .62 lbs. For casual book reading and comic views the weight is very comfortable.
    I have an ipad 1 and its north of 1.5 lbs. If the ipad 5 is in the neighborhood of 1 lb I think the decision will ipad 5.
  6. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Mini is great for manga, not so hot for comics with lots of small text.
  7. ScholarsInk macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2010
    On something like Marvel Unlimited, you won't get a resolution boost (though a bigger screen will be easier to read on) but Comixology, for a lot of comics, has extra-high resolution scans on Retina iPads which are gorgeous.

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