Yesterday I got caught in a football (soccer) match and in Apple’s conference and I forgot to blog. Yes, almost 90 days after starting to write daily, I forgot to blog. It’s obvious, I need a 22 o’clock alarm to let me know I should not forget.
Anyway, back to the matter at question: iPad Mini.
I bought an iPad since it first launched (back problems forced me to run away from the chair and the desk, so I bought it to be able to stay in bed and read or browse the Internet). I bought the second one, also, but I got no interest in the subsequent ones. The Retina display was not something I was interested in particular, and I felt that a smaller tablet would be a lot better. And I would’ve bought the Google Nexus, though I am not an Android user.
Luckily, by the time I decided to buy the Nexus 7, I heard that Apple is gonna launch the Mini. So I waited and went and bought it the moment it came out in Romania.
The result? I am using the iPad mini more than ever, while the bigger form ones were given away to people close to me, because they were gathering dust somewhere around the house. Even though I have a MacBook Air 11′ at home, which is in no way big, I barely touch it, unless I have work to do.
The mini form factor is great: it’s light so we can use it with one hand (which, if you read a lot on it, it’s really helpful) and it is still in the Apple ecosystem, where I have the applications I already use and I am comfortable with. Talking about the weight, my two devices (the iPad Mini and MacBook) weight, together, 1.4kgs. That’s crazy, right?
Another interesting thing (especially because of what I do) is the fact that I play a lot more games. Again, the smaller form factor allows me to hold the device with one hand while using the other hand to play.
I’ve written this article because yesterday Apple launched the new iPad Mini, with Retina screen. I wouldn’t normally buy it, there’s nothing I want from it in particular, but the new processor and graphics will make the gaming experience a much better one. And I understood how important the device became for my daily browsing and reading habits. Actually, because it became so important, for the first time since I started to use Apple products I am gonna buy a 32 or 64GB one. Probably 32, I don’t want to spend too much money, though. And that is all because I find myself consuming so much content on it (especially games).
Conclusion: you should try a smaller tablet (iOS or Android, after taste). YOu will be amazed how much more than you expect you are gonna use it. And it will help you become more productive, because the back pain from staying over your desk will not be as present as it is when using the laptop.
P.S.: I know Apple launched the iPad Air, also, but I really don’t care about it, even if it’s just 500grams (as compared to the 350 for Mini).