My 5 and 8 year old daughters have monopolised our iPad since we bought it in 2010. I never really used it that much but my partner, who is not at all geeky, would prise it away from the kids for email, browsing, Plants vs Zombies, ABC iView and reading the ‘newspaper’. Wikipanion is her favourite app. A couple of weeks ago, I really wanted to read my ‘book’ but our Kindle and the you-know-what weren’t available and strategically, I used this to overcome sensible financial considerations and pre-ordered the ‘new’, third-generation iPad. It arrived on the 16th March as expected and is all mine, as you can tell from the personalised engraving 😉
What’s on myPad?
My teaching career commenced 0ver 20 years ago at a ‘Mac school’ but it wasn’t until investing in an iPod, like so may other people in 2002, that Apple regularly received my hard-earned cash. The Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPad and a host of other accessories are now part of my daily routines. In future, the iPad is more likely to be whipped out at a conference than my laptop or phone, if there is wifi (as I did not fancy paying for the non-existent 4G option in Australia).
This weekend I used myPad to read books via the Kindle app. Reading, once a solitary pursuit, has become social, if you wish it to be. I love how one can highlight a passage and tweet it for fun, potentially developing connections with folks sharing similar interests, as well as ‘pushing’ ideas one supports. The updated Kindle app is much sharper and I noted, with great pleasure, that not only does it show what percentage of the book one has read but also shows the PAGE NO too. Until this weekend, I’d say to my partner, re: a book we were both reading, with great dissatisfaction, what percentage have you read?
I like how I can be reading and answer a ‘tweet’ or ‘yam‘. This morning I was reading, Mum phoned, using Skype and the much-improved app allowed her to see her grandchildren. The original iPad Skype app was only audio.
Browsing the web is much improved (faster and sharper) using the latest iPad apps. Reeder is a must for RSS feeds. This is the first time I have really used it on an iPad and it is a stunningly usable app for feeds. I had a massive backlog of posts to peruse and really found reading them very easy. The Diigo app and browser (formerly iChromy) are essential tools too. The SMH app is brilliant!
ABC iView, Pocket Weather, Dropbox, iTunesU, TED, Facebook, Edmodo, Google+, Shazam and the Australian Oxford Dictionary grace my home screen. Evernote, Analytics HD, Ego, Google Earth, Lynda.com, Aust. Curric., GoodReader, Kobo, iCurrencyPad, TripAdvisor, Google Translate, Alice, iPhoto and the Prezi Viewer are some of the key apps that grace later pages.
Apple is celebrated and maligned for many oft commented on reasons. No links required. The ‘one ring to rule them all’ analogy has been used any times in relation to the iPad (and Apple) for both positive and critical commentary. The latest iPad is a distinctly improved tablet on the original incarnation. It is faster, sharper and the apps are just so much better than the original versions I used two years ago for the first time. I am able to use the iPad for everything I am likely to do on the weekend, or after work. It is much closer to being the one device to rule them all IMHO.
NB I have still written this post on my Macbook Pro, even though I did consider the benefits of using the tool I am posting about. Maybe next post.
How are you using your iPad?
I am taking bets on how long it remains ‘my iPad’. Miss 8 is starting to lurk, asking polite questions about the ‘differences’ between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ iPads!
BTW Here’s my post about my daughters’ responses to the iPhone back in 2008.
UPDATE: The iCloud synching is very impressive and has massive potential while travelling and for backups. I also forgot to mention how cool the ‘dictation’ feature is, in fact, I actually let Miss 5 and 8 play with that from afar 😉