This summer I decided to see if I could spend the summer only using my iPad. I thought it would be an interesting experiment to force me to rethink ways I have been using technology. However, it forced me to learn the ins and outs of every day apps. Now my iPad is my main computing device. Just like with any new technology, I needed to changed some ways I did things.
Top Things I Learned
Typing-I must admit, it was tough at first. The first couple times I typed an email on the iPad, I definitely cringed. Typing on the digital keyboard is clumsy, but forgiving. You just have to accept this. If you’re really struggling consider purchasing a bluetooth keyboard.
Switching between apps-I’m a multi-tasker. There’s two tricks I use constantly: Trick 1. Click the bottom button twice to pull up a list of recent documents. Trick 2. Use four fingers to swipe the screen from left to right and switch between apps.
PDF Annotation-I’ll post more of an app review later, but simply put-this is the tool I use the most! Used with a scanner, you can organize just about anything this way. Take notes directly on the document, share it, highlight it, upload it to Dropbox, and more.
News and Magazines-I love Flipboard, Pulse, and Twitter apps to organize my news. It’s a great way to stay connected and curate news according to what matters most to you. Not to mention the efficient design.
Google Everything!-I have everything backed up, networked, shared, blah blah blah on Google. I’m a huge fan of Google docs for collaboration. The app I’m using for this is G-Whizz and Open Office. Open to better suggestions though…
My Conclusion: The best part of this experiment was getting rid of all my paper (most of it…)! I pretty much live in a paperless house and office and I’m more organized for it. Everything is indexed, searchable, and easily accessible.
Things I wish I could do on the iPad: Use Zotero to organize citations and have the options of a powerful word processor. Really, that’s it.