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iPad mini review

I don't know how to start this post casually.  I will never be the sort of person for whom being sent a new iPad isn't 'a ridiculously big deal'.  I've seen bloggers reviewing holidays, being sent abroad for events and fashion weeks, being shot for campaigns and though they might write up their posts as if it's normal business, I never lose the awe I feel at the opportunities that are created for bloggers these days - not that they're not totally justified as likewise the content and engagement I see on blogs is also so inspiring and it's great to see the blogosphere getting that recognition from major brands. (Phew! That was a long sentence.)

So, a little while ago I received an iPad Mini to review from Argos Online.  I honestly felt like all of my Christmasses had come at once and I count myself very lucky to be able to review such an awesome product.  Let's face it, the iPad and iPad Mini are the ultimate in tablets - probably one of the most wished for gadgets across the globe.  I bought Tom an iPad Mini for Christmas last year and it barely leaves his hands, he uses it constantly for anything and everything (though mostly for watching videos about surfing and checking the surf forecast!) So to say I was excited to receive mine is an understatement.

ipad review for fashion blogger
| iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB, Argos Online, £269*

When it arrived, I didn't even turn it on for about the first five minutes, I just opened the box and held it in my hands, experiencing sheer wonderment at how sleek and slim it was.  Even when I turned it on I experienced that strange feeling of having something you know you're going to really love, but not being quite sure how to start that journey.  I downloaded a few apps - Twitter, Bloglovin, Pinterest etc, set up my email, and then wondered what to do next.

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The truth is that I need to retrain myself to use the iPad as my go-to gadget.  At the moment I love my iPhone.  I Whatsapp, tweet and instagram constantly.  I instinctively pick it up to Google things, write notes, Face Time people (usually Tom from upstairs to ask him to bring me a cup of tea) and even read blogs on it in bed.  I know that being able to do all of these things on my iPad is going to make my life a lot easier, and I'm very excited to make that happen.  What I'm also excited for is to find out all of the things that the iPad has to offer over the iPhone - the apps that I'm going to love and the things I'm going to start using the iPad for rather than something else.  I really need to dedicate some time to reading up on the best iPad apps and finding out all the things that make it such a cult product.

The times I have got stuck into using it I have utterly loved it.  It somehow makes me feel really inspired being able to lie in bed with a cup of tea, scroll through Bloglovin, have a nose on Pinterest and all without leaving the comfort of my duck down duvet.  I don't have a laptop so the idea of blog reading (and maybe even blogging one day!) being more portable is certainly a novelty.

ipad mini for blogging

I don't need to actually review the iPad Mini, not really.  You all know that it's sleek, slim, responsive, lightweight, and the perfect tool for almost everything internet-related you might want to do on the go.  Not just on the go, but on the sofa, in bed, almost anywhere.  I cannot fault it.

Please do tell me your favourite iPad apps, where to get a snazzy case and anything else I might need to know about being the new owner of a little iPad, I'm eager to get more hooked than I already am! It's definitely going to make my evenings at home much more interesting now the nights are drawing in and reading, catching up on TV and internet shopping rides even higher on the agenda.

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24 comments

  1. What a wonderful opportunity! I don't own any form of iPad but would love to. I use a Kindle Fire currently which I do adore however and would recommend! xx

    LittleGlitter.org

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  2. Welcome to the iPad Mini club! I love my Mini so much. If you want to ever write up Word docs (a blog post on the go maybe?) then the Pages app is pretty great. It lets you write and format documents, save them and easily email them to yourself. I've found it the best documents app because of how flexible it is with the formatting options.

    Games wise I am *addicted* to Tiny Tower which works much better on the iPad than on the iPhone, it's definitely worth a go :) Pinterest looks nice on it too and works pretty well!

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  3. aside from all the normals, you'll love rhonda design (i think thats the name) its a bit like a beautifull mess but free and well, better.

    xo

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  4. These look just gorgeous, so tempted!

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

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  5. I prefer the Nexus range from Google to be honest in terms of mobiles and tablets - don't get me wrong, I have a mac - but for me google just bring it for 'mobile' technology. What a great opportunity though and enjoy your new gadget! :) x

    Sophie
    http://www.thebirdsong.co.uk

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  6. That was such an amazing opportunity! You're so lucky! :) I've wanted to get an iPad mini for such a long time!

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  7. you need to get pinterest for iPad it's even more addictive than the laptop version! My nephew has an iPad mini and everytime I see him with it I get jealous! They look so handy, bigger than an iPhone but not quite as big and space consuming as a full sized iPad

    xx

    Jade | Beauty Butterfly Blog

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  8. Well I'm not going to pretend I'm not incredibly jealous right now. I always wonder what I'd be like with an iPad, whether I'd suddenly abandon my overly loved iPhone. I'm not sure about iPad apps but if you can get the adorables on it, it is the cutest game ever!!

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  9. You can find the cutest cases on Etsy :)

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  10. This is such a wonderful opportunity, I too would be pretty overwhelmed if I had this sent to me in the post :)

    This looks like a lovely little thing to own, enjoy it :)

    Amy xx
    --A Little Boat Sailing--

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  11. I am so jealous! It looks amazing. Maybe you can give us a bit of an update when you've discovered the best apps so that I can justify getting one?

    Petite Gingembre

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  12. What a fantastic opportunity!

    I love my Mini. It was my Christmas present from Dave. I was a bit unsure about it, as I have a laptop, kindle and iPhone already...so why did I need a iPad as well? It turns out that Mini and I are inseparable now.

    Reading blogs in bed, cookbooks in colour on kindle, editing photos, occasionally writing blog posts...plus, anything I could do on the iPhone!

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  13. I'll be watching the comments on this post as I don't have anything out of the norm for my iPad - just the usual apps that you've mentioned already! I use my iPad mainly to read books (and know of a, ummm, good free ebook website if you're interested), and for that reason I'm thinking of selling my iPad 3 and switching it for a mini as they're just the perfect size to fit in your hand! x

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  14. Wait, there's a Bloglovin' app??? How come I only know of this now??? OMG! One reason why I need an iPad Mini! LOL!

    Wow! Exciting indeed to receive a gadget! Enjoy!

    Audrey
    www.audreyisms.com

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  15. I'm not an iPad user so I can't really help you with the apps query, I just wanted to say that the fact you facetime T from upstairs made me laugh- that is the exact sort of thing I do all the time. Not that I have an upstairs, but you know. :)

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  16. I love my ipad mini too and my fave apps tp use on it are ibooks and bloglovin & feedly to read blogs. You can also get a wireless mini keyboard for it so you can turn it into a portable laptop and blog anywhere!

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  17. ooh you lucky thing, what a fantastic opportunity! iPads are the best, I am addicted to mine.... I use it for everything! x

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  18. I too did exactly the same as you when I got my iPad mini for my birthday this year, i just held it for a bit and grinned really widely :)

    My favourite app, and I had to think about this because I love so many, is probably Pocket. It is actually an app that I use on all of my idevices, and it is a sort of read later service, when I read a blog post and know I will want to come back to it again at some point I add it to pocket (a lot of other apps like twitter now have it as an integrated read later service now too) and it has such a pretty and easy to use interface that I find myself using it more and more. It means that when I have been reading blogs on the go and haven't time to comment I can come back later and do it all in one go, but equally if i just want to remember something i saw shopping online i can add that too.

    I hope once you have had your iPad for a while and found some of your own favourites you will share them with us :)

    Georgie xx

    www.thelibrarian.co.uk

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  19. Oh, I'm jealous - you lucky, lucky thing! My Mum has an ipad mini, I reckon I will swipe it off her once she gets sick of it (which I'm guessing will be never!!) xx

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  20. ha, I facetime my brother when I'm in my bedroom to put the kettle on ;) x

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  21. Oooh you lucky thing!!! I love the idea of an iPad, but like you, I think I'd have to seriously retrain myself to actually use it- I mean, I can't work out what I'd do with it that I can't already do with my laptop or iPhone?!

    That said, I still want one desperately!! xx

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  22. Soooo cool! They sent me a Nexus 7 and as an Apple lover myself I was a little apprehensive! I love my iPad (regular size) but love that the minis are so much more portable.

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