Losing interest in the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ffosse, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I picked up my iPad yesterday and saw tht the battery was 38% and was last fully charged on 21/12/18. I hadn't used it in all that time.

    I think it's because it's so much easier to pick up one of my phones and find out what I want quickly. Not sure why I bought it in the first place - I think it was to replace an Apple iPad Mini 4. (I used that device a lot more, but I only had 1 phone at the time.

    I find it unwieldy for reading books, watching YouTube or streaming movies, so I think I'll be selling it soon. Also, I have cancer and have been getting rid of other items, too (watches, mainly).

    Does anyone else feel jaded by the iPad?
  2. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Ah... sorry to hear that you have cancer. Hope you're dealing with it well and are able to live relatively pain free :)

    With regards to the iPad - I think you should sell or return it and wait for the upcoming iPad Mini 5. It sounds far more portable and applicable to your use case.
  3. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    I'm the exact opposite. I use my 10.5 iPP all the time, including for reading ebooks and streaming movies. I rarely touch my phone except for calls.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The 11" iPad is THE most used device at home. If something happened to mine, it would be replaced the same day.

    I am sorry that is did not suit you.
  5. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    The 7.9" iPad mini is still the king of portability for iPads though. I'm personally very eager for the iPad mini 5 that should be launched later this year.

    I've found that I use the larger iPad Pros more in landscape w/the keyboard attached. the 10.5" / 11" are still portable, but they've often felt less personal to me due to their larger size. The 2018 12.9" iPad Pro is a lot more portable than before, but it still doesn't feel like something I'd want to hold in my hands for long periods of time.
  6. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    I also have an 8" Galaxy Tab S2 tablet that works absolutely great but still find the larger form factor of the 10.5 more appealing.
  7. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Yeah that sounds good too. As an AMOLED display it sounds like it works really well for movie playback due to richer blacks.
  8. Ffosse, Jan 3, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2019

    Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I seem to have fallen into Apple's demographic almost exactly as I get older: little interest in the iPad, huge interest in the bigger phones, less use for the Apple Watch (although I think Apple Watches are doing very well, I also lost interest in mine).

    I think next year, though (if I'm still here!) I won't be buying one of their phones as for me they've hit the sweet spot with screen size. Picking up the iPad, though, I'm struck by how large it seems although it's only a 10.5" screen. I'm trying to get on with it now with BBC News. It certainly doesn't seem dated though. I bought mine in June 2017. I'm not sure it needed Face ID.

    Don't get me wrong, though. I think the 2017 and 2018 basic iPads are fantastic devices for the money.
  9. ImAnAgent macrumors regular


    Oct 11, 2018
    My mind
    I don't really use iPads all that much either. I haven't picked up my iPad mini 2 in over a year.

    In early December, I got a 12.9" 256GB iPad and used it a few days and read an entire book on it. I decided it was too big and sold it Christmas Weekend. I instead bought a Mini 4 and haven't really used it all that much.

    It's just so much easier to grab my phone which is always next to me and with todays big screens, an iPad is just an inconvenience having to reach for it on the other side of the room.
  10. Crow_Servo macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2018
    If weight and/or portable size is important, I think the Mini is perfect. I hope the rumored Mini 5 is a solid upgrade. If so, I’ll probably go for that this year to upgrade my Mini 4, which I use almost exclusively (using it right now). But I could be swayed towards the rumored 10” iPad, since I did really like my previous iPad Air. I’ll admit I use my Mini 4 far more than my previous Air. Portability makes it very convenient to pick up the Mini anytime I need a device.
  11. MisterSavage macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2018
    My iPad is probably my most used device when I'm at home. My iPhone goes on my wireless charger when I get home and I usually don't touch it again until I leave.
  12. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    I use the hell out of my iPad Pro 9.7"
    It's the perfect compliment to my iPhone SE.

    When I'm "on the go", I want the smallest iPhone possible and then when I do really want to have iOS mega usage on the go, I absolutely always want my LTE iPad instead.

    This is why I'm so frustrated with the iPhone lineup of late.
    We don't all want huge iPhones - they just don't fit the needs of many people like me.

    (we also don't want "old ones" as the only smaller options)
  13. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    I find my iPad Pro 11" to be perfect for home use and comfortable to hold, but not great for portability. I used to put my mini 4, which I no longer have, in my purse going out and now the pro which has to be carried separately in a well protected case rarely leaves home. I love the screen though. I'm old and the mini screen just wasn't comfortable for me to use very long and I prefer my Kindle for reading
  14. DiamonDecoden macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011
    I feel exactly the same. I find the 10.5 to be too big and the mini is the perfect handheld size. I like to sketch and draw. I want to have the apple pencil to be compatible with the iphone, ipad, and ipad mini. that'd be superb.

    I don't know why apple is taking a stupid long time to update the mini and make it a mini pro. I would pre-order it.
  15. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I find iPhone displays too small. Maybe when iPhones go up to 7" 16:10 with at least 300 ppi, I might consider ditching the iPad. As it is, I carry both my iPhone 7 and iPad Pro 9.7 LTE with me daily along with a 6" Kindle.

    Mind, when I was hospitalized and only had use of one arm, I had a hard time operating the iPhone 7 and used an iPhone SE instead for browsing and reading. The iPad, I only used when it was stationary on the food tray and I was watching TV shows or movies.
  16. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Nah. Even plus sized phone screens are smaller than I prefer. I’m an iPad addict.
  17. Euroamerican macrumors regular


    May 27, 2010
    My iPad (series 3, cellular, 64g) is my most used device. So portable, so immediate!

    It's getting long in the tooth though, and I'm pining for at least a wifi-only 2018 iPad.
  18. mightyjabba macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2014
    I lost interest in my iPad for a long time as well, and didn't use my iPad Mini for months because it was getting slow and the screen size wasn't really that different from my phone. But I'm back now that I have one of the new 12.9" iPad Pros. It's definitely my third choice after my phone and Mac, but it has its uses and is a beautiful piece of hardware.
  19. uknation87 macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2016
    I’m actually in the same boat. Since picking my new 6th gen iPad, I’ve used it way more than my XS Max for media consumption and reading.

    I’ll still have my phone close by but I have absolutely used my iPad more than ever and don’t see that changing any time soon.
  20. secretk macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2018
    I am in the middle. At home I barely use the iPad. I have my laptop with me and for media consumption the laptop wins every time - bigger and better screen, more stable on my lap, better keyboard and it has mouse track. I find using laptop in bed way easier than the iPad.

    When at work I use my iPad for taking notes with the pencil. When I travel I prefer to bring only the iPad (with keyboard) because it's more portable. So far it's relatively OK but I have taken it to only two trips so far. In both of them I did not have to do serious work for work so going just with the iPad was OK. We will see how it will be once I have to do something more than just reading emails.

    Overall the iPad gets used during meetings at work as a digital notebook and in the cases when I do not have access to laptop or a desktop. The moment I get access to a computer, I just forget about the iPad and do my work there.
  21. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I'm sort of like that too. My mini 4 is probably the most used after my laptop when I'm home and also usually take the mini along with my phone when traveling for even a few days. I upgraded my phone from SE to XR and although I love the sunny yellow color and certainly appreciate the chip bump and the larger real estate for reading wire service news or books on the fly, I still prefer the mini size iPad for those and I'm still nursing a bit of a grudge about there not being a smaller form factor like the SE in the current iPhone lineup, and I long for a mini sized iPad Pro too: the iPad mini 4 starts to feel slow even though I had held onto a 2 waiting for a 5 for so long and still counting.... finally caved in and got a refurb 4 during the fall because once in awhile it occurred to me that Apple might just axe that line without one last refresh, and I'd have been stuck with a rapidly EOL'd mini 2 when it's my favorite iPad size.

    I'm sure that my having got the 4 at this late date will nudge Apple finally to shove a 5 into production now that my gear budgets are shot for at least a couple years. :rolleyes:

    The bigger iPad Pro I love --I have the 10.5" one -- especially for reading certain magazines, making modifications to quilt block designs, and watching TV/movies but still tend to do the latter on a laptop. I have to say that reading The New Yorker or The Economist on a large iPad or an iPad Pro is a great experience.

    In my arsenal of mobile gear an iPhone is supposed to be primarily just "a phone with benefits". I feel weird holding the XR up to make or take a phone call, not quite like that funny meme with the guy holding a laptop up to the side of his head, but close to it! I can't one-hand the XR the way I did with the SE either, and I keep reaching into the wrong compartment of my handbag for the phone now....

    I'll get over the silly grudges I guess, but I had to put the SE away for awhile to make myself stop wanting to either get another phone line (absurd!) so I could still use it, or else just reactivate the SE and use the XR as a WiFi only device (truly absurd!).

    Not having the SE in sight for a little while made me calm down some... enough so I didn't return the XR and go back to the SE, which really would have been nuts since the SE can run iOS 12 ok but that's probably at or a tad past its sweet spot, and it will be downhill or stuck on 12 after that.

    Can't get too far behind the hardware path forward, I learned that when I was trying to hang onto G4 powerbooks while MacBooks were out and about for a few years already. Finally checked out a nephew's black Macbook and realized I was way behind the curve. Now I don't wait so long, and especially with iPhones.
  22. ventuss, Jan 4, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2019

    ventuss macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    Every year I say to myself “I’m not buying a new iPad”, and I end up buying a new iPad, and the thing is, I use it so much that I never regret it. Now for the iPhone, it’s mainly used to make calls or text friends. I still have the iPhone 7 and I plan on using it until next year, because I barely use it.

    I also keep two iPads, and use them both daily. One iPad is mainly used to watch you tube videos and following tutorials, or viewing reference images while I’m drawing.
  23. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I thought I was bad with 2 phones, but if it works for you then fair play.
  24. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I'm in the two iPad club, too. And I would seriously consider giving up my phone if the iPad worked with the watch. Up until I got my dad's Mac mini recently, I was desktop/laptop free for a year. I do all my work on iPads, often in conjunction with each other-- video conferencing and drawing on a web whiteboard with one and looking at reference material on the other.
  25. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Same here. When I'm at home, I use my iPad almost exclusively. It is definitely my preferred device to use when at home.

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