Getting to grips with the iPad 2

After initially finding the iPad very exciting, I have become slightly less enthusiastic over the past week for a number of reasons.

Firstly, I find the battery life of the iPad to be unsatisfactory. If I use it daily for both professional and personal purposes, I have to charge it each evening. I realise that this may also be due to the fact that I never really power the device off. The reasoning behind this is that if I did power it off I would not be alerted to new emails and messages which is an important function of the device.

A second irritation which has developed relates to the size of the device. Previously I have been accustomed to going to university for lectures without taking much more than a pen or a small bag. Whilst I did not mind in the first week of the trial, the continued requirement to take a larger bag into university every day has been frustrating. I feel that I can no longer leave my house for lectures without taking a bag large enough to carry it.

I have found that the uses of the iPad are perhaps more limited than I first thought. A couple of times in the library I have wanted to create a PowerPoint presentation as part of my seminar preparation. I cannot, or perhaps do not know how to, do this on the iPad. Therefore I have not been able to prepare properly for seminars when I have not got access to my laptop or to an IT cluster. The ‘Notes’ application is also insufficient as you cannot highlight sections or change colours etc. I will download the Microsoft Office application soon as I believe that this might rectify a few of my complaints.

These complaints have made me come to the conclusion that the iPad does not offer more than simply being a fairly portable device which accomodates access to a number of Internet-based features. As I am not really interested in gaming, I have not found many applications which I would actually want to use in my personal time. Both having access to emails and a calender is helpful, however I have the same tools on my smartphone which is obviously much more portable.

The initial excitement of reading the news and accessing online information has also began to wear off. I have started picking up a daily copy of the Financial Times again, which further suggests my disinterest in using the iPad to access the news online.

Whilst my enthusiasm for the device has therefore declined, I have found the iPad very useful for my activities as Fund Manager in the Leeds Trading and Investment Society. Using Bloomberg and trading stocks in an online portfolio is much easier in meetings as I can bring the iPad and make trades instantly. The iPad is also much easier than a laptop to pass around the fund team so we can all view graphs and information easily.

I will endeavour to continue using the iPad on a daily basis to see how far it may help me in activities such as revising for the upcoming midterm exams.

Until next time…

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One Response to Getting to grips with the iPad 2

  1. nforsans says:

    A few comments Stephanie…
    1. Battery life – I find it impressive, you won’t find a laptop out there with a better batty life! True, you have to charge it every evening if you use it for 9 hours every day, but that’s what you do with your phone anyway — and you’re still using it, despite having to charge it every night! I am afraid unless your device is faulty, I fear your expectations are somewhat unrealistic!
    2. Size of the device – from what I can see very few students (if any) come to uni carrying nothing but a pen, most come with some kind of a bag and the iPad is probably the lightests and most portable tablet that can exist, so looking forward I don’t think we will let these considerations get in the way.
    3- creating a ppt presentation in the library: that’s probably because you have not tried using apps that perform those tasks – try QuickOfficeHDPro and /or CloudOn and let us know how it goes
    4- the Notes app that is installed by default is fairly basic and I agree it is not designed to serve all your note-taking needs. Have a quick look at the AppStore and you will find tens of Notes apps that take note-taking to the next level. That is why we have given you £25 to spend on apps.
    Nicolas

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