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What is the ideal iPad size?

  • iPad Air (9.7 inch iPad

    Votes: 88 59.1%
  • iPad Pro

    Votes: 39 26.2%
  • iPad mini

    Votes: 22 14.8%

  • Total voters
    149

JerTheGeek

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Was just thinking about this as I held my Air 2. For me, this is still the best size. I tried the mini 4 and really liked the lightness of it, but ultimately the screen was just too small for me, especially when I already have an iPhone 6. If I need something bigger, I have my MacBook Air 13"; so the Air fits well in between these two for me.
Now that the Pro is out and many have switched to it, is the 9.7" size still ideal in your opinions? Or is the Pro the new best iPad size? Do you think Apple is trying to make the Pro the "mainstream" iPad, or is the air still the ideal iPad size?
 

maxsix

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Jun 28, 2015
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I have all three sizes of iPads. My Pro is rather bulky and cumbersome for portable use. The larger size as compared to my Air 2 is quite noticeable. I still like the Air best.
 
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nightlong

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Jun 16, 2012
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If I could only have one iPad it would be the iPad Air 2 with cellular - light, fast, ultra portable and I always have internet . My iPad Pro is wifi only and I see it as a different tool. Each for my purposes is the ideal size.

There isn't a universal ideal size. The ideal size is what works best for your use and budget.
 
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darknyt

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Have Air, Air 2 and now Pro. It's def a trade off in size vs portability, but Pro is my daily driver now. For media consumption it's fantastic. Can't go back now. Picking up Air 2 is like going back to 5S after 6 plus.

In many ways, there are a lot of the same adjustments/compromises as going to larger iPhone.
 

Nausicaa

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Jan 11, 2007
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Pro for me. But I'm also 6'4" so the size maybe isn't such a problem. I think the bigger screen makes iOS a much more capable and enjoyable OS. Slide over and split view feel a little pointless on the Air. It does have a larger footprint though. The Air really can be taken and used anywhere. The Pro is a little more limited, but not much. Still have a hard time calling a 13" computer as incredible as the iPad, at 1.5 pounds, bulky.
 

JerTheGeek

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Pro for me. But I'm also 6'4" so the size maybe isn't such a problem. I think the bigger screen makes iOS a much more capable and enjoyable OS. Slide over and split view feel a little pointless on the Air. It does have a larger footprint though. The Air really can be taken and used anywhere. The Pro is a little more limited, but not much. Still have a hard time calling a 13" computer as incredible as the iPad, at 1.5 pounds, bulky.
Good point on the weight. If you want that size it is pretty lightweight from what I have seen using it in the store.
 
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tompab

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Nov 21, 2015
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Can't believe you added a poll and purposely didn't even put in the mini despite mentioning it. You are completely skewing your result by providing bad options. Around 8 inch is the ideal tablet size for me.
 
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Ghost31

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Jun 9, 2015
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The pro is absolutely perfect for me. After having mine since December, I can't even imagine going back down to the 9.7 inch size and actually doing things with it. Just feels so small. Amazing how perspective changes
 
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sracer

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Pro for me. But I'm also 6'4" so the size maybe isn't such a problem. I think the bigger screen makes iOS a much more capable and enjoyable OS. Slide over and split view feel a little pointless on the Air. It does have a larger footprint though. The Air really can be taken and used anywhere. The Pro is a little more limited, but not much. Still have a hard time calling a 13" computer as incredible as the iPad, at 1.5 pounds, bulky.
Yeah, funny how people's perspective gets skewed. I've seen quite a bit of hyperbole around the "heft" of the iPad Pro, second only to the hyperbole about the screen quality of the Macbook Airs. :)

I'm finding that split view and slide over work extremely well when using the Air 2 with a physical keyboard... even more as time goes on and more apps support those features. I rarely use those features when using only the onscreen keyboard.

I think the "ideal" size for me would probably be somewhere in the middle between the Air and the Pro. But since this isn't Samsung we're talking about (who seems to produce tablets in 1/2" increments), I'll have to settle with the Air 2. :)
 

Channan

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Don't and probably won't own a Pro, but I have a mini 2 and an Air 2 and I still think the Air 2 is the best size. I got the mini 2 as a gift, so I'll sometimes bring it out with me since it can fit in some of my pockets, but the Air 2 is my preferred device.
 
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JerTheGeek

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Can't believe you added a poll and purposely didn't even put in the mini despite mentioning it. You are completely skewing your result by providing bad options. Around 8 inch is the ideal tablet size for me.
Sorry about that, I've now added a mini option
 
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Jmacman78

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Jan 7, 2007
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I am debating this right now, I'm thinking of picking up an iPad Air 2 or an iPad Pro. I'm just wondering how the Pro will work out for me on a daily basis, I like to use the iPad around the house mostly.
 

ACG12

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Jun 9, 2015
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Yes and no. For at home use its the perfect size, but while not at home, my wife's mini is ideal.
 

sunapple

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Jul 16, 2013
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I always get the biggest option, because more screen estate lets you see more, do more.

As long as it fits your bag or pocket, once you get it out you get the best experience IMO. Would buy a 17" MacBook in a heartbeat for instance.
 

Wbutchart

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Aug 20, 2013
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I have the mini 2 and really like the size, use if for productivity without much an issue. I have a 5s and would not be in a hurry to get a bigger iPhone so that combo works for me. The bigger sizes both have advantages but mini works best for me.
 
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