Okay, I’ll admit it. I ordered an iPad the first day you could. I gave my reasons HERE.
I’ve had it almost two weeks so I thought I’d give my impressions.
What I noticed first:
- The screen. It’s very cool. You’ve got to see pictures to really get it.
- The size. For me and my uses, it’s perfect. I don’t really like the rounded back, but I use it in a case most of the time so I guess it doesn’t matter
- The cool factor. Apple did it again. They know cool.
What I liked best:
- You can preach with it. That’s the main reason I wanted it, to replace my black 7X9 notebook and paper notes. The idea of being able to continuously update my message as a thought hits me is the killer app for me. I’ve tried using laptops, but it ties me too close to the computer and I get distracted by remote controls. The ability to carry it around while I talk and have it look like a small legal pad works for me. I’ve already used it twice. Love it.
- You can read on it. I’ve already become a Kindle lover to the point of refusing to buy and carry around “real” books. (Hint, hint…if publishers want me to read and promote books, send them to me in epub format. Otherwise, I just give them away.) Reading on the iPad takes it to a whole nutha level! I love how my Bibles look (youversion, ESV online study Bible).
- You can share vision with it. A big part of my job is communicating vision. With the Keynote app I can sit down with someone and give visual emphasis to what I’m thinking about. That’s pretty cool…something I want to get good at.
- It doesn’t look like you are lugging around a computer. It’s great for jotting a few notes in a meeting (or watching the CUBS on MLB if the meeting lacks interest . Since it looks like a “real” notepad, you can easily carry it anywhere.
- You don’t have to sit by the power outlet. It seems that the battery lasts a LOT longer than my laptop (Macbook Air) or my iPhone.
- You can attach a keyboard to it. While I’ve gotten used to one handed “thumbing” on my iphone, you are not going to want to type a very long email or article on the virtual keyboard on the iPad. There is something about resting your fingers on a live keyboard that can’t be done on the screen. I still find myself resorting to my thumbs and an occasional index finger. It’s nice to have the option of hooking up to a bluetooth keyboard.
- You can think with it. I’ve been using programs like Carbonfin Outliner, Evernote, and the native Notes App to capture my thoughts with my iPhone, but the extra screen real estate is even more inviting for a good solo brainstorm.
What could be improved:
- You can’t work on one document from multiple locations very easily. My standard work flow goes something like this: I open a “Sermon Template” document to start my message prep every week. I save it to Evernote immediately so I can access and edit the same file from any computer. At the end of the week I distribute copies to the proper people from the Evernote file. You can’t do that with the iPad. I suspect it has to do with Apple’s “walled garden” philosophy. I have figured out a work around using iWork.com, but it doesn’t need to be this hard. Honestly, the iPad Pages App is good for touching up what you’ve already created somewhere else, but it’s difficult to do very much moderately serious word processing. (I had to type this blog on my laptop.)
- You can’t print from the iPad. Why not? Good question.
- You can’t do much on a big screen. I purchased the VGA adaptor hoping to be able to project on a big screen. I was disappoint to find that the only thing that projects are Keynote slide shows (somewhat poorly) and a few youtube videos. I would love to project my Pages notes, web surfing, and other things for our weekly message planning meetings. Not so much…
- You have to take it out of it’s case to put it on a keyboard stand. The case fit’s like a glove, so that is always a bit of a wrestling match. I’m tempted to buy a third party case that will support the iPad on a horizontal slant (Quirky), and use an unattached bluetooth keyboard.
- You can’t do video conferencing with it. No front facing camera. That’s just dumb…
- You can’t multi-task. What does that mean? Normal stuff is twice as hard. Fortunately this one is being addressed this fall.
Do I like it? Yeah, a lot.
Do I love it? Nope, not yet.
My advice? If you can’t wait, go ahead and get one. It does some pretty cool things. But if you’ve got the patience, you might want to see if someone (Google? HP? Generic Android?) comes up with a comparable product that let’s you leave your laptop at home. Now that would be really cool.
Check back with me in a couple of months. I may have changed my mind.
What do you think?