When Apple announced the iPad mini the only thing I was thinking was it really that impressive to make something smaller and thinner, in fact there was an emphasis on making everything thinner the iPhone 5, the iMac and the iPad, I got the hint I needed to go on diet.
I like my iPad and felt it is a great tool but would it really be better in a smaller form factor and was Apple pandering to the masses who were tweeting about it. Steve Jobs initially didn’t like the idea. I had tried the other tablets that were in this smaller form factor and was not that impressed. Then I tried the iPad mini, a little bit bigger than the others and to my surprise I liked it. I went back to the store a few times and was convinced, it even fitted inside my coat pocket, I called a sales assistant over when I did to so that the beefy security guards didn’t get the wrong idea. It is also a nice weight.
So aside from it fitting in my coat pocket the weight certainly makes a big difference especially when you are holding it for a while like when I’m using FaceTime or Skype. I find the keyboard easier to use especially when on a crowded tube train, I can certainly type faster than with the iPad when standing up.
I have downloaded magazines, PDFs and books and find them more convenient to read and have not been bothered by the fact it is not a retina display, although I’m sure that will happen. Reading is easy on a crowded train I don’t have to battle to get it out of my bag, this is no mean feat on the London Underground. In addition to this I can hold it in one hand.
Having free wifi on the Tube has certainly added a new dimension to this great device, I can write an email between stations and then send when I get a signal at the station. iMessage works too and has surprised some people when I can let them know if there are any delays.
As you may know I enjoy my photography and with my full size iPad I have the camera connection kit but had to get a new connector for the iPad mini, however, it did not let me down, I connected the camera, chose the pictures and imported them and they look great on the iPad and the iPad mini.
Now when I use the full size iPad it almost seems too big.
Now if you are considering an iPad try a mini out, see if you are pleasantly surprised as I was.