When Is The IPad Better Than An IPhone?

Posted: Apr 27 2010, 8:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:48pm CDT, in News | Apple


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When people come over to my house, we inevitably end up talking about computers or the new gadgets that I have lying around. One of the most common question that people ask me about the iPad is it is any better than the iPhone.

That got me to thinking about what I prefer to do on the iPad rather than the iPhone. The answer to that question is a simple everything possible. I use my iPhone to surf the web on occasion when I am bored or don’t want to use the computer. The problem for me with the iPhone and websurfing is that the screen is so small that it's hard to make out the text and some images.

The iPad on the other hand has a huge screen and you can easily read text and view all the images you want. The onscreen keyboard of the iPad is also massively larger than the one the iPhone uses making typing music easier. I often end up typing gibberish when I try to post to the web using the iPhone because the keys are so small. The iPad on the other hand has a huge keyboard and I can type on accurately almost as fast as I can type on a normal keyboard. In the iPad versus iPhone web surfing war, the win easily goes to the iPad.

One of the things that I do frequently with my iPhone is watch YouTube videos. I am a big car guy and I enjoy watching videos of cars and races on YouTube. I often watch several of this type of video while I am waiting to pick my kids up at school. If I am near a WiFi network, the much larger and higher resolution screen on the iPad makes watching online video much more enjoyable than on the iPhone. The caveat is that my iPad lacks 3G connectivity so I can’t watch video away from a WiFi network. I could have opted for the 3G version and alleviated that issue. When at a WiFi network the iPad wins in the video watching contest easily. If not near a network, the iPhone obviously is better for online video unless you have the 3G iPad.

I also have lots of images crammed onto my iPhone of the kids, cars, and various other things. Again, the larger and higher resolution screen of the iPad makes viewing and manipulating these images much easier. The iPad famously lacks a camera so if actually taking pictures and video is your thing, the iPad isn’t the best option of the two.

Gaming is a very close battle between the two devices. If you are talking about a game that is made to run on the larger screen of the iPad, it is hands down a better gaming platform than the iPhone thanks to the larger screen and crisp graphics. However, any game that is made for the iPhone and doesn't scale to larger iPad screen size without having to zoom in, you might as well not play on the iPad. I prefer to play games on the iPad, but only if they actually take advantage of the iPad hardware. Games designed for the iPhone are better left on the iPhone.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
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