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My Thoughts on the Ipad

July 5, 2011 · 45 comments

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Last Christmas, I bought an Ipad for my husband.  (This was before the Ipad 2 came out.)  We are not ‘gadget’ people by any means, but I thought he might enjoy the convenience of an Ipad.  Plus, I secretly hoped to use it some for writing when I am waiting at soccer practices and such.

We liked the Ipad from the start, but I didn’t want to write a ‘review’ on it because I didn’t know if we would only use it in the short term and ultimately, it would end up collecting dust in a cabinet.

Well, so far, no dust has collected on the Ipad.  Actually, we use it now more than ever.  This past vacation, we took both the laptop and the Ipad with us.  Never once did we use the laptop, the Ipad provided everything we needed.  As a matter of fact, I wrote several posts and published them from the Ipad.  Is it as powerful and easy to use as the laptop for blogging?  No.  However, it definitely did the job.   Because of the 3G capabilities, I even wrote one post while riding through Ohio.  (No, I was not driving- it isn’t THAT good!)

Ipad Pros

Keep in mind, I don’t think we use nearly the amount of the amenities the Ipad has to offer.  I am sure that many people have a lot more reasons they like their Ipads, but here are our reasons:

  1. iBooks. My husband had been looking for a book that he just couldn’t find at local bookstores. So, he downloaded the book and read it on the Ipad.  You can just buy the ebook through Amazon and download it to the Ipad.  Very easy!
  2. Blogging.  I love the fact that I can write posts, comment on other sites, etc from just about anywhere.  If I am in a restaurant or Starbucks, I can use the Wifi.  If I am sitting in the middle of a parking lot waiting for one of my kids, I can use the 3G connection.
  3. Games. My husband and kids enjoy the games on the Ipad, but I can’t say I use the Ipad for that reason.
  4. Internet Access Just About Anywhere. This goes along with number 2, but I really like being able to look at the weather, news, or whatever I want when I am out and about.  On vacation it really came in handy when we were driving home and I wanted to see if we had any bad weather ahead of us.  Keep in mind that not all Ipads have 3G capability, so don’t buy the base model if you are looking for 3G.
  5. Long Battery Life. My laptop computer dies after about 2 hours of use.  However, the Ipad battery power lasts at least 5 times as long as my laptop.  I haven’t ever timed how long the battery lasts, but I have never even come close to running out of power, and I only charge it maybe once a week.
  6. Size and Convenience. The Ipad is smaller than a standard paper notebook, and it turns on so quickly.  No waiting for software to load- just click it on, wait a few seconds, and you are ready to go.
  7. Access to Apps. I have not downloaded a ton of Apps yet, but I do like how many apps are available.
  8. Streaming Netflix. Have not used this myself yet, but rumor has it that the Ipad is great for watching streaming Netflix media.
  9. Email! Love having access to all my email accounts whenever I want it.

Ipad Cons

  1. It Doesn’t Support Flash. Some things just cannot be viewed because of the lack of Flash.  Also can’t use Skype, which is no big deal to me since I haven’t ‘Skyped’ yet anyway.
  2. No USB port. I don’t get why a USB port is not standard on an Ipad, and I really wish there was one.  Well, actually, I am guessing that there are a bunch of Apple products you can buy to get ‘USB’ functionality.
  3. Glare. It can be very difficult to see the screen when outside on a sunny day.
  4. ‘Keyboard’. The virtual keyboard does the job, but I can’t type nearly as fast on the Ipad keyboard as I can on a laptop.  However, it would be unrealistic to expect the same speed since the small size of the Ipad doesn’t allow for a full-size keyboard.

I recognize this ‘review’ is not as technical as some would like.  However, I basically use my computer for everyday things, like writing, email, and surfing.  So for my needs, the Ipad is great for short-term (less than 2 hours) use.  I always prefer my laptop if I am going to be typing for longer periods of time.  However, if I am out and about, I much prefer using the Ipad over dragging my laptop to somewhere that offers Wifi and hook everything up.  As I said, it worked out perfect for vacation.  I could do my email, blogging, banking, and just about everything else very easily, and very conveniently.

Ipad Tip For Bloggers:

For those of you that have been using your Ipad and find that you can’t scroll through your blog post as you are writing it, there is an easy solution:  While in ‘edit’ for a post, just tap the text area with two fingers simultaneously, and scroll with your fingers!  It took me awhile to figure this out, and I was so happy to find out there actually was a way to scroll through a post to make updates!  There is also a WordPress App for the Ipad, but I prefer to write using my regular WordPress dashboard.

Overall, we are very happy with the Ipad and glad we made the investment.  If you have an Ipad, do you like it?  Do you have any tips to share on usability?

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The Biz of Life July 5, 2011 at 7:58 am

I’m a technologist, but I’ve always thought Apple products were over-hyped, expensive, and not as special as they try to make you believe. I won’t be buying an iPad any time soon. I already have enough gadgets at the house.

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Kris July 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Hey Biz! I don’t really have many gadgets in the house. However, I do love my Ipad. I don’t have a smartphone though or anything which probably has a lot of the Ipad functionality.

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Kathryn C July 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

OMG you have changed my life. Not being able to scroll through blog posts on the back end of wordpress has made me want to blow my brains out! thank you!

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Kris July 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Kathryn, I am glad I changed your life for the better. Not being able to scroll has been so frustrating, that is for sure!

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Heather July 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I use mine quite a bit for typing on, so I bought an external keyboard. Love it! If you’re going to be typing on it a lot, it is likely worth it.

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Kris July 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm

A friend of mine doesn’t use her laptop almost at all anymore since she bought a keyboard for her iPad. When I use mine, I am usually not somewhere I can place a keyboard, so for now, I will probably keep mine as is. However, if I see a keyboard on sale, I may pick one up. (Or if someone wants to buy one for me as a gift.)

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Andrea @SoOverDebt July 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I just bought a keyboard as well – I’m actually using it with my iPad to type this comment. I don’t use it all the time, but it has completely changed my ability to type long blog posts.

Some people have told me I’m defeating the purpose and should just get a laptop if I want a keyboard, but I beg to differ. I love it!

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Kris July 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

I disagree with your friends. Nothing compares to the size, quick startup, and internet accessibility that the Ipad provides.

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MoneyCone July 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I’ve been eyeing this for a long time now! But then the best way resist temptation is to yield to it!

🙂

Do you find the lack of flash that limiting? I use an iPod touch, but I really don’t miss flash; lack of youtube might’ve been a serious disadvantage, but seeing that Apple took care of that, I really don’t miss it that much.

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Kris July 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

MC, I really don’t care about not having flash. Once in awhile I have a problem loading a website or something, but no big deal.

I really get a lot done on the iPad when it comes to writing. Like today I had to wait for my son for 40 minutes while he was at an appt. I wrote a most of a post and it was great.

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MoneyCone July 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Hey you blog on an iPad? That is awesome! I didn’t realize the soft keyboard was that usable! I’ve only played with it at the Apple store, so no idea how practical it is to actually blog with it!

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Kris July 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I do blog on the Ipad. I also keep up with the Yakezie boards and a bunch of other stuff too. As a matter of fact I just used my ipad for the last 2 hours while waiting for 2/3rds of my kids to finish basketball practice.

Some people like to use a separate keyboard, I have not tried that yet though. I need to look into how much they cost.

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Money Reasons July 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Tomorrow my son will get an iPod Touch (for his birthday), and I have to admit I’m pretty excited to try it out.

I figure an iPod touch will be similar, but limit in contrast to the iPad, but it’s a good first step since I’ve never had an Apple product in my house before (not even the free itunes.com site).

I was seriously thinking about buying one to be able to blog while at soccer games and other situations where I didn’t have Wifi access, but I found and offline blog writing app that I’ve been using and it works out quite well. Not quite as good and convenient as a iPad, but it will suffice for now. Someday, I expect to breakdown and buy one though!!!

What’s frustrating is that my parents and sister each have iPad, but I’m considered the techie in the family… How embarrassing for me… (lol)

Thanks for the great review, I’ll share your scolling tip with my parents and sister!

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Kris July 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

MR, my son has an Ipod Touch also, but I have not really used it. I know it is much cheaper than an Ipad though.

What does your family think of the Ipad?

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101 Centavos July 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

I’ve been fighting this temptation for a while, and it’s worse when we go visit family that is chock-a-block with iPhones and iPads.

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Kris July 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

Don’t fight it, just give in…

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Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager July 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’m hoping to get an iPad soon. We use it a lot for demos here at work.

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Kris July 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I have heard the Ipad2 has a few things the original Ipad does not, so it is probably good you waited!

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Evan July 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

“Overall, we are very happy with the Ipad and glad we made the investment”

Purchase not investment!

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Kris July 7, 2011 at 8:36 am

Tis a matter of perspective. Since I primarily use it for blogging, it actually is used toward generating cashflow. However, I definitely see your side.

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Evan July 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

If that is the case then the question becomes if you are more productive then what you were using before to blog

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Kris July 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

It actually gives me the capability to write that I didn’t have before. For instance, I write sometimes when riding in the car, and almost always when I am waiting for one of the kids at a sports practice. In other words, I now have the opportunity to write a lot more than I had before. Previously, I could only write when I dragged my laptop along and went to Starbucks. Now I can take advantage of any time I am waiting because of the 3G connectivity, even if it is for just 15 minutes.

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Evan July 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

fine you are the 1 in 50 that it is actually be used to make money (i.e. an investment)…I’ll give it to you! lol

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Kris July 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

I had a feeling the term ‘investment’ might rile some people… 🙂

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Ken @ Spruce Up Your Finances July 7, 2011 at 1:18 am

I was thinking of buying an ipad as well but I already have an iphone and it seems that it is just a big version of the iphone so I am still contemplating if I should get an ipad.

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Kris July 7, 2011 at 8:37 am

Ken, I can see why you would hesitate. I don’t have a smartphone, so I really can’t say if it would be worth it or not. I know I hate typing on my phone, but it is not designed for ‘communication’. If you find you can already access everything you want to on your iphone, then it would probably be a redundant purchase.

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First Gen American July 8, 2011 at 7:13 am

I bought a $500 bottom end laptop last year and I only use it at home. I never bring it with me on vacations, business trips, or to places with the kids. I think in general I need to be unplugged more, so I think an IPAD may push me in the wrong direction, but it is tempting. There are definitely times I would love instant internet access. It’s nuts when I see a group of people in a restaurant together and they’re all on their phones instead of talking to each other.

In a way, I hope for an unplug revolution…where there are net-free zones (like they do in hospitals and doctor’s offices). The technology is there to block the airwaves.

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Kris July 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

You are so right on many levels. I generally only use the Ipad when I am sitting there waiting for one of my kids or something.

Its funny, because for how much smartphones increase the ability to communicate, they often times reduce the amount of time people communicate with the people they are with in the moment.

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Financial Samurai July 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

I haven’t given in to the iPad yet, but plan to next year when the iPad 3 comes out and I can just buy it as a business expense for blogging.

My MacBook 13″ is currently very good. It’s just a little too big for my liking.

I’ve typed four, 800+ word posts you’ve read on FS on my iPhone, and a couple more 500 word posts! So, for now, the iPhone 4 rocks!

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Kris July 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

I read about your ability to write posts on the Iphone, and that is amazing. How much longer would you say it took you to write the post on the Iphone vs. a computer? I find that I usually write the whole post on the iPad and refine on my computer later if I don’t post it immediately. It is easier for me to do linking and such on a laptop. (Or, maybe I don’t know enough about the Ipad yet.)

I wonder what new things the Ipad3 will offer. I bought the original Ipad 8 months ago and it is amazing how quickly the 2 came out, and now the eventual 3. I will be archaic within a year.

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