I’ve had a couple of questions about the iPad Mini, and whether it’s a good investment for a writer. Christmas is coming up.
In the couple of years I’ve owned an iPad, I’ve long been amazed at how much writing I do it on it.
It’s hard to comment whether an iPad Mini (or any iPad) is a good investment for you, because so much depends on your workflow:
- What do you write?
- Where do you do most of your writing?
- Where will your writing be published?
- How much work do you do with graphics?
- Do you need to manipulate files? (Create archives, PDFs, etc.)
Although I have the WordPress app, I don’t write blog posts in it. I create draft posts in Drafts, appropriately enough.
iPad Mini isn’t for me (probably)
I like the full-size iPad, because I have it propped up on a BookArc stand next to my monitor while I’m writing.
If I’m working on my fiction in Scrivener, I’ll have Index Card open on the iPad; if I’m writing something for a client, I’ll have OmniOutliner for iPad open.
The screen on the baby iPad is just too small for me to use in my daily work.
I can’t see myself using it to write in my favorite coffee shop or the library either, because I like the larger screen. I have a messenger bag; I just pop the iPad, my Bluetooth keyboard and the BookArc into it, and I can write anywhere.
If you’re consider using the iPad Mini as a writing tool, share your thoughts in the comments.