Below is a guest post from Chad Watson:
Yes… I know, not everyone wants an iPad or even knows how to use one, however I do think they are extremely useful in student ministry. More and more, pastors are joining the masses of iPad owners and begging to preach from them. But for many youth pastors, the cost of an iPad has always been a turn off and I think the size has been as well. If you really think about it, you can buy a decent PC for the cost of an iPad. However, now that the iPad Mini is on the market, the cost is way better and the size is great.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a series of posts that cover what you’re able to do with an iPad in youth ministry. This post will cover which iPad you should buy and why not to buy the Kindle Fire or the Microsoft Surface.
I love the idea of the new Mini and it’s exactly what I have always wanted. The size is awesome and it’s super lightweight! This thing would be great to keep with you on Sunday mornings and Wednesdays nights, when you’re around students and parents. There have been a number of times when someone needs to know something and I’m able to pull out my iPad and open the Dropbox app. With dropbox, I am able to have my files anywhere I go! And with iCloud, I can start working on something in pages, keynote, or numbers, then save it to iCloud and continue working on it at the ball game or the middle school music recital.
The size and weight is very important to me. I want to be able to teach my lesson from my iPad but I don’t want the iPad to become focus of my lesson. I think the Mini is going to help greatly with this. Also, it’s super lightweight and very easy to hold with one hand while teaching. Once the BookBook has a case for the Mini, it will look like a small book. In my opinion the iPad Mini is what the iPad should have been in the first place.
iPad or Kindle? Absolutely, positively the iPad!!! Don’t go and buy a Kindle simply because it only costs $199.00 and the cheapest iPad is $325.00. The question I get most, is why does Apple charge $126.00 more for the iPad Mini than the Kindle. I think by answering this question, I will answer the first one as well.
The ecosystem is the thriving nature of the infrastructure of the iOS devices. It’s the over 250,000 apps specifically designed for the iPad, on the App Store, the websites designed for the iPad, the people who are already making apps specifically for the iPad, and it’s the quality of apps being made for iOS devices. When a designer builds an app for the iPad, his doesn’t take his popular phone app and scale it up for the larger screen size. His builds a unique custom app that utilizes the power and screen resolution of the iPad. If you don’t believe me or understand what I mean, go to Best Buy and open Facebook on the Kindle… play around with the app a little, then go to the iPad and open Facebook… play around with the app. You’ll see an enormous difference between the two apps.
So why do we have pay $126.00 dollars more for iPad Mini? Because the iPad has a solid ecosystem backing it up. It’s the hardware, software, the app makers, and the enormous interest all combined making the iPad Mini worth what its costs.
Please leave a comment below, if you have something to add, critique, or any other questions.
About Chad: Chad Watson is the Middle School Student Pastor at Triad Baptist Church in Kernersville, NC. He has a BA from Piedmont Baptist College in Christian Ministries with minors in Pastoral Studies, Biblical Counseling, and Student Ministry. He is currently working on a M.T.S at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Also, Chad is apart of a Student Ministry podcast called the YMOddcast.