Is the iPad Mini Suitable As a Writing Tool?

iPad Mini

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.)

I use my iPad primarily for leisure and work reading in the Kindle app; thinking, for which I use Evernote, and mind mapping apps, plus Index Card. I also read the news in Flipboard.

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.

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her Writing Genii website. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

About Angela Booth

Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her Writing Genii website. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.