I won an iPad earlier this year from the great folks at Trackur. It was a gadget I really wanted, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to part with the cash to purchase one. I’m glad I got one, though, because it is really a handy tool. Now that I’ve been using it for a few months, I can’t imagine not having one.
To be sure, I play games on it. I play Words with Friends, Chess with Friends, Monopoly, Angry Birds, etc. But I also use it as a tool to make my life easier and more productive. For instance: I play bass with the band at church. Since getting the iPad, I’ve been converting my music binder from paper sheets to PDFs. Carrying the iPad is quite a bit easier than toting around a ten-pound binder full of paper. It’s easy to copy the PDFs to the “Books” section of iTunes and let them sync to the device.
Another way I use the iPad is taking notes. I bring it to meetings and jot down notes using the Notes app and then email the document to myself and anyone else with whom I might want to share. This is much more efficient for me than taking notes on paper and then typing them into an electronic document.
At the recent PubCon South, I used the iPad to build my summaries for the blog. Just for this purpose, I purchased the Apple Wireless Keyboard (Bluetooth – Amazon Affiliate link) because I found I couldn’t type fast enough with the on-screen keyboard. At each session, I set up my iPad and took notes in the CleanWriter app. At the end of the day, I copied the notes and pasted them into my blog using the BlogPress app. BlogPress is not a WYSIWYG editor, so I did have to code some HTML to put the notes in unordered lists. Still, using copy and paste didn’t take very long. I think it worked out pretty well.
I also use the iPad to read my Kindle books, go through my email, and surf the web. It has really enhanced my productivity in many ways.
If you’re thinking about getting an iPad (or any other tablet device) and are afraid that it’s not much more than a toy I say “Get it!” People may look at you askance, but they don’t know what they are missing.
What about you? Do you an iPad or similar device. How do you use it to be more productive. Please share in the comments.