I bought a new iPad Mini from AT&T recently. I like it very much. However, there are some drawbacks as well as advantages. The first shocking thing I learned that it uses cellular data even when you use Wi-Fi, and I ate up my data by watching TV shows online. I searched Google to troubleshoot this problem and learned I had to go into settings to shut off cellular data so that my Wi-Fi would be the only Internet connection.
My advice would be to switch off your cellular data when you are at home and switch on Wi-Fi. Use Wi-Fi wherever you go with your iPad. When I visit family, I use their Wi-Fi connection instead of using my data. I only use data when it is absolutely necessary. If you go over your data package it gets expensive. It costs $14 and change to buy more data if you go over. I have a 250 MB data plan on my IPad because I don’t plan on taking it outside the home.
I love the iPad Mini, but since I am a touch typist, I find that typing with one hand is a bit slow. It’s the same as typing on an iPhone. If I could learn how to touch type with one hand, I would do it in a heartbeat.
The iPad mini is very expensive in the AT&T store. You can get one cheaper at Wal-Mart, but I’m not sure how you get a data package with it. They had a rebate going on when I bought mine. They didn’t call it a rebate, but they gave a $100 credit on your next bill. All that really does is deflect some of the charges for taking on a new contract. Even with the rebate you could buy it cheaper at Wal-Mart.
I would not have bought this iPad had I not been having severe issues with my laptop. I absolutely hate Windows because my computers always get corrupted no matter what antivirus I use. Being a writer and researcher, I need a fast computer. My Dell laptop is slower than molasses in January running uphill! I can’t work with a desktop or laptop that freezes up on me where I have to restart every few minutes or is just so slow. For me, an Apple iPad was a necessity rather than a luxury. I can’t make money if I can’t use a dependable computer. It will pay for itself in a matter of a few months.
The major drawbacks of the iPad, for me, are that it doesn’t save like a PC can. There are no USB ports where you can use a flash drive. You can, however, save your work in the iCloud.
I like my Microsoft Word that I have on my laptop. There is no way to put it on my iPad. Apple does have a Words app that you can download though.
Another drawback with Apple products is that you cannot get Adobe Flash. Some videos require you to have Flash in order for them to play. This is because Apple does not have a contract with Adobe.
I like to watch episodes of Dr. Oz, but I cannot watch any videos on the Dr. Oz website with my iPad because it doesn’t have Flash. However, I can go to YouTube and watch any episode I want to watch.
Another drawback with the iPad is that I cannot publish my articles on Yahoo Voices directly from my iPad. I have to send my article to my laptop where I publish from there.
All in all, even with some minor drawbacks, I do like working on the iPad Mini. It is much faster than my laptop. My word program on my laptop is also very touchy. It freezes up and I get a notice that it’s not responding. That’s due to my laptop being so corrupted. It does no good to take it to the shop, because just being Windows makes my Dell laptop vulnerable to viruses.
If I could afford an Apple laptop I would have one in a heartbeat. For me, the iPad is the next best thing.