I mentioned elsewhere that my ‘stunt computer’*, a 2005 PowerBook G4, failed on our trip to New Orleans, leaving me ‘off the grid’ for seven days. Since I wasn’t sneaking in any work (girlfriend = no downtime to do so) I don’t need a laptop on vacation, and a tablet would be considerably lighter and less bulky. I’m asking for experiences with the Apple iPad and the iPad Mini.
I’d like to have a smart phone, but based on my experience using the Internet with my iPod the screen is too small to be very practical. The iPad has a good screen size. The Mini’s screen is smaller, but better than an iPod/iPhone, and it’s smaller size makes it easier to pack/carry. Incidentally, the size of the iPad is why I would not get one with a phone plan. I want a phone I can put in my pocket.
Though the iPad is large-ish, I think that when I get a tablet it will be this one. I think it would be more practical to actually use than the Mini Still, I’d like to hear opinions from those who have used both models.
*A ‘stunt computer’ is a computer that you’d be less concerned about damaging than your primary computer. In my case, the 15-inch PowerBook fits in the case and the 17-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t, and airline travel can be hard on fragile things.