Over the last week or so, I’ve been primarily using my iPad for everything. It started at edcamp when I brought it with me because, let’s face it, it’s much lighter than my laptop. I’ve used it nearly every day for the last year, but only for very specific activities. I take roll on it via our web-based reporting system. I read the news on it via flipboard, and I play a variety of games.

There are things that are harder to do on the iPad. Typing is a hunt and peck endeavor, which is just wrong for someone who took two years of typing and can type upwards of 70 words a minute. Switching between apps is a pain, and there’s no way for me to to see two apps side by side. Having Evernote open alongside a web site is impossible. I have to switch back and forth. It’s a bit like a pre windows computer in that regard. Copying and pasting takes some getting used to. Autocorrect can be both a lifesaver and can land you on Damn you autocorrect. And certain web sites either display poorly or not at all (flash, ftw).

That said, it is certainly an interesting device to work with. I’m looking forward to trying out explain everything, an app that allows you to create videos/slideshows using images, drawing, and audio. I’ve been playing with cargo bot, a game that teaches programming skills. I’m hoping to try out the programming tool, codea, that was used to create it. I like flipboard and hootsuite better than what I use on my laptop.

I can do most of the things that I do on my laptop on the iPad, but it still feels a bit lightweight to me. While I created a whole presentation on the iPad just a week ago, it would have been easier and faster on my laptop. And, of course, I still dislike the lack of hackability and coding. Yes, things like codea exist, but that’s specifically to create apps. If I want to do more than that, I need a “real” computer.

And now I’m going to spend 20 minutes putting in links, which would automatically have been created on my laptop, so there.

5 Replies to “Ipadification”

  1. The typing thing drove me crazy too, so I finally broke down and got myself one of the really lightweight Apple bluetooth keyboards to sync up with it for when i take notes or write more than a couple of sentences. I kept the box as a case, and really, it’s only a few inches taller than an academic press book, so it’s easy enough to tuck in my bag and carry around…


  2. I have been using an iPad for a month now. The school is looking at classroom sets at the lower grades. Me being the school techie I thought it would be a good idea to know how to use one. I am not impressed. 90% toy, 10% tool. I am shopping for a convertable laptop with good old Windows. The iPad definitly has a place in the classroom but a laptop is just so much more versitile.

  3. I don’t see the appeal in something that doesn’t have a keyboard. That’s why I’ve never been tempted to move on from my netbook. However, my father-in-law thinks he’d like to go for a tablet in order to read the news online or surf the web occasionally, so I’ll be advising him on options over the next few weeks. I suppose I’ll have to breakdown and try some of the new apps myself to see what’s out there.

  4. The typing bit is a deal-breaker for me. I write all the time, and *need* a keyboard.

    I take Collin’s point, but what you’ve described is… a laptop. A simpler one, locked down. I’d rather buy a network (or two).

  5. Bryan, a network? Like cbs maybe? 🙂 Hehe. I agree, though. By the time you get a keyboard for you iPad, your costs are the same or greater than a netbook. I actually liked my Chromebook, though it, too, is limited. Certainly, it’s not programmable.

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