iPad mini web browsing on smaller screen

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  1. ventuss macrumors 6502

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    Thinking about buying an iPad mini 2...

    Since the introduction of the retina display (9.7"iPad), I never had to use landscape orientation while browsing the web, everything fits fine, text is readable.

    For those who have an iPad mini 2 or 3, how is your experience when web browsing? Do you need landscape orientation or you can survive with portrait?
     
  2. Infinite Jest macrumors 6502

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    I rarely go into landscape while browsing on the rMini. I actually prefer the size of the mini to the 9.7" counterpart for portrait web browsing.
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I never use landscape on the mini; however, I do think browsing is better on the full size ipad. I still find myself using pinch to zoom on the mini. If you are mostly using the ipad at home, I suggest the full size.

    I had the mini 2 and my GF has the ipad air. Whenever I would see her browsing on the Air I was envious of the screen real estate. Since I rarely use the ipad outside of the house I bought the Air 2.
     
  4. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    The is a bookmarklet macro to increase font size that was posted on the iPad forum when the first gen Mini was released. Do a search and try to find it.

    Using this has basically eliminated landscape browsing on my Mini.
     
  5. yegon macrumors 68020

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    This is the bookmarklet, you can modify the size increase if you change the numbers;

    javascript:var%20p=document.getElementsByTagName('*');for(i=0;i%3Cp.length;i++)%7Bif(p%5Bi%5D.style.fontSize)%7Bvar%20s=parseInt(p%5Bi%5D.style.fontSize.replace(%22px%22,%22%22));%7Delse%7Bvar%20s=12;%7Ds+=4;p%5Bi%5D.style.fontSize=s+%22px%22%7D
     
  6. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    I probably do about half of my Mini browsing in landscape, while I almost never used landscape on my iPad 1. That said, I like the size and portability of the Mini so well, it's hardly a hardship to have to zoom or to rotate the orientation.

    The bookmarklet looks useful, thanks for posting it!
     
  7. yegon macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, it's quite handy, although I used it more with the Mini 1 than Mini 2 - the increased res of the latter made small text so much more legible.
     
  8. iososx macrumors 6502a

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    Having both sizes and performing work as well as personal tasks, I prefer to use the desktop version of web pages via iPad Air not my mini 2. The Air is just as easy to carry.

    Alternatively my iPhone 6+ also serves me quite nicely when doing a small amount of work.
     
  9. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

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    I have the Air 2 and mini 2 and use landscape for browsing on both. The mini is the device that leaves the house, but at home I always use the Air and prefer it for web browsing or anything else really, but it doesn't fit in my purse.
     
  10. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    I do most of my browsing in landscape on my iPad Mini 2 since I have one of those Folio stand cases. It works out pretty well.
     
  11. Badrottie Suspended

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    I have not web browsing on my iPad at all only on my rMBP :apple:
     
  12. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

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    Tough...hmmm...

    Well to be honest, I have a rmini2 and I almost never use it for anything that I need to do substantial web browsing for, that is what my iMac is for. For games or just the quick "check something" then the mini is fine, but I never use landscape mode, I almost always forget it is there.

    Ironically my fiancee has the iPad Air and it weighs about the same as my Mini2 :D I just like the hand held smaller devices. I also have the 8" Tab S and it is my go to as it is lighter than the mini.

    Not that you care about my rambling haha it's early and my coffee just kicked in!

    I guess what I am saying is that any substantial web surfing is still best left to the larger devices/computers in my opinion that is. Especially if doing things like booking flights, online purchases etc.
     
  13. ron7624 Contributor

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    I'm replying in vertical mode but use horizontal when I need to. really don't find it it's a problem switching between the two although primarily vertical.
    By the way, I have an iPad Air and use it in exactly the same way.
     
  14. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

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    The only time I ever use landscape mode on my iPads is when I am forced to by the app. I pretty much exclusively use portrait mode, even on my mini. To me, it just seems more comfortable.
     

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