iPad Mini – One Week On…
It is a week since the launch of the iPad mini. Even though this is a short period of time, it is long enough to tell me I was wrong with some of my predictions!
As we have focused on putting iPads into the schools in our system (approximately 500 that I am aware of), we have gathered a lot of information. Teachers and students love the versatility, the ease of use, the integration of tools (camera, microphone etc), and the quality of apps. How much of this would transfer over to a smaller screen and smaller device was a concern.
We have yet to put the iPad Mini into classrooms (we are two weeks away from this delivery!), so I did the next best thing and gave one to my own four-year-old iPad user. It was immediately apparent the the size was no issue to her. In fact, the way she was able to work with it showed the smaller size to be advantageous. When asked, she had no doubt that the mini was her preference – “it is just more my size, Daddy”.
So the question became my own use. I have an iPad 3 as well as an iPhone and now the mini. Where does the mini fit into this equation? Initially I thought the mini might replace my iPhone, especially after I configured the ‘Talkatone’ app to take care of my phone calls. What I have found a week on, though, is that I am consistently using the mini instead of my iPad 3. The size is a partial reason (you have no idea how heavy the iPad 3 feels now!), but it is more about the functionality. In fact, more about the fact that I have lost no noticeable functionality with the mini and feel it is even more mobile than devices I have used before. As evidenced by the fact I am writing this on the mini, I have found typing to be no issue either.
The big test will come when we put it in student hands. We will be placing 20 of them alongside existing iPads to make a side-by-side comparison. We want feedback from teachers and students. If my personal experience is any indicator, any concerns about size are unfounded and students will love this device as much as they do the iPad 2.