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An Apple trifecta

I’ve been an Apple fan since my oldest son introduced them to me some six or so years ago. I bought his old MacBook after he decided it was time to upgrade to the next best thing. From there on out, I was hooked, and I’ve “upgraded” myself several times since then.

But then Apple released a nifty little gadget called an iPhone. So of course, despite the fact that I didn’t need it, I bought one. And guess what? Each year since then, I’ve purchased the latest and greatest (except for the iPhone 4S … I kind of felt like it didn’t have enough new stuff to really entice me into buying it … so, I’ll wait for the iPhone 5 :-).

Oh, and then Apple came out with another device: the iPad. Though it wasn’t really a whole lot more than a large, glorified iPhone, it sure was cool. Suddenly you could read email, surf, and watch movies with a screen large enough to spare your eyes the agony of staring at your iPhone’s teensy, tiny screen. A real game changer in the world of personal computing.

The iPad, however, took some time to grow on me. Having spent many years in the world of software and computers, it seemed to me that the iPad was just too wimpy to be useful. I figured it would fizzle out after a short time in the spotlight. Despite my reservations, I bought an original iPad for my wife, Debbie, who loves it and uses it for all of her computing needs. Then came the iPad 2, which we happily purchased for her (and passed along her original iPad to our grandson 🙂 And of course, when the “new” iPad came out (come on, it’s an iPad 3, isn’t it?) we bought one immediately for Debbie. But that left us with an extra iPad. Or did it?

Yep, you guessed it. I decided to take her old iPad 2 and try it out. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after using it for a bit and customizing it to my needs, I must confess that it’s pretty darn good. It allows me to mostly do anything I want (or need) to do without having to lug around a heavy lap top.

The big win with an iPad is that it’s small and lightweight. That makes it ideal for travelling. So, to prove to myself that the iPad could handle everything I needed to do, on a recent trip I brought it along. Note that since I wasn’t completely convinced that it could do everything, I was paranoid and brought my laptop along … just in case. Guess what? I didn’t have to use the MacBook at all. Not once. I think that pretty much convinced me that from now on out, all I’ll bring along is my iPad.

Lots of Apple stuff here

You just have to love Apple.

I suppose the only place to go after this would be to get a MacBook Air. And maybe an iMac. Hmm …

–dp

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  1. Tara
    April 30, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I have a Powerbook, a Macbook, and an iPhone 3gs. Husband has an iPhone 4s and an iPad 2, and he’s become hooked on Mac (he’s always been a Windows guy) and says his next laptop will be a Mac (though I insist that *I’ll* upgrade to a Macbook Pro and give him my Macbook). I know eventually he’ll need to upgrade to the iPad 3 or 4 or whatever, and I’ll get the iPad 2 and be a happy camper. 🙂 I’ve been an Apple nerd since the 80s. 😉

    • May 1, 2012 at 2:16 am

      Yeah, unfortunately I didn’t get smart and start enjoying Apple until around 1996. But hey, I get there eventually 🙂 I’d never trade my Mac for another Windows based computer.

      Love my Macbook Pro. I might, at least if my son talks me into, get a Macbook air at some point. Not sure, since there’s overlap between it and the iPad. Think I’ll have to experiment with the iPad for awhile before I make that decision.

  2. August 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    We’re the same way, though we didn’t switch to Apple until 2007 or so.

    I left my MacBook behind and only took my iPad to the RWA conference this year, and it worked like a champ. If I’d been doing any serious writing, I probably would’ve wanted my laptop, but for taking notes at workshops (directly into Evernote), keeping up with my email and social media, and getting online it was great. Plus the month of cell service is a much better deal than a day of wifi at a hotel! I’m hooked now too. 🙂

    • August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Yes, for serious writing it’s the MacBook and Scrivener. Otherwise, the iPad is great for almost everything else. And yes, having the month at a time 3G deal is really nice. Why have it when you aren’t using it. We basically just get 3G for when we’re traveling, which is what it sounds like you did.

      BTW – thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  3. September 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Glad to read this post. I know I’ve talked ad nauseum about how much I enjoy my iPad. I did a fair amount of writing on it for last November’s NaNoWriMo. Of course for serious writing, the iPad keyboard is a pain so I did buy a Logitech portable keyboard. The combo made marathon writing a reality! I pretty much carry it with me every where. When we spent two weeks in CA last year, it was great for navigating as well as allowing both of us to check email and even watch clips from The Daily Show (the place we stayed didn’t have cable 😉 ). And I am happy with the iPad 2. I don’t feel any need to upgrade … anything I love about Apple. Their products don’t go obsolete the minute they hit the stores 🙂

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