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Video Review of iPad Mini vs. Full-Size iPad in Flight

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Shopping for an iPad to use in flight, whether for yourself or your favorite pilot?

Decisions, decisions… AvWeb’s editorial director Paul Bertorelli compares the iPad Mini with full-size iPads in this video:

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iPad vs iPad Mini size comparison
Size comparison between iPad Mini and iPad 3rd generation. (3rd and 4th generation are identical in size.) – Wikipedia.org

The video includes the specs, advantages, and disadvantages of the two sizes. According to the video, one problem they both have is screen glare.

Speaking of screen glare, on a side note, the smudge-proof invisibleSHIELD from Zagg does a decent job of reducing (but not eliminating) glare. It seems to give better results than what was shown in the video. With this one, the tradeoff is that you’ll sacrifice a perfectly crisp-looking screen for a slightly grainy-looking screen. But it’ll also be less-reflective, practically immune from fingerprints, and protected from scratches.

The AvWeb iPad video review is aviation-specific. If you’re still on the fence about which iPad to buy, the deciding factor might be how the iPad will be used outside of flying. The Mini leans toward “e-reader” and the full-size leans toward “laptop.” Not to complicate matters, or anything…

For more iPad comparisons, check out the Sporty’s iPad Pilot News post “iPad Frequently Asked Questions,” which isn’t biased toward only one particular aviation app. If you’re thinking about using ForeFlight, check out ForeFlight’s iPad Buying Guide for Pilots.

Electronic flight bag (EFB) technology is one of the hottest topics to hit general aviation since WAAS and glass cockpits, and the iPad helps pilots jump onboard at a reasonable price.

Jet Air Group has flight school locations in Green Bay and Sheboygan, WI offering primary, advanced, and recurrent flight training. Jet Air offers instruction on both analog and glass panel instrumentation. We have flight instructors who are knowledgeable about the Garmin G1000 system, the Avidyne Entegra system, and using iPads as electronic flight bags (EFBs). For more information, please call (920) 494-2669 in Green Bay or (920) 467-2303 in Sheboygan.

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