iPhone 6 Plus - Can it replace an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by giraffeboy27, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. giraffeboy27 macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Hey guys, just looking for some advice regarding the plus version of the iPhone.

    So, my current situation is a 5S, iPad Air, and Macbook Pro. Find myself using iPad for media, or when my iPhone has run out of charge (literally all the time nowadays).

    I'm 6'6", and can easily reach the top corner of the plus with my thumb, so size is no issue.

    What I'm wondering is whether it's worth going for the 128Gb model, and shunting all my media onto the iPhone and getting rid of my iPad?

    Has anyone else done so, and if yes, how well did you get on and how optimised are the apps for the larger screen?


  2. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    Yup, You can easily do it and honestly the 6+ is almost like a mini-mini-ipad. Now, it comes down to what you use the iPad for. For example, email, videos, music, games etc all work for the phone or ipad. But if you like watching movies on a larger screen, then of course, you wouldnt want to do this. Personally I find myself only playing my golf game on the iPad due to more screen available. Most other use now is on the phone.
  3. dimzen macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2011
    For video, I still use my iPad4, for all the other stuff, I use my iPad less and my iPhone6+ more.
  4. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Could replace the iPad mini but not the normal sized iPad for me.
  5. Nevaborn macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2013
    It all depends what you want to do with it. For creative things like art etc then the iPad is still better as it really is still a fair bit bigger.

    For photos and video and browsing then the 6 Plus is really good.
  6. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I could never get rid of my iPads, even with the 6+ screen, it is no iPad. But if you can . . . .
  7. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    If you have a macbook i could see why people think the plus and macbook is all you need. I use my iPad and macbook together and use them equally. Will be the same i feel when i get my iPhone 6S plus.
  8. henry2 macrumors regular


    Dec 9, 2010
    I leave the iPad at home and the 6plus becomes my total media device .i surf the web and listen to music and check my diff social accounts on it
  9. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    In my opinion no it can't at least not a full size iPad. Maybe it can replace a Mini but as I haven't used one extensively I can't say for sure. Whilst I use my iPhone 6 Plus at work because it's more discreet then an iPad it would never be able to replace my iPad Air 2 completely.
  10. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2011
    It depends what you use both your phone and your iPad for. I have the 6 Plus, I love it but it could no way replace my iPad Air. For me I see it as a phone, not a tablet or phablet or whatever people want to call it. I use it for all the same things I used my older iPhones for and I still use my iPad for all the same tasks. The bigger screen, longer battery and different versions of the apps are just too big a difference than the 6 Plus.
  11. giraffeboy27 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Thanks for all the responses, appreciate you guys taking the time to reply. Had a quick check in the Apple store today, got told my iPad would only get £150 traded in. So looks like I'll just keep it for videos and books.

    I guess what's driving me to ditch the iPad from my daily usage is that it just doesn't seem that useful. Nothing about the OS is optimised, and multitasking is a right joke. In my opinion it just isn't the amazing productivity tool that apple claims it to be. Kinda regret buying it now.

    As far as usage goes, looking at the stats on my devices, my most used apps are the same. None of them seem to require a larger screen, except maybe Pinterest and YouTube? Can anyone post a screenshot of what those two are like on the plus? ;)
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  12. astoxos macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
  13. Danoc macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    More or less. It depends what's your iPad usage. iPhone apps and iPad apps are different.

    For me, yes it could, because I use very simple apps most of the time and Safari predominantly.
  14. L T macrumors 6502

    L T

    Feb 24, 2013
    I had iPhone 5, iPad Air, MacBook when I upgraded to 6 Plus. I found myself using my iPad less and less. I preferred to just use the 6+ as it fitted in one hand. The Air just felt a bit cumbersome, pretty much on the only time I used the Air was when I was sat at my desk and had it stood on the smart cover as a video player.

    So I sold it. But then found myself missing having an iPad, yes I didn't use it much, but apparently I used it enough for me to 'miss' it. After becoming used to the size of the 6+ I couldn't go back to sitting on the sofa with another air (it was too big), so I went for a mini. I used £90 apple vouchers and purchased myself an iPad mini retina from the refurb store, 32GB so I could load it with films for a road trip. Only cost me £150!

    The mini is perfect, when I'm in bed I don't want my MacBook and my iPhone is normally on charge.

    So I tried to consolidate my iPad use into an iPhone 6 Plus but it didn't work and I needed that tablet form in my life!

    Edit, just going to add to this.

    My tablet use really is just watching videos and web browsing/social media. Nothing too intensive.

    My Air was a 3G iPad and I did manage to consolidate my data usage into a bigger bundle on the iPhone. So now my mini stays at home as my iPhone handles all the mobile data that I need before.

    I see above that you will probably keep your iPad, this is a good thing as I don't reckon you can completely cut it out. After all, it is nice to put your 'phone' down and pick up a separate device!
  15. wx4olf macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    Completely replaced my iPad mini. I do find myself switching between the MacBook Pro and the 6 Plus while kicking back on the couch but I don't ever miss the iPad.
  16. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    One thing to consider is that there are apps that are iPad exclusive. If you're going to replace your iPad with the Plus, make sure you don't depend on an app like that! Also, little things like the Apple Photo kit (lightning to USB female or SD card adapter) does not work with iPhone. Just things to keep in mind.
  17. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    My iPhone 6 Plus is my go to device even though I have iPads mini and Air. In my case everything I like the size and supreme portability even though iPads easily tuck into my laptop bag, after the newness where's off, an iPad isn't that appealing
  18. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2011
    based on your usage you could probably get away with replacing it. Watching videos and browsing Safari is a LOT more comfortable on the 6 Plus than on the smaller iPhone models. Like others have said, just make sure that there are no iPad only apps that you need from time to time and that there's nothing you use that really requires the bigger screen. For example I use my iPad for displaying/reading digital sheet music while I play my Piano so there's no way my 6 Plus screen could replace that feature.
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  19. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    I don't think so. I wouldn't buy an iPad Mini to carry alongside a 6+, but the iPad Air 2 is a great device, with iOS 9 you can finally have two apps side by side and you have plenty of screen real estate for web pages.
    I use the iPad 90% of the time at home so the size of the Air is not an issue and I find iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 to be a really good fit for my needs.
    I might change my mind if 6s+ will support some kind of multitasking, but is unlikely.
  20. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Had a look for you but on sellmymobile.com you could get £206 for your iPad air 128GB

    if that increase matters?
  21. BD1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    Same here
  22. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I still like my iPad, but I'm not in any rush to upgrade it like I would with a phone every couple of years. It's great (quite a bit better than my 6 Plus) at web browsing and watching videos, which are the two main things I use it for. My iPad Air will probably last me another good two or three years.

    It's not essential though, and if I had a smaller laptop the iPad would probably be used a lot less. It's brilliant for content consumption but still doesn't rival a computer for content creation, so as other content consuming devices get larger and more capable (iPhones), the need for an iPad lessens somewhat.

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