Really want to switch to Mini but hard to read Safari

Discussion in 'iPad' started by inspiritu, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. inspiritu macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    I'm still on the iPad 2 and want to upgrade

    Went to the Apple store and I absolutely love the feel of the Mini and how light it is

    And I think it will be great for books and movies will be fine

    But when I was testing browsing, the small fonts will be too straining to my eyes, and I don't want to have to continually zoom in

    Can you change the default font size in Safari so that it will always open up pages with larger font sizes? I just tried to figure out how to do on my iPad 2 and was not able to do it

    I changed the font in General --> Accessibility and that made things larger for certain things but not Safari

    Any help would be appreciated
  2. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    Safari does not support larger font sizes. I tried sending feedback but so far Apple isnt listening. Font size and eye strain were my main reasons for moving back to a 9.7 sized iPad. There are a few browsers Mercury or Perfect Browser that support larger font sizes if you dont mind switching browsers. Neither support content blocking that came with iOS 9 unfortunately. If you really want a Mini you will likely have to consider a browser switch.
  3. inspiritu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010

    Great, thank you

    Do you suggest one of those over the other?

    I guess I can try them out on my current iPad and see if I like them

    Does iPad allow you to change Default Browser yet? That is, when you open a link from Twitter or something, can you click to open it in Perfect Browser or will it only go to Safari?

    That's pretty disappointing Apple won't support the larger default font sizes for Safari.
  4. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
    Go with the Air2. It's lighter and thinner than your iPad 2 and you don't have to "compromise" the screen size.
  5. DJTaurus macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2012
    You could hold it in landscape mode and problem solved :)
  6. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    You will not be able to switch the default browser. I personally like Mercury over Perfect Browser, however Perfect lets you set a default font size for the web whereas Mercury font size is set and saved seperately for each page you bookmark. Both are so similar so its just preference really. Yes try them both beforehand so you can decide if that is an acceptable comprimise or not.

    In the meantime all we can do is leave Apple feedback. As I tried to get across to them, we dont all have perfect eye sight.
  7. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
  8. Tapper123 macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2015
    You do know about the reading mode in Safari, right? Tap on the icon on the far left of the address bar that looks like several small lines stacked and it immediately converts the page to normal sized text and basic images. Makes any page more readable.

    I have terrible closeup vision, so if I can read on my Mini then anyone can. And when I want a clearer view I just use reading glasses, but that's true with anything closer than 20 inches for me.
  9. lmitch6 macrumors member


    May 18, 2015
    I used to use an iPad 2 and switched to the Mini for the size and weight, like you're considering. After the original Mini and Mini 2, I just switched to an iPad Air 2 last night. I can't recommend it highly enough. The iPad Air 2 is a different world than the iPad 2. Much lighter, and a better overall user experience as a result. Over time I found the Mini too small for extended use. Hope this helps!
  10. Mystro macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2011
  11. oldwren macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    It doesn't show up for everything. Mostly articles and blog posts and such.
  12. inspiritu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Thank you all for the great answers

    I did not know about Reader Mode, I will try it

    I will also leave Apple some feedback about this

    I am of course aware of how much people love their Air 2s, and I may eventually end up there

    But when I picked up the Mini 4 and felt how light it was... wow

    I think I am going to buy it and try it (including different browsers)... If I don't end up liking it, I will then return for Air 2

    Thanks again
  13. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
  14. inspiritu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010

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