iPad mini Is the mini too small for web browsing?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kaylerrific, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. kaylerrific macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2012
    Hi all, I love and adore my iPad 4, but I'm looking to get a mini possibly. My only concern is that text just seems really small. For those who've used the big ipad and the mini, do you find yourself zooming in a lot on web pages or getting any eye strain from the small text?
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I did in my old mini. Expect to do the same with the rMini. A lot of pinch and zooming. But its not THAT bad.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  4. =E= macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2013
    No. I think its working perfectly fine. I also have an iPad 3. But I prefer surfing the web with my mini. But, like with everything else, some might think its too small and some might love it like I do ;) Why not go to applestore and test it out, see if you like it?!
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010

    "too small" is dependent on your preferences and the sites you surf. It's going to be just fine for some, too small for others. Gotta try it out yourself and see what you think with the sites you frequent.
  6. ARH1956 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    The Mini is excellent for web browsing IMO.
  7. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Honestly its not a big deal especially now.
  8. csrini1 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Ipad4/Air are good for web browsing. you will be doing lot of pinch and zooming on mini.
  9. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Didn't you end up returning your mini?
  10. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Most of what I do on mine is surf. I think the Air is too big to surf comfortably, there's a ton of travel for your eyes. But that's me.
  11. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2008
    The rMini is pretty good at web browsing, but the Air is better (for my eyes at least).
  12. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    I think it works great for web browsing! I zoom just as much as I did on my ipad three.
  13. Kimcha macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2012
    On the non retina mini surfing was annoying because many websites have small fonts, which looked fuzzy and unsharp on the mini. I had to zoom in quite a bit to get the text to be sharp and not necessarily because the font itself was too small.

    From what I could tell in the apple store this shouldn't be a problem on the retina mini. You probably will still have to zoom in, but I don't think it's a problem.

    Here is another tip:
    - Create a folder named "Zoom" in your bookmarks favorites folder
    - save the bookmark or this thread twice with the names "Font +" and "Font -"
    - go to the bookmarks and edit font +. Replace the URL with:
    - go to the bookmarks and edit font -. Replace the URL with:
    This will allow you to increase and decrease the font sizes by tapping the zoom menu.
  14. Macalway macrumors 68020

    Aug 7, 2013

    Except I would add "obviously" :D
  15. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yes. However, the mini is great at browsing. The Air is better for browsing due to less need to zoom in.
  16. fanchee macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    I have a retina iPad mini as of today, and prior to that, the 1st gen mini. I can count on one hand the number of times I've had to zoom in on something. I love the thing for surfing. It's the perfect size for me. But you should go check them out in person, if possible!
  17. Harmonious Zen macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2013
    My two cents: the retina mini is a spectacular screen and text is sharp. But text is quite tiny without zooming in. It's possible to browse with no problem, but if your eyes are at all sensitive you will likely have issues. I found myself zooming in quite a bit.

    For just $100 more, I find the Air a more suitable device for browsing. It's not significantly heavier or bigger than the mini in my opinion and the larger screen is better for browsing.
  18. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    I actually used this trick on my iPad 3. It's absolutely wonderful on sites that have very small text. And some I visit don't zoom either.

    It you were the original poster back several months ago then I thank you very much. I think you saved me several headaches and certainly allowed me to expand my knowledge (since I would have otherwise just skipped those sites).
  19. Kimcha macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2012
    Yeah I agree. But I am not the original poster, just spreading the love. :)
  20. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Today I was comparing the new R-mini to the Air and discovered that some sites don't allow zooming (pinching?) to make the text larger. This made it hard for me to read certain pages, like some articles on Yahoo, for example.

    I gotta say that I'm quite fond of the physical size of the mini, though.
  21. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    I found a lot of sites like that while I owned a Mini! The Mini is a great portable device, and I'm really on the fence about buying the retina Mini right now. The Best Buy down the street has every size and color in stock, and I'm afraid to go there. :D The Air has really given me the best of both worlds, so.... I dunno.
  22. comatose81 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2009
    Why do people keep asking this? Is your phone too small for browsing? I browse on my phone all of the time, personally.
  23. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    In my opinion, the larger Ipads are a bit more convenient for web browsing. I sometimes have a little trouble hitting a control on a page on the mini, or need to enlarge text to read it. That said, for me the additional portability of the mini is worth the inconvenience in this regard.
  24. JSalig macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
    The reason why it's easy to browse on a phone is because a lot of sites are optimized for phone usage.
  25. Charliebird, Nov 13, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2013

    Charliebird macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
    Thank you so much. This is a real lifesaver. :eek:

    Another suggestion is to use the reader feature whenever you can. I had an iPad 4 and an iPad air for a short time. The iPad air was better for web browsing but awkward to hold.

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