iPad mini iPad Mini perfect for landscape use.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kadin, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Kadin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    I owned the original iPad and the iPad 2 and then went without either for quite a while as I went down the Android path. Recently bought an iPad 4 and then exchanged it for an iPad Mini... which is where I'll be staying until the next revision of the iPad Mini.

    Having gone through all these changes, I never really felt comfortable using the iPad for any length of time in landscape mode. Clearly it wasn't as easy to hold in one hand while typing on it with the other. Now I find myself roaming through my house while I'm doing whatever on the Mini while it's sideways and it's just so comfortable.

    Anyone else notice themselves using it in landscape a lot more or is it just me? The only time I don't use it this way is when I'm reading books and some games.
  2. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    The big ipad I use to use it in landscape 95% of the time

    With the ipad mini is the opposite , portrait for everything except videos
  3. JPNFRK7 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2012
    I use it in landscape all the time. The only time I am in Portrait is when I am taking notes. The split keyboard in portrait is awesome
  4. raccoonboy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2012
    perfect for landscape use, yes of course

    Because in Portrait mode, you can't read a single word unless your zoom in each sentences.
  5. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Ehh.......no. Since you're always talking bad about the mini, I'm going to assume you don't have one, which in turn means you don't know what you're talking about.

    On that note, why all the hate towards the mini? I've seen a ton of posts from you stating how crappy you think it is. If you don't like it so much, why spend the time coming into the iPad mini threads? :confused:

    For the record, I use it ALL THE TIME in portrait for reading. No zooming required.
  6. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    That's simply not true (but me thinks you know this already? :rolleyes:), just yesterday I read two entire scanned PDFs from quite old books in portrait mode with absolutely no problem, and I never had to zoom in to read the page, I had each entire scanned page visible in portrait mode. BTW, I've got old eyes, and there were no headaches or eye strain - it was very enjoyable sitting on my sofa reading from this device in portrait mode (without having to print a ream of paper, which I would have had to carry around as well).
  7. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    Some website text is easier to read in landscape mode...but that doesn't mean it's unreadable in portrait mode. I do it all the time, no zooming required. There is a difference between portrait and landscape, but for me personally it doesn't bother me. There's no need to be overly dramatic about it...
  8. PhilMcCracken macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2013
    If you can't read on the mini, I think it's time to upgrade your glasses.

    Maybe get some of these.
  9. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    When I hold it one-handed in portrait, twisting it that last little bit to make it face me directly is a slight strain. But, with a folio case, I started holding it with the cover folded back into the triangular stand position. I hold it with the stand part in my left hand, and it's quite comfortable. I don't even have to have a thumb on the bezel, much less the screen.

    But, alas, I tried to read text in portrait and my eyes exploded. If only someone had warned us....

  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    In regards to the larger iPad, I usually have it in portrait unless the app's interface is nicer in landscape. I just find that website text is too large in landscape and I have to scroll far more.
  11. Jman13 macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    I use my mini in landscape about 75% of the time. Web browsing, news (Flipboard/Zite/Pulse), Facebook, Mail, QuickOffice...all done in landscape. I use portrait for viewing vertical photos (of course), and for reading...so Kindle, iBooks, Zinio, etc....of course in portrait mode.
  12. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    In my opinion it depends on what you are reading in portrait mode. The mini I had was not good while trying to read website text in portrait. yeah, you can zoom in, get a different browser, modify this, change that but that isnt something I want to have to do....landscape is considerably better but I like using portrait mode most of the time.
  13. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    It's definitely better than the full size ipad for landscape use. The ipad becomes heavy quick when holding it in landscape. I think the ipad mini feels more natural to use in landscape because the bezels are thicker at the top and bottom.
  14. Oridus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2012
    I'm starting to feel that I'm the only one that doesn't think the ipad is not heavy... And I don't even lift, bro :(
  15. wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    True! he has been hanging around Soi cowboy trying to earn enough to buy one from Pantip Plaza! 55555!
  16. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    it's nonsense...I agree it is more weight than the mini but I have to laugh whenever I read some of the comments about the weight. I guess maybe I am just blessed with super strength as I use my 4 for hours at a time and still haven't torn any muscles...lol. don't get me wrong, I love the form factor of the mini but there is no way I would pick it with its current display over a 3 or 4. in my opinion the display is a big part of the tablet experience and the mini doesn't hit the mark for me. if the next mini gets retina I will be buying another one, until then I will continue to enjoy my tank. gotta quit writing as I am getting arm cramps, might need to hit the gym..:D

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