Retina iPad mini
I finally upgraded my old, iPad 2, yesterday. This is something I should have done a long time ago.
Let’s begin at the start.
I tested the first iPad for a few days, when it came out. But I thought it was too slow and heavy to be worth it.
But, I got the top of the line iPad, with 3G, when the second version came out. And I loved it. That device was my go to, and main computer for almost everything except for work and photography for that year.
The iPad, combined with a keyboard was much lighter and flexible than my MacBook Pro. And iOS made it so easy to focus. I wrote a lot on that thing.
Then I got a MacBook Air. And then I got an iPhone. And I haven’t used my iPad much since then. Except for a few times a month, and a couple of experiments.
I was sold immediately when the first iPad mini was launched. But I didn’t upgrade. I was waiting. The first mini was more or less the same iPad I had, with a small screen. And the speed of that iPad wasn’t great.
Why now? The reason is simple enough. I had the money, and my Kindle Paperwhite died a few weeks ago.
Why the mini? My main problem with the big iPad is that it’s too close to MacBook Air. While it was too big for reading and writing on the couch. Caught in the middle; between my phone and laptop.
I have been playing around with this thing for about 24 hours now. And I love it. This is the most comfortable writing experience on a non-keyboard device I have tried.
It’s not hot like the MacBook; it’s not cramped like the iphone; and it’s not heavy like the iPad 2.
The thing I love the most about this device, compared to the full sized one, is that I don’t feel the need for a keyboard. It’s weird. I never found any other comfortable way to write for more than two minutes on the full sized one. The keyboard case, was a must.
I think this is the perfect mix. The best from both camps; the best from the iPhone and the iPad.
You get the powerful iPad apps, on a device that feels as light and convenient as the iPhone.