Is the iPad Air better than the iPad mini?

Today in Apple: iPad Air better than the iPad mini with retina? Plus: Windows power user switches to Mac, and iBooks and iTunes U updated for iOS 7

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iPad Air Better Than the iPad Mini?
The iPad Air is smaller and lighter than previous iPads, and some think it's now better than the iPad mini with retina. Are they right? iSource thinks that the iPad Air now reigns supreme as the best iPad ever.

I figured I’d give the full size model a shot and, boy, I’m glad I did. I understand many people felt the old iPad was too big – bezel, screen, weight, whatever. I agreed on the bezel and weight, but always loved the screen size. I considered the Mini for that reason, and had the price stayed the same, I probably would have waited to order that model.

So, naturally, I can now say I’m the proud owner of a brand new iPad Air. Now that I’ve used the Air extensively since launch day, I can say with 100 percent certainty that I made the right decision. The iPad Air is the latest – and definitely greatest – iPad offering from Apple.

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Oh boy, I almost hate to wade into this issue because there's so much passion on both sides of this issue. But I'll hazard the risk and tell you that I think the iPad Air is a better deal than the iPad mini.

I got my iPad Air right when it was released, and so far I'm loving it. I too had considered the mini, but the iPad Air is almost as light and the larger screen is much better for my needs. I can't imagine trying to read magazines, web pages or comics on the iPad mini screen at this point, it would require too much zooming.

I know many people will disagree with me on this, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Which iPad do you prefer and why?

Windows Power Users Switches to Mac
ZDNet has an interesting story about a Windows power user who has thrown in the towel and bought a Mac instead.

These are words I never thought I'd be writing.

After more than two decades of being a dedicated Windows power user, someone who over that time has installed and supported countless systems running versions of Windows spanning from 3.0 to 8.1, I've now all but given up on the platform.

But now, other than for test systems and virtual machines, I carry out my day-to-day work on a variety of OS X, iOS and Android systems. I barely giving my Windows PC systems a second glance. My primary work system is a MacBook Pro, and in the ten months I've had it it's flawlessly done everything I've asked of it, from run Microsoft Word to render 4K video. I've lost count of the number of notebooks I've owned over the years, but this MacBook Pro is, by far, the most reliable system I've owned, and I put part of that down to the fact that it doesn’t run Windows.

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Given the problems with Windows 8, this switch doesn't come as a surprise to me at all. I've long advocated the switch to Linux or Mac, depending on the user. The Mac has great appeal to certain groups of users, while Linux appeals more to others.

The bottom line is that getting rid of Windows - whether it's for Mac or Linux - can go a long way toward making people happier and more productive.

iBooks and iTunes U Updated for iOS 7
Apple has updated the iBooks and iTunes U apps to give them a flatter user interface that more closely matches the design of iOS 7, according to Apple Insider.

iBooks version 3.2 for both iPhone and iPad is now available for download from the iOS App Store. The free update ditches the skeuomorphic look of its predecessor in favor of a simplified appearance.

While iBooks previously feature a digital wooden bookshelf that would rotate like a hidden entrance to access the iBookstore, the new application features a greyish-white background where titles are displayed. Accessing the store now simply jumps to a new window where titles can be purchased.

iBooks and iTunes U Redesigned

Image credit: Apple Insider

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While it's somewhat sad that the bookshelf is gone, I updated to the new versions and noticed that iBooks loads a lot faster than before. It seemed quite slow with the previous design.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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