Typing in landscape on the iPad mini

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  1. i0Nic macrumors 65816

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    What do you think typing will be like on the mini particularly in landscape?

    I am thinking of selling my iPad 3 for the mini, but I do use the ipad a lot for typing and taking notes at work. If it's going to be unusable for this then I'll have to rethink.

    I have smaller hands/fingers so I'm hoping it will work out. Have any hands on videos or reviews made mention of this?
     
  2. macingman macrumors 68020

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    I think the best option would be to go to a store on the 2nd and try it out. There would be plenty available I bet.
     
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  4. i0Nic thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Because of the smaller display therefore a smaller keyboard.
     
  5. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    It has Siri. Siri takes dictation. I rarely use the keyboard on my iPod touch 5.
     
  6. i0Nic thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Not practical in work meetings, or student classes for that matter.
     
  7. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    I was hoping one of the reviewers in the room would try this, but I guess they felt people would rather see them flipping between homescreens...

    On my current iPad I touch type like normal, except I often just use three fingers as my pinkee just seems to be hanging off the edge, so 3 is more comfortable. I am hoping I can use 3 on the mini.

    Did any of the hands-on photos have the landscape keyboard up? I'm pretty sure I didn't see any...
     
  8. lkw15 macrumors newbie

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    I would really like to know this as well - I'm in the same boat as you are, OP. I guess we'll have to wait until next week to find out.
     
  9. whtrbt7 macrumors 6502a

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    There is about a 2 inch difference in diagonal screen size which will equate to about a 18% difference. If you found that typing on an iPad was hard before, the iPad mini will be about 18% harder to type on due to smaller key size and horizontal keyboard length. I touch type on an iPad now and think that it is acceptable for the size of the device. I'm expecting the iPad mini to not be too large of a difference.
     
  10. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    people have no problem on the iPhone which is still tiny compared to the mini
     
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    indubitably my good man.
     
  12. pommie82 macrumors 6502

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    i would personally just wait for a bluetooth keyboard case to come out for the mini it won't be long until they come out about a month or so. i should of thought you would be a lot better using a regular keyboard typing i use one all the time on first generation iPad 1 i wouldn't use a on screen keyboard anymore they aren't very good compared to regular keyboard and if you are taken notes all the time like you are claim you are doing when you are working then i think thats the best option personally
     
  13. clukas macrumors 6502a

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    I'm wondering the same thing. I find the I pad sized keyboard quite comfortable for typing, so I think the smaller keyboard will be a little cramped and will slow you down.
     
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    I'm interested in this as well. I use my ipad to type about three pages a day. The screen is just the right size for me to comfortably type with three fingers per hand. I doubt i will be able to handle a smaller keyboard with the same productivity but only time will tell.
     
  15. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

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    if you're gonna be doing as much typing as you claim, then a BT keyboard sounds more appropriate! :)
     
  16. i0Nic thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Anyone else planning to use the iPad mini to take notes?

    Wonder if anyone will make a specific keyboard accessory like Logitech ulthrathin.
     
  17. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I saw a Bluetooth keyboard that folds in half the other day will be perfect!
     
  18. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816

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    keep in mind the screen visibility will be smaller also, since the keyoard takes up half the screen. If your main use is for notes, I don't think the mini is for you.

    IMO, the mini is for travel and a quick email and internet check on the go. Heavy tasks or prolonged tasks such as note taking is for the ipad.
     
  19. i0Nic thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't take meeting notes on an iPhone, but I would on an iPad. What I'm trying to determine is whether or not the mini will be usable as the 9.7" iPad in taking notes using the landscape keyboard in a more traditional laptop style way.

    I think it may be too small for this.
     
  20. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    so you're saying typing on an iphone is fine, but typing on a mini is too small? :confused:
     
  21. i0Nic thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is it hard to understand? I type on my iPhone with my thumbs while holding it, I type on my iPad while it's laying on the desk in landscape position. I'm able to type fast on the iPad this way, and was wondering if I could do the same on the mini.
     
  22. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    1024x768 is the same viewing area as an ipad2
     
  23. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    you'll probably have to hold it and type with both thumbs
     
  24. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816

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    i meant physical size.
     
  25. HowardSmith macrumors 6502a

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    Trying typing on the iPad in the portrait mode. It is not exact but would be closet to the Mini in landscape mode.
     

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