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Bily Foster: Web Designer, Developer and Producer.  Bily has been around the internet since the BBS days.  When he first got his hands on an iPod touch he knew that the iPad wouldn’t be far behind.  One of the first to order the original, and first in line for the last two releases of the iPad.  Bily covers all kinds of tech news all brought to him by his iPad.

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Audio Podcast Episode 22 – iPad mini

I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy
Called that because I’ve almost always got iPad with me, and in some cases two!
Today we’re talking iPad mini!

Okay here is were I put on my fan boy hat and I’m going to hate ever minute of it. This is obviously the iPad mini, and it is freakin nice. It is SO light, I mean like Kindle light. Not Kindle Fire Kindle eReader light. This is actually more along the lines of what I expected from the original iPad. I’m trying to come up with the words to really describe how light and yet solid this feels.

I haven’t had it long enough to it the battery through its paces but I’ve been using it off and on all day so far and I’m only at 70% and from what I’ve read people are getting better than the 10 hours Apple states on their site.

What it isn’t. It is not pocket size, well it kind of is pocket size I guess it really depends on the pocket. It actually DOES fit in the front pockets of most of the shorts that I were. However if I have to get dressed up it doesn’t fit into a pocket. Worse case it does fit in a back pant pocket but I’d be worried about forgetting its back there and sit on it.

It isn’t retina display, if you are coming from an original iPad, iPad 2 or no iPad you won’t notice. But the screens nice and crisp for its size at the ‘standard distance’. I actually worked on this script while in the car while out and about today and it was very comfortable. I don’t start to really notice the pixels until I pull the screen about 6 to 8 inches away from my face. It has 163ppi (pixels per inch) which I is the same pixel density as my 27″ iMac which is MUCH better than the average 72ppi.

Apple really did make a 7″ tablet in all intents and purposes it IS about the same height of a Nexus 7, but because of the aspect ratio you get the 7.9 verse 7 and that’s what makes it not quite pocket size. Now it could potentially fit in a jacket pocket but living in Phoenix, AZ I don’t often where a jacket out.

The amazing thing is how they have been able to engineer all of the power of an iPad 2 into this tighter form factor. Aside from the size it’s really just an iPad which of course means you have access to the complete library of iPad apps just in a nice tighter screen.

I haven’t really put this thought its paces yet with any hardcore processing, but I haven’t experienced any lag in anything I’ve done with it so far. The camera works great, both the front and back cameras gave me good shots. It’s nice to finally have a decent front facing camera for those great ‘Check-In’ shots.

For the average person who’s looking for an iPad I say hold out for a few weeks for the cellular option (so you also get the GPS). If your looking for a tablet this Holliday season Apple just made your choice a little harder. It would have been MUCH harder of a choice if the price was closer to the Nexus 7 but there is no denying the build quality of this bad boy, it makes me wonder why I bother with other devices sometimes.
One of the biggest/hardest changes is going to be dealing with this cable connection change. Of course if this is your first iOS device this won’t be an issue. But I have charging cables through out the house and spares in my office, bags, cars just about everywhere. Built by collecting iPods and iOS devices through out the years. And we knew it had to happen at some point and time but I’m already feeling the pinch of only having the one Lighting cable. This is something that will work itself out over the next year or so as I’m anticipating getting the next iPhone and I’m sure next years iPad.

Which brings me to the question, what will they put into the next iPad to make it feel like a real upgrade? We’ll have to wait and see, maybe we’ll get stereo speakers on the iPad like the mini has, or maybe finally a FLASH for the camera.

Regardless I’ll be watching with anticipation. The iPad mini might be priced higher than expected but the device reflects every penny that’s put into it.

That Wraps up another this episode of that iPad guy. Again thanks for watching and be sure to like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, or Circle me on Google Plus and visit “That iPad Guy . Com ” to subscribe!

See ya next time!

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