So my father-in-law is visiting for a few days, mostly to get snuggles from the new baby. He also brought Christmas presents with him, so we had a fun early mini-Christmas with the family. My son got a stuffed elephant big enough to ride, my daughter got a castle tent, and I got… an iPad mini. Completely unexpected, I might add. Not that I’m complaining!
Thus I’ve entered the community of tablet-owners. After having played around with a standard iPad, the mini is a lot more friendly on the wrists and is definitely more agreeable to me. It’s strange now to have both that and an iPhone, and so I spent some time trying to suss out just what I was going to use this tablet for. Well, duh, gaming, right?
There are several titles that are iPad-only that I’ve had my eyes on for a while, and I snapped up Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition right away. I will most likely be getting the Magic the Gathering app as well. Having the extra screen space is nice, although playing anything on it requires two hands versus the sometimes-I-can-get-away-with-just-one-hand iPhone. Reading Kindle on it feels a little more like a standard book, although I’ve long since gotten used to Kindle reading on the iPhone — so now all of those extra words seem superfluous.
I’ll probably be trying out Arcane Legends on it as well, mostly to see how it compares to the smaller screen. The mini-tablet size seems much better for the complexity of an MMO UI, although it’s not like there are a lot of offerings out there right now. Maybe I’ll try out that Celtic Heroes everyone keeps talking about.
I do feel a little ridiculously blessed in the computer gadget department now, since I’ve got a smartphone, tablet, laptop, and desktop. The frugal part of me winces and thinks just how much I don’t need all this, and I know that if I don’t get some use out of this tablet I’ll feel really guilty. I don’t think that’ll be a problem, especially since I’ll have some time over the holidays to tinker around with it.
I also realize that I’ve pretty much been sucked into the Apple ecosystem, particularly with the investment I’ve made in the app store. I had given some thought about trying out the Android market and devices a while back, but I don’t really think that’s possible now. And I guess that’s okay. It certainly was nice to see that all the purchases I’ve made for my iPhone were easily installable on the tablet.
For those iPad/iPad mini owners out there, what do you do with it more or less exclusively over what you do with smartphones and computers?