My IPad Mini 4…

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also known as My New Toy.

Not so long ago I was determined to not like Apple products. They were overpriced, trendy and generally just “not my thing“. Oh how times have changed.
I’m a hacker and a tinkerer. I love to play with technology and make it work differently. A big Linux advocate and occasional programmer, the iPad and iPhone were the antithesis of everything holy. What was wrong with beige? What was wrong with the command line? Why do I need a smart phone?

What happened?

We moved from Blackberry to Apple. I lost my faithful Curve with it’s keyboard, work anywhere and 5 day battery. I got an iPhone 5S. I tried to hate it, I really did. I tried to put it down, to look for faults but I just couldn’t. Even the 24 hour battery on a good day I can’t complain about. Maybe I should just move to Cairo and live on that river (denial – say it out loud, you’ll get it) but nope, I’m now an advocate. That’s not the same as a fan boy – honest. But certainly if you were to try and pry my iPhone or iPad from my cold dead hands you would have a struggle.

So why the change?

In short – “It just works

The build quality is excellent, the kit just feels good. The software (I’m not going into technicalities) similarly just works. You can install an application, find you don’t like it and then remove it without any problems. If you want to buy something you can, and yes, the apps may be more expensive than Google Android but they also tend to be of a better build and design quality. 

Connecting to wifi, it’s a breeze. Select which network, type the password and go. No messing with having to remove the old one for whatever reason.

Sound from the little speakers – considering the size – great volume and clarity. The phone comes with earbuds that similarly sound good. It’s true that they are not the best in the world but by no means are they the worst and they come included.

The screen is just so clear. On both iPhone and iPad – clarity is awesome. Responsiveness of the touch screen is snappy and accurate. 

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