Just about a month ago I bought an iPad. I bought it as a toy, so I could watch movies in my TV-less living room and maybe play in an occasional coffee shop.
I’ve been surprised to find the machine is useful for work as well!
I don’t do word processing on it yet, but using the ‘yellow tablet’ that came with it I take notes at meetings. I am starting to use the included calendar. I’ve found that I can use it to read at least some of those pdf files I’ve saved about marketing and other business products using called Splashtop Remote that gives me access to my desktop from my couch. I’m redeveloping the term ‘couch potato.’
I shouldn’t have been surprised when Shane Ketterman wrote an article on CopyBlogger called 8 iPad Apps for Brilliant Writing. I’m looking forward to trying some of them.
The Orange County Register has a photo series on iPad writing tools… more interesting, perhaps for the photos then the info, it gives you a good look at the iPad.
Tom Colvin over at BecomingAWriter.com has an article pointing to some writing tools. He also talks about some of the music tool’s he’s downloaded. I have Virtuoso – a free piano app that even allows duets and Digi HD Lite – a drum kit, both for free.
William Gallagher at Self Distract talks clearly about the on screen keyboard. I have better luck with it than he does, but it’s not a good writing tool. He also alludes to a real advantage of the iPad for writers, and that’s as a reading tool. You can download all sorts of ebook readers, get classics for free and buy as many books as you could read in several life times.
The Editorial Engine writes about 10 tasty iPad apps for writers. This article focuses more on tech than on writing which makes it a good addition. It even explains clearly how you can connect your camera to your iPad.
Iain Broom of Write For Your Life has a round up article called The iPad for writers: how it feels, why I recommend it and the applications I use that’s worth spending some time with.
Can you tell I love my iPad? I do. The biggest problem of owning one? The temptation to spend money on apps and tunes… far too easy. I’ve been pretty good about it, until I scummed to two(1) fishponds for my kitty to watch. She plays a bit with her paw, making the water splash, then wanders off. I suspect she knows it’s a cheat.
Do I think every writer should have one? I”m not quite ready to go that far, but I will tell you it’s turned out to be much more useful than I expected.
What are your thoughts on the iPad?
Write well and often,
Image of iPad with Waterfield Designs iPad Smart Case found at http://www.askdavetaylor.com/review_apple_ipad_cases.html