In the lines of the poorest excuses that sometimes one need to get a
toy tool I got me an iPad Mini to test to write about it for the book I am co-writing with Michael Sliwinski: #iPadOnly.
I have contemplated the Mini for a while, but honestly I was unsure if the screen was going to be simply too small for me to work all day. The iPad is my main machine, so I need to make sure that if I get the Mini was going to be able to substitute the Big iPad as main machine or if I really need a compliment machine.
I have always believe that weight is a key element to any computer, (as well as battery life, but in the case of the iPad that one it is not relevant) and even that the difference in weight between the iPad2 and the iPad Mini is so little, you could tell, as you could with the difference between the Original iPad and the iPad2. The Mini is lighter and that make it really cool.
To make the story short, I went and got an iPad Mini. At the beginning I wasn’t sure if was going to substitute my Big iPad, at the end of the day I do almost everything there, I am even writing a book about it. It took me two days to notice that I basically stop using the Big iPad and that the Big iPad was now on the side of the table just showing Tasks and Calendars. I was only carrying the Mini.
I am really enjoying the Mini and will not change back. So far I have only one thing that I will change. I can type relatively fast on the big iPad and I can’t do that on the Mini, yet. I say yet, because one of the first things I did was to install TapTyping and are practicing to improve the speed. I am expecting that soon I will be able to write faster to the point that the bottle neck it is not on the iPad. I did that on the big iPad once, so I am sure that it will be a matter of time. Right now I am able to type 39 words per minute and have an accuracy of 97%.
I remember when I stop using the MacBook daily and how every time I need it to use it after days going #iPadOnly it feel so big. It is the same feeling the few times I had grab the big iPad to do a task.