So after talking about how tablets are a game changing technology, I finally made the plunge. It was a toss up between an Android tablet like the upcoming Samsung models, and an iPad2. There are pros and cons to each – but in the end either would be a good choice.
I've had the ipad2 for about a week now, and in many ways it truly is magical. That's not to say it doesn't have its frustrations – the biggest of which is how Apple designs it to depend on iTunes to share content. I'm not the only one to dislike iTunes – a lot of time and effort is put into creating apps that avoid its use.
I started off with the easy stuff. Reading newspapers for example on the pressreader app. I have actually cancelled my home delivery of the dead-tree version. Wired magazine has just announced that one can get its ipad version for free if you already have a traditional subscription. Reading those on the ipad is a superior experience to paper.
Flipboard is an excellent way to view things like twitter feeds and Google reader feeds.
But I didn't get it just for that. My plan is to use it like a laptop outside of my office, taking it to meetings, and using it for note taking.
Dragon dictate works amazingly well, and you can simply email the result to yourself.
I have the wifi only version, with a plan to tether it to an Android phone once I get far enough into my current cell plan later this summer that I can replace my phone. (Unless Rogers is reading this and offers to let me upgrade early at a reasonable price.)
Since we are a Microsoft shop, like most law firms, one needs apps that can deal with Office documents, and handle file movement to and from the desktop so they can be dealt with within typical document management procedures. Dropbox is the tool that most use to synch files, but I'd like to try Microsoft Skydrive instead. That's in part because of the recent issues with Dropbox about their ability to decrypt, and the challenges of using ones' own encryption in an iPad/Dropbox/PC environment.
For privacy and confidentiality reasons, I don't think its wise to keep a lot of sensitive information on a portable device, so the easy ability to move documents in and out is important.
In a future post I'll comment on my eventual solution.
And for those wondering, yes, I did download Angry Birds, and it is addictive.