I had a client ask me recently about the iPad mini and previously I did some research but hadn’t actually blogged about it. Initially everyone I asked had mixed reviews, some loved it and well, some hated it. I will try and be objective from many of the reviews I have read and people I have talked with.
·iPad mini is 23 percent thinner, 53 percent lighter
·7.9 inches ( So great to put in a purse, bag, briefcase)
·5‑megapixel photos and shoots full 1080p HD video
·Significantly less moola than an iPad
Most of the people I talked to bought the iPad mini because it was cheaper and smaller.
DOES SIZE MATTER?
·16 if aren’t planning on buying a ton of apps and videos and you won’t keep loads of photos
·32 if you are an average user and will download a few apps
·64 if you love to view and test apps, take photos and videos, watch TV and movies.
The iPad Mini will be great for those who want to take it everywhere you go, if you prefer only a few games rather than a real gamer, if you want to do a bit of work on it but not all day long and you want to browse the web but don’t mind having to zoom in on the smaller screen to enlarge text. The smaller display is OK for things like watching movies, reading books and playing some games but you don’t want to work on a large excel sheet on it!
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These same rules can apply to any device really! Way to go Janell and Greg. Love it.
Greg Hoffman is a kid who just got an iPhone from his parents. His mom, Janell Hoffman, wrote these [slightly edited] rules for its use: 1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren't I the greatest? 2. I will always know the password. 3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads "Mom" or "Dad". Not ever. 4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every weekend night at 9:00pm. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am. If you would not make a call to someone's land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected. 5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It's a life skill. 6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. 7. Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire. 8-9. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person. 10. No porn. 11. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to change that. 12. Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else's private parts. Don't laugh. Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence. It is risky and could ruin your teenage/college/adult life. It is always a bad idea. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than you. And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear -- including a bad reputation. 13. Don't take a zillion pictures and videos. There is no need to document everything. Live your experiences. They will be stored in your memory for eternity. 14. Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision. It is not alive or an extension of you. Learn to live without it. Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO -- fear of missing out. 15. Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to the same exact stuff. Your generation has access to music like never before in history. Take advantage of that gift. Expand your horizons. 16. Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then. 17. Keep your eyes up. See the world happening around you. Stare out a window. Listen to the birds. Take a walk. Talk to a stranger. Wonder without googling. 18. You will mess up. I will take away your phone. We will sit down and talk about it. We will start over again. You & I, we are always learning. I am on your team. We are in this together.
You may want to send out a note to iPhone clients. Those who are on iOS 6 may be encountering a bug with the Do Not Disturb feature as of yesterday.
Do Not Disturb (DND) is a feature that allows users to schedule a period of time during which the phone will not receive texts, calls, or make any type of notification sound. DND is supposed to turn itself on and off automatically according to a schedule set by the user. As of 2013 a bug became apparent where DND is not turning itself off. Users should check their home screen to see if a little crescent moon appears at the top-centre. If it does, and you want to receive calls etc., go to Settings/Do Not Disturb and turn it off. Note that to change the actual schedule you will need to go to Settings/Notifications/Do Not Disturb. For more information: http://9to5mac.com/2013/01/01/check-your-iphones-do-not-disturb-it-might-not-have-turned-off-last-night/