iPad mini rippling thru my hardware setup

Ok I got an iPad mini for Christmas — thanks family! The lack of retina display does bother me, it is super noticeable. I will certainly upgrade to an iPad mini retina when it exists.

But it is interesting to see the impact on the rest of the gear in my bag.

* obviously the big iPad will not be in my bag much anymore, the mini is just so light and convenient. I need to figure out what to do with old iPads. Can I use them as monitors for raspberry Pi’s?
* do I need to carry an eInk kindle anymore? On the one hand, the mini fits nicely in a hand and so can supplant the kindle. On the other, the mini is so light, there is really no problem carrying both, and the kindle still has that great battery life.
* needless to say the Surface is rarely in my bag — and it now seems really obese in light of the iPad mini.
* I used to carry a 17″ laptop. Now I’m at 15″. Really wondering if 13″ would work just as well .. And for the first time considering the 11″ Air. I pretty much run every app full screen at this point, is the larger screen buying me that much?

  2 comments for “iPad mini rippling thru my hardware setup

  1. Adam
    December 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    The 11″ Air is pretty worthless due to the small keyboard size, but the 13″ is perfect. Add the iPad mini and you’ve got the perfect setup.

  2. Bruce
    December 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Gotta disagree with Adam, but then again I prefer smaller laptops and smaller keyboards have never bothered me (OK, maybe on my super-tiny Toshiba Libretto of years ago, but I even adapted to that). The 11″ size/weight lets me always throw it in the bag, so I always have it with me and the size means that almost any compartment that fits a magazine or notepad will fit my Macbook Air.

    My Kindle’s getting toward its end of life (OK, it’s past its end of life since the letters on the keyboard have even worn off) — wondering whether Kindle Paperwhite or iPad Mini Retina when it comes out will be better way to go. Battery life is critical since my Kindle is my go-to when all my other devices run out of juice. What kind of real-life battery life have you had on your Mini?

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