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Recently I purchased the new iPad Air with the intention of selling or passing on my iPad mini. After spending time with both devices, I’ve realized that I use them both for different purposes. Maybe I’m a sucker for Apple products, but I have found separate uses for both devices, of which their main difference is size.

I avoid upgrading to every new piece of Apple hardware released because I can’t afford it, and also because in many cases there’s not enough practical differences between the new models to make me feel as though I’m missing out on something. I kept my first generation iPad until the iPad mini was released, and I’m not thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 5s any time soon.

So why two iPads? Well, it’s mainly because I’m a die hard paperless Apple user The Beginner's Guide To Going Paperless With A Mac, iPad and iPhone The Beginner's Guide To Going Paperless With A Mac, iPad and iPhone I don't have the stats to prove it, but I think the money I save by going paperless practically pays for my Apple devices. Read More .

Same Device, Different Sizes

I’m not going to spend much time comparing the internals of the iPad Air to the first generation iPad mini. Each is the 16GB model, and each is lightweight and comfortable to hold even with a case. Holding a naked iPad is always awkward for me, and in terms of speed, I don’t really notice much of a difference between both devices under everyday use.

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The iPad Air, of course, is larger (diagonal 9.7″ screen size for the Air,  7.9″ for the mini), and it’s just about as thin as the iPad mini. With the larger size and the retina display, reading documents on the iPad Air makes for a huge difference, which is one of the reasons I wanted the larger model. So since the difference between both devices is mainly size, how do I use them?

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How I Use My iPad Air

Apps I mostly used on the iPad Air include notebook apps like Evernote and Springpad How To Share Notebooks In Evernote & Springpad How To Share Notebooks In Evernote & Springpad Springpad and Evernote are awesome file cabinets for storing and managing articles, recipes, products, and text clippings we want to save for later review. But an additional way to maximize these powerful notebooks is to... Read More , read later apps like Pocket Get More Out Of Pocket With These 6 Tips To Enhance Your Reading Experience Get More Out Of Pocket With These 6 Tips To Enhance Your Reading Experience While Pocket is simple and easy-to-use, there are a few ways you can make the experience of using the service even better. Whether it's finding interesting ways to save content to your Pocket account, or... Read More and Instapaper Instapaper Could Be The Best Read Later App For The iPad Instapaper Could Be The Best Read Later App For The iPad One of the classic reading apps for the iPad and iPhone is Instapaper, which still shines above all others for its unique tilt scrolling and page flipping features. This well-designed app is supported by dozens... Read More , Amazon Instant Video Amazon Releases Prime Instant Video For iPhone And iPod Touch [Updates] Amazon Releases Prime Instant Video For iPhone And iPod Touch [Updates] If you are a user of Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, you may be happy to know that Amazon's Instant Video app is now optimized and available for the iPhone and iPod touch. However, Amazon... Read More , Kindle reader, Newsstand magazines, and drawing apps Paper Why The Drawing & Sketching App Paper Won Apple's iPad App For 2012 Why The Drawing & Sketching App Paper Won Apple's iPad App For 2012 The sketch and drawing app, Paper, recently won Apple's 2012 iPad App of the Year Award, and it is very easy to see why. Even if you're not an artist but are a true fan... Read More , Sketch Rolls Going Paperless With These 3 iPad & iPhone Handwriting Apps Going Paperless With These 3 iPad & iPhone Handwriting Apps Last year I wrote about a few useful handwriting iPad apps for note taking and drawing. Since then other similar apps have been developed that are just as stylish, but contain a few unique features... Read More , and Bamboo Paper Make Your iPad A True Writing Tool With These Notebook Apps Make Your iPad A True Writing Tool With These Notebook Apps For me, the iPad is the ultimate device for paperless reading, writing, and photo viewing. The comfortable viewing size of the iPad makes it a perfect electronic notebook for reading ebooks, PDFs, typing short emails,... Read More .

My recent article about going paperless The Beginner's Guide To Going Paperless With A Mac, iPad and iPhone The Beginner's Guide To Going Paperless With A Mac, iPad and iPhone I don't have the stats to prove it, but I think the money I save by going paperless practically pays for my Apple devices. Read More describes many of the apps I use on all my Apple devices for reading, writing, and productivity purposes. I very seldom write anything on paper anymore, and I read nearly everything on an iPad.

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While I originally got the iPad mini because of its smaller size, I found it not as comfortable and practical for reading digital magazines and PDFs. The iPad Air makes reading such documents almost like reading the paper version. I can hold the Air and read a digital magazine similar to how I hold a paper magazine.

When I want to read or annotate a PDF or online article, it’s much easier on the Air, using the magazine style app, Zite Completely Redesigned Zite Magazine iOS App Adds Tons More Categories [Updates] Completely Redesigned Zite Magazine iOS App Adds Tons More Categories [Updates] Zite, a leading iOS magazine app, just released a completely redesigned update that now enables users to rate stories, organize subscriptions, link to Facebook to get automatic topic suggestions, and explore and find article topics... Read More , the PDF reader, iAnnotate iAnnotate: The Best iPad App for Annotating PDFs and Word Documents iAnnotate: The Best iPad App for Annotating PDFs and Word Documents When it comes to annotating and reviewing PDF documents on the iPad, iAnnotate PDF ($9.99) is my go-to solution. If there's an option to download a .MOBI or .EPUB ebook or .PDF version of a... Read More , and the Internet bookmarking and annotation app, Diigo Use Diigo To Help Write Your Next College Essay or Term Paper Use Diigo To Help Write Your Next College Essay or Term Paper Read More . The screen size of the Air makes text and photos larger, and there’s less need to resize page documents.

I also use the Air like a bonafide notebook. Though I mainly write all my articles on my iMac, I now use the iPad Air to proofread my larger documents in the same way I used to edit them on paper, but without a red or green marking pen. My Evernote, Springpad, and Snipe Capture Your Quick Notes, Ideas, and Photos With Snipe for iOS & OS X Capture Your Quick Notes, Ideas, and Photos With Snipe for iOS & OS X Shortly after I started using Snipe, it got moved to my iPhone and iPad home pages, and to the dock on both of my Macs. Let me show you why. Read More apps are full of notes and clippings that I use for projects and job related tasks, and now because I use both devices, I can type on the iPad mini while referencing documents on my iPad Air, as if it were a paper notebook.

In terms of the Kindle reader app iOS Kindle 3.6 Now Includes Multicolor Highlights & Other Nifty Features iOS Kindle 3.6 Now Includes Multicolor Highlights & Other Nifty Features As I'm an avid user of the Kindle app for the iPad and the iPhone, I eagerly look forward to version updates. I've been using the app ever since its initial release back in 2009,... Read More , I mainly read software manuals and books, and PDFs, because making highlights in the reader simply requires dragging your finger across text; no tapping and selecting text required.

How I Use My iPad Mini

Apps I mostly use on the iPad mini are Tweetbot Tweetbot 3 for iOS 7: The Best Mobile Twitter Experience Tweetbot 3 for iOS 7: The Best Mobile Twitter Experience If you're a Twitter addict who is constantly checking the micro-blogging network, it makes sense to ensure you have the best possible Twitter experience. That’s exactly what Tweetbot 3 for iOS 7 offers. Read More , Day One Power Up Your Journal Writing With These Day One Tips Power Up Your Journal Writing With These Day One Tips Journal or diary writing is a great way to exercise and improve your writing skills, document what is going on in your life, and to stay in tune with your thoughts and feelings. Read More , Mail, Mailbox No More Line: Popular iPhone App Mailbox Is Now Available Without The Wait [Updates] No More Line: Popular iPhone App Mailbox Is Now Available Without The Wait [Updates] If you have been standing in the virtual line to get your hands on popular iPhone app Mailbox, we have some good news for you: your wait is over. The developers of the now Dropbox-owned... Read More , Google+ Google+ Finally Arrives On The iPad Along With An All-Over iOS Update [Updates] Google+ Finally Arrives On The iPad Along With An All-Over iOS Update [Updates] Google+ finally comes to the iPad, and it’s full of surprises. The new Google+ app is not just for iPads, though; all iOS users can enjoy some significant upgrades to the Google+ experience. So what... Read More , and Kindle ebooks.

The iPad mini is, of course, smaller and easier to carry around. I like using the iPad mini for typing journal entries in my Day One app, using the ZAGGkeys Cover external keyboard, and occasionally brainstorming ideas for articles.

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Browsing Twitter, Google+, and reading email feels better on the iPad mini. I read ebooks on both the iPad mini and Air, but the size of each device does make a difference for different types of books. It’s similar to how paperback books are different in size; novels being smaller, and nonfiction larger. So the iPad mini works well for smaller sized formatted books which don’t include images or screenshots.

Sometimes because I use the iPad as a laptop, there are a few other features that come in handy. This includes Photo Stream which uses iCloud to share photos between all iCloud connected devices. I also use Cloud Clip Be More Productive With A Powerful Clipboard Manager [Mac] Be More Productive With A Powerful Clipboard Manager [Mac] If you routinely copy and paste text and other items on your Mac and iOS devices, you will no doubt agree that Apple's default clipboard features are extremely lacking. Both the iOS and OS X... Read More for occasions when I need to share copied text between both iPads and my Mac. And nearly all the apps I use on both iPads sync and share data automatically, so there’s no problem switching between both devices and getting work done.

This makes owning and using two devices really quite easy, rather than a logistical nightmare of trying to wonder which data is where.

Am I A Sucker?

I admit that I still find it odd to own two iPads. It feels a little like overindulgence. If I had to let one go I guess it would be the iPad mini; mainly because the Air is easier on my eyes for reading, and the latter device could make for a better laptop replacement How To Make Your iPad a Laptop Replacement How To Make Your iPad a Laptop Replacement In an interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he no plans for developing an iPad that transforms into a laptop. But that certainly doesn't keep many iPad users from using the device as a notebook... Read More if need be.

What’s your take on owning two iPads? Do you prefer one over the other?

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