Since my MacBook Pro is now gone I was lent an iPad mini 1 to use to fill the void. It's been one week. Here's how it's going. VERY SLOW. it lags like nothing normal. Some apps don't work as it's limited to 9.3.5 but given that this iPad is now also 5 years old there's a lot of remarkable aspects too. Overall it's been good though. Typing is much nicer than I expected. The Office apps are bloody fantastic. The software is much better and more useful than my iPad 2 in 2012. The screen whilst not retina is nice and colours look good. Build quality is fantastic. Battery life is still amazing and this is 4 years old. Portability is much better, and it's easier to put the iPad down and focus on what's around me I feel compared to a laptop. I'm seriously convinced that an iPad can cater for my computing needs completely. If only it was faster. Though of course newer models will be! I university work on Office, manage my photos, listen to music, browse the web, participate on various forums online, blog, text via iMessage, video call, do the odd spot of Minecract and I must say the iPad does it much better than I thought. Another family member is committing to lend me their iPad Air 1 for a few months to continue this into the long term before deciding myself at I'll do - Windows laptop, new MacBook, new iPad, Chromebook or android tablet are my options. Money isn't so much an issue. But of course, the lowest cost best experience is what I'm after. Not sure how much faster the iPad Air 1 will be but I'm sure better than the Mini 1. I'll be buying a keyboard case for it. Why aren't other people doing this iPad only lifestyle?!