iPad mini Retina Mini daily use

Samtb

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In daily usage, how often do you zoom in to read things on a retina mini? With the non retina mini, some people zoomed in quite a bit to read A4 size documents or magazines. But what about with the retina mini compared to the air?
 

Rodster

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I found myself zooming in 90% of the time which is why I returned it and purchased an Air.
 

mtneer

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I have to zoom in portrait orientation almost all the time; unless the site has a mobile/ tablet version. Landscape orientation is much better and I don't have to zoom as much.
 

bandofbrothers

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I found myself zooming in 90% of the time which is why I returned it and purchased an Air.

I persevered with the rMini for 3 days and returned it as I was doing the same and left with the iPad Air.

The extra real estate was appreciated for my poor old eyes.
 

TheAnvil

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Yes. You tend to zoom in a lot more than the bigger iPads.
I always use it in landscape mode, which is perfect for me.
 

SHirsch999

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In daily usage, how often do you zoom in to read things on a retina mini? With the non retina mini, some people zoomed in quite a bit to read A4 size documents or magazines. But what about with the retina mini compared to the air?
Only by accident if I double tap on a spot. Guess my vision isn't as bad as my wife thinks it is.
 

Wbutchart

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I zoom sometimes, most websites are ok, but cause zoom is so smooth it's not really a hassle.
 

Harmonious Zen

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I thought this would be an issue when I first got the mini, but I don't even give it a second thought anymore. If I need to zoom in, I just double click or flip into landscape mode. Most sites I can read just fine in portrait. Complete non-issue.
 

JackieInCo

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I don't need to zoom in much at all. I'm typing and reading this site now on my Mini. I di have one or two apps where the text is just so small and there is no way to adjust it in the app. I use those apps on the Air.

I'm happy I own both.
 

JonMPLS

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I zoom a lot, but I also zoom on my full sized iPads. Zooming is a way to read without being surrounded by flashing ads on both sides of the article.
 

east85

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When I first got my mini I zoomed a lot but I've noticed I zoom way less now even in portrait. I think it just takes time to acclimate if you have good eyes. If I did have to zoom a lot still it probably wouldn't bother me because iOS has implemented zoom pretty well, especially with double tap.
 

M5RahuL

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The Air, no doubt, is more easy on the eyes [ imo ]. Using the mini, I don't find myself zooming in at all when viewing landscape, but in portrait mode..maybe sometimes.

The rMini cannot be beat for the ultimate portability imo. I just bought the rMini [ TMO promo ] and am enjoying every bit of it w/o missing the Air.
 

swedefish

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I zoom in on scanned books so that the page fits the screen. On A4/Letter size documents I sometimes zoom depending on text size. I do not find this to be a problem. I prefer the lightness of the rMini which feels like a standard book over the heavier and bulkier Air.
 

iZollo

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I just use landscape which I prefer anyway when I am using any iPad. I love the size and weight of the retina iPad mini coming from a iPad 3 I will probably never go back to a full size iPad.
 

kristalsoldier

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I found myself zooming in 90% of the time which is why I returned it and purchased an Air.
I can completely relate to this. Before buying the Air, I borrowed a friend's rMini and found myself doing the same thing. The Air was the natural solution to my problem. But others have told me that they have no such problem and appear to be quite happy reading on the rMini.
 

leenak

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I just got mine a few days ago but I haven't used zoom yet. I imagine maybe on somethings I will though, like maps.
 

HenryDJP

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When I first got my mini I zoomed a lot but I've noticed I zoom way less now even in portrait. I think it just takes time to acclimate if you have good eyes. If I did have to zoom a lot still it probably wouldn't bother me because iOS has implemented zoom pretty well, especially with double tap.
Oy vey, it's not a question of people having good eyes or not. If people don't have good eyes they wear correctional glasses. I just hate when people bring up the "bad eyes" argument, it's just ignorance.