iPhone XS Max as an iPad replacement

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  1. aevan macrumors 68030

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    I never understood how a large phone can replace a tablet. Even an iPad Mini has a significantly larger screen than an iPhone XS Max/Plus. I guess if you’re only using your tablet to surf the web - but if you’re ok with surfing on a phone screen, then I don’t see how a “regular” X/XS screen is much worse.

    Of course, depends on what you’re using your iPad for, but reading magazines and comics is not the best experience on a phone, but is great on an iPad. Movies are also better. Image-heavy websites. Of course, for reading email or twitter, a phone is a more mobile, and even a better option.

    Then, there are apps. iPad apps are becoming more like full desktop apps with every year. If you rely on these apps, you can’t use an iPhone.

    Finally, what about multitasking and split-screen?

    I guess when people compare numbers - a 6.5” screen does not seem that much smaller than a 7.9” iPad Mini screen - but you’re forgetting the aspect ratio. iPad Mini has a bigger surface area than it may seem and its screen is actually quite larger than the Max. And that’s the smallest iPad!

    So - if you’re getting a tablet for tablet focused things - media consumption and content creation - then, no, I don’t think a phone can replace an iPad. But if you want a device for the things you usually use a phone for (email, social networks, taking photos, messaging) - then I don’t see why you’d need a tablet in the first place.

    This is just my opinion, I know that a lot of people have different ones. An interesting topic :)
     
  2. sracer macrumors 604

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    I think the whole " 'x' as a replacement for 'y' " discussion is a bit unproductive. It's great that people find a device that suits them better than the device they're currently using, but it is so dependent upon how one uses their device that their experience is rarely transferable to another person.

    I'm sure that there are people out there with iPads that could use a magic slate to replace it. :)

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  3. aevan macrumors 68030

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    Hah, good point.
     
  4. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502

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    Might as well ask if your ipad has replaced your tv.

    In either scenario if the smaller can replace the larger the you never needed the larger. Not even close in size. It’s a case of preferring a smaller device.
     
  5. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040

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    I LOVED THOSE THINGS!!!!
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    I always hire the smallest device possible to do the job. If I can get away with just having my cellular Apple Watch and maybe AirPods, I'll do that. If I need everything my Watch can do but also need a camera and the ability to use a lot of apps or get to Safari, I bring the iPhone. If I need a large screen and keyboard/Apple Pencil, I bring the iPad Pro. If I need something that runs Flash, I bring the Macbook Air. I always travel as light as I can and bring the device that will be most comfortable to bring for the tasks at hand. Last summer we went on a 10 day vacation to California, and it was during the busiest time of year at my job. I knew I was going to have to do some work stuff, but also wanted to check my luggage both ways and didn't want to deal with a carry-on or computer bag. All I ever had with me was my iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. I was able to keep up with work and do everything vacation-related all on one screen. (I was on iPhone X back then--would have been nice to have the XS Max instead!)
     
  6. masotime macrumors 68020

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    "Smallest possible" is quite different from "most comfortable" depending on the context. You can prioritize smallness (portability) over comfort, but not always both.
     
  7. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040

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    Sure--for me it's "comfortable", for someone else it's "smallest". Whatever the criteria is. I will usually defer to my iPad Pro whenever possible, but it's not always the ideal option. My wife will do everything she possibly can on her iPhone and almost never sees the need for an iPad or Mac.
     
  8. BeforeTheMeds, Jan 11, 2019 at 11:38 AM
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    BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for helping me make my point as thats not replacing an ipad with a phone. It’s recognizing the uses for different devices. I travel with iphone only, but its not replscing any of my other devices. I’m just making do with the phone.

    You still use your ipad for ipad stuff. Anyone that completely dumps an ipad for a tiny phone (yes tiny compared to an ipad) never really needed an ipad. They are replacing something they didn’t need.

    In other words if someone never needed a mac pro or any mac, just used it for web surfing and email, they can easily replace it with an iphone.
     
  9. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040

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    I actually 100% agree with you--I think I'm just not saying it very well. I DO NOT agree with anyone who says a Plus/Max model iPhone is "almost as big as an iPad". I guess if you compare them to an iPad mini it's sort of getting close but still not the same thing. In my personal workflow, they all have their place, but the Mac's share of my time has dramatically decreased because of the iPad Pro (I can even do my day job from it if needed) and my iPhone's share has dramatically decreased because of the cellular Apple Watch. But at this point I could not get rid of any of them. And I wouldn't want to--I love how well they all work together in the Apple ecosystem.
     
  10. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502

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    I think it was me not wording it well. I knew your point, just making a longer statement and putting it in my reply to you. Sorry, didn’t mean to seem I was directing an argument to you.

    I think some confuse the difference. It’s easy to replace something thats overkill for the job at hand, not so much replscing something thats needed.

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  11. jagolden macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, despite the size of the Xs Max, I think it could only be a minimal replacement for an iPad Mini, and even that might make you miss the extra screen acreage.

    I do a lot on my Max but do the importantwork on my iPad. Granted it is a 12.9".
    In the past however, I had a 6s Plus and an iPad Mini and frequently used them interchangeably.

    I believe the difference between a Max and, say, a 9.7" would be very noticeable and the Max would seem somewhat cramped.

    However, for fine work on an Xs Max you could use the fine tip end of an Apple Pencil so your finger is not blocking your view or a fine tipped stylus. You don’t get the pressure sensitivity like an iPad Pro but I find using the Pencil on the phone handy for fine adjustments.
     
  12. Vivian125 macrumors 6502

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    Thats so true. It is funny because even if you combine the screen of iPhone XS Max 16sq inch and iPhone 8 Plus (12.8square inch) the iPad Mini is still bigger by 4 square inch cuz iPad Mini has total of 30 square inch! it is a fact they ARE NOT close in size

    Also the iPhone XS Max would be also smaller when watching a 16:9 because there would be black bars on side. What if you really have to read subtitle? You cannot read subtitle on the XS Max if you wanted a full screen it will ended up zoom making you unable to read subtitle
     
  13. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502

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    Bingo.
     
  14. PKoz macrumors member

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    I’m still trying to replace the laptop with the iPad. I like the big display and full size keyboard. I went from the 7 plus to the XS, with is physically smaller. The phone was getting to large in my opinion. The XS feels perfect.
     

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