Own iPhone 4, should I get iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by KadMac, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. KadMac macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    Just curious for you iPhone 4 users out there who also own an iPad - Since the iPhone 4 has the retina screen, does it bother you to turn around and do things on the iPad since it is not the same screen? Or is it really not bother you?

    I am thinking about buying an iPad but wondered how this impacted the iPhone 4 users.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I love both and use them for different things at different times

    The different displays mean nothing to me
  3. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2008
    I have both the iPhone 4 and the iPad and the difference in displays is something not noticeable to me.

    The size and HD resolution of the iPad screen really is something to look at.
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    IT bothers me a little, but I would still recommend iPad to my friends.
  5. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    The difference in displays would be the last factor I'd consider in making my choice. Although you can read a book on the iPhone, it's a crappy experience, as is navigating the Internet. I use my iPad 90% of the time for non-phone purposes. The iPhone is great for music on the go and is awesome for photos & video-taking.
  6. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    There is a difference, in fact I was just thinking about this last night. Over all it is not huge for me but it is noticeable. In fact, I almost held off buying my iPad thinking a retina display for the iPad would come in the next generation. With that said I am still thrilled I got the iPad, it works great for book reading, web browsing, etc. I would buy it again.
  7. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    You know this has been discussed ad nausea over and over and over. The search is your best friend.
  8. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Have to agree. My iPad is the perfect sofa computer while my iPhone is the perfect on the go companion. :)

    I do notice the blockiness of text on my iPad, which is exaggerated by the complete non-blockiness on my iPhone's "retina" display.
  9. Carniphage macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2006
    Sheffield, England
    I have both.

    Use them for completely different things.
    Just found a way of tethering the iPad to the iPhone - which makes them even more useful.

  10. Randman macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
    I've held off. Waiting for iPad2. I think the lack of iOS4 and muti-tasking is a bigger negative than retina display.
  11. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Easier to add iOS4 than a retina display. And while I'd certainly take advantage of multitasking when it's available, not having it doesn't impact negatively on my iPad experience.
  12. bentrider macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Same here. Only notice it web browsing really.
  13. ajones46 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    Monroe, Michigan
    I own both, and there is a slight difference only if you hold the iPad uncomfortably close to your face. My iPad is on my lap or on a desk and has no need for a Retina Display. It's kind of like wanting 1080p resolution on a 19" LCD... Kinda overkill and unnecessary.
  14. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    I love using both. My iphone 4 is ALWAYS with me and its for use on the go. Whilst I use my ipad on the sofa in the evening for browsing etc.

    Sent from my iPad
  15. bluermlou macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Only recently picked up an iphone4 whilst having the iPad since launch day, and I definitely enjoy both. They have their unique uses.
  16. jdhoop macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2010
    I have iPhone 4 and iPad. The screen difference is only noticeable up close, but when they're both viewed at their intended respective distances, there's no difference. The iPhone is small and meant to be viewed up close, and the iPad more like a computer screen where you view it further away.

    If the iPad had the retina display, (which I don't think is even possible at the moment), I would probably spend so much time admiring the detail right up in front of my nose that I'd find myself with a bad headache after every use.

    The displays of both devices are excellent for what they're intended for. I for one think photo quality on the iPad looks absolutely brilliant. It's awesome for showing friends/prospective clients my photography/graphic design portfolio. On that screen my work has never looked better.
  17. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    I have an iPhone 4, MBP and iPad, I use them all for different things, but one similar thing.

    They are all workhorses for me (IT Admin) and I use them all a very large amount.

    I only wish I had have gotten the keyboard dock or normal dock and BT Keyboard.
  18. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2006
    Tyler, Texas
    I only use the iPhone 4 for making phone calls, texting, and checking my email quickly. For composing emails, reading books, writing in my journal, editing documents, reading news, playing games, browsing the internet, etc. I use my iPad.

    Maybe it is because I just now became an iPhone 4 convert and have had my iPad for several months but to me the iPad is a much more useful device than the iPhone. Yeah the iPhone 4 screen is nice but I don't use it enough to get spoiled by it.
  19. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    To have something approaching a Retina display on an iPad, the resolution would have to be at least 2048x1536, which is double the current resolution and would be higher(aspect ratio ignored) than the 21.5-inch iMac!
    Not. Gonna. Happen. :D

    An ideal and totally feasible(4:3) resolution upgrade, would be 1280x960.
  20. bad angel macrumors member

    bad angel

    Jan 19, 2010
    I do notice the difference in resolution between the two and it bothers me a little, though only in the sense that an upcoming version of the iPad will most likely include a retina display as well and I'll have no choice but to upgrade then now that I know how great it is. :D

    Like others here, I always have my iPhone 4 with me, even as I move from room to room in the house. I use my iPad primarily as an ebook reader and for more extended web browsing over my iPhone. And I'm starting to get addicted to Angry Birds on my iPad as well. :p
  21. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I just use my iPhone for texting and seldom phone calls.
    Pad=everything else!
  22. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    I have both but I use my iPad more than my iP4.
  23. joebuleee macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2010
    I have both and think the Ipad is much easier to read emails and Such. Some emails i get are loaded with Land Mines, Something i call them. As in Hyper -linked links in the email that once you touch them off you go to some site trying to sell you something. On the Ipad there is no problems as you can read it like it was intended to be seen as you do not have to enlarge them like you have to on the iphone. Have you read a newsletter from Kim Komando before?
    You will know what i mean!

    Also the Iphone has apps for you to tether it to the Ipad so you really do not have to pay for a data plan for it. With Unlimited data on the phone why bother with a data plan.

    The Resolution on the i pad is really pretty good and for the most part as good a the Iphone 4 to me, i would have to say as in Apps for the Ipad not ones for the iphone that work on the Ipad.

    Both have there uses and i like them both for what they do best.
  24. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    I have both. The iPhone 4 display is stunning. But it's still tiny, and given the choice between the two, I'll always grab the iPad. Yeah, it would be nice to have better resolution on the iPad, but it doesn't bother me at all, I read books on it all the time without a problem.

    For me, they fill very different roles. The iPhone is my on-the-go internet and all the time music device. The iPad mostly stays at home unless I'm traveling and pretty much replaced my MBP as my primary computing device.
  25. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    My office is in the center of a large building. I cannot use my iPhone 4 because of reception issues, so I downloaded Skype on my iPad. My iPad is now my personal office phone. Don't ask me why, but I have full bars on my iPad 3G and 1 - 2 bars on my iPhone.

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