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


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 :)


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.


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)



  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


    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.

    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 :-)

  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-*
    X x X x X

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

    Alice x

  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.

  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 | |

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

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

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

    Nic x

  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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