I didn’t have my own iPad because my husband has a few test devices for Tactica‘s mobile stuff, and I couldn’t really see where it’d be much of an upgrade from my iPhone, beyond a little more finger real estate.
It is different, though. The iPad Mini’s joined the daily device rotation. Here’s a few ways it’s a different beast, and observations on using a tablet instead of a phone.
- • It makes phones become phones again. Mine hangs out in my purse way more than it used to (and I was definitely one of those “never more than 3 feet away from their phone” users).
- • That said, I kinda wish it could make phone calls. (Crap. Maybe I am a superphone liker).
- • It makes you want to lean back and consume content. Entertainment & conversational apps found their way to my home screen first. I didn’t set up my email. Who wants to get email when you’re chilling?
- • It makes you realize how unmobile most of the web is. Bad mobile experiences become pronounced in such a fluidly tablety environment.
- • The Mini is better for small kids, because it’s lighter.
- • The Mini is better for me, because it’s lighter. The small size makes it quite portable, too, and less conspicuous than a Big Daddy iPad.
- • I will pay for good content (curse you, Disney Channel), especially for my kids. Preschooler gaming has gone way up around here. Concurrent with this is a narsty increase in screen surface grime.
So I’m into this thing. It doesn’t have a flash, but I’m a pretty avid photographer so I can see it making its way into my photographic life pretty soon. More on that as it develops (ha).