A couple of really quick observations after a few weeks with the iPad Mini. First, it is really all I use these days. Even my 11″ MacBook Air has stayed home most days as I find myself more and more satisfied with the flexibility the mini affords — the size and weight more than make up for any small limitations I bump into.
I am now doing my presentations from the mini and Keynote is every bit as powerful on this device as my laptop. Travel is a joy as all I need is the mini, one power cord, and my Bose Quiet Comfort headphones … And the battery lasts a couple of days.
The other thing I am finding is that the software I am using has swung in a very different direction. Yes, I still use yammer, Evernote, and various social apps everyday but the crazy thing is how good the whole crop of new google apps are. They now occupy nearly a whole row on my first screen. I love that google is finding ways to compete on iOS while still building Android. I think google is starting to push apple on the UI side which will lead to new innovation.
All in all the mini is a great device — for me. I use the Verizon version with the LTE access so I can be connected all times, much like I can with my iphone. That is a huge deal as I use it one handed walking across campus a lot. I was honestly lusting after the 13″ MacBook with retina display, but I just don’t see it fitting into my workflow at the moment. I know there are lots of people who dislike the iPad, but I find it to be a great device that supports nearly all I need to do when not sitting at my desk.