My iPad Mini

iPadMini Screen and Keyboard

A friend asked me for advice on buying a tablet. Here’s what I wrote:

I have a mini iPad and I love it! I’m using it right now.

I use it for email when I’m in a wifi environment. I don’t have a data plan, but I can use the web when I’m in a wifi environment. I can also use my phone as a wifi hotspot for my iPad if I really need to access the web or my email and I’m not in a wifi spot.

I use it occasionally for videoing, and I have used it to edit video at a fairly complex, almost professional, level. Picture-taking too.

I use it to save recipes and other necessary information. I use Evernote but there are other apps that work for that.

I use it to write, track expenses, and create slideshows using Google Drive’s Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which can be used even when offline and are free.

I use it the most just to read – with various apps – Kindle, Kobo, and iBooks.

My first tablet was an Android and it was okay but didn’t fully work for me. I’ve been much happier with iPads. I also tried a Samsung phone, but I went back to an iPhone for the convenience of walking into any Apple Store to get help when something goes wonky. You just can’t get that kind of help from where you get a Samsung. 

I like my mini because it’s not-too-big, not-too-small, but just right. It fits in even medium-sized purses. Regular size iPads are good too, but the mini is the approximate size of a book so it’s comfortable to read with.

Two pieces of strong advice:

 – get a cover that has a Bluetooth keyboard. That makes it as useable as a laptop.

 – get the largest storage possible if you’re going to take a lot of pictures or videos, or if you want to carry a lot of music, and maybe anyway because you can never have too much memory.

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