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iPad mini - what do you think?

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Started by Catriona Pene 05 Nov 2012 10:41am () Replies (17)

I am the proud new owner of an iPad mini. I bought the most basic model 16gb $479 to trial with myself, with students in schools, for my three boys to trial at home and for my 12 year old to trial at school in his BYOD setting.

So what do I think?

I love it for my own use, the smaller size and lighter weight means it will be easier for me to take wherever I go and I do just really love the feel of it. It is more like a book to hold, fitting nicely in one hand and just like when you return home after having a second child and your first born suddenly seems huge, my "old" iPad 2 now seems very heavy and clunky by comparison. It is fast on my home wireless, the battery lasted the advertised 10 hours and the new lightning plug is easy to use and gave an impatient me a fast recharge.

My 12 year old has given it a huge thumbs up, it is a perfect fit for his needs of BYOD at school. Small enough to safely transport to and from school each day and yet a much more useful screen size than his previous iPod. He reports that the camera is easier to use and that apps load faster.

In the classroom I suspect the larger ipad2 and 3 formats will still be preferable for group work and collaboration, particularly in primary schools, but where students are pimarily using it for a personal device this smaller format is great. The camera too is much easier to manage as the device is easier to hold.

The price? Yes only $100 cheaper than an iPad 2 so not much cheaper but that still means you get 6 iPad mini for the price of 5 iPad2s and $100 buys a you a whole lot of apps.

So there are my first impressions, I will take it into schools with me this week and get the feedback from students and teachers.

Who else out there is trialling them? What do you think?


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  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 07 Feb 2013 10:05am ()

    Hey Monika, 

    My cover came from Harvey Norman but I have seen similar ones much cheaper on TradeMe recently. I like having the flap as it protects it in my bag but also recognise it can get in the way whe using the camera.

    Chek out this thread for more of the same discussion around screen protectors and cases for iPads.

    : )

  • mary jamieson (View all users posts) 05 Mar 2013 9:50am ()

    I purchased the 64gb mini 2 weeks ago and am loving it!!! Not looking forward to spending $70 on vga adapter though.  Can you get them cheaper.  I have a school where the teachers have all been given ipad minis and am keen to hear how other teachers are getting on with them.  Any suggestions for my first time user teachers?

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 05 Mar 2013 12:52pm ()


    I'd love to hear more about how these tools are being used in context too Mary - for all age groups. More and more schools are requesting schools to visit - to glean ideas about mobile devices, so if anyone has a story to share - I'd love to know more about:

    1. Who was/is being been taught? - individual, group, class, priority learners
    2. Intended learning outcomes - with the mobile device (mini or otherwise)
    3. What happened - actions for teacher/student 
    4. What does it look like - any successful outcomes
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  • Innes Kennard (View all users posts) 13 Mar 2013 6:46pm ()

    hi Mary

    Congratulations on your Big Mini!  can I suggest you look at Reflector http://www.reflectorapp.com/ and wirelessly beam your device. Makes you much more mobile and you can have multiple devices linked in at the same time.


  • mary jamieson (View all users posts) 05 Mar 2013 9:57am ()

    Oh, and I got a really nice padded fold over cover from JBHi fi for $29.  Works great and has correct hole for camera.  Size is great for individuals or pairs, anything more and you may want to upsize to ipad.  I don't bother with screen protector as I have cover, I also don't like the asthetics of screen protectors.  Response time is super quick, camera works really well.

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