[Disclaimer] I will be talking a lot about Apple products during this review. I have a lot of them and if these apps and tools I have become accustomed too existed on other devices, I’d be sure to be purchasing outside the Apple brand. I have no loyalty to Apple other than their expensive tools work for me better than other stuff …Oh, and their ‘Dealers’ have dug their talons in deep.
I’ve not had my 64 gig wifi iPad mini that long, but in the last few days I’ve probably used it more than I have my iPad 3 in the last month.Why is this? It’s the form factor really. I use my iPhone pretty heavily, mainly for content creation, but the small screen limits my online interaction when it comes to reading other peoples work and efficiently commenting on social spaces.
When I travel I take my 11″ Macbook air and my iPad 3. Or at least that’s what I did. The last two trips abroad I left my iPad at home and although I noticed a huge difference in my carry on luggage as well as having less of a hassle lugging it in the day, I missed it in the rare occasions I needed to write long form or research the web while out. The iPhone needs some pretty hefty battery backup to last a day as it is.
Normally my Mac Air sits at my hotel or base for any heavy audio/video/photo editing and the iPad joins me in the day.
I have been experimenting with remote working solutions using tablets for years now and although back in 2010 Steve Jobs said 7″ tablets were dead in the water, I’m glad the normally untouchably smug Apple have back peddled a bit.
I won’t list all my findings here as I have already recorded them in audio embedded below.
Should you be too lazy to listen or subscribe to my podcast the pros and cons are…
Not as high resolution as other devices designed specifically for reading.
Bit slow for heavy gaming.
No GPS on the wifi only version.
Great to hold and surprisingly good for typing on.
Screen size is bigger than you would think.
Higher resolution cameras are great for video blogging
Great battery life.
Has all the iPad functions in a smaller package.
Super light and pocket-able.
As a foot note, I’d love to hear from you if you’ve have had success transferring audio files to and from the iPad. Especially from a memory card. Ultimately I’d like to import audio like I do photos and video. This in many ways is the missing link for me needing a laptop out in the field. The suspicious side of me thinks Apple don’t want me to work solely with a tablet.