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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) 06 Nov 2012 10:14am ()

    Here are Kevin Honeycutt's first impressions of the ipad mini. Interesting he talks a lot about the size and feel too - maybe we both are very tactile learners. : )

  • Tim Kong (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2012 4:14pm ()

    I think the statement "It's becoming harder to keep up" is critical here.

    Do we get this excited when we buy a newly shaped pack of Post-It notes? Or a pen with a gel-based thumb protector? Do we refer to the pencil as it gets smaller with sharpening, to the pencil-mini?

    What are we keeping up with exactly? Apple's reality distortion field? Or their stock prices?

    Because as far as I'm aware, neither of those have anything to do with our teaching and learning aims.

    Don't get me wrong - I use Apple products, and they perform a series of tasks admirably. But apart from being excited about the form factor of the Mini - as far as I know there is nothing different from the tasks that it can be used for. 

    But unless we're constantly critical of the things being pimped as "essential" to the business of education, in my opinion, we're missing the point of being educated and acting as educators. 

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2012 12:43pm ()

    Hi Jolene, I guess that cyclone and other providers will also have a school price for the mini making them more like $100 cheaper than the iPad. I plan on taking the mini into a school on Wednesday and Thursday so will report back to you on what the juniors say. I suspect they will like the smaller size for mobile learning, (taking video and photos), as I watched my year 3 class struggle with taking photos on the larger iPad2 last week but they may prefer the larger format for desktop activities and sharing/creating. Guess this just continues the argument that there is no one best fit for all but that a range of devices is ideal.

  • joleneb (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2012 12:27pm ()

    School pricing it only comes out at $20 difference so am curious those that have used it would you still go for a mini for primary classroom use with such a small price difference? I was so excited when the mini was annouced thinking we would be able to roll out more than the 8 ipad 2 we had orginally planned but am extremely dissappointed by the price as you can get an ipad2 through cyclone for $499 and suspect the mini accessories are a lot more expensive. Anyone used both with 5 year olds. Which do they have the most ease with?

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2012 12:26pm ()

    Hey Josie - yes we will keep apple afloat between us! I am excited to see how the students react, if the rection of my 12 year old is anything to go by they will love its smaller size and ease of handling.

  • Josie Woon (View all users posts) 05 Nov 2012 11:48am ()

    Yes I went straight in to check them all out in the weekend. Love the size and have heard the camera clarity is better seemed so when I trialled it.  I am getting one for personal use for the same reasons, fits better in my bag with all the features of larger ipadlooking looking at getting my kids one and may opt for this smaller one as well.  I'm excited, I hear the iPad 4 is also not far away.  Is becominharder to keep up.

    Josie Woon

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