Can you really hold the iPad mini with one hand?
Here is a funny selection of pictures showing just how hard it is for most people to stretch their hands to hold it. Even Apple’s marketing guru Phil Schiller seems to be in pain holding the tablet with one hand.
Maybe Apple should have made an exception and have someone else with larger hands demo the new tablet? Jokes aside, it’s clear that the new form factor is a welcome addition to the tablet landscape, but really, can you really hold it with one hand?
People weirdly holding the iPad mini with one hand
1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
While its price point and specs aren't of course going to match up correctly because its Apple after all. If you are in the market for something that does have a slightly larger and wider tablet for under 400 dollars, this is the device for you. I still would suggest anyone to pick up the Nexus 7 for 250 though.
12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Can you really hold the iPad mini with one hand?"
I think it is wrong question because with one hand I can hold even pavement brick. The question should be: "Is it comfortable to hold iPad mini with one hand?"
My answer would be NO!
17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Gotta give it to you there. Sure you can hold it with one hand, but that doesn't mean its going to be comfortable lol
24. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
since you guys have already hold one in your hands I wil take your answer . don't think you 2 gentlemen would lie right?
27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I don't need to hold it because:
1. I already know dimensions (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm) so I can draw the lines on the paper and see how much I will have to spread my fingers trying to hold it.
2. I already can see pictures in which people are holding it and it definitely doesn't looking very comfortable.
29. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Nice try bro, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out how uncomfortable it would be to hold with one hand for an average size person. Sure if you're Shaq or The Big Show, it'll be no problem. But they are marketing this device as a easy to hold with one hand tablet to compete with the 7 inch tablets like the Nexus 7. But in reality it is too wide to hold comfortably with one hand for most. I'm not saying don't buy this, if you want it, get it. Just don't be shocked when you can't hold it with just one hand so easily as they claim.
32. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
dude it was a question. chill you know I don't have a beef with you..or with PAU but I think is too early to tell on how comfortable it would be without anyone holding yet
35. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
*plays chicken hunting on repeat while sharpening a hatchet*
38. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
*gasps at the icp reference one phone arena*
Lol, never thought I'd see that one.
37. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Lol I'm perfectly calm, I am just letting you know. We aren't crapping out of our mouths in this one. It doesn't matter that its being made by Apple or anyone else. The big catch line, the big marketing magic they have is this is a mini I pad that you can easily hold one handed. People have issues with a 5.3 inch Galaxy Note because how wide it was, so how do you think this is going to work any better?
44. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
because they guy on the picture is holding it in one hand and I believe he is not in pain..lol
53. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
He's holding it for what? A couple minutes tops? Try holding it for 30 minutes or an hour and you'll get my point.
54. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Hey man you can't win aganist these guys. They outnumber apple users 10 to 1 on this site.
I just sit back and read these guys bashing comments everyday and laugh
58. JC557 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Just like phones with 4.5" + displays? I remember the Apple crowd poo pooing that as well without having held one or attempt to fit it into their hipster jeans.
47. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6683; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
this is a stupid question and theory. why would anyone want to hold a tablet with one hand
61. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
Why can't they grip it at the sides like every other reasonable human being? why attempt to grip it from the back like a phone?
Can't anyone hold the normal ipad with one hand? they still need the other hand to operate it regardless.
I can hold an ultrabook with one hand and operate it just fine.
49. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
I lol'ed at gentlemen part. Thumbs up for some high class humor.
50. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3023; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Article after a week the iPad mini launch reads, 'Wrap around palm suction pads for iPad mini for easy one hand handling.'
57. IKnowGreat (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Uhhh, comfortably holding it in one hand would make the screen to small. I might as well use my iPhone if I want "comfortable."
60. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
*face palm* you missed out the entire point of this device all together....Apple is targeting users who want a smaller, easier to hold tablet that they can use with one hand, such tablets like the Nexus 7.
So why even bother get this tablet if you don't care for comfort? Get the 9.7 inch Ipad then. Lol people these days...
21. nicholassss (Posts: 355; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Flies in the face of their "our iphone screen is tiny and awkwardly skinny so you can hold it with one hand" argument.
39. blingblingthing (Posts: 458; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
They knew it was bs, it is the uninformed users that believed such crap that were left in the dark.
Plus wait a minute, wasn't it apple who taught us that anything less than 9.7 inches, users would need to file down their fingers to use?
55. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Lol'd at those photos holding it with one hand. It looks so hard to handle! :))
But what the hell? They're too dumb to market it that it can be held with one hand.
20. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
I like the device but seriously Apple? No retina display? And have you see the new Macs?! lol woah...
52. MeoCao (unregistered)
This device is nowhere as portable as Nexus 7.
Apple use the form factor simply for convenience: it's essentially a shrunken iPad 2 so they have almost everything ready and new design is minimal.
30. deuel_18 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Or even Acer Iconia Tab A110 if you want to expand memory but dont like to invest much on screen resolution...
2. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)
I can hold my iPad 3 with one hand, not that good though.
3. Captain_Doug (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
It's slightly thinner than the xyboard 8.2 which i can hold with 1 hand. However I have above average hands and it's not super comfy to hold with 1 hand.
9. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
Some people have big hands, i can hold my iPad 1 like that just fine
33. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I bet you can't. So lets do a challenge, take a photo of yourself holding the iPad with one hand.
63. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
Ok i will and how do you want me to send it to you
5. matrix_neo (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
That's ridiculous, I can't even hold my Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 with one hand and that's a little bit smaller with ipad mini. Apple misleading again, ifans will still ignore it.
10. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
Like i said to the other comment not everyone has tiny hands and why would you hold it like that anyway its useless to
6. nbringer (Posts: 178; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
It depends on your hand. I can not for example.
7. blingblingthing (Posts: 458; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Wait a minute, So when the Iphone was a 3.5 inch screen it could be operated with one hand. But now the Ipad mini is 7.95 is is all good seeing you can just hold it with one hand?
8. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Iphonearena aka apple lovers and believers. They are bigots when it comes to anything that isnt apple. Sad that they keep sticking there foots in there mouth lately. Iphone 4s.. perfect screen size dont need any bigger.. iphone 5 bigger screen guess what they are happy. Ipad mini 7.95 screen one hand works great yet on android devices one handed is just to big. I think Iphonearena are a bunch of idiots that needs to learn real journalism and stop being isheep. I really would like to meet the guy that runs this website.
36. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I know right!
Before apple was refusing to build larger phones because they didn't want to ruin one handed use. But now aparrently even 7.85" can be comfortably used with one hand.
This changes everything
11. fokker-1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
This looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note. Expect a lawsuit...
13. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
I'm so damn tired of all these iPad articles yes we get it
14. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
And this suppose to be a mobile phone site iPad is not a damn phone
15. StreetNerd (Posts: 720; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
lol new iPad, half year later wtf? what bout the iPad 3? o_0 Apple sure thinks their buyers are dumb.
43. brandnew234 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)
lol, u think apple buyer's are smart!
but in all seriousness, I bet MILLIONS will upgrade to the iPad 4, from the 3.
16. medicci37 (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
I can hold the Nexus 7 in one hand. & use my other hand to hold all the money I saved, by not buying the mini.
19. Stuntman (Posts: 754; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Where's the comparison on how easily you can hold the iPad mini and Nexus 7 with one hand?
23. antmiu2 (Posts: 230; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
listen phone arena stop posting so many iPad mini articles 18 of 20 of the last articles are about it.. we dont care as much you
26. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
but they a lhave 30+ plus comment.. stop commenting on them if you dont want to see more articles.. is common sense..
25. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 137; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
So would this be a copy cat of the other Android tablets because of the size? Why Apple think this is different from other tablets that they wont get sued?
28. tgtftw (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
It's not a matter of fitting in hand, as it is fitting in a pants pocket. I think its too wide to comfortably fit in a back pants pocket, let alone comfortably fitting in someone's hand. Since the female gender tends to lean very strongly towards Apple Products they will have an even harder time holding the device with one hand.
31. harsha_bonmec (Posts: 13; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
"I dont think it will be comfortable to hold with one hand"
These were my first thoughts after ipad was unveiled.
More over 4:3 aspect ratio screen just looks weird! it should have been 16:9. Nexus 7 is very comfortable to hold in one hand and is almost the PERFECT size for 7 inch tablet!
34. soldiernation (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)
I guess the bezel on other tablets helps so you can hold the side of the tablet without touching the screen.
40. eman99 (Posts: 238; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)
i rather buy a note 2 with better specs than this overlarge ipod
41. Aeires (unregistered)
Cramps ahead. For years iFans have been told 3.5" is the perfect size to fit your hand. Now they have to contend with nearly 8" of tablet. Oh Noes!
42. goesoer (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
hahaha,, if u wanna hold with one hand, go with an iPhone,, problem solved, bro
45. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1270; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
If people can one hand this then why do Apple fanbois complain about the Note 2 being too big?
46. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6683; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
what a stupid question who even cares bout holding a tablet with one hand
48. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)
It's funny how Apple has kept the iPhone up to the 4S with a 3.5 inch display because of how easy they said it would be to use with one hand. The iPhone 5 seems the same way also with just extending the screen length wise. Then there's the iPad mini, which obviously isn't meant for one hand control, but they could have at least made it more comfortable for one hand holding. A 16 by 9 ratio 7 inch screen seems to be perfect for one hand holding with the fingers around the edges. Idk if the Nexus 7 will outsell the iPad mini due to it being an Apple product, but I will always recommend the Nexus 7 over this.
51. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
they would desperately hold on to the downgraded tablet rather than embrace the full glory of phablets. So sad...
Did Apple get the dimensions for this thing wrong?