Despite owning a 24-inch iMac, I’m not a terribly big fan of Apple, OS X or even iTunes. Its a fine machine, I just find OS X clunky. That iMac still runs Snow Leopard, and boots into Windows 7 these days. Indeed, I seldom find myself venturing into OS X unless I have to.
The iPad was one of the tablets I was considering when I was shopping for one earlier this year. I decided not to get one because it (indeed, all 10-inch tablets) ended up being too large to type on comfortably, and the price was more than I was willing to pay. I ended up with a Acer Iconia TAB 100, which is a pretty good device, but its relatively short battery life (5 hours) combined with a lack of charging options (AC charger or nothing) have kept it from getting extended use.
Enter the iPad mini. It almost sounds like a slam dunk: it does everything its big brother does, is smaller, has great battery life, and is less expensive. Of course, ‘less expensive’ does not mean ‘cheap.’ Nevertheless, I am contemplating one, because for all the griping I do about Apple, I must admit that there are quite a few things they do right:
- They make quality stuff: My iMac is about three and a half years old and it still works as well as it did when I first got it. The iPad mini may be pricey, but then again, its not made out of plastic, either.
- Their stuff works together: Since Apple makes their own hardware, OS, and software, the integration between everything is pretty seamless.
- They know when to say ‘no mas’: As I mentioned before, Apple has no problem ending support for old software; it’s a habit that many companies would do well to imitate.
- They actually upgrade their software: Apple is good about updating OS X and iOS fairly regularly, and those updates are available to most users. With Android devices, you are left at the tender mercies of your manufacturer, or even worse, your cell phone carrier.
Finally, as an iTunes publisher, I’m married to Apple whether I like it or not. So why not take that final step?