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Blogging From the iPad

So I’ve had the iPad for a week now and I absolutely love it! It’s a truly fantastic device that’s just going go get better over time. Is it perfect? Of course not, but short of my iMac, I’m not sure what electronic gadget I own is.

I didn’t buy an iPhone in 2007 for two reasons: AT&T and lack of apps. The power of the apps and my love of the second gen iPod touch forced me to capitulate and move to the iPhone 3GS. My love of the 3GS (plus work, admittedly) is what pushed me to the iPad.

I’m typing this on the on-screen keyboard in the serviceable (but not perfect) WordPress iPad app. Despite the imperfections that come along with touch typing on a touchscreen, I’m doing OK. Also, while I got a 32GB iPad at launch, it’ll be going to Grant as soon as my 64GB 3G iPad ships. Hey, I wanted to go big or go home. Plus, I can already see myself loading this thing with content.

I think that all of the pundits bitching about this or that aspect of the iPad are off-base. If I never did anything else but surf the web in bed or on my couch, read eBooks or watch Netflix, I’d feel I had my monies worth. Simply put, it’s just so nice to have such a low profile and usable media pad. This is something I’ve wanted for years and years. As nice as laptops are, they aren’t great for curling up in bed and they don’t have the battery life to go days without charging.

My mom is getting an iPad for Mother’s Day and for her, it will likely be her primary computer. No more slow bootups, crashes and battery issues. She can take it and the Bluetooth keyboard and case and just go crazy. I can’t wait to see her use it.

Doing links in this app is annoying so I’ll have to update later, but here are a few of my favorite apps so far:

* GoodReader — loved the iPhone app, equally love the iPad version. It can do so much and I can’t wait to see it get better (like open files from Mail). The way it connects to Google Docs is just awesome.

* Things — Cultured Code did a stellar job. If you have Things for Mac, it’s well worth getting for the iPad.

* Netflix/ABC — both apps are awesome for video.

* Evernote — I haven’t been an Evernote fan but the iPad app and its easy multi-device sync convinced me to do the premium upgrade.

Too many games to mention. I just want apps like WriteRoom, TextExpander and Pastebot to get iPad versions so that I can get a really solid productivity flow.

So this is just my iPad update. I’m off to continue to enjoy a rare day off!

Out!


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Shabbir Akhtar - Gravatar

Shabbir Akhtar said:

Can’t wait to get my hands on an iPad… waiting for it to come to India… the anticipation is killing me…

Posted on: April 10, 2010 at 8:17 pmQuote this Comment
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Michael Gaines said:

I’ve been living with the iPad since last week and I have to say I love it too. It’s that device I needed between a desktop and laptop. Now I’ll use the laptop for coding on the deck, and the iPad for sitting around.

I love Goodreader, the best $1 I spent on an app ever. It’s a shame that Apple never made a Documents space like they did with Photos, Movies, and Music, but perhaps they will in the future. I don’t like the idea of having a PDF file duplicated because one app works does one thing well with PDFs and another app does another thing well.

One workflow I have running is grabbing HD movies from my TiVo and converting them to 720p on the iPad. It’s awesome, but chapter creation is a pain in the ass.

There’s a lot more I need to play around with, but right now I’m looking at it from a developer’s point of view and seeing if there’s something unique I can do with it. Perhaps…

Posted on: April 10, 2010 at 8:23 pmQuote this Comment
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Matt said:

Reading things like this make it even more difficult for me not to go out and get one. I want one, but I think I am still going o hold out for Rev. 2!

Posted on: April 10, 2010 at 8:24 pmQuote this Comment
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Jason Reed said:

Cool- I’ve been meaning to give GoodReader a try.

I’m also recommending an iPad to both my in-laws and my parents. Both need a good travel computer, and the iPad will do everything they need it to, plus they’ll be less likely to need my help figuring it out, which is always a plus. 😀

Posted on: April 11, 2010 at 2:53 pmQuote this Comment
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Louis said:

It’s been a month since your last post — about the iPad. Did the battery die or something?

Posted on: May 9, 2010 at 8:28 amQuote this Comment
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Steve said:

I’ve been living with the iPad since last week and I have to say I love it too. It’s that device I needed between a desktop and laptop. Now I’ll use the laptop for coding on the deck, and the iPad for sitting around.

I love Goodreader, the best $1 I spent on an app ever. It’s a shame that Apple never made a Documents space like they did with Photos, Movies, and Music, but perhaps they will in the future. I don’t like the idea of having a PDF file duplicated because one app works does one thing well with PDFs and another app does another thing well.

One workflow I have running is grabbing HD movies from my TiVo and converting them to 720p on the iPad. It’s awesome, but chapter creation is a pain in the ass.

There’s a lot more I need to play around with, but right now I’m looking at it from a developer’s point of view and seeing if there’s something unique I can do with it. Perhaps…

Posted on: May 27, 2010 at 10:42 pmQuote this Comment
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Igre said:

I see ipad like verry usefull device.. but i still cannot get used to touch screen… I am old fashion 🙂

Posted on: July 1, 2010 at 2:34 pmQuote this Comment
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Corey D. WIllis said:

I’m not sure if you’re into screenplay writing, but because you are a geek, into film, and an iPad owner, I thought you might be interested in the Final Draft for iPad beta. 🙂 The competition on the iPad so far has been pretty weak…

http://www.finaldraft.com/products/ipad/notify-me.php

I have a similar setup with an iMac at home and the iPad for writing on the go.

Posted on: July 20, 2010 at 11:13 pmQuote this Comment
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Marcus Bird said:

You need to get “Angry Birds” the game for Ipad… your life will change 4ever 🙂

Posted on: July 27, 2010 at 11:20 amQuote this Comment
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Clif H said:

Good post Christina! Been using iPad off and on for several months. Still a bit of love/hate relationship:

Love: 1. Browsing, reading, staying current with new touch-centric apps like Flipbook (best app on iPad IMHO). 2. Consuming media (video, podcasts, pictures) all brilliant. 3. All weekend battery life. Unplug and forget about it. Really awesome.

Hate:

  1. Lack of full web scripts ala Facebook site and others. Lack of access to Google Docs editing mode. mSafari is great for consuming media, but really sucks for entering data. Because it refreshes so much and there is still not multitasking, I often have a long form response like this refresh on me and lose all the input. This all makes communication a larger challenge on the iPad, as I use that communicate with colleagues almost hourly via these tools.

  2. On screen keyboard almost unusable in my experience. Far worse than typing on my iPhone, which is somewhat ironic since I WANT to type far more on the iPad than the tiny iPhone screen. Also find that having to touch back on the screen to move back and forth within a typing document to be cludgy and not nearly as efficient as simply slipping over and using the mouse/trackball.

  3. Agreed with others on need for integrate doc management system. Seems like Apple is restricting this to iWork.com users which is great for Apple productivity tools, but does nothing for the rest of us. I already pay $99/year for MobileMe, why can I not use that for accessing content? I assume that is direction they are headed, as they appear to have already opened up streaming media files off iDisk (ala iTunes Media Hub rumors).

Posted on: August 18, 2010 at 3:13 pmQuote this Comment
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Bugg said:

So Christina, it’s been some time since we heard from you last. How’s that iPad thing going? 🙂

Posted on: August 31, 2010 at 4:18 pmQuote this Comment
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Micky McGoo said:

You’re funny. As in, I’m laughing at you. I hope you got that piece of shit for free.

Posted on: September 26, 2010 at 4:16 pmQuote this Comment
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Posted on: April 24, 2012 at 11:33 amQuote this Comment
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Dhruv Bhagat said:

I really found iPad very handy.. Though I don’t have my own. That was of my brother. And doing cool stuff like playing games, writing a mail, using different new apps.. And yeahhh, I find it so delicate.. I have written a paragraph using iPad but not posted any article on my blog. I would love to do blogging when I will own one !!! 🙂

Posted on: July 12, 2012 at 3:07 pmQuote this Comment