As a guy who has never really taken a shine to tablets, I got my third one yesterday; an iPad. I’ve got an Asus transformer, a Blackberry Playbook, and now, an iPad. Actually, the iPad is a initiative of the Town of Snow Lake. As the mayor, I’ve made it a priority to move to paperless processes as much as possible. It is incredible how much paper even a small municipal government produces. One meeting this week saw approximately 3000 pieces of paper on our table. While that is unusual, 1000 pieces of paper for one meeting is not unusual.
So we are pushing towards becoming paperless. We use 37 Signals’ Backpack to share information to save on memos, we use email whenever possible, and now, paper will be almost removed from our meetings.
I’ve mentioned in blog posts before that tablets have never really impressed me. I’ve wondered about the cost of them, their use as a production device compared to simply consuming information and the simple fact of having to carry another device. Did I really need another thing to carry around? So, to be honest, I was hoping that I wouldn’t really care much for the iPad when it came in. But of course, as other people have found, after only 24 hours with it, I’m impressed. The depth of the app store, the responsive screen and the fact that all of my school, home and town documents are in one place makes it good to have.
I’m finding the keyboard a challenge (this post is written on WordPress’ iPad app and I’ve had to go back to correct mistakes all through it that I normally wouldn’t have trouble with. Apologies for I those that I’ve missed). As much as I love WordPress, I think I need to find a new blogging app. The new retina screen is nice, but a total battery hog. It’s also extremely slow to recharge, hours of being plugged in only brought it up to 50%. It will definitely need to be plugged in overnight.
I need more time with it to fully explore how I can use it, one day just isn’t enough. As a device that has all of my stuff in one place and is easy to carry around it will be a first class device I’m sure. As far as owning a tablet as your only device for learning and creating, I’m not sold yet.