Brayden asked below about my experience so far with the iPad. Can it replace a PC for most uses? Put most simply, yup. I’m using mine for about 90 percent of the everyday time that I would normally spend on the MacBook Pro. In fact, it’s probably easier to write up the things that I’m not routinely doing on the iPad, these days:
- Lightroom: I do have a nice workflow for publishing photos to the iPad from Lightroom, but for now at least, that application itself still lives on the MBP. And Lightroom 3, by the way, has a host of improvements that I recommend.
And that’s about it. Now that I’ve had some time to get used to the keyboard, i can write pretty quickly with the iPad; autocorrect doesn’t always seem to catch things I think it should (like the lowercase “I” in the prior sentence), so i think about the Bluetooth keyboard once in a while, but I haven’t really needed more than the software keyboard. If i want to write a lot, of course, I can hop onto the laptop and TextMate away. (I drafted this article using simpletext.ws on iPad.)
The iPad so portable and easy that I do a lot of sitting on the patio with it. It undersells it significantly to call it a reading device, but it’s so very good for propping in my lap with a coffee or a beer and diving into instapaper or the Kindle app. It’s just a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Shortly after the iPad launch, some reviewer noted how it just gets out of the way and just becomes the application you’re using or the web site you’re visiting. That’s really a great way to put it, and it’s largely true. With a well done app, the iPad mostly disappears.
Here’s a short list of the good apps I’m spending time with (in addition to Safari and Mail):
- Instapaper Pro
- 1password Pro
- Tab Toolkit
I’m still looking for a case for the thing (the DODO Case is mighty tempting), just for a bit more protection, though I’m not eager to cover it up, either. [Other recommendations, anybody?] And I don’t love the crop of text editors I’ve tried, so far, hence using simpletext.ws for this post; the upcoming PlainText app sure looks good, though. But I have no true complaints. This is a super little device and I’m really having a great time with it. Don’t let anybody tell you it’s just a big iPod Touch.