iPad mini Just ordered an iPad Mini 5 WiFi

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  1. kevjen888 macrumors 6502a

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    Took advantage of Rakuten’s Memorial Day 15% off everything discount and scored a iPad Mini 5 WiFi model for $339 plus CA tax. I think it’ll be a perfect complement to my 15” MBP.

    For long flights do you guys think iPad mini is too small for movie watching? I’ll go on a trip to Asia soon, should I bring my 15” MBP or IPad Mini for the flights?
     
  2. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816

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    The iPad Mini 5 is a great consumption device no matter where you are.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    iPad mini screen is indeed a bit too small for consumption, and this is part of the reason I go for iPad Pro. Larger screen means everything is bigger. But during a flight, smaller screen means a bit more wiggle room to place iPad in a better position. Just my $0.02
     
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I watch tv and movies on my mini 5. It doesn’t bother me.
     
  5. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    As usual the answer is highly subjective. Give it a try yourself, it may work for you, or it may not.
     
  6. Wokis macrumors regular

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    For a flight tray I’d say the smaller the better :) Though the main advantage over a laptop will be the lack of a keyboard (+computer part) taking up precious space.

    Too small for movies is subjective. I don’t think so.
     
  7. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Unless you are flying business class I’d expect the space available will prevent the 15” having a sensible viewing angle and/or the trackpad will have to be inside your body.

    Mini all the way, especially at airplane viewing distances. As with others Ive always found the Mini fine for viewing, YMMV.
     
  8. Jimbo Limbo macrumors member

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    The iPad mini is the best size to take with you on the go. I have used Mini 2 before and currently Mini 4. Both have LTE option, allowing me not to need a phone as well. The mini series fits great in jacket pocket, in a bag you might be carrying, and even fits in my dress pants pockets at work, tho not my jeans.

    Ipads are better than phones, because they run iPad apps, and 3:2 aspect ratio is so much nice for most uses. I recently picked up an iphone SE, actually, after upgrading my wife from a iphone 6 to 8, my daughter took her six, and an SE became available. I plan to use the phone pretty much only when going biking or running or boating. Actually, I would love to get an Watch 4 LTE, and leave the phone at home.

    Phones do have better cameras, I concur.

    You are going to love that Mini 5! I am not taking responsibility for it, but I emailed Tim Cook requesting an update to the iPad mini.
     
  9. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    I have a 10.5 inch iPad Pro but since I got my iPad mini 5 I’ve been using it a lot more than my pro. I had the mini 4 before but it was quite slow.
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    For a flight I think the mini is perfect. It’s compact enough but still has a big enough screen.
     
  10. scotsmandc macrumors regular

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    Not many know this but you can hang your iPad using the smart cover or the cover of a case into the slot of the back seat where all menu, magazine, safety pamphlets are held when you're flying. No need to take up your table tray space .
     
  11. kevjen888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Shanghaichica, Shanghai is my home town too.
     
  12. ssledoux macrumors 65816

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    This is a great idea! We use a similar setup with my grandkids' iPads in the car. They are in those foamy/rubbery cases with the handles that can bend and act as a stand. We loop a bungee through the handle opening and hook it to the car's headrest. It works great for movie watching, but doesn't allow the iPad to be a projectile in the event of an accident.
     
  13. Wokis macrumors regular

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    I used to do this with my ipad 2017 and official apple smartcover until once the magnetic locking proved not to be strong enough and the ipad took a tumble (but survived). Though maybe the lighter mini would be fine and maybe I was just unlucky.
     
  14. scotsmandc macrumors regular

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    I actually never tried it with a smart cover but just assumed it was strong enough. The cover of a case definitely works though
     
  15. voidfire macrumors newbie

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    iPad mini 5 is really in perfect size for me. Use it everyday for any occassion. For long trip, I prefer to use ipad mini coz it is sooo portable. The screen size still okay for watching movies.
     
  16. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

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    You don't find the text way too small when browsing a website in portrait mode?
     
  17. *~Kim~* macrumors 6502a

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    It’s the perfect size for me too, and yes too small for website browsing in portrait mode. I always had my old iPad locked in landscape though so it doesn’t bother me. I only use portrait mode for those apps that need it.
     
  18. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    Why don’t you increase the size of the text if you find it too small?
     
  19. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816

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    Or pinching to zoom...
     
  20. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

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    Pretty sure increasing text size doesn't always work uniformly, especially within Safari.
     
  21. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    True. It also dependent on the website. Many don’t offer the ability.
     
  22. voidfire macrumors newbie

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    I think the text size still in good size. Since I bought iPad Mini, I love to read more than ever. In fact, I often read and reply on this forum via iPad Mini. Much more comfortable to read (and of course easier, coz I can check it every time I want).

    Yes, you can increasing the size if you don’t mind the size not uniformly get bigger, or you can pinching it or make it landscape. Hope it helps you.
     
  23. ericwn macrumors 68020

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    Another option on some websites may be to switch to reader mode and increase the text size then. But it’s not working well for anything that isn’t an article.
     
  24. M5RahuL macrumors 68030

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    I really wish Apple would release a phone capable mini ( I always use BT ) That would be the ultimate convergence device for me! :) I could use GV or WhatsApp for talking/video chat, but that's not what I want.

    Wishful thinking, I know.
     
  25. psac macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I always browse in Landscape mode with my mini. I'm just used to looking at it that way for websites. Email I do portrait because the text scaling works well.

    In terms of viewing TV/movies, by far the Mini form factor is the absolutely best size for flights for me. I love it. But even for everyday usage, we don't have a TV in our kitchen, so I use it to watch the news in the morning through my cable provider's app while I'm eating breakfast.

    Also, when travelling, I always take my Mini with me, while half the times my wife won't take her 11" iPad Pro because it's "too big and heavy."
     

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