Why I find an "iPad mini" appealing

Discussion in 'iPad' started by zachnelson, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    My sister got a 3rd Generation iPad a few days ago, and I have been helping her set it up as well as mess around with it myself. I really like the concept.

    Web browsing, working with calendar, light word processing, email and other light tasks on a bigger screen than my iPhone 4S is actually enjoyable/easier. Especially being able to do it all without pulling out my laptop.

    However, I think the current generation iPad is too big. Being 6 foot 4 inches tall, I inherently have large hands, and even with those, typing on the damn thing is down right more difficult than it should be. A 7-inch iPad on the other hand sounds like it would be perfect in the hands for two-thumb typing. I can't imagine what people with tiny hands think about typing on the iPad. Holding it with one hand and pecking with one finger from the other hand seems silly to me.

    Maybe I'm just not.. holding it right.™ How do you guys type on the 10-inch iPad, excluding using an external keyboard of course.
  2. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    I don't think I type with it that much. (he says as he types on his iPad). The iPad for me needs to be its current size as I use it for Flickr browsing. If it was another 2 inches bigger I think I'd love it even more.
  3. zachnelson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    It is a great size for viewing pictures, I'll agree with that. I guess we all have our individual needs and stuff.
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    There is no correct way to hold it, only the way that is correct for you.

    If I hold it with one hand, I use several fingers on the other hand to type.
  5. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    The split keyboard works well for me. I also have large hands.
  6. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    Split keyboard for thumb typing, which is generally when I’m holding the device in portrait.

    Full landscape keyboard for typing on a table/desk if I’m writing a lot.

    Full portrait keyboard for one-handed typing if I’m on the phone.
  7. zachnelson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    How to split keyboard?
  8. JTStarkiller macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2006
    It looks appealing to me because I want it almost solely for ComiXology. I'd love a 9.7" screen, but the Mini seems like the right price point for what I want to do with it. Plus, it's even more travel-friendly, even if the regular is already.
  9. v0lume4, Aug 15, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2012

    v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    Place a thumb on each side of the keyboard, and pull in opposite directions, towards the bezels, and if you were literally trying to split it apart :)
  10. zachnelson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    Lmao, that's great actually. Wow!
  11. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Sounds like it is a new ballgame for you. :)
  12. zachnelson thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    Still not into a $750 device, because I would get it with Verizon LTE. And after just spending $2k on my laptop, would like to see something under $400.
  13. kyellowness macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2012
    I think it depends on the price. If it's close to the $199 price range, then yeah but if it's like $100 cheaper than the iPad, screw it, I'm getting the bigger screen. :p
  14. Mainsail macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2010
    I think the current iPad was designed to compete with netbooks for email, web, simple word processing, photos and the like. As it as turned out, the apps have allowed users to do even more than expected (photo editing, movies, books, finance, etc). For me, the current size is perfect for its purpose, and I really don't need a laptop.....sometimes, I go months without touching the family computer.

    However, some folks might be looking for a different type of device. I think the kindle, nexus, and nook do have a place. They are not so much a netbook replacement as they are a super e-reader. A lot of folks like the idea of just such a device......so, not necessarily my cup of tea.....but, I can see the potential market. My wife would probably love one.
  15. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    II tried my roommate's Galaxy Tab 7 tablet my whole hand can hold 7 inches tab just fine and use my other hand for typing with fingers but I didn't like Android OS anyway. :apple:
  16. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    I cant imagine typing with two hands on the ipad mini, but its great on the current one.

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