I have just bought the iPad mini, and even though I have an (old) iPad at home, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the iPad mini. It’s not Apple’s fault. Well, maybe it is. The design is awesome, and the iPad is great for productivity (my iPhone is not), and I admit that I am a fan of Apple’s products. But, buying the iPad mini was a decision based upon a completely different mindset, than just wanting a new tool.
I have written about using the iPad for business, and one of the reason why I ended up buying a new iPad mini, was because my 7 year old son is using the (old) iPad every single day. And, since it’s not possible to have more than one user profile on the iPad, I have been worried that he would finally mess things up for me. It’s just a matter of time before he would delete some settings, or remove one of the apps I am using.
My son is happy. I am happy. It was a win-win situation.
I know, I could have just told my son to stop playing games on the iPad, but I sort of want him to keep using it. He’s developing, and he’s not just playing games anymore. He’s now exploring the world, because the iPad is so easy to use.
People have asked me why I bought the iPad mini and not the full size iPad. And my answer might be a bit silly for some people, but I want to be honest with you. The only reason, is the size (and the weight). I want to be able to hold my iPad with one hand. I want it to be as easy as possible to carry it with me. And, I more or less only use it for business; I don’t play games, and I don’t watch movies. So, the small size makes it perfect.
I could have waited for a new version of the iPad, it’s probably not that far into the future. But to me, the summer is an important time. I live in a tent, and even though I am still working every day, I usually work from a beach, I work at the top of a mountain, and sometimes I work from the inside of a forrest. And I more or less work outside every single day of the summer. I don’t have much electricity or access to the Internet. So, an iPad mini will help me both when it comes to battery life, and since it’s a cellular connection on it, I’ll be able to work from anywhere and still be online.
So far, I love my iPad mini, even more than the first iPad I bought. I use it every single day, and soon, I’ll be writing about how I am using it, and what type of apps I am using.
What about you? Are you using an iPad or something similar, or are you more or less just using a computer for your work?