re: Apple's iPad Mini: Less Is Less Interesting
You know, I'm not a big Apple fan but this device is interesting to me. I admit, I don't use my iPad like most other people seem to - I never watch video on it, never use it for messaging, I don't play any of the games on it that so many people love. I've found that I like using it to browse the web. That's about it.
I tried using it for ebooks but, its size and weight made that an issue. Try laying in bed with your iPad held at a comfortable position. It gets heavy fast. This compelled me to buy a 7 inch Samsung Android tablet - a device whose usage resulted in my iPad being retired to the bookshelf.
If I didn't have my Android tablet, I would probably be very interested in the mini iPad. My Android tablet kills most of that interest, though. Being able to read any format eBook, access the local file system, and play any format media provides a level of freedom that I have grown to love.
Still, I like that Apple is offering a device with this form factor. While I might not rush out to buy one, I like the idea of there being choice available to users. There's a lot of value in having that variety since consumers will be freed to pick the device and OS that's right for them and their needs.
I think the sentiment in this article hits the nail on the head - a 7 inch iPad really isn't uber exciting at this point. I also like the points you raise here to support the idea that it's really kind of boring news. Still, I really do like reading articles discussing the more superficial aspects of the device - colors, exactly what it will look like. It's not as fun as when they release a new version of the standard iPad or iPhone but, hearing peoples ideas on it stil has entertainment value.
Great article! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, Mr. Claburn!