Thursday, August 9, 2012

iPad, youPad, he-she-it Pads

by Julie

Around me, people are constantly iPadding. One of our daughters recently downloaded an app and we all watched the cat try to catch virtual fish. My brother-in-law discovered a helpful app that's teaching us how to score our hands as we attempt to play bridge. Participants at the workshop I recently attended used iPads like mini-laptops -- taking notes, checking email, updating Facebook. A couple of new friends there walked me through the device's basics.

You know what? I'm SOLD!

My husband and I are planning a driving trip in the coming months and I was not looking forward to lugging my laptop around with us. My phone (not an iPhone) is decent for checking email but it's just too small to use for anything more than bare bones replies. Whenever I'm away from home -- even if it's just for a couple days -- I'm swamped with emails, FB updates, and other tasks when I return. Takes me a full day, and often longer, to get caught up so that I can write.

With the iPad's option of being tied into the 3G network, I'll be able to stay connected even when there are no Wi-fi hotspots. That means I can do my work while he's driving, which is usually downtime anyway. And guess what? It will fit in my purse!! I'm excited beyond belief.

Yeah, it sounds as though I can't get away from work even while I'm supposed to be on vacation, but the truth is, I enjoy being connected. And I really do get overwhelmed when I finally return home.

iPad here I come!!

iPad will be my new tool -- one I enthusiastically embrace. What tools -- technological and otherwise -- are you nuts about? (And if you have any iPad hints... feel free to share below)


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PS - Don't forget that our own Heather has a new book out this week!

Darcy Merriweather is Salem, Massachusetts’ newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. While Darcy isn’t able to grant wishes for herself, she does possess a certain knack for solving problems—including the occasional murder…
     When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother’s disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service As You Wish is “No Job Impossible.” But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks Darcy discovers something much more disturbing—Patrice Keaton’s body.
     Darcy’s determined to give Elodie peace of mind by investigating her mother’s disappearance and death. Patrice was last seen over a year ago after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice’s troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to not only find a killer, she has to find the Anicula— before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands…


Katreader said...

I adore my iPad. I've had it for a while now-so it's an older model without picture taking abilities, but hey, I have a camera for that! I also don't have the 3G plan-I didn't want monthly fees. I basically just use it at home...and at my folks' house. Favorite apps include the weather channel, facebook, pet hotel, and a card game golf with gofers! I also check my Pinterest (but don't pin from it) and goodreads accounts. Have fun with yours!

Booklady said...

I don't know how I got managed without my iPad before I had it. I use mine for teaching, note taking, social networking, reading, blogging and in a pinch I can take photos (though I much prefer to use my Nikon for photos.) I have the iShelf app that lets me keep track of my books and whom I've loaned them too. The FitnessPal app is another favorite I use a lot. AppShopper is a free app that lets you browse for new, free and updated apps. It's a bit easier to use than just searching the Appstore. Oh, and Buy Me a Pie is a great grocery list app. I could go on and on, but I don't want to bore you. I have Apple TV that will allow me to project my iPad onto the big screen TV at home or on the Smart Board at school. I can't wait to use that with my students.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Julie, you're talking me into the Ipad! I'm not usually a gadget girl, but it seems really useful.

And thanks for the book shout out! xoxo

Sue said...

I use my kindle fire like an ipad. For me it works just fine. As soon as I figure out how to make my "smart" phone a hot spot thingy I can be on the internet no matter where I am.

Debra said...

I just got one, hubby didn't understand why I wanted it. Here is the reason, it's fun! I' m a knitter, so there is that I love to cook too and I just prop it up to follow the recipe.
May I suggest a case? I have arthritic hands and was really afraid of dropping it. I got a military grade case from Griffin Technology (the latest model,not the one on Amazon).
Consider getting a stylus too; I have stubby fingers so that was a must have.

Julie Hyzy said...

Katreader - I considered getting the non 3G model, but the temptation to work in the car is just too great. I'm glad they don't make you commit beyond a month at a time. I think that's helping to sway me, too. I didn't even think about Pinterest being available. Thanks for the reminder!

Booklady - thanks for all the suggestions. I'll need to look into AppleTV. That sounds amazing!

Heather - I'm so sold on this it's scary. I can see a huge change in my traveling life. This will make it much easier to stay in touch!

Sue - Isn't it great that there are so many options open to us? That Kindle Fire is gorgeous. I've been sorely tempted!

Debra - I think a case is a must-have. Everyone who shared their iPad knowledge with me had some sort of case. The one I like best allows the iPad to stand up and has a Bluetooth keyboard. It's expensive, though.
- Interestingly enough, I already have a stylus. A wonderful friend, Fred, made me a pen with a stylus top. Looks like I'm all set!

Anonymous said...

Love my iPad! Even at home I use it More than my computer. I have 3G. It's a necessity for me. While I don't like taking pictures with it, I like looking at pictures on it. I love Face Time! And of course, I have Nook and Kindle apps as well as Overdrive and the Mac Bookshelf. I finally broke down and bought a book to learn how to use all it's features. No, the on-line guid didn't do it for me. Have fun with yours!
P.s. Booklady, thanks for the tip about Apple TV!

Kristin A. said...

Oh yes, Julie, iPads are lots of fun! My hubby gave me one for our ten year wedding anniversary in December. A few hours later I fractured my knee cap. My iPad was a welcome tool for reading, web browsing, emails, Netflix streaming, etc during surgery and a long recovery period. I'm back on two feet now, thank goodness!

Anyway, I don't utilize the G3 network. Since I'm home with my little kids most of the time anyway it just doesn't make sense to pay a monthly fee for it. However, my hubby can make his cell phone a wifi "hotspot" if we want to use it while we're on the go, which is awesome.

One big thing I didn't do was set boundaries with my kids when I first unwrapped it. I had no idea what an issue it would be. If I am using it I can absolutely guarantee that as soon as any of my three kids (ranging from 6.5 years to 22 months) see me they will ask for a turn. My 6.5 and 3.5 year olds understand that the concept of it being Mommy's turn, but clearly out little guy at 22 months follows the toddler rules ("if I see it, it's mine...if I like it, it's mine"...) and consequently there are lots of tantrums over it. I can say it is a fantastic distraction for him when we're eating out!

Happy iPadding!

And yes, I am super excited about A Witch Before Dying! Such a fun series!

Dru said...

Don't forget, you can read books either amazon or barnes and noble.

I love my iPad and I have the 3g/wifi and so far have not had to use the 3g portion.

Julie Hyzy said...

Elizabeth - I'll have to check out Face Time and it's interesting to hear how the online guide was no real help. Good to know!

Kristin A - LOL, you've described a 22 month-old perfectly! I'm really looking forward to Netflixing, among other things. How fun.
So glad to hear you're back on your feet!

Dru - Even though I have a Nook that I absolutely love, the iPad may become an ereader. I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

It will be two years in October since I bought the original iPad. By far, it is the best electronic item I have ever owned. My iPad has 3G, and I like being able to use the device anyplace. When the local library began lending books for the Kindle last October, it made the iPad even more valuable. I'm sure you will not be disappointed you bought it.

Just a quick comment. I have come late to the White House series, but I certainly glad I discovered it.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thank you for the kind words about the WHChef series, llk10! And thanks for the iPad hints, too. I didn't even think about using it to borrow library books. Fabulous idea!

Thanks for commenting!