I confess: I am an early adopter. I saw the original iPad and I Had To Have One. Before you could snap your fingers, I was in at the Apple store buying my new toy.
I loved it. From Day 1. How, I wondered, could anybody do without this amazing object???
My husband (he of the ‘But you have a laptop, why do you need an iPad?’ brigade) also had to admit that it was A Good Thing, after we’d used it to check mail, check the BOM radar for changes in the weather, and check maps as we drove around Australia. It was always there on the back seat (or in my lap).
Then along came iPad 2 – with a camera. I was soooo tempted, but nobly refrained from updating. No, I would wait until the 3rd generation, I told myself.Such self-control.
iPad #3 was released – with 4G capability for everywhere but in Australia! – and images so clear that they might have been printed at high resolution on a piece of paper. I almost bought it… but thought: No, I’ll wait for iPad #4, because that’s sure to be compatible with the 4G phone network in Oz.
Now I’m being bombarded with media releases. The time has come! iPad #4 is imminent… but wait. WAIT.
What do they have, lurking in the wings? Peeping shyly out and waving at me? TEMPTING ME?
Well, hello, iPad Mini!!!! Don’t YOU look gorgeous??
And what’s that you say? You’re only half the weight of the iPad? And you fit into practically every handbag I have, except for those little bitty evening bag thingys that I hardly ever use? And you have a camera and thousands of jim-dandy apps?
Off I went to Facebook, to say:I really want one of these….
Then it happened. My friend Susie (hi Susie) issued a challenge on Facebook. Right there on the page, where everybody could see.
“Here’s a challenge”, she said. “Write a blog post that totally justifies the purchasing of an ipad mini and why it’s an essential tool for any writer!”
Susie, Susie, Susie. REALLY. You could have issued me a challenge that was a bit more difficult than that. (If that was the plot of a book, I would have said “No, no, no! You need to make your characters SUFFER! Torture them!)
Why Every Writer Needs an iPad Mini…
- It’s an e-reader.I can download a gazillion books and highlight them and make notes. (Oh, and did I mention reading just for fun?)
- It’s a resource library. (I can cut and paste research on anything and view it as a Word doc, or a PDF, or even turn it into an ePub.)
- I can take photos and movies and edit them on-screen.
- I can network with other writers, and Skype them, and conference with them. Even toast successes in cyber-champagne.
- I can save and watch training videos and videos just for fun.
- I can blog, and do FB updates, and tweet.
Hot diggety dog, this is a library and a conference and a home movie theatre and a social networking device that I can have with me all the time.
And guess what?
I JUST ORDERED ONE.