Here is a review of the iPad which may be of some help. Perhaps you might find you use yours similarly.
The machine I got was an iPad air 32 GB.
|My new iPad.|
So first the bad:
- Mac is worse with collecting your personal data than even Google.
- I can't figure out how to tab on this virtual keyboard.
- Typing on an iPad with no keyboard is a PIA.
- It's just a little thing but the learning curve does take a bit of effort if you're not used to an iPad.
By far the worst in this list is the first point. I unsuccessfully tried to quit Google a while back because I am not particularly crazy about allowing the company to mine my online habits in order to sell me something. Mac takes this concept to a whole new level. You need to enter in all kinds of personal information just to do basic things with an iPad.
Now the good, which in my opinion makes up for nearly all of the bad:
- The Cloud.
This seems kind of like a weird list but let me explain: there are some apps that excel with use by a woodworker. Here are some apps I found which make the world of difference:
Instagram has a fantastic woodworker's community. It seems to be a real comfortable place for woodworkers to post pictures of their work and comment, share, brag, etc. It is very active and works best with a smart phone or a tablet with an app.
After all, this was one of the big reasons I bought the iPad. There are some other options, however it works fantastic with the iPad. It works by turning itself into a router. You connect with the camera in your settings and download pictures directly from the camera in only seconds.
I installed the apps for both Kindle and Nook. This allows me to read all of my purchased e-books, no matter what file format. I also have a couple other apps that work hand-in-hand with these.
Siri isn't really an app, it comes with the operating system in an iPad. Siri is a text to voice and voice to text application. It will read out loud, you can ask it questions and it will answer, and you can even avoid typing by speaking to it. In fact, I entered most of this blog post using it. I find that I can enter it about ten times faster with my old way of typing, but it sure beats the hell out of that virtual keyboard. I will have to figure something out. No wonder so many woodworkers are abandoning their blogs for Instagram.
That's it! If you can deal with selling your soul to the collective, then an iPad is awesome for woodworkers. :)
Do you have an app that helps your online wood life? I'd love to hear about it and learn a thing or two.