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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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  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 06 Feb 2013 9:14am ()

    Just unpacked my new (work) iPad Mini which is now charging :) First discovery - the new plug which I had heard about; I had been annoyed at Apple for changing it (it's so handy in our house to charge iPod, iPad2 and iPhone with the same plug - no, I'm actually not a Mac person but Apple's advertising really seems to work ;D). I can already see that the new plug looks less fragile so that's a bonus esp. with children using it.

    Can anyone give some advice on covers, please? I have seen Catriona's (where did you get that from?). As I have cracked an iPad2 screen before I want to be extra careful, so definitely sth. that wraps around all edges. With or without flap? It can get in the way but protects screens - what do you think? I haven't looked yet, but I suppose there are screen protectors for this size? I have read the discussion on them, but as this machine is in my bag and not so much shared in a classroom I would like to put a screenprotector on it. Looking forward to playing soon lol - the size, feel and marketing have definitely appealed to my lymbic brain ;D

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