Since the launch of the original iPad Mini, it has seemed like the direction of travel has been towards smaller, more portable devices. In many ways it mirrors the trend in mobile phone development prior to the arrival of smartphones on the scene – every device was smaller than the last. But, dress it up how you like, there’s no avoiding the fact that when you decrease the size of a device, some of its features end up being sacrificed too. Here’s why you might want to dust down that old, full-sized iPad and start rediscovering it in all its glory – or better still, grab a brand new iPad Air 2.
It’s big enough to share
Whether in meetings or on the go, the full sized iPad screen is better suited to showing documents, images and web sites to others. The iPad Mini may be more easily portable, but its screen size is comparable to that of the iPhone 6, and a phone just isn’t the best platform for displaying information to a group. The screen size on models like the iPad Air makes this much easier and more effective.
It takes great photos
For some time, the iPad camera seemed inferior to that of the iPhone. But the iPad Air 2 changes all that – the 9 Megapixel camera makes it perfect for photo needs in the office. We’re thinking instant capturing of whiteboard scribbles at the end of a brainstorming session, quickly and efficiently scanning documents, and maybe just the odd workplace selfie. It’s suddenly comparable to the camera power of the iPhone and superior to that of the iPad Mini. Combine that with the bigger screen, and the business productivity advantages of the full-sized iPad Air 2 are plain to see.
It’s a productivity machine
Again it comes partly down to the full-sized screen, but a more generously proportioned iPad – whether that’s the new iPad Air 2 or an older model – is simply better for getting the job done. While the iPad Mini boasts the same resolution as the iPad Air 2, the latter’s extra screen area gives you more space to work with. The Mini offers the same amount of limited room for maneuver as the latest iPhone model, which is fine when you’re on the move and want to complete a quick task on the fly, but less so when you need to get serious work done. The larger screen allows you to drag and drop information, move things around and switch between multiple applications at ease.
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