Oct 04 2010

i once again have an iPad – do i need it now?

Published by at 10:53 pm under iPad,process,social media,technique,Tools,travel


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You may recall that I had a first day iPad and then gave it up because I really needed a new laptop. Now through the kindness of friends we are now a two-iPad family and I have a new iPad to use once more.

The question is do I really need it now?

My biggest activity has been using it as an e-reader. I use both the iBooks and the Kindle apps for reading and I like them both. My reading is done at home so I could very well read the paper versions, but I’m happy with the experiment.

I reported a downside of the original model that it only accessed the internet through a wifi connection. I thought that the added 3G capability would add greater roving functionality. I have 3G on the new model, but to-date I haven’t activated the service. Much of this has to do with traveling less now.

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iPad highlighting the Mail app that needs a junk mail filter - Apple photo

The big advantage of the device is the long battery life. I’ve recently used it at the USC Body Computing Conference and alternated between using it as a live tweeting platform with my laptop. The iPad frees me from being so concerned about my battery charge, but I have many fewer typos with the laptop and I can more easily find websites and shorten the URL’s with my TBUZZ Safari plug in.

The other browser plug in I often use is Evernote. When I find a great website or blog post I now catalog and archive it in my Evernote application. The iPad has the Evernote app, but it does a better job of retrieving the notes than creating them.

In general the iPad is a media-consuming machine and the laptop is a better creating machine.

There are many great features of the iPad and I recommended it to a friend today who doesn’t own a laptop. I love my Pinball HD game, watching videos in bed and I even used it to make a phone call with Truphone. But it still lacks the junk mail filter to keep Spam out of my Mail program that I hoped would be added in the software update.

I’m happy to have an iPad back in my life, but it remains a luxury more than a needed tool. I may be missing the killer app or need to travel more to appreciate the wonders. It might also replace my handmade printed portfolio one day as well.

Let me know what is working – or not working for you.

Mark Harmel

harmelphoto.com

@MarkHarmel

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