Part of growing up was supposed to be learning to be responsible.
This means, when you are wrong, admit it and face the music.
This means that you are accountable for the things you say - the facts you proclaim and the tales you spin alike.
This means that sometimes you have to give up “what you want to do” for “what needs to be done”.
And this also means that you do not stall to allow the blame to fall on someone else’s shoulders.
And so it seems that no matter how old you are, no matter how many degrees you have or which school you attended, no matter how high you rise up (or claim to) in the organization….
Some people just never, ever, ever grow up.
To have two homes is to have two souls, so they say.
What if you never really feel at home?
Then you must guard your soul, so as not to lose it.
So I decided to do this again - once more, I’m not going to give an extremely technical review of the device, but more of what I can perceive and feel as a end user. I leave my geeky gushings about the chips and the pixel density and all the technical specs to other people, not that I don’t appreciate it but there are really enough of those out there. What you will see here is very simple: how it feels, how it works, how I can use it and it stacks up to my old iPad 2.
So first of all…
I gotta say despite all the reports flying around I still was rather impressed by the lightness - one of the reasons why I don’t quite bring around my old iPad 2 despite always thinking I’ll have a use for it is that it’s heavy and bulky. The Retinani (hurhur) solves both problems in a big way.
Despite that, one doesn’t quite feel that there’s a lack of space - well sure, if you’re an artist and you do a lot of sketching and you need the screen area, then you’ll feel a difference. But for the most of us, I would think it feels about the same - I don’t have a problem with the number of apps on my screen, and everything backed up from the iPad2 to the Retinani just fine.
I bought the Ozaki cover for it, because I wanted an origami folding cover, and because it came with a backing case. Now while I have my name and email engraved on the back to mark my property, I still do like my gadgets covered for protection, particularly the bigger ones. So everything has a case for me - you don’t need to have one if you don’t feel you want one.
The first thing I noticed after the weight is the thinness. I carry around my Kindle a lot, and although the Retinani doesn’t match the weight, it’s about the same thickness and admittedly does much more than my Kindle. I’ll be damned if I start using my Retinani to read as much as my Kindle though - my eyes can’t take reading from the backlight very long!
Because of that, it makes it ideal for me to bring to work, to use as a second reading screen especially when I’m referring to PDFs and other webapages. I can load on the go, and if I need to I can save it and read it elsewhere while waiting for people (which happens a lot really - whatever happened to punctuality)! Mobile internet for the WIN.
The second thing I noticed was the speed (I’m skipping the screen because that’s going to be a bit obvious - everyone knows the screen is sharper and clearer than the older models); things that used to lag when I opened them up on my iPad2 now run smoothly on my Retinani! It’s rather disconcerting that I find myself subconsciously battling the device for speed, as if I’m used to having tapped out everything I wanted to and waiting for the device to catch up.
The speed is also the reason why I’m considering buying Infinity Blade 3. COMBAT WITH NO LAG!
One last thing for this preliminary review: I’ve only had the Retinani for under a week, and on the third day I got it I forgot to bring it to work - and I already felt a missing presence, as if there was some really useful tool that was now not present. I think that was really telling, that in two days the interface, usage, and accessibility of the Retinani was enough to make me consider it one of my main devices.
People ask me if it’s worth getting the Retinani or whether they should spring for an iPad Air. I’d say if you need portability and don’t mind a smaller screen (and if your eyes are good enough to not have to zoom into readings too much) then go for the Retinani. If you actually have a use for the screen area like sketching and drawing, the Air might be a better choice, but for my purposes, I’m mostly referring, reading, writing and surfing (and gaming), and portability is a HUGE factor for me.
Should you upgrade? Well that depends a lot on what you need. If your iPad2 works fine and you’re not using anything that gives is massive lag, then good stick with it - those things last quite a while. But if you use a great deal of apps and you’ll find that the lag does slow you down, then change the tool and upgrade, and that should last another 2 years. Heck, with the capabilities of the iPad now I’m actually wondering if that could be my primary machine.