Five unusual uses for your iPad mini
Unleashed in November of 2012, the iPad mini wants to fill the gap that the conventional iPad can’t fill. Because unlike its bigger cousin, you can hold the iPad mini in one hand, fit it in a handbag, or even a large pocket.
We're sure that people will be buying the iPad mini for all manner of productive reasons. So we thought we'd try something a little different. We went out and found five odd apps that serve little purpose more than to amuse you.
Function: 'Look busy' while you sleep at work
App required: iNap@work
Admit it. You've wanted to fall asleep at work more times than your boss ever needs to know. Maybe it's too much fun the night before or it's just the old motivation waning. No worries, iNap@Work provides the solution…
It basically creates the noises that you should be making as you go about working in your office. All while you have a nap. So think keyboard tapping, mouse clicks and papers being moved. Told you it was clever.
Disclaimer: though the idea is theoretically sound, it's probably best that you don't use this at your workplace. Unless you've gone that far past caring, of course…
Function: Test your patience
App required: Hold On
This app does the kind of thing that competitive 11 year old boys have been doing since time began. It is a meaningless and monotonous game. One that you can play and win just for the sake of being the winner.
The goal of this game? Hold down the big button on the screen. And don't let go. Not ever. That's it. Seriously. Hold On will save your best time and you can continue to try and surpass your achievements (ie. hold the button for longer).
The reward? There is no reward. But they say that ‘patience is a virtue’, and by that reckoning, this game will make you some sort of living saint.
Function: Grow a virtual moustache (or 'Brostache')
App required: GEICO Brostache
We're not sure what the difference between a ‘brostache’ and a moustache is, but for all intents and purposes, it doesn't matter…
The app allows you to hold the iPad mini up to your face, and replace the bottom half of your head with a truly mighty moustache. And you even have seven different types of 'tache to choose from! Plus another bonus, when you talk, the mouth moves. Boundless hilarity awaits.
Function: Be amused and/or demotivated
App required: Demotivational Pics +
This app attempts to condense the macrocosm of the internet's demotivational images into a single place, allowing you to flip through and archive to your camera roll the ones that you actually find funny (which is no mean feat, because there are a lot of them out there).
Function: Make music…unusually
App required: SoundPrism
This is probably a little more practical than the other apps, and so we saved it for last. But it sure looks strange. It’s like an alien artefact that we've discovered is actually a pretty cool musical instrument
The difference between Soundprism and a lot of other musical apps is in the way it arranges music. Instead of a keyboard you have a cryptic interface that looks like something out of Spielberg's 'Minority Report'. Or an alien star ship. This interface makes strange crystalline harmonies that are always perfectly in key.