The iPad Air reviews are out, and they appear overwhelmingly positive. As for which you should buy, only [John Gruber tackled that question]. Here’s his wrap-up on how I suspect most readers here will be using the iPad (as a laptop companion):
> For me, personally, with my primary uses of the iPad being reading web pages, Twitter, email, and books,2 the larger display of the Air doesn’t have as much appeal. I think I’m going to hold out and buy a new iPad Mini for myself. But it’s a damn close call.
Impressive that it is that close of a call, leading me to believe it really is more of a personal call than a call that can be backed up with clear reasons why. Interestingly, Gruber notes that thumb-typing on the mini is very important to him:
> But for me, as an iPad thumb-typist, the Mini makes it easier to type.
He also notes that he doesn’t like thumb-typing on the Air, while [Jim Dalrymple on the other hand noted this about thumb typing on the Air]:
> This smaller size is great. If you have decent sized hands you can type with two thumbs on the iPad in portrait, something I wasn’t really able to do with the last generation iPad without a lot of stretching. Clearly a full-size iPad is not something you will be thumb typing with all the time1, but it does give you an idea of how much smaller the iPad Air is.
I still think iPad-thumb-typers are crazy, but it’s good to know the Air is making it possible for *some* people.
[Over at AnandTech they have a great photo] (hit the link to see it) of the new angle that the smart cover holds the iPad at when in “movie viewing” mode. It looks like it will be a much better angle for typing with a bluetooth keyboard too.
I will say the three-panel smart covers are crap compared to the four panel ones, but the omission of metal on the cover is, erm, *smart*. ((Apologies.))
I stand by my [assessment that the Air is the way to go].
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