2 iPad or not 2 iPad?

I am not a techie.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  I’m not even a Mac disciple, though I am getting there–slowly getting there.

Recently I gave into temptation.  I purchased an iPad for myself to give my writing productivity a shot in the proverbial arm.  I own an old Lenovo Thinkpad laptop (bought in 2004) that is quite a dinosaur.  Hubbie gave it to me for Mother’s Day, and I was thrilled when I got it!  I have tap-tapped out my stories and novels on it in the past quite happily.

However, all good things must come to an end.  I have no idea how much memory the Thinkpad came equipped with or how much usable space I have left on it.  All I know is that it’s old.  And slow.  And terribly frustrating.

Why the jump to an iPad?  I belong to a couple of writers’ loops and follow the trends people discuss there.  There has been a recurring thread about what items folks are bringing to the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in September, and an iPad is an oft-mentioned one.  Since I am also attending and wanted a device to keep up with things at home and at the conference, my ears perked up.  The reasons they cited for packing an iPad and not a laptop?  Its size, ease of use in a lecture setting, and all those darned cool apps that one can get to navigate iPadom.

At the Apple store I bought the least expensive one (to thy own self be true!), a WiFi unit with only 16KB memory.  It’s aluminum with black trim.  It’s sleek and thin.  Incredibly thin and light.  Just a little bulkier than my Kindle e-reader. After test-driving a Brookstone case/external keyboard for the iPad that exported some keys to weird positions, I’m going to return the case to the store.  In its place I’ve ordered a Logitec aluminum case/external keyboard off the internet that has the regular Qwerty keyboard which should enable me to type at close to my normal pace.

How am I faring in MacLand?  So far, pretty good.  Supposedly you must be an intuitive thinker to navigate Apple products.  Being used to a PC, I found some things very nonintuitive, at least for me.  Yesterday during the yucky weather of the hurricane’s aftermath, I played with it for hours.  (Did I mention it has a very cool 10-HOUR battery?)  Of course I hit a few snags along the way, while  synching everything up or trying to navigate my way to a certain place.  Hubby, who is fluent in Mac, was able to slide screens and punch up a few invisible keys for me in order to send me contentedly on my way.

I know, I know, this was a big expense to be sucked into.  I thought I might feel that way, but 48 hours out from the purchase I’m pleasantly surprised.  The iPad’s size and accessibility factor sold me.  I want to be able to slip it into my purse. . whip it out to write on when I have a few minutes. . check my email or FB while lounging in a hot spot. . .listen to my iPod tunes. . . jot sermon and meeting notes on it.

So far, so good. . .now I just have to figure how to password-proof myself out of Spy Mouse so I can get some real work done. . . .

Lookin’ up,

Sislyn

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