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Old 11-15-2012, 12:28 PM   #1251
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Device: 26 Readers, 44 Tablets
Ups, I did it again (iPad mini)

I've hesitated a while, don't use my iPad 3 at all.
But the 7.9" factor simply was too tempting.

I went to my local Apple store today.
First impression: Disappointment. It looks different than iPad 3. At least iPads 3 and 4 seem to look identical. But iPad mini has a different design.
I hope, it's not a trend.
But I already don't like the design of iPhone 5 that much.
I think, iPhone 5 looks and feels awkwardly similar to Samsung units.
A bit "cheaper" and "low level" than I'd expect from the design geniuses in Apple.
And first impression of iPad mini was similar.
Nice, but nothing special.
And then the next "surprise": Wi-Fi only. The 4G model only will be available end of this month.
Quite against my usual habit, I took 2 minutes to consider.
But of course, temptation was too strong.

I'm just in the settings.
No surprises there of course.

Why did I buy it?
I love Kindle Fire HD. And my nook HD already is on its way from the US.
But I still want to have some tablets, using more than one book app.
And here iPad actually has a slight advantage over Android:
nook, Kobo and Kindle never have been a problem, available for all platforms.
Google Play as well.
But iBooks of course is iOS-specific.
I don't use it much, but an additional bookstore never does any harm.
And again: 7.9".
The "original" iPad simply is too big for me for extended reading sessions.
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