A little bit of background: I currently have a MacBook Pro that is my primary personal laptop and an iPod touch that I use a lot for various things. I use it in the car to listen to NPR podcasts, play Sudoku when I’m waiting for an oil change or am in a socially awkward situation where I want to avoid talking to people, and occasionally check email when I’m on the road. While the iPad is really cool, I was curious to see if it was actually something I would use. At home, my laptop stays on the coffee table and is used every night to finish up leftover work or play games. My iPod stays in my purse and goes with me when I leave the house.
I think I’ve found the iPad niche within my daily routine. First, it’s replaced my usual book that I read in bed. It’s so nice to be able to change the Kindle app screen to black with light blue letters and read without keeping a light on to keep my husband awake. Second, it’s become my quick email checker. Instead of waiting for my laptop to turn on or wake up and sit down to check my email (or even Facebook or Twitter), I can grab my iPad and do that on my feet, in the kitchen, while I’m waiting for something to boil on the stove. Third, it’s become my favorite movie viewer. While I’ve not synced my music or podcasts to my iPad (since I mostly listen to these in the car), I have synced movies to it. It is so easy to watch movies and if I don’t have earbuds handy, the iPad’s built in speakers are easier on the ears than those of the iPod. However, the iPad has primarily been an at-home device for me and is not something I’ve used much on the road.
The real test is going to be taking the iPad to ISTE in Denver in June. I predict that the iPad will be my primary in-flight entertainment, thanks to its really long battery life. And it will make checking my email at the airport during my layover very simple and quick, also something that is much welcomed. Also, I plan to post to the Twitter backchannel and the ISTE live blog using the iPad. I hope my iPad typing skills are up-to-snuff by then.
I’m interested to see how I change my iPad use and if it will replace some of the functions that my laptop and iPod currently serve. Maybe this is something interesting to revisit in 6 months.