Two evenings ago I bought an Apple iPad. What a wonderful, ultimate gadget it is.
I’d been thinking about buying a laptop for quite awhile. I do most of my work in my home office on a desktop. I like the larger screen and the ergonomically sound Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000, I also use a Kneeling Chair. The combination keeps my carpel tunnel at bay as long as I work regularly with my chiropractor.
I don’t have a TV and I wanted a way to watch movies, listen to music, surf the net and handle a bit of email in my living room. You know, on the coach rather then in work mode in the office. My son kept urging me to get an iPad and finally I went to the Apple store and after one of their great (young) reps spent almost an hour with me decided I wanted one.
It’s the size and weight that made the difference. I thought about lugging even a light-weight lap top in and out of hotel rooms or on the train. This thing weighs a whole pound-and-a-half. I got a leather case (!) that let’s it sit up so I can watch it easily. NetFlix seems to have enough movies and TV programs to keep me going for years. Plus there’s a whole slew of free apps, books, and who knows what else. In fact all I want to do at the moment is play with the thing.
Now, it does have a keyboard which displays on screen – touch typing won’t work because the screen’s so sensitive. That means you’ve got to pick out the letters one at a time. I’ve gotten decent at it in a surprisingly short period of time, but it would drive me nuts to try to do any real writing. But I have trouble with laptop keyboards too, a different kind of trouble – their flatness makes my wrists hurt in a hurry. There is the little Apple external keyboard and I may get that, but not now.
Of course, I didn’t get it for work, or at least not the writing side of work. There’s a good calendar, and I can email as much as I like, and receive it too. But mostly I want it for movies, reading, playing and wandering around.
It was great in Twiggs, a favorite coffee shop – I had the coolest device there. I was able to set up my home wireless network easily with the Cisco-Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router. Apparently the problems people used to have have been largely solved.
Do I think the iPad is the equivalent or a substitute for a laptop? No, it isn’t. Do I think every writer needs an iPad? Heavens no! But for a single person with some entertainment needs and some light travel needs so far it’s perfect.
What’s your second computer? What do you watch on TV?
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