I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Two Weeks with iPad mini

That’s when it clicked. When I realised I had — with­out real­ly think­ing — done all the things I need an iPad to do for a whole week with­out being forced back to a full-size iPad, I saw that the iPad mini is just that: an iPad.

When it comes to iPad, Fras­er is one of those peo­ple whom I make sure to take note and lis­ten to what he’s say­ing. He uses iPad a lot more than most peo­ple, so I believe his judge­ment on the device is one to be tak­en note of. I’ve played with iPad mini for about 30 mins in total over a cou­ple of vis­its to the Apple store here in Chel­tenham. The weight of the device and how easy it’s been to hold in one hand has me con­sid­er­ing sell­ing my iPad 2 to upgrade to a mini, my only reser­va­tion being could I con­tin­ue to use it in my work the way I’m find­ing I use my iPad 2?

I have not found the mini to be unus­ably small, even with iOS being scaled down to fit. There have been occa­sion­al apps where cer­tain oper­a­tions have been fid­dly, and I found draw­ing pre­cise­ly with a sty­lus was dif­fi­cult because of the rel­a­tive size of the sty­lus tip. This might be some­thing that can be over­come with a bit of prac­tice but I’m not there yet.

This is now my only reser­va­tion. I use a sty­lus and the Paper app to scamp ideas, it beats my Mole­sk­ine because I can use sub­tle colours to guide my think­ing. I can see a trip to the Apple Store armed with my sty­lus com­ing to maybe con­firm or deny that nag­ging that the reduc­tion in weight is worth me seri­ous­ly con­sid­er­ing upgrad­ing (and cur­ing the pain I get in my wrists after read­ing for extend­ed peri­ods).