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Why I Bought the 16gb iPad mini With LTE

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I bought the iPad mini with 4G LTE on Verizon wireless and plan to use it as my primary mobile tablet for work thanks to the Verizon Share Everything Plan.

While I normally recommend buying a 32GB or larger iPad, I purchased a 16GB iPad mini because I plan to use it as a second iPad, one I use primarily when I am on-the-go. I decided it is wiser to spend the extra $100 on a 4G LTE data connection than on 16GB of extra storage.

Read: iPad mini First Impressions

Here’s why I purchased the 16GB iPad mini with 4G LTE and how I plan to use it.

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Where the iPad mini fits in my mobile gadget bag.

Carrying the full size iPad is a commitment, especially if I don’t plan to take a bag. While it fits in the pocket of ScotteVest jackets, the smaller iPad mini’s smaller footprint means it is easier to take wherever I go.

Even though I step away from the computer around 5:30 most days, I need to read and edit posts from GottaBeMobile team members and the iPhone 5 screen is too small for editing long posts. When I find myself away from the computer I often want to work on posts, and the larger 7.9-inch display provides a larger keyboard for better mobile productivity.

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The iPad mini is more portable than the iPad 4th gen.

Productivity increases with a good keyboard, and the ZAGGKeys Flex keyboard will add that when I plan to work on the iPad. This setup won’t replace my MacBook Air, or an Ultrabook convertible, but it will allow me to be ready to write without lugging a notebook around and worrying about battery life.

Read: Best iPad Mini Cases & Keyboards

I chose the 4G LTE model for two reasons. The first is for connectivity wherever I am without the need to drain my phone’s personal hotspot. while most places I end up working offer WiFi, the ability to connect no matter what is important to me.

I also plan to use the iPad mini as a personal hotspot when I need to work from a notebook in a car or on-the-go. The iPad WiFi + Cellular lasts 24 hours as a hotspot, and I am hopeful the iPad mini with 4G LTE will last hours longer than my iPhone 5 or Galaxy Nexus, and it won’t leave me without the ability to make phone calls. The 4G LTE connection is faster than my home internet connection.

With 4G LTE connectivity I am able to stream music and entertainment which I would otherwise want to download to my iPad. iPad games take up a lot of storage space, but with the A5 processor I plan to keep my gaming to a minimum on the iPad mini.

Read: iPad mini 4G LTE: AT&T vs Verizon vs Sprint

Users on the Verizon Share Everything plan can add the iPad mini for $10 a month, including use as a personal hotspot at no extra charge. AT&T Mobile Share users can do the same.

The iPad mini with 4G LTE may not earn a spot in every users’ gadget list, but it looks like it will fill a hole I hope the Nexus 7 would have.

Check out our iPad mini coverage for more on the new, smaller iPad.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

2 Comments

  1. Best iphone5 Case

    11/02/2012 at 10:08 pm

    I also love have ipad mini

  2. john

    11/08/2012 at 4:37 pm

    i agree. Ipad mini LTE makes difference. Not many tablet supports LTE, and if they do, they are not cheap.

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