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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
Michael Gaines - Gravatar

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
Matt - Gravatar

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
Jason Reed - Gravatar

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. :D

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

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
Steve - Gravatar

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
Igre - Gravatar

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
Corey D. WIllis - Gravatar

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
Mar­cus Bird - Gravatar

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
Clif H - Gravatar

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
Bugg - Gravatar

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
Micky McGoo - Gravatar

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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Guar­an­teed Earn­ings in the next few days. said:

Guar­an­teed Earn­ings in the next few days.…

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Posted on: April 24, 2012 at 11:33 amQuote this Comment
Dhruv Bha­gat - Gravatar

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