Where does the iPad come from?

Hi everyone,

it´s a little bit off topic, but I found a very short and interesting video on Youtube about the production process of an iPad. I think it is good to see where the devices come from and how they are produced. Gives you a different view on this product afterwards, in my opinion. However, if anyone is interested I have included the video below.

Constraints and Performance Report – increasing productivity with an iPad

General experience 

During the last week I was strictly avoiding paper handouts in the lectures and committed myself to use the electronic handouts. As I already mentioned in my last blog post, I have downloaded an app called GoodReader which allows me to take notes on pdf documents.




Once you get to know the app, it enables you to make quick notes during a lecture. However, I would not say that it´s quicker than making notes on a paper handout. Depending on the lecturer and the way he is presenting it could be difficult to take notes on an iPad and listen simultaneously. But when it comes to mobility and the access of your documents, the iPad as well as the necessary apps such as GoodReader, Dropbox, Quickoffice allows you to edit and create new documents as well as to save it in order to access it later from any other device. Where as if you use a paper handout, you obviously need to have the same copy with you all the time.


In the lectures where pdf versions of the handouts were provided I could easily abandon the paper handouts. But for some lectures during the week there was only a PowerPoint version uploaded on the VLE, which was not suitable for making notes with goodreader or any other app on my ipad. The second point I would like to bring up is the speed of making notes on a pdf document, which I already mentioned in my introduction. Especially when I was trying to make notes on a particular slide it took me longer to do so and therefore sometimes I got lost in what the lecturer was saying. Even though I would highly recommend using GoodReader for making notes on pdf documents, the speed issue is a major drawback in my opinion and need to be seriously considered.


Generally speaking using the iPad during the last weeks helped me increase the productivity of my daily and weekly workload. In order to have an overview of the different deadlines and “To-do´s”, I am using the app called “Reminder”. Once I have created a reminder it automatically pushes the notifications to my iPhone as well as to my MacBook. So, every single day I can either look at the things I need to do or just cross them of the list. Therefore, I usually never forget any deadline or import tasks.

For making notes in general I am either creating a word document with Quickoffice and send it to my email address afterwards so I can continue working on it later at my laptop or I simply use the app called Notes which again pushes all my notes to my devices. But like I said before, these are notes I take when, for example, I have some ideas for my dissertation topic. In terms of making notes during a lecture, I am using GoodReader.

In terms of using the ipad for assignments, I only used it for the module “Debates and Controversies” where we needed to read an article and write a 400-word reflection essay. But in this case I have used it for the whole procedure, reading the article and writing the essay.


Making screenshots from the iPad and transferring them to my laptop

In order to upload screenshots of how I used the app GoodReader to make notes on a pdf document I simply just make a screenshot. Because I am using the same Apple ID for my iCloud accounts on every device, every picture I make is automatically on my iPhone, MacBook and iPad. In this case I only needed to go on my laptop and upload the pictures from the “photo stream” folder. This is how Apple is calling the folder where all you “cloud” pictures are saved.

All in all, the ipad is helping me to increase my daily productivity. Its maybe not perfectly replacing paper handouts yet, but I would say it’s a matter of time one get used to the app and the way how to make notes more quickly. For smaller assignments it is also possible to work on them only with an ipad.


second week – still exciting

Even though I must admit that it is getting less exciting, it is still very much entertaining and helping me throughout my day in the university.

I`ve started to enjoy more and more reading on this ipad. Especially during my revision session for a module of my masters degree, I was basically just using my tablet to read the necessary content from the ebook. In the first week of using the ipad I was complaining about the missing function to make notes and follow the slides simultaneously. But thanks to a fellow student of my course who advised me this app, during the last week I have started to intensively use a app called “goodreader” to read pdf documents and an make notes on it as well. It is very easy to use and allows me to abandon the use of paper to write down my notes. I can easily open for instance the pdf document for the current lecture, follow the slides and make notes. Therefore I would highly recommend it everyone who wants to make notes during lectures on an ipad.

However, the ipad is still a very entertaining as well as productive and the more I get used to it, the less I am using my laptop. Maybe it is not giving me the same excitement to use it like in the first week but in terms of reading articles, watching videos, writing emails or simply playing games I find this device very useful. Especially the batterie life allows me to use the ipad for at least two days without charging it.

Another strong feature of using the ipad, is the icloud function which basically synchronizes all my notes, pictures, mails, etc on every of my apple devices. This has maybe less to do with the ipad but I thought its worth mentioning it just in case someone is worried about how to transfer his or her notes from the ipad to other devices.

Overall, I am still very much enjoying the ipad and will try to increasingly use it to find out where I can identify crucial limitations which of course I will mention in my following blog post.

Getting to know the iPad 2 – my first impressions

First of all, I need to say that I am an Apple user for many years and in consideration of that the use of an iPad was relatively easy for me.

My initial impression of the iPad 2 was very positive. The overall design and size was exactly what I was expecting from an Apple product. It gives you to some extend a feeling to hold something really special in your hand. But now it was time to find out if the iPad 2 can perform as good as it looks.

Due to the fact that I am using an iPhone, I wanted to download applications that I mostly use.  In this context I realised once again that Apple has created an impressive app store for both, the iPhone and iPad. Compared to the android version of the app store, which is labelled “market”, I take the view that the app store is far better organised and informative. I could easily browse through the store and download apps without having any problems. In this context I would like to mention some apps that I have downloaded such as dropbox, adobe reader, bbc iplayer, facebook, skype, news apps, etc.

After having most of the apps together on this iPad, I have tried to use some other functions; for instance setting up and using my personal email account. As compared to the email functionalities on my MacBook, the iPad has different user settings, however this still implied the simplicity of Apple’s user-friendly style. When I  initially started to write my first email on the iPad, I realized that the keyboard is large but however unfamiliar to type on. This led to the unfavourable fact that typing became after a while quite exhausting, nonetheless, I tried to continue with writing on this device such as emails and taking notes in the lectures and seminars. Ultimately, it took me maybe more than a week to get used to it, but now I can almost type on the iPad as it’s my MacBook or my iPhone, which I use for many years.

Most notably, in lectures when I had a powerpoint slide open to follow the readings and trying to make notes besides, I was missing a multi-task function to split the screen into two halves; having my powerpoint slides on my iPad in order to follow the lecture and making notes meanwhile. Due to the iOS device, I needed to switch from handout slides to my notes every time when I wanted to make some notes.

In addition I found it comparatively difficult to copy and paste a text, or for instance, a book title, although this could be akin to the experience I made with typing on the iPad and be solved by regular exercises with the iPad.

All in all, I am really impressed with the iPad. Besides some minor difficulties I was facing in the first two week, I am more than happy to use this device not only for academic reasons, but also for personal use such as networking, watching videos, playing games or simply just surfing in the web. All the apps are working without problems and the multitasking functionality allows me to quickly switch from one app to another. The resolution is brilliant and makes especially some HD apps just fun to use and generate a unique user experience.

Even though, I was initially questioning the usage of iPads with regards of people reading their books and/or newspapers on it, I have to confess that I would probably do the same within the next months.  And I think the brilliant resolution and the way newspapers look on this screen are a major reason why. Within the next weeks I am intending to purchase a book or a newspaper article and share my experience afterwards.

I am positive about the fact that there is much more to discover about iPads, hence so far I am looking forward to use it in the next month and hopefully share more interesting experiences on this blog.

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