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Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: September 22, 2021 09:14AM
Interesting idea. Not something I’m drawn to, but it’s still a twist in the tech UI world.



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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 22, 2021 09:36AM
Tuqqer,

Not a chance. I have an iPhone 11 Pro and an iPad Mini 5. They absolutely cannot replace each other. They compliment each other. The iPhone is a phone and camera first. General purpose device for a slew of other tasks that don't require a large screen second, i.e. track blood sugar, manage contacts, pay for goods, read a text message, etc. It isn't nearly as good as an iPad of any kind for anything that requires a larger screen and keyboard. The iPad Mini is the opposite. An iPad Mini becomes more of a iPhone replacement when you own a large phone such as an iPhone 13 Pro Max. 'course, if you're in the market for phone that large and a tablet that small, get the iPhone since it'll likely have superior tech in it.

Robert
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: September 22, 2021 09:57AM
Being endowed with Big Foot sized mitts and in possession of rapidly aging peepers, this exact notion crossed my mind during the event.

I will not lie, my heart went pitter patter in a good way.



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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 22, 2021 10:08AM
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Robert M
Tuqqer,
Not a chance.
Robert

For you.

It still sounds cumbersome since there isn't a dialing app, but I could see the possibility of it being adapted by many of my clients -- a fair number, such as myself, use GV exclusively. Which can get around that limitation.

A lot of them are dual carry, phone + iPad, the iPad is used to show clients documents and photos... but if they could combine them, or use the iPad for work only... hmmmm.

They all use MAX phones, or big Notes -- but even bigger wouldn't phase them.

Its an interesting twist.





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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 22, 2021 10:19AM
jdc,

Nope. If an iPad Mini could replace an iphone for them, they would've done it already. It isn't like the iPad Min is a new item. It's been around long enough for people to use a replacement for the iPhone if they really wanted to do it.

Robert
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: September 22, 2021 10:25AM
Would do that in a minute for my son, who barely ever uses his iPhone, but always has/is on his (current) iPad mini. We'd just need to get to a point where calls can be made/received on the iPad in any situation. (I need to read the article)



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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 22, 2021 10:35AM
Zoid,

Google voice or any other VOIP-type app. Just make sure the iPad Mini has cellular service. I've done it with my iPad Mini on many an occasion.

Robert
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 22, 2021 10:37AM
And several of them use their iPads in the way I described, but the mini has always been frowned at cause of cost and speed.





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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 22, 2021 10:47AM
jdc,

There's your answer. That tells me if they know they can do it and could if they really wanted to but choose not to do so. I didn't factor cost into the equation because for some, it doesn't matter. If they want something enough, they'll pay for it. The iPad Mini has always had a bad cost/performance ratio. It's a niche product in comparison to other iPads. For me, it's always been worth the bucks because other iPads are too large. The last iPad I had that wasn't a Mini was Apple's so-called "New" iPad back in 2013/2014. Even then, the iPad Mini couldn't replace my iPhone for the same reasons I still have a separate phone and iPad now.

Robert
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 22, 2021 10:59AM
Sounds like we back where we started from... for *you*.

Im talking about near 100 different peeps with 100 different needs.





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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 22, 2021 11:02AM
jdc,

And my answer is the same. If they really want use an iPad Mini as a replacement for their phone, but haven't done so already, likely there is a good reason for it. The release of the new model isn't going to change the situation.

Robert
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Gareth
Date: September 22, 2021 11:10AM
If Apple put their phone app on the iPad Mini (and if carriers supported it for voice), I could totally see people using it for a phone. It's small enough to fit in the back pocket of men's pants (I've done that), and since women's clothes don't have "real" pockets, they're forced to carry their phone in a purse anyway, so an iPad Mini would fit just fine there too.

But I imagine there aren't many people that are going to jump through hoops to make an iPad Mini sort of "work" as a phone.
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 22, 2021 11:18AM
Not for me.

Not a chance.

No way.

Even the 12 mini is a little bigger than I like, as it lives in my left front pants pocket.

There are jackets and pants with pockets that will hold an iPad mini, but that's not how I'd roll.

To be clear, a new iPm is definitely on and near the tippy top of the Acquisitions list.

It just won't ever replace a phone for me.





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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 22, 2021 11:23AM
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Robert M
jdc,
And my answer is the same. If they really want use an iPad Mini as a replacement for their phone, but haven't done so already, likely there is a good reason for it. The release of the new model isn't going to change the situation.
Robert

Im not sure why you have to keep beating this dead horse. Its your way or no way?

Can not the reason be cause they never thought about it... until now?

If only everyone knew everything and how everyone's day-to-day workflow... works.





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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 22, 2021 11:28AM
jdc,

In my opinion, no. Or, at least, highly improbable. The idea of an iPad Mini as a replacement for as phone isn't new. Far from. People started thinking about it the day Apple released the first iPad Mini with a cellular option.

Robert
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: September 22, 2021 11:35AM
One other fly in the ointment is carrying a mini around. A Max still fits in my pockets, a mini I’m assuming not.

Now if I finally got the gumption to adopt coveralls as my daily apparel, that might be different. big grin smiley



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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: jdc
Date: September 22, 2021 11:48AM
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Blankity Blank
Now if I finally got the gumption to adopt coveralls as my daily apparel, that might be different. big grin smiley

Or a purse, since 80% of my clients happen to be women on the go, and treat purses like a briefcase. =)





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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 22, 2021 12:13PM
My son would consider this for sure as he is GV first.

We just discussed.

This exact product in a foldable format would be perfect. Only it will cost way more than $600 when it comes out from Apple!
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 22, 2021 05:39PM
I've got some BDUs that will hold an iPm, but they're not casual wear.

So maybe some cargo pants.

But still, it's not something I'd plan to carry on my person.





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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 23, 2021 07:23AM
Blankity,

There is no way an iPad Mini is going to fit in a shirt pocket, the inside pocket of a jacket or the front or back pocket of a pair of jeans. If it does, then those pockets are larger than the typical size. And, if you put it in the front or back pocket of jeans, it'd feel cumbersome.

I keep my iPhone in the front pocket of my jeans. Wrangler Authentic jeans from Amazon.com. Fits nicely. Not too big. Not cumbersome. Even with a heavy-duty case. Tried it with an original Kindle Fire and my iPad Mini. The kindle fit but was very cumbersome. It was a noticeable struggle with the iPad Mini - barely managed. And, it was _very_ cumbersome.

The whole idea of trying to get an iPad Mini into a pocket just seems silly. Stick with a phone and be done with it. Even a larger phone.

Robert
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Re: Article: "New iPad mini is this close to replacing your iPhone"
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 23, 2021 10:21AM
Two words: "Man Purse"

I loved mine when I lived in Paris. I still hate having anything in my pockets.
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