More On Being Wrong: iPad mini

November 13, 2012

One thing I and many other iPadders have said consistently is that a small iPad would suck. It really is almost comical to look back at all of our arguments as to why — buttons would be too small, typing would suck, it would be useless for productivity, etc. — because those were all very wrong matter-of-fact statements. Being fair to us, there were no good small touch computers to prove those statements wrong.

As of this writing I’ve played with an iPad mini twice and am outright blown away at how much I like it; in all I’ve spent probably 30 minutes with the device and I really wish I’ve had more time because it’s a joy to use. On the same token I and the other tiny iPad naysayers weren’t completely 100% wrong. While yes, the iPad mini kind of rocks, it and the full size iPad have different use cases in my mind.

As we’re all aware I replaced my Mac with my iPad a long time ago, and I’ve always seen the iPad as a productivity device. My desk is an iPad setup and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But, as laptops tend to suck on the bus or in bed, so do iPads albeit a little bit less. So anytime I want to get work done on the bus I do it on my iPhone, which isn’t all that fantastic either.

The iPad mini on the other hand is the perfect size for on-the-go productivity, and I don’t say that lightly. After holding and using the iPad mini — even for just 30 minutes in total — I can see myself writing articles and drawing comics with one in bed or on the bus, or a plane, or even pacing around the house. Typing isn’t fantastic compared to a full sized iPad, however it’s way faster than typing on an iPhone.

The iPad mini will be my next big purchase, and when that happens, my current iPad and any full sized iPads following will remain on my desk. It’s weird to think of the iPad I’m typing this up on as my desktop in the future, but I’m not going to lie particularly right after I’ve admitted to being monumentally wrong about what size iPads have to be. I’m delighted to be wrong, though, since it just improves my first world life. And maybe yours. :-)

See you tomorrow.

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