Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Just Don't Know What to Do With My iPad...

My husband was recently awarded two iPads at work in recognition for separate projects, making us a two iPad household. That means I now have an iPad, which is fair because I'm his creative muse (which I'm sure he would agree with, at least if he wants dinner).

My oldest daughter wanted the iPad but I was like, 'You're 7 years old. Go play with a ball or a stick like I did when I was 7.'

The problem is, I'm not sure what to do with the iPad. Yes, I'm a seasoned software professional. Yes, I spend most of my day on a computer. And yes, my company has amazingly cool iPad applications.

But I write. All the time. I'm writing right now. Even when I'm just browsing I need a proper keyboard in case I want to write something. Plus, I switch mediums constantly, so if I use the iPad for tweeting or Googling I have to switch back to my computer to pull up a document or type a longer email...

And I don't really want to play the bird game.

The problem here is clearly me because 11 million consumers can't be wrong, right? My husband thinks I'm weird. Well, more accurately, he still thinks I'm weird after all these years.

Maybe he's right. I mean, even the Pope uses an iPad, which means we can now receive the Papal epiphany of the day from any location. The Pope is more current than I am.

(I may be a late adopter but when they finally offer space travel with holodecks and replicators I'll be first in line.)

If I don't start using the iPad my husband will take it back and give it to someone more deserving. Like the Pope. So here are a couple of ideas I've come up with to incorporate the iPad into my daily family life:




  1. I'm with you, sister! My husband uses his for all kinds of things. Mine is next to my bed for two purposes: being my eReader (to help me fall asleep) and being my game station (to play the bird game which helps me fall asleep). That's it. But I still love it.

  2. I hear ya. I sometimes consider my time with my iPad "time away from my computer". Weird, huh? But I'm seriously considering one of those super cool cases that has a keyboard built in. Have you seen them? I had some envy after sitting next to someone using one at a conference. Still smaller than my laptop...and cooler...but then again isn't that cheating with the iPad? Hmm.

  3. Since you have it & its free, I'd play Mahjjong with it. But you need to find a flash free Mahjjong. :-)

  4. Thanks for all these suggestions! Mahjjong, huh? Now, why didn't I think of that?

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