10 July 2010


I'm practicing typing on an iPad. I have the original iPhone (iPhone Classic is what we prefer), and am trying to decide if I want to upgrade to the 4g iPhone or keep my museum-quality phone and get an iPad instead. I can't afford both (actually I can afford neither), but when I do decide to upgrade, it is only the comfort and convenience of you, my loyal readers, that matters most to me. Thoughts? Opinions? Preferences? Typing this only took a couple minutes. Certainly faster than on my phone, but slower than my MacBook.


  1. I love my iPhone 4 and my iPad, and I use them both every day. For me the iPad is a content consumption device--reading ebooks and news, watching movies, listening to music etc.

    I do type on the iPad often, and it's definitely easier than typing on the iPhone, but if I need to type more than a paragraph or two, I usually switch to my MacBook so I can touch-type. I find it difficult to keep my fingers in the right position on the iPad's virtual keyboard. (Auto-correct really does work well, though.)

    I've found the key to typing on the iPad is getting it positioned correctly. Some iPad cases (like the one offered by Apple) prop the device up at an angle and stabilize it for easier typing. I should probably invest in one of those.

    Honestly, though it's sort of cliche to say it, the iPad really does fall between the iPhone and the MacBook. For me, it's perfect for travel, because it eliminates the need to bring a heavy laptop, and you don't have to take it out of your bag at airport security.

    I do have Pages on my iPad, and it's a really nice word processor. All in all, I think it's totally possible to use the iPad in place of a MacBook for many daily tasks, provided you can get accustomed to the typing.

    The iPhone 4 *is* incredibly slick, though. The camera is greatly improved (with LED flash and the ability to shoot hi-def video), and the processor is super fast. The screen resolution is amazing, too--super crisp.

    Since you already have an iPhone, you'll likely get more bang for your buck by going with the iPad, but either way, I think you'll be very pleased.

    - Sean

  2. General FYI: security at CDG in Paris this week made me take my Kindle out of my bag and put it through in a separate bin. This was AFTER the Kindle had already gone through the X-Ray machine once inside my bag--they made me open the bag, get the Kindle out, go back through the metal detector, and send the Kindle through a second time, separately. So I wouldn't count on iPads and Kindles being don't-need-to-take-them-out-at-airport-security in the U.S. forever.

    To me, iPads seem like something that is very cool but actually necessary for only a very tiny number of people. For everyone else, I don't think they make much economical or ecological sense. But that's just the anti-Koolaid/anti-American overconsumerist in me speaking.

  3. In the post above, Stephanie has revealed herself to be an international terrorist. You can tell just by looking at her. She got profiled going through security and is now writing in code, saying anti-American things, hoping to help the enemy.

    Maybe, to stay safe, I should go get in the shower and be quiet.

  4. Deb - Are you quiet in the shower? And Stephanie ... are you anti-American AND an overconsumerist? or anti American-overconsumerist? English can be SO imprecise.

  5. Phil, I am opposed to American overconsumerism and the Kool-Aid which is so emblematic thereof. Clearer? :-)

    Deb, inasmuch as I think the overconsuming way of life that most Americans revel in should come to an end, I guess I could be considered a terrorist. But don't worry, I think the government is on to me: when I came back from Africa in April and was going through passport control at whatever U.S. airport I landed in that time, the immigration officer scanned my passport and then looked confusedly from his computer screen to my passport. "You're a U.S. citizen, right?", he asked, as he held up the U.S. passport which is my one and only proof of that fact. "Yes?", I said. "The computer is telling me that I need to fingerprint you, and I've never seen it do that before. We never fingerprint U.S. citizens." "I was a legal resident of France for 6 years, and this passport was issued by the U.S. embassy in Paris, maybe it's tied to that? I moved back to the U.S. two years ago." He paged through my passport for a while and finally gave it back to me and let me go, fingerprint-free.

    So now we know how they get in.


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