Parental Geekery Episode 12 – Air double bass?

by on November 14, 2012

parental geekeryWelcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. After an in-depth discussion on how to play air clarinet and air double bass we launch straight in to our comprehensive review of the iPad mini. Find out what we think of the device in particular and the tablet market in general. Please note when Ruth quotes prices for the Nexus 7 and the Microsoft Surface she really means the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD. We also talk about what our recommendations would be to parents looking for a tablet device for their kids.

We talk about Catherine learning to read, and what she gets up to in “busy time”. She’s also written her first book! We also talk about  some of the books we’re enjoying reading with her, including George’s Marvellous Medicine and the Enid Blyton Faraway Tree stories. We also recommend the Barefoot Books podcast (thanks to Melitsa from Raising Playful Tots).

Ruth talks about creating an audio version of her blog, which you can find at We then talk about our rather stressful experiences at bonfire night this year, which you can read more of on Ruth’s blog. We look back at firework nights that we remember from our childhoods, and talk about starting our own firework traditions.

Ruth’s been playing Awakening: Moonfell Wood (and a bit of Bloons TD4!). We give our thoughts on Safety Not Guaranteed, and John would like to know why nobody told him about Mechwarrior Online sooner.

We give an update on John’s Movember progress – You can see photos of how his moustache is progressing on his Movember page where you can also donate some money to his efforts which are all in a great cause.

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Rob... November 16, 2012 at 7:13 am

I appreciate that you’re really cynical about Apple nowadays, but to suggest that there were no possible trade-off to putting in a retina screen in the iPad Mini is (in my opinion) disingenuous.

I have the iPad 3 which has a retina screen and boy, were there compromises! Firstly, it takes well over 8 hours to charge the thing from 10% left. The battery is enormous compared to any other iOS device. Also, the graphics processor in the retina iPads causes them to get warm to the touch. I’m willing to bet that Ruth’s iPad Mini charges as quickly as her iPad 2 (if not faster) and doesn’t get noticeably warm when holding it. I suspect that it’s much much thinner than my iPad 3 too.

I love the retina display and can definitely tell the difference when I look at a 3GS or an iPad 1 now. However, it certainly came with compromises.

Lastly, you talked about GPS. If it’s anything like the iPads 1,2,3 & 4, then GPS is only in the 3G version and not the WiFi version. Now that’s a cynical move!



Rob... November 19, 2012 at 7:46 am

I’ve finished the rest of the episode now!

It’s really good hear how much Catherine likes reading. There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in a book and your own imagination, is there?

Also, here’s some proof for you!



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