Below is a detailed comparison of the two devices to help you make your decision.
iPhone vs. iPad: Size and Design
The iPad is much larger than the iPhone. For example, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model is almost twice the size of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The former measures 11.05 x 8.46 x 0.23 inches and weighs 22.61 ounces (641 grams). The iPhone 11 Pro Max, on the other hand, measures 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches and weighs 7.97 ounces (226 g).
iPhone’s small size makes it more portable and easy to carry. By its very nature being smaller, its design is also more elegant. In comparison, the iPad is larger and heavier, which makes it less portable. However, its larger size gives you more screen space to work with. You can operate and manipulate most iPhones with one hand, but you’ll need both hands for the iPad.
The iPad’s large screen means you can see things big and clear without having to zoom in, which is especially useful if you struggle with vision. You can also watch movies and play games on a bigger screen.
The aspect ratio of the iPad is also different from the iPhone, which makes it better suited for productivity tasks because you can open two apps in Split View to view side by side. The iPad Pro 12.9 has an aspect ratio of 4:3 and 265 pixels per inch (PPI), compared to the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 19.5:9 ratio of 456 pixels per inch.
iPhone vs. iPad: Battery Life
Another area in which the iPhone differs from the iPhone is the battery capacity. The iPhone 11 Pro Max, for example, has a 3,969 mAh battery, compared to 9720 mAh in the iPad Pro 12.9″. Battery life for Apple devices (and other smartphones) varies by use and configuration. How long the batteries will last depends The latter largely depends on the apps you use on your device and the time you spend on them.
Apple claims that the iPhone 11 Pro Max should last up to 10 hours of watching videos, listening to music, playing games and browsing the web. The iPad will last a little longer by an hour or so.
The time it takes to fully charge it also varies. A fully discharged iPad Pro 12.9″ takes between four and five hours to fully charge. iPhone 11 Pro Max only needs about two and a half hours.
If you’re traveling or without a charging port nearby, and want something you can count on to last longer, the iPad is your go-to choice. However, an iPhone with a healthy battery is still reliable.
iPhone vs. iPad: Phone calls
You want a phone for its primary function: making calls. It’s one area where the iPhone has a clear advantage over the iPad.
Your iPhone can make and receive phone calls using a cellular network or a Wi-Fi connection. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the iPad. You can only make and receive calls on your iPad using Wi-Fi Calling to relay phone calls through your iPhone. You can also use both devices to FaceTime on other Apple devices.
Both devices can be used for internet and calling purposes, but the iPad is sorely lacking in phone calls.
iPhone vs. iPad: Texting
Another great advantage that the iPhone has over the iPad is the ability to send and receive text messages. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you’re someone who relies on texting for communication, this is a must.
Both iPhone and iPad can send and receive text messages. However, the experience is different on every device. On the iPhone, you can use iMessage to send and receive text messages. This is a free service that uses your data plan. You can also send and receive regular SMS messages using your iPhone.
On the iPad, you can only send and receive iMessages and not SMS messages. This means that you can only communicate with other iPad and iPhone users who also have iMessage enabled. However, you can use other online messaging services like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
iPhone vs. iPad: App Compatibility
While the iPhone and iPad have the same App Store, they run on separate (albeit similar) operating systems—iOS and iPadOS respectively. The iPad can run any app designed for the iPhone or iPad. It’s the only area in which it excels over the iPhone. On the other hand, an iPhone can only run apps designed specifically for the iPhone. It can’t run apps for the iPad.
Since iPhone apps are not meant for large screens, they may not look great on an iPad. One common example of this is the Instagram app, which has long gone without a native iPad app. It’s not a perfect experience, but it works the same way.
iPhone vs iPad: Price
The price of the iPhone and iPad can be a major deciding factor for many people when considering how much to spend on their next device. iPhone is more expensive than iPad. But why is an iPhone three times more expensive than an iPad and half its size?
While both tools are useful and effective, the iPhone has one thing the iPad doesn’t: making phone calls using a cellular network. An iPad is a tablet device that is primarily used as an alternative to a computer. And while it is a powerful device, the iPhone outperforms it in this area. Don’t forget to just calculate the monthly/yearly cost of the cellular plan on top of the iPhone.
Should you buy an iPhone or iPad?
The iPhone and iPad are both great devices, and they each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on your needs as to which one is best for you.
Buy an iPhone if you’re looking for a smaller device that’s easier to carry and need access to a cellular network. Alternatively, if you want a more traditional laptop-like large screen experience for media consumption and productivity, the iPad is better.
Still can not decide? Get both! The iPhone and iPad complement each other well, and you’ll benefit from the convenience of their association with the Apple ecosystem. Use the iPhone to make calls and text on the go, and the iPad for everything else when you’re at home or in the office. You will have the best of both worlds.
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