I picked up the iPad mini early morning on my short vacation in London and have just taken it for a short spin for obvious reasons. Some quick thoughts though:
Fantastic form factor
I was pretty sure after using a full size iPad that smaller tablets were not for me but I was wrong. Very wrong. I have mainly used my previous iPad for reading and watching video and the iPad mini is just perfect for this type of tasks. I can’t see myself ever going back to a full size iPad after using this little thing, but who knows?
Retina displays are nice
The main concern for me (and probably everyone else) when the iPad mini was presented was the lack of a retina display. Many Apple users have been seduced by the sharp, beautiful displays on iPhone 4/4S/5, iPad 3 and the new MacBook Pro. Let’s be perfectly honest here: when you pick up this new iPad for the first time you definitely feel that something is missing. I got used to the non-retina display pretty fast and the smaller physical size of the display do work it’s magic for the iPad 2 screen resolution. I would have loved to see a retina display in the mini but I’m not the Apple employee that has to worry about battery life, production costs and performance. Next year, probably.
Small, thin, light
You really feel the same way about the iPad mini as you probably did when you first held an iPhone 5 in your hand. It’s so small, light and thin it almost feels unreal or even like it’s some kind of a in-store dummy unit.
Red + black
I went for the black model with a red Smart Cover. It’s a winning combination for sure and I wouldn’t have thought about it if it wasn’t for the video review over at The Verge.
WIFI is good, but…
Only WIFI models were available at launch and I have not been using the cellular on my previous iPad very much so I though this was a good way to go. The first thing I really missed was a SIM card slot but that might be much due to the fact that I’m on vacation. Thank god for tethering.
We all know it already but iCloud is really, really great when setting up a new device. We take it for granted these days but wow, it’s good!
Killer blogging tool
I am writing this short post from the iPad mini and it works like a charm. Is this the ultimate portable blogging tool? It probably will be for many.