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I myself am a heavy tablet user who’s picking up his iPad at least a dozen times a day. I especially find the tablet indispensable for catching up on morning news and before nap time, when I would typically consume interesting stories I was saving for later throughout the day.

A month into my new iPhone 6 Plus and already I’ve found myself using my iPad Air less often.

And if a sketchy report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is to be trusted, Apple itself is mulling winding down iPad mini development and devote resources to developing a 12.2 or 12.9-inch iPad model.

While mini tablets may not be dead yet, there’s no question that today’s smartphone consumer is gravitating toward smartphone-tablet hybrids (phablets) like the iPhone 6 Plus. Which brings me to our question of the day: have you noticed using your iPad less often due to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

Here, cast your vote now and then join us for the discussion down in the comments. Please don’t vote unless you own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

A few observations of my own…

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have bigger screens and stronger batteries, two key features making these devices more suitable for prolonged use.

Not only do you get bigger canvases, there are more pixels to work with, too. In the case of the 5.5-inch Retina HD screen on the iPhone 6 Plus, you have nearly three times more pixels versus the four-inch iPhone 5s.

And because the increased pixel count lets me see more content in apps and scroll less, I find myself using my iPad Air less often now.

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On the other hand, I don’t see the iPhone 6 Plus replacing my iPad anytime soon. The bigger question to ask is if oversized smartphones are equipped to bridge the gap between the smartphone and the laptop.

As awesome as the new iPhones are, they still don’t hold a candle to full-size iPads when it comes to activities such as browsing the web, checking email, watching movies, enjoying photos and playing games.

I asked several members of the iDownloadBlog team to chime in on the smartphone vs. tablet debate and received some interesting answers.

Sébastien Page, who runs iDownloadBlog, says a full-size iPad feels so big in his hands (“I just don’t know what to do with so much screen space”). Besides, he barely uses his iPad mini these days.

For Jeff, it’s a non-issue. He fires up his MacBook Air, not an iPad or an iPhone 6, whenever serious work needs getting done (“I have to find excuses to use” my iPad over the Air).

“I can be ‘productive’ on my iPhone 6 Plus,” he tells me. “But nothing more than editing a typo in a post, or starting a post. Outside of that, the Mac is the only thing that makes sense for me productivity-wise”.

Timothy Reavis, who is about to get an iPad Air 2, is going to pass on the latest iPhones and wait for the iPhone 6s Plus or whatever Apple calls it.

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“I have some iPad-specific uses including digital textbooks and sheet music that wouldn’t work as well on a smaller iPhone 6 Plus screen,” he said.

An iPad Air 2 is more valuable to Timothy than an iPhone 6 Plus (he’s currently an iPhone 5s user) because it’s much faster, has a bigger screen and a much stronger battery so it would easily “take away tasks that used to burn the iPhone’s battery”.

“The main things I’d be missing are NFC payments and a nice camera, both of which I can live without for another year,” he summed it up for me.

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  • Shawn

    I actually sold my Mini due to my 6+ being so big and picked up a refurbished air 32GB air for $10 less than the regular Air. I use it for college textbooks and I use it with a stylus to take notes and do homework so I still need it but I moved up and the increased screen real estate helps.

    • Paymon John Vafa

      definitely understand that with the Mini… lol

    • Shan

      What do you use to take notes??

      • al7oot

        Adonit Jot Script is perfect

      • Shawn

        I use an adonit something. Works good.

  • Maxim∑

    I still use the Air as a laptop for school, don’t think a phablet can really become both still

    • TechLove

      Yeah, same here… I have the 1st gen iPad mini and it has replaced my laptop for about 95% of tasks! From editing some nice and light family movies in iMovies to watching youtube to surfing the web and playing light games (even some heavy ones)! My iPad mini fills most of the gaps for me!

  • Cody

    Just got a iPhone 5S 64gb brand new for $669 was it a good deal guys? The box is sealed and everything. Thanks!

    • Serge Bodin

      It would have been 3 or 4 months ago

      • Cody

        So it wasn’t a good deal at all? It’s the Verizon model, factory unlocked

      • Serge Bodin

        The most id pay for that device is 550 considering it’s already more than one years old. Each year old devices lose value little by little. When the 6s comes out, I doubt you’ll even sell for 500, maybe 400. On Craigslist I see Iphone 6 for 600 to 700. I mean it’s a good phone and all but when you’ll try to resell it, you’ll lose money. I know because I have an iPhone 5s that’s sitting in my room, and I’m not selling it because I’ll lose about 200 bucks.

      • Cody

        Even though it is brand new? The 5s is sealed and everything, 64 gb though. And considering the 32gb model is $600 with Apple..

      • Serge Bodin

        After you use it it won’t be sealed. It’s going to be used. I mean if you plan on using it for at least 2 years it’s alright, but if you try to resell it, people will lowball you

      • Cody

        I am honestly planing on using it for 2 years, even though I am a S user I won’t buy the 6S model.

      • Serge Bodin

        Then I guess you won’t regret it. But still would have been nice if you got it for at least 70-150 dollars less

      • Cody

        I honestly thought it was a good deal because the 32gb model is $600 at the apple store, plus taxes. I was thinking about buying it with gazelle the “certified like new” option but there’s only like a $188 difference. Having second thoughts now though.

      • Serge Bodin

        It’s a good device, so you’ll enjoy it. But on Craigslist the 5s 64gb is going for around 500 right now, but used. But since your not planning on selling it anytime soon, I guess it’s alright. But when you do in fact sell it, I guarantee you’ll lose at least 150-200 bucks, but that’s depending on how good you sell it. Honesty my opinion Is, if you got it at the store, maybe return it and go for the iPhone 6. But that’s just what I’d do

      • Rowan09

        It’s an ok deal not great. It should be about $600 for the phone you bought. I bought a 64GB phone before and release you won’t make much more than the price for a 32

      • Rowan09

        I sold my 5S 32GB mint for $400 to a friend, but could have easily sold it for $450-$500. Everything loses value, look at when you take a car off the lot how much it depreciate.

      • Almost had a point there, land doesn’t lose value…or isn’t that a thing?

      • Rowan09

        Land absolutely loses value due to crime, disease, etc.

      • Those are during uncalled for incidents (accidents, dropped device, etc.). On normal usage, land would increase in value.

      • Rowan09

        If you are going to compare land to an ever changing tech world you have to include things that depreciates the value of land. Land doesn’t necessarily change and we can run out of land, so to compare it to technology without any depreciating factors isn’t fair. New tech comes out all the time and that’s why technology depreciates in value. Land is always going to be the same (for the most part).

      • Dan

        I sold my used 5S 32GB for 450$ a few days ago. Didn’t get the iPhone 6 though

      • Rowan09

        What did you get?

      • Dan

        I got the Galaxy Note 4, I was comparing both displays and the 2,560 x 1,440 resolution blew me away. Still got my iPad air, but I’m using it less now that I have the phablet around at all times.

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok I figured.

      • The all metallic bezal/frame is mostly plastic. Its quite interesting how they did it actually. However is still a pretty good looking device mostly because of its bezel lol. The faux leather back has yet to grow on me yet.

      • Dan

        I do like the build quality though, never thought I’d say that about Samsung. Feels solid and premium. No complaints so far.

      • They always feel solid and look premium instead of being solid and premium. Its an art they have perfected in the 4.

      • If your definition of premium is having the Apple logo, then I agree with…otherwise, that’s just outright BS talk.

      • Theres nothing wrong with plastic. The 5C is plastic and there were plastic MacBooks… Thats not why I’m saying it isn’t premium at all.

      • Dan

        To each his own. To me the iPhone 6 did not offer what I was looking for and was not premium. If you feel iphone is premium, good for you. To me, the note is a better fit.

      • To me premium is determined by fit and finish inside and out. Not just design, but how they are put together. Sure they all use screws and adhesive but with Apple you see and feel the difference. With Samsung that make it look good on the outside but have the same lazy design on the inside. The fact they can’t make up their mind to keep jacks separate or soldered on to the main board to be easily replaced is still perplexing.

      • Dan

        Can’t really say that the ‘inside build’ really bothers me as I will not be fiddling around with the components. I understand that may be something important to you. I’ve held the iPhone 6 plus and it felt fragile to me. The Note 4 feels solid and I’m not worried about breaking it or scratching it without a case. Everything about the phone is fast, the screen is one of the best out there, the camera is excellent, I could go on.

      • It will scrath the same as the previous gens with out the case.

    • Jonathan

      iPhone 6 64 GB (off contract) is $749. Assuming yours is off contract as well, you paid an $80 difference.
      I’d call that a little pricey. Generally when a new model comes out, it’s $100 less. That’s a $20 difference. Not a huge difference, but still.

      • Cody

        But the 5S is the 64gb model, not the 16gb

      • Jonathan

        Yeah, didn’t include taxes.

    • Shingo

      Good Deal = $499 you getting ripped off.

    • Martynet

      it’s not bad. I sold mine for $682. And that’s one year old, under warranty till 10th december.

  • Osama Muhammed

    i have macbook and ipad, since i got my i6 and i rarely use any of them especially iPad

  • Serge Bodin

    I use my iPad a lot. So things are better on an iPad than on an iPhone

    • Richard Gomez

      I agree i have the 6plus but that has not affected my use of my ipad mini 2 there is just the things that are better off using an ipad than the phone itself. I watch all my shows and videos off my ipad i dont know why i cant use my phone the same way and plus i use my ipad for school such as textbooks taking notes and even write my papers on it and that isnt something i can do woth the 6plus even with the upgraded screen

  • TwinSon

    Gave my iPad 3 to my parents. 6+ and RMBP (Mid 2014) has me covered.

  • Victor Molina

    Don’t have an iPhone 6 but I use my iPad alot for things like watching tv shows movies and playing games on it.

    Even if I had an iPhone 6. It won’t replace my iPad for those things

  • Nope not at all. I use my Ipad mini 2 just as much as I did before along side my 6+, mac mini and macbook air. Heck I even went out and purchased an imac that I really didn’t need but I figured I’ll use it to edit video on a bigger screen then those 2. All work well together! Once the Mini 3 drops in price, assuming it’s the final mini then I’ll snag that and sell off my mini 2.

  • Less often? I sold my iPad Air as soon as I got my iPhone 6 Plus and haven’t cried over it quite yet. LOL

  • Darthque

    I have an ipad 3, macbook pro, and iPhone 6 plus. The ipad 3 is pretty slow with ios 8. So I’d rather use my iphone for light tasks. Ie surfing the web, email, twitter etc. I use my macbook for real work like coding and 3d modeling.

  • August Ebbesen

    I still use my iPad for some booty action. Bigger screen, better pleasure. Haha

    • Not to mention (in my case) the power. I gave my iPad 3 to my mother and upgraded to an iPad Air 2. The 2GB RAM and triple core processor makes for an amazing experience. There’s minimum lag with most things happening quickly and a shedload of apps can run in the background at once. No reloading tabs in Safari either. Put it quite simply my iPad Air 2 walks all over any iPhone currently on the market right now…

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    I have been using my iPhone 6+ in place of my iPad 4th gen. more and more lately, but I still use a Windows desktop for most things beyond simple Web browsing while at home. When I take trips now I mostly leave my Macbook Air at home and being the iPad for my more complex tasks. Either way it now seems like the iPad air and Macbook Air are competing for second place. Makes me wonder if I’ll just update one, and not both when the time comes.

  • CasonAsherTech

    On the paragraph about Jeff, where you say ” (“I have to find excuses to use” my iPad over the Air)”, you may want to consider saying “over the MacBook” instead of “over the Air” to avoid confusion of the iPad Air and the MacBook Air. 🙂

  • Slifur

    For me. iPhone = 60% iMac = 40% iPad mini = 10% everyday.

  • zachf914

    I would never use an iPad in general. So useless to me.

  • I have a 5s and not a 6 but the situation would be the same even if I did have a 6. I use my 5s for different things to my iPad. I can’t even imagine using my iPhone to watch movies yet I do this all the time on my iPad. The same is true for games and other multimedia.

  • M L

    I have not touched my mini since I got the 6+. It is the reason I got the larger screen. To have to only use one device.

  • Aaron

    I use my iPad mini when cooking (propping it up with its smart cover) and as a music player (to save iPhone battery). Because it’s usually in the kitchen I’ll use it to browse facebook/the web when my 6+ is in another room. So no, my usage hasn’t changed. I voted “not at all” assuming that it meant this, not that I don’t use my iPad anymore because my 6+. Might want to clear that up 😀

  • Blip dude

    Still using my iPad. It is much more convenient when it comes to school work, and I usually find myself answering phone calls on it because I’m consistently on it. Only true reason for iPhone 6 was NFC but it’s a good movie watching alternative whenever I cannot bring my iPad with me.

  • David Gitman

    What’s an iPad? I only heard about phablets

  • Martynet

    Yes. I sold my 5s and iPad mini and got 6 plus 🙂
    Device arrived today. So excited.

  • yiiidddooooo

    i want the wallpapers that the Air and iPad have..

  • I don’t have an iPhone 6 nor 6 Plus.
    All I had until September was an iPod Touch 5th Gen and an iPad Mini 2.
    What I did was wait for the 6 to be unveiled and then get a used iPhone 5S in great condition for a lower price (I’m a student)! I already knew the 6 would be too big for my small hands anyways.
    So I did that and I am extremely happy with my 5S and iPad Mini 2!

  • Jamessmooth

    Reading this post is the exact reason why it was a good idea for Apple to offer different screen sizes… opinions vary from person to person. Myself, for games and lounging time, nothing can replace my ipad. It’s light, easy to hold, and is perfect for messing around while watching tv.

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Neither I am too poor to afford either..

    • Rowan09

      Start hustling bro.

  • My dad sold his iPad Mini 2 and upgraded from the iPhone 5 to the 6.
    Definitely some cannibalisation going on here.

  • Melma

    Well, I can say That Im using my iphone6+ 30% more than my Ipad air2 , i got it stay at work for almost 11 hours havin a laptop in front of me wont stop me ..so Iphone6+ all day lol

  • n0ahcruz3

    How about dont own an ipad option?

  • CS

    No way. iPad is for games and Netflix. 6+ is for social networking, reading flipboard/websites, email, etc.

    I tried playing Madden Mobile on my iPhone, it sucks 😛

  • rockdude094

    The only reason that I don’t use my iPad now is b/c is rediculously slow as hell !!!!!!!!!!! Cmon apple I’m getting tired of this crap. It’s a perfectly good ipad gone to waste

    • smtp25

      iPad2, 3?

      • rockdude094

        Ipad 3

  • G.Dash

    Hell no I love using my iPad air even tho my 6+ is the perfect screen

  • jessesiphone

    Absolutely My Mini collects dust, 🙁

  • Martin

    I ended up giving my iPad Air to my mom. After a week or so of having my 6 Plus I realized I hadn’t picked up the iPad once.

  • Ali Ghanem

    I think the iphone 6+ is great, for hardworking staff that travels always by airplane and trains!
    EDIT: Frankly I don’t have an iphone 6+ or an ipad but my uncle has these always

  • Mark Kramer

    In fact I’m selling my ipad mini as my 6+ is more portable and more useful at reading books with the larger screen.

  • Jaimie Dunn

    Ipad Mini only gets lifted now to watch pornhub