Taking the iPad to work

I’m on my third iPad. 

  1. The first one was a WIFI only iPad 1 with 32 GB of memory, it didn’t last long.  I found it distracting rather than productive and whilst I loved using Instapaper on it I found I could do most things with the Kindle.  I found WIFI only a real restriction and 32GB to hard to live with, so I sold it on eBay.
  2. Then after the iPad 2 came out I picked up a refurbished iPad 1 with 64GB and 3G. Much better, I loved the freedom on 3G, but after 6 months I found I was being drawn back into distraction mode.  I wanted to focus on productivity again so I sold it and also sold my Macbook Air (another form better than function device) and lived quite happily with just my Kindle and my Thinkpad X220.  Both perfect form/function compromises.
  3. Now I’ve started to use my wifes iPad 2 during the day while she’s at work and I’m rediscovering just how good it is for reading and I’ve started to read PDF’s as well as Instapaper. My usual Cafe’s have WIFI so it’s fine most of the time.  When I’m reading books, I’m out on the garden, walking or cycling I still use my Kindle, but when it’s with me I prefer the iPad.

So I’ve decided to experiment with using the iPad for writing.  I’ve already got the applications – Writing Kit and Blogsy so all I needed was the keyboard and the ideal model has just been released.  It fits in my tiny bag and seems to work just fine.  I’ve settled on the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

So my experiment in productivity continues, my Cafe time will now be spent writing AND reading. 

All that said I’m still writing this on the perfect keyboard of the Thinkpad X220.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

3 Responses

  1. Doug Neal says:

    I think you are right to go for the Logitech ultrathin keyboard. It has a pretty good feel and doesn’t add too much bulk to the iPad.

    My real preference is the Apple Bluetooth keyboard. However, the battery pack tube makes it hard to pack and I worry about the keys being rubbed off, again.

    I will be interested in hearing how your experiment in writing on the iPad works out.

  2. Martyn Dews says:

    Do you use any particular app for reading PDFs?

  3. Steve Richards says:

    Definitely Goodreader

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