The whole idea behind the tablet was for me to increase my productivity. I wanted to improve my time outside the office and make myself more productive, more creative, more focuses on the things that matter to me. And in a way it worked quite great.
I have a few articles in the working currently, which will hopefully appear hear soon. I discovered that I really enjoy typing in the iPad, and the fact that I can carry it around with me easily means I get the chance to type a lot, in all sorts of different situations. In the last few days I decided to take my tablet on a little road trip around town to see how it faces the real world. I wanted to give it a run for its (offline) money, so I started walking around up and down, tablet in my hand and eventually I stopped at a café. It was at this point that I realised a small flaw in my plan: before storing my laptop away for two weeks, it might have been a good idea to connect my tablet to it first so that I can have a couple of movies and other files that I need on it.
As a device with no internet connectivity its functionality is rather limited. It’s still great for reading a book, but I kinda wished I had downloaded some magazine for the App Store or something.
Checking the latest news on my tablet the same way you see it done in adverts wasn’t really possible. I mean, if I went to that café regularly and my iPad would automatically connect to their network, then yeah, but that kinda beats the point of it. It was still great that I managed to start working on this article and a few other bits of work that needed some editing.
One thing that I was considering at one point was also pairing my tablet with a small, portable, (foldable?) keyboard for those sessions when I really want to get heavy on the typing. A quick look around Amazin confirmed that there are quite a few options but the pragmatic (and cheap) side of me tells me that I don’t need it beacause it will take away some of the portability that I so much like.
I have to admit tho, that I did get quite a few awkward stares while I was sitting with a coffee next to me as I angrily and quickly typed the screen of my tablet like I was writing to save my life. So far nobody came over to ask me what the hell is wrong with me, but I have the feeling that most people are still used to see tablets being used as Ebook readers and Facebook machines rather than typing machines.
So this leads me to a question: what gadgets or accessories do you have paired with your tabled or smartphone?