I’ve read a lot about the new iPad mini, and most reviews seem to be positive. People favor the physical size of the device, and its weight, allowing you to hold it comfortably for long periods of time. They talk about the vast number of apps available, and how they were were actually optimized for the iPad mini, making it a better experience. And they debate about whether or not this was the perfect size all along.
Then the conversation shifts to the screen, and how the mini doesn’t feature a retina display. Debaters discuss whether or not the non-retina display will cause people to pause before buying. Then they talk about how much more beautiful the full size iPad’s screen is.
All of these comments made me curious. I was interested in the iPad mini when it was just a rumor, and became more so when it became a reality. I have a first generation iPad, and I was looking to upgrade at some point.
Then a friend of mine mentioned that his wife had bought him one. My friend is a user experience designer, and one who’s opinion I value when talking technology. So, he stopped by and showed me the mini. Naturally, I focused on two things: the physical size of the device, and its screen.
As far as the size, I agree, I think the physical size of the iPad mini is perfect. The physical aspects simply make it nice to hold, and for long periods of time. It makes for a nice experience.
Then there’s the screen. The non-retina screen. The horror.
When I first saw the screen, I couldn’t believe how good it was. The articles I had read had me prepared for blurry text, and an experience that was just un-Apple like. But then actually seeing it in person, I was blown away by how far off I thought opinions were.
Then it occurred to me. When review articles are written, it is the job of the author to give an honest opinion about the new device, and how it compares to what is out on the market. Reviewers have seen or even use the latest and greatest technologies. So, these devices are what they base their opinions on. Which is fine. That’s their job.
But, most of us don’t have the latest and greatest technologies. Like I said, i was looking to upgrade from a first generation iPad. So, to me, the iPad mini’s display looked great, possibly because I didn’t even have an iPad 2 for comparison, let alone one featuring a retina display.
Factor in those people who don’t know, or even care, what a retina display is, and I think most people will find the iPad mini to be a great device. I liked it so much, that I went out and bought one for myself, and so far, I absolutely love it. But, that’s my opinion based on how I use the iPad, and the technology I personally have.