I am a little ashamed to admit that I have been neglecting my iPad 3, a lot, over recent months. I got an iPad mini on its launch day morning last November and it quickly won me over with its wonderful lightness and form factor.
Like others, I was initially skeptical about the 8 inch (or near enough) tablet form factor, but after just a day or so with the iPad mini I was a big fan of it. All these months later, I still am and it’s easily my most used device. I’d say my usage pattern on tablets recently has been around 60% iPad mini, 30% Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and only 10% iPad 3.
This past Monday I wanted to get a multi-screen setup going while taking in Apple’s WWDC 2013 keynote event. I decided to view Apple’s live stream on the iPad, follow the Engadget liveblog in Chrome on my iMac and use Evernote on the iMac to take quick notes during the event.
The iPad 3 screen was the obvious bigger, better choice for watching the Apple live stream. It also served as an instant reminder of how fabulous the iPad 3’s Retina display is, and of just how much I’d been neglecting my big friend.
So I’ve been using the iPad 3 more again this week, and enjoying the heck out of that lovely screen. It’s got me thinking about two things quite a lot:
— I need to strive towards a better workflow between my various sized devices – from the 5.5 inch Galaxy Note 2 thought the 8 inch and 10 inch iPads and the 21 inch iMac on my desk. Typing that sentence makes it feel like that’s a whole lot of thinking.
— If, as expected, a new iPad mini later this year has a Retina display it’s going to be damn near to a perfect device.
How many of you are multiple iPad / tablet owners? What’s your usage pattern like between your devices?