| | 11-06-2012, 08:38 AM Thread Author #1
2 playbooks and 2 iPads later
I've owned a number of tablets. 2 blackberry playbooks, an iPad1 & an iPad 2, on Friday I bought a 64GB iPad mini. One of the things I loved about the Playbook was the size, it created almost an intimate or personal feeling, like curling up with a good book, that the fullsize iPad was missing. However the app ecosystem of iOS was far better than that of AppWorld so I ultimately traded that benefit of size and personality for the advantages of apps. Then came the iPad mini, in my opinion the best of both worlds. I have it in a speck fitfolio ($0.99 at target which had to be a mistake), similar to the Blackberry Playbook Journal Case that I used on both Playbooks. It has again created the feeling of "reading" a book rather than merely "browsing" on a tablet. I'm not really sure how to explain it but the full size iPad, while an excellent device, just felt a little impersonal, businesslike is the best word I can come up with, which is great but when I'm relaxing on my own time I don't want to "feel" like I'm actually working.
Now, if Apple could just steal the bridge feature of the playbook it would be a complete package.
I know a lot of iPad owners didn't see the need for a 7" (or even a 7.9") tablet but I'm betting that the majority have been waiting for this and that the mini will go on to be the best selling iPad in history, hands down.
Whether you like Apple or not feel free to share your opinions. Better still try one at the store and see what you think.