I love the iPad. I preordered one the day it went on sale and eagerly awaited its delivery. Now it sits in a drawer collecting dust and most of the time the battery is dead. The only time it leaves that drawer is when I have company over and they want to use it.
All because of the iPad mini.
The iPad changed my computing habits, my laptop is now used only for work and class. My monitor and home office are now only used exclusively when I’m working from home. The rest of my time at home is spent on the iPad. My first instinct when I need the internet is to grab the iPad.
When the mini was announced I was a little skeptical. I believed that I would still stick with the larger form factor because I can touch type on it and easily larger documents. The iPad mini didn’t even have a retina display. The day they went on sale I went to the Apple Store to play around with one and was immediately sold on the weight.
The iPad mini is significantly lighter than the regular iPad. It is so much easier to hold and a better experience overall. I use the mini more than I ever used the regular iPad (which was not a low bar).
Every few weeks I think that I should give the full size iPad another chance. I’ll bring it with to work and school with the intention to use it. But again it just sits there in my bag and I grab the mini instead. I can ten-finger touch type on the iPad with fairly good speed, where on the mini I can only type with my thumbs. However, that has turned out to be a benefit. When I meet with a colleague or am on the train there isn’t room to set down the iPad and I end up having to thumb type anyway. Now instead of bringing a pad of paper to meet with colleagues I bring the mini and jot down notes in Drafts.
The iPad mini has far surpassed the device that changed this geeks computing habits.