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Some REALLY love the Mini
Some REALLY love the Mini
GADGETS are the big gifts this year as usual, whether tablets, games consoles, TVs or cameras.
But there is one gizmo that can be all of these things at once – the new iPad Mini 2, which came out earlier this month.
Priced from $459 (£349 in the UK CDN$756 in Canada) for the 32GB wi-fi-only version or $619 with mobile connectivity, it is not cheap – but it does the job of so many gadgets it works out at unbeatable value.

Here, are just some of its many uses …

LAPTOP
ADD a keyboard and you can use it as a super-light notebook computer.
Best keyboard is the $75 Logitech Ultrathin, which clips on to the iPad automatically and is a joy to use.For another $75 it also acts as a cover for the Mini.(Buy it in the UK here.

TV

DOWNLOAD the iPlayer app, for instance, and you have access to loads of TV. If Mum and Dad have Sky, then the Sky Go app and their Sky ID will add a load more programming.

E-READER
YOU don’t need an e-reader such as a Kindle because the iPad has its own bookstore, iBooks. If you’ve already got a Kindle, access the books you’ve bought through the free Kindle app.

GAMES CONSOLE
DO you know how cheap — and good — games are on the iPad? Titles such as Plants Vs Zombies 2 are free and the priciest ones are way cheaper than on a full-blown console, with thousands of titles available.

CAMERA
IT’S not the best shape for a camera but in a pinch, it’s more than acceptable.
It shoots video, too, and image stabilisation means your party videos will be steady, even when you’re not.

SATNAV
NEED help finding your way around? If your iPad has a slot for a SIM card then it has GPS built in, too.

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3 Responses to “Memo to Santa: Keep taking the Tablets”

  1. Jay

    Hi Nick,

    You certainly can make calls using google voice. Link google.com/voice (you even get a permanent number like your cell or you can link your cell if you have one). you can use an app called Groove IP

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  2. Jay

    What about a Nexus 7 for $229 or the Kindle Fire HD $139 for 8GB or $169 for 16GB model. Much cheaper and do all of the same things.

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    • Nick Rosen

      Thanks Jay – I think you are right about the Nexus – but does it do phone calls as well?

      Reply

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