I’ll admit it. When Apple first announced the iPad mini, I was skeptical. Why would anyone want one, since the iPhone and iPad did everything so well and the iPhone is so portable? Then I learned the mini fits in a doctor’s white coat pocket. And that the new mini has (almost) all the features of the iPad Air. So when offered the opportunity to upgrade from my iPad 2, I chose the new Mini with Retina Display and I could not be happier with it.
The size feels exactly right.
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Why I like the iPad mini
- It is small enough to carry in a large pocket or small purse, but has the functions I need to work productively as well as the apps for personal use that I also have on my phone
- I have a case with keyboard for when needed for writing and email
- Webpages open in the full site view, not the mobile view, so there is a full range of options for using them
The LHL Website in Both Views
Working with PDFS
Most people in academia need their tablet to work well with PDF files so they can easily find, read, annotate and store papers. The smaller size works very well for these tasks in part because of the sharpness of the retinal display. The tablet fits easily in my hand for reading or sits upright in its case on a desk. If the PDF print is tiny, a pinch magnifies the screen.
- From the LHL website, you can search in PubMed, CINAHL or Scopus to find articles. Many other UAB resources offer apps or mobile sites.
- There are many apps that store and open PDFs. I often use GoodReader because it has an excellent set of annotation tools.
Screenshot of an Annotated PDF on the Mini
- Most PDF apps allow you to upload the finished PDF to Dropbox, email it to yourself to save storage on your phone, or open it in another app, like Papers or EndNote. I use the EndNote app ($) because it syncs with my other computers. A recent upgrade added a robust set of annotation tools to EndNote as well.
Screenshot of an EndNote Library
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