azhure: (dreaming tree)

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Finally getting a case with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad.  Which shall make the iPad even more useful than it already is.  ’Scuse the crap all over my desk.  That’s where my desktop PC lives, which is mostly used for gaming these days (and not much…until Skyrim comes out, that is!) and ends up being a bit of a dumping ground for all my stuff.

We shall not speak of the fact that my previous case was partially destroyed by the kidlet chewing on it.  No.  Technically, it was still useable, but it was bugging me.  And I’d wanted a keyboard for the iPad that was portable, and I found this.  Yes.

Speaking of the kidlet, he’s doing much better after a weekend of pretending to be the Elephant Man (poor kid, his little face was so swollen yesterday!  His eyes were swollen so much that one was closed.  Thank goodness for antihistamines – he’s still slightly swollen and a bit bruised around the eyes, but he looks like our kid again).  He’s currently in the midst of a marathon nap which has allowed me to get some writing done, nap myself and finish a book.  Score.

 

 

 

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (me window cross)

I’ve had the iPad for almost two weeks now, and I figured it was time to actually write up a post about it.

I bought the iPad primarily to use as an ebook reader. I’m a huge fan of my iPhone (despite its limitations) and have always wanted to read ebooks on it. I find the screen comfortable enough for reading, but it was the size that always put me off reading full books.

Enter the iPad. I’d thought of getting an e-ink reader like the Kobo (which was just released here recently) or the Kindle. But the iPad could be used as a reader and so much more. I was sold well before it was released.

And yes, I bought Plants vs Zombies for it. I’d already been addicted on the iPhone, and it’s extremely pretty and fun on the iPad.

Other apps of note, which I also run on my iPhone – Air Video and z-Subsonic, used for streaming video and audio respectively from my PC. Both awesome apps on the iPhone, and even more so on the iPad, Air Video especially. Also really nice was the fact that the iPad versions were free, since I’d already purchased the iPhone versions.

Onto eBooks. Right now, there’s a selection of apps – the iBookstore, Kindle, Kobo/Borders and Stanza. I’ve been a devotee of Stanza on the iPhone for a while, so much so that I hadn’t played much with the other apps.

iBooks isn’t that useful for us in Australia, since there’s actually not much available of interest in this region. But I do like the app itself – it gives you a decent amount of control over the way you read.

I do like the Kindle app, and would probably like it even more if I had a Kindle. But my app of choice right now is the Borders/Kobo app – it mostly has the same books for us that are available for Kindle, but is linked into the Borders Australia site. I love the night reading mode especially, since I’m most often using the iPad to read in bed at night. Even better, it synchronises between the iPad and iPhone versions (which, of course, the Kindle app also does). And should I ever decide to buy a Kobo eReader, it all syncs up as well.

And to make things even better, we have Dropbox, which gives me a perfect way to share documents between my computers and the iPad (I run it on the iPad, my iPhone, my MacBook and my desktop PC). Combined with GoodReader, which is awesome for pdfs, and I have another great way to read documents.

My one wish right now is to find an app that will let me open word documents and rtf files and let me track changes and add comments which will then synchronise with Word on my MacBook or PC. I thought about buying Pages, but have read that the comments get lost when you take documents from the iPad. It would be really nice to read manuscripts on the iPad and be able to annotate them. Quite possibly the app I need exists already, and I just haven’t found it. If anyone knows, clue me in?

Overall, the iPad has been an extremely worthy purchase already for me. And I imagine it’s going to get even better as more apps are released, as well as OS4.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

azhure: (Default)

I’ve had the iPad for almost two weeks now, and I figured it was time to actually write up a post about it.

I bought the iPad primarily to use as an ebook reader. I’m a huge fan of my iPhone (despite its limitations) and have always wanted to read ebooks on it. I find the screen comfortable enough for reading, but it was the size that always put me off reading full books.

Enter the iPad. I’d thought of getting an e-ink reader like the Kobo (which was just released here recently) or the Kindle. But the iPad could be used as a reader and so much more. I was sold well before it was released.

And yes, I bought Plants vs Zombies for it. I’d already been addicted on the iPhone, and it’s extremely pretty and fun on the iPad.

Other apps of note, which I also run on my iPhone – Air Video and z-Subsonic, used for streaming video and audio respectively from my PC. Both awesome apps on the iPhone, and even more so on the iPad, Air Video especially. Also really nice was the fact that the iPad versions were free, since I’d already purchased the iPhone versions.

Onto eBooks. Right now, there’s a selection of apps – the iBookstore, Kindle, Kobo/Borders and Stanza. I’ve been a devotee of Stanza on the iPhone for a while, so much so that I hadn’t played much with the other apps.

iBooks isn’t that useful for us in Australia, since there’s actually not much available of interest in this region. But I do like the app itself – it gives you a decent amount of control over the way you read.

I do like the Kindle app, and would probably like it even more if I had a Kindle. But my app of choice right now is the Borders/Kobo app – it mostly has the same books for us that are available for Kindle, but is linked into the Borders Australia site. I love the night reading mode especially, since I’m most often using the iPad to read in bed at night. Even better, it synchronises between the iPad and iPhone versions (which, of course, the Kindle app also does). And should I ever decide to buy a Kobo eReader, it all syncs up as well.

And to make things even better, we have Dropbox, which gives me a perfect way to share documents between my computers and the iPad (I run it on the iPad, my iPhone, my MacBook and my desktop PC). Combined with GoodReader, which is awesome for pdfs, and I have another great way to read documents.

My one wish right now is to find an app that will let me open word documents and rtf files and let me track changes and add comments which will then synchronise with Word on my MacBook or PC. I thought about buying Pages, but have read that the comments get lost when you take documents from the iPad. It would be really nice to read manuscripts on the iPad and be able to annotate them. Quite possibly the app I need exists already, and I just haven’t found it. If anyone knows, clue me in?

Overall, the iPad has been an extremely worthy purchase already for me. And I imagine it’s going to get even better as more apps are released, as well as OS4.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

iPad!

May. 29th, 2010 06:14 pm
azhure: (me window cross)

Because my husband is made of awesome and win, I now have an iPad.   Over the last few years, I’ve gone from disliking Apple products in general (due to being forced to use very slow Macs over my decade at uni) to owning quite a few – an iPod, iPhone, Macbook and now the iPad.  What can I say – Apple make good consumer products.

I’m still in the process of setting up the iPad.  I have video streaming, courtesy of Air Video, and rss reading via Netnewswire (the latter is completely awesome on the iPad; and I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that both of these were free upgrades, since I already own the iPhone versions).

The main reason for the purchase, for me, was to use the iPad as an eBook reader.  So far, I have the Kindle, iBooks and Borders/Kobo apps downloaded, but I haven’t really played around with them enough to decide which I like.  I shall probably blog about them a bit as I investigate further.  I need to decide what eBooks I want to buy.  Not that I technically need anything more to add to my to-be-read skyscraper right now, but still…

I’m dead impressed with the iPad so far, and I’ve barely scraped the surface of what I can do with it.

Though I did buy Plants vs Zombies.  It kind of had to be done.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

iPad!

May. 29th, 2010 06:14 pm
azhure: (me phoenix)

Because my husband is made of awesome and win, I now have an iPad.   Over the last few years, I’ve gone from disliking Apple products in general (due to being forced to use very slow Macs over my decade at uni) to owning quite a few – an iPod, iPhone, Macbook and now the iPad.  What can I say – Apple make good consumer products.

I’m still in the process of setting up the iPad.  I have video streaming, courtesy of Air Video, and rss reading via Netnewswire (the latter is completely awesome on the iPad; and I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that both of these were free upgrades, since I already own the iPhone versions).

The main reason for the purchase, for me, was to use the iPad as an eBook reader.  So far, I have the Kindle, iBooks and Borders/Kobo apps downloaded, but I haven’t really played around with them enough to decide which I like.  I shall probably blog about them a bit as I investigate further.  I need to decide what eBooks I want to buy.  Not that I technically need anything more to add to my to-be-read skyscraper right now, but still…

I’m dead impressed with the iPad so far, and I’ve barely scraped the surface of what I can do with it.

Though I did buy Plants vs Zombies.  It kind of had to be done.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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