Thursday, 14 November 2013

iPad Mini and my favourite photo apps


As much as I love my iPad 4, I was super excited to finally get an iPad Mini. I think, that the big one is slightly too heavy and I don't really like using it in bed or on the go. It is simply too bulky. The mini one is much lighter and I am totally in love with it. The only bad thing about it is the lack of Retina Display, but it isn't a big issue. The display quality is amazing and the colours are very vibrant. I was  slightly worried that the screen will be too small for reading, but... the 7.9 inch display is perfect. I can read books without 'squinting my eyes' and the keyboard is big enough for my clumsy fingers :) I have been using my new iPad from Argos non stop, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my favourite photo apps with you.

The size of my iPad mini, compared to my iPad 4

INSTAGRAM

I use Instagram all day, every day :) haha. I like to see what people are up to, what they eat, what they buy etc... I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and I might be slightly addicted to it :)


A BEAUTIFUL MESS

This app is one of my favourites. If you want your pictures to look pretty, you won't regret spending 69p on it. The features include: filters, borders, text, doodles, phrases and backgrounds. You can see some examples below. You get a big choice of fonts and doodles within the price, but... you can also buy extra ones, if you love the app as much as I do. I very often use the filters to make my photos brighter or adjust contrast and add text and doodles to photos of my meals :) Once you are done with editing your photo, you can open it in other apps, or share it on instagram. Simple! Another thing I love about this app is the choice of different backgrounds it offers, if you want to write a cute message, make a list etc. On top of that, it was created by two lovely bloggers :) You can read more about it here.


PICFX

The last photo app I like to use is Picfx. I mostly use it to add little hearts to my photos, or different light effects. It is free, but you can buy extra features as well.


Surprisingly, I still use my iPad 4, but I love having the iPad mini to take with me, when I am travelling, to read a book in bed etc.  It has a 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording and a 1.2MP front (face time) camera. Obviously, the quality of the photos won't be incredible, but it is perfect for quick Instagram snaps and face timing your friends and family :) Depending on usage, the battery life on the iPad mini can last for up to 10h. In my case, it usually lasts for 8 hours- I browse the net, use the camera, skype and watch videos on youtube.


Overall, I am very pleased with the iPad mini and I would definitely recommend adding one to your Christmas Wishlist. It would make an amazing gift!



(this post is in association with Argos)


  

11 comments:

  1. Interesting post, thanks for the info about the apps I'll certainly look them up. I'm debating the 4 or the mini myself. Let me ask you a question then - (assuming your association with Argos allowed you to have the mini gifted) - would you have gone out and bought a brand new one from your own pocket in addition to your 4? or would you just have put up with the 4 being it slightly bulkier?

    Just a thought since you seem to like both equally

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    1. I would have added it to my Christmas wish list. There is 3 of us in the house and my little boy loves technology, so we needed an extra one to prevent arguments :) If you travel a lot and want something to use on the go, this is perfect. The big one is mostly used by my husband now and I use the mini, because I prefer it to the iPad 4.

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    2. Yeah I like the mini too I was just put off as it's only a little bigger than a standard iphone but in fact I think it's big enough to do what I want with - if you can do your stuff remotely then I probably can too. Although there's the new "light" ipad so may have a look at that first :-)
      Thanks

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  2. I got the Ipad mini too because i find that the larger version of it is just way too heavy and it is just a hassle to carry around. I have been using my ipad mini non-stop since i got it last year~ It is just so convenient and its really light too!

    Thank you for sharing your apps that you use to edit photos. I really love the beautiful mess app :)

    *- YingcBeauty-*
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  3. I have the iPad 4 and it is sometimes too big to use, would be good to invest in a mini!

    Alice x
    www.beautybyalicee.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I love my iPad Mini. Its so easy to use & I take it everywhere. Vey handy & I take so many photos with it as the camera is so good.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  5. I'm so tempted to get an iPad mini for Christmas, but I'm not sure what I'd use it for because I already have an iPod touch..

    Leanne | makeupblast.blogspot.ie | bloglovin.com/blog/3923219

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  6. Oh I want an iPad mini so cute, I've used my iPad to death so a great investment!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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  7. I love my Ipad 4, I think the mini would be perfect for taking out and about.
    Gem x (gemserenblog)

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  8. I am becoming seriously tempted by an ipad mini - it just looks so cute!

    Nic x

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  9. The ipad mini looks great! I wouldn't mind trying one of those to see how I got on with it, it would be so good to browse Instagram on :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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