Should I get a iPhone or iPad ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by max2, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. max2 macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
    I know some will say both but if you had to decide between the two which would it be ?
  2. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    These two items are in no way comparable, but I would say iPhone.
  3. digitard macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2004
    Gilbert, AZ
    Agreed w/ bpeeps. Other than the iOS and similar design aesthetics they're not really comparable.

    To answer, though, I'd say get an iPhone 6S+ only because it'll give you the medium between larger device, and mobility of a phone.
  4. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    They are completely different devices suited for different needs. The question is what is your need?

    You wouldn't get an iPhone primarily for video or web usage and you wouldn't buy an iPad to make phone calls or use as a music player.
  5. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
    Well obviously I want it so I can use apps. Though what I mainly will use it for is calls, movies, tv shows, and photo editing.
  6. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
  7. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
  8. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    Then I would have to say an iPhone 6S+ like someone else mentioned.

    For the most part you would be much better suited with an iPad based on your wants/needs, but you can't easily make phone calls on it. It is possible, I suppose... just not smart. The 6S+ should be good for music/calls and tolerable for everything else.
  9. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    Watching TV, movies, and photo editing = iPad

    Making phone calls = phone

    What's more important to you? That's the only thing that matters. I've got both, but I've got multiple devices that I can do the first three things on. I've only got one device that I can carry in my pocket virtually every waking hour, no matter what I'm doing, and can use for making phone calls. So for me, the phone is a higher priority.

    If it was the other way around (like I had another phone around, or felt I could get by with a cheap flip phone, and I didn't have my laptop), then the iPad would be a higher priority.

  10. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Well considering how difficult actual calling can be with an iPad, I would say iPhone. It's more versatile and easy to have on you at all times. You mentioned a lot of media-heavy things so make sure you at least get a 64GB model. Photo editing will be more fluid on the 6S due to having more RAM but there are limited apps that let you edit. But that is also true for the iPad. I use Lightroom Mobile on both but they require using a desktop along with it to import RAW files which are then synced wirelessly to your device through Adobe Creative Cloud—I've got about 30,000 photos synced to mine. If you just want to edit photos taken on your device, then it can import those on device without issue and the editing is actually pretty decent for non-RAW files. It's also great at organizing. But there's also a monthly subscription. However there are also lots of other great photo editing apps out there if you don't need cloud syncing of massive RAW files. Furthermore, if you want to work with photos on your device then the 6S will give you a much better camera experience than an iPad and you're more likely to always have it on you. If you are really going to watch a lot of movies and TV shows then a Plus model would probably be best. As someone with slightly above average sized hands, I have found my 6 Plus to be pretty annoying over time and will be going back down in size to the 6S size tomorrow. So that part is really up to personal preference. A lot of people love the Plus. But if you need to decide between the price of device storage and display size, I'd definitely go for more storage unless you plan on constantly streaming media. As you can see there are lots of answers depending on your use case!
  11. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    Also, keep in mind that an iPad with LTE will burn through your cellular data like there is no tomorrow if you aren't careful. This isn't usually an issue unless you choose to watch videos on it on LTE but I managed to burn through about 6GB of data one evening when my internet was out. It burnt through it a lot faster than my iPhone did.
  12. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    I agree with others who said the Phone would work best for you (since you want to make calls.)

    I just went the opposite route, ditched the iPad 6 for an iPad mini 4 and a flip phone. The carriers bs and price gouging is what really pushed me away. I know my wallet will be very happy going forward.

    But in the OP's case, the phone would be the better bet.
  13. Grmnracing macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2011
    The two are comparable in a way. But different in so many other ways. It's simple. If it's mostly data you want it for, such as watching YouTube, surfing the web and comsuming media (video)....get the iPad. The iPad battery is outstanding. And the screen size is just perfect (IMO)..

    The iPhone is in a class of its own. It's great for Phone calls. Good for on the fly media consumption. But the battery doesn't last that long compared to iPad. It all depends on what your main uses are.

    Don't be afraid to get both. They work great together.
  14. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Neither. The fact that you are questioning tells me that neither is necessary to you.
  15. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    99.99% of people need to own both. They are complimentary devices that work seamlessly together. I'd start with the iPhone and then buy into an iPad as soon as you can afford it.
  16. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
  17. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    That basically answers it for you, unless you're happy to stick with FaceTime Audio.
  18. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Even if calls on the cellular network weren't important, there are things that the iPhone can do that an iPad can't. If size is an issue, you can deal with that by going for a Plus model if your budget allows.

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