iPhone screen seems so tiny after using the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JaredVegas, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. JaredVegas macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Always considered the iPhone decent size but after using the iPad for the past week my iPhone screen just seems smaller then I remember. It is hard to go back after using the iPad.
  2. thetruth1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    That's what she said
  3. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    And my ipad screen seems so small compared to my 27 inch iMac!

    Everything is relative in life. While the iPhone screen seem small compared to your iPad, your iPhone screen looks much sharper. There's a tradeoff with each Apple product. It's like they want you to buy it all.
  4. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Yeah, but the difference is more striking between the iPad and the iPhone because they both run the exact same operating system. I've been ruined by the iPad's big screen. Used to read full books using the Kindle app on my iPhone, but now I just can't bear to use such a small screen anymore.
  5. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    My iPhone since the first iPad is used now for the few pics/videos, text and phones calls. I no longer use it fir any of the apps as I never cared for the small screen anyhow. The iPad is by far my primary device for apps. I found the iPhone to small before the iPad, and since owning it confirmed it is just to small to be useful for me.
  6. ravenas macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2010
    I have a Touch instead (same screen size as iPhone). Been stuck using it since I gave my iPad away. Screen is horribly small. Makes me envy my SIL's DroidX. That thing is HUGE for a smartphone. Also makes it pretty clear to me why I dislike smartphones in general. To do anything useful you need a big screen, but too be easily carried you need something small.

    I use my Touch for the music, calculator, some games and a few specialty apps. Amazon Shopping app is awesome when in the store price comparing.

    Reader is ok. Reminds me of my old PocketPC. A paragraph or two at a time.

    Web surfing is horrible!!! All that pinching and zooming to see a page becomes very tedious.

    IMHO tablets will end up even more popular than smartphones in years to come simply because they have better screens. Unless we can have virtual screens everywhere as in this futuristic Corning video.

  7. JaredVegas thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2009
    I know it is "Relative", my iPad is tiny compared to my 27.5" Hannspree LCD on my PC. My point was after using the iPad over the past week it is hard to go back to my iPhone with its tiny screen. It is just more noticeable when using another iOS device just how small it is. I prefer the iPad over my MacBook, iPhone and Windows PC for general use.
  8. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
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    I have the opposite problem. I hate going from the iPhone 4 to iPad 2 due to lack of Retina Display. Makes things look just too pixelated on iPad 2.
  9. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    I noticed the same thing. My iPhone suddenly looked like a toy. lol

    To be honest, I ran into the same thing after using my son's Samsung Captivate. The display is huge, sharp, & rich on the Samsung. It matched my iPhone display in quality but was a bit larger. My iPhone is suddenly feeling cramped!
  10. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    iPad screen > iPhone screen. This is the mathematical reason.
  11. scuzzbug macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Armadale, Perth , Western Australia
    Who would've thought?
    I think everything is relative though. I got the shock of my life going from my iPad to a touch. It felt reeky strange. But after awhile you do get used to it.
  12. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    It's an interesting observation because at first I thought my Samsung (same screen as the Captivate) was so much bigger but when I measured it, the width of the screen really wasn't that much bigger than my iPod Touch's - about 4-5mm or so if not less,which would be around 0.16-0.2 inches at most. The real difference is the height of the screen.

    The ironic part of here that I actually wish my phone had the same height as the iPod Touch/iPhone. Android relies a lot on the pull down notification window and the extra height, while makes the phone look more impressive when turned on, detracts a lot from the usability because it adds extra distance my thumb has to travel to get to that pull down point. Plus it even hampers the thumb typing on the landscape mode. The only thing it helps is when I watch wide screen movies on it which isn't that often. (/rant)

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