When Steve Jobs showed off the iPad to the word he had it in his lap. It was supposed to be a device that allowed for a more intimate experience. He also had it on his lap because that’s the only place you can put it unless you have a stand and a surface to put it on.
My tray table fits my ipad stand ($1.99 business card holder from Office Max that I adjusted with some needle nose pliers) and my bluetooth keyboard perfectly.
Here’s a picture of my in flight setup:
(I discovered that I can’t upload a picture to my wordpress blog from my ipad, that’s why I had to put in a link…first limitation!)
On my flight I’ve been reading “The Diving Commodity”, a book about the Christian faith becoming a part of the Western word of commodity driven society. It’s stretching me. You should check it out, whether you’re a Christian or not.
Honestly, I could be typing this on my laptop. It’s not that much easier or cooler to be typing a document on an ipad and it’s technically more work b/c I have three pieces (ipad, stand and keyboard) vs. one (laptop). I also had to clean off my ipad screen with my trusty Norwex cloth (OliveBranchWellness.com) b/c my son had let his drippy nose deposit some snot on the screen yesterday when he was a playing a game on it.
I let my son (he’ll be 2 1/2 in a few months) play with the iPad/on the ipad every day without hesitation b/c of the Zagg shield that I installed on it. The Zagg shield also protects my ipad from the stand that I use. Because I had to make some modifications to the stand I’m pretty sure it’s got some edges that could potentially mark up the back of the ipad a bit over time. The Zagg is sort of like a forcefield that you see in the movie. It’s more fluid than just a piece of glass. When something pressed up against my ipad the zagg will show that indentation for a few minutes but then it will go back to it’s smooth shape. It’s not obvious (the indentation) but if you look for it you’ll see it. The first time I saw it I panicked and then it just went away. I have the shield on my front and back and I honestly wouldn’t own an ipad without the shield. They’re pretty easy to apply and frankly they’re a lot better looking (b/c you don’t see it) than almost any “case” I’ve seen out there. Does it protect me if I drop it? Nope, but it does provide 10X more grip than leaving your ipad naked. The ipad is SLICK if you’ve never handled one. That’s sexy and all but sexy doesn’t offer me a refund or replacement if I drop it.
Opening and closing apps is really fast on the ipad. In addition to reading a book on the Kindle I’ve looked at some blog posts in my rss reader Feedler – It has an offline option and I swear I synced my feeds last night but when I turned it on today the posts were from last month. Having off-line RSS reader availability is nice, when it works. Probably my fault though, not Feedler’s.
One more thing I realized while having this big ol’ screen in front of me. Because of the screen size I’m much less likely to play games b/c the guy sitting next to me could watch me. I’d play a game on an ipod touch or iphone without hesitation but do I really want to show the guy next to me how good I am at kicking field goals (Super Football is the app for mastering your field goal skills. It’s an iPhone app so it’s a bit pixelated but it’s worth every penny IMO).
Captain said we’re hittin’ the ground soon so I’m going to pack up. Battery seems to be dropping faster than I’d expect. Maybe has something to do with the bluetooth keyboard connection. I’m guessing that’s the cause.