There is nothing like the feel of a good book in your hand, and the smell of an old one.....Heavenly. But, I do use my iPad to read a lot. Mostly articles for work, but the occasional book when I'm feeling up to a classic, or really want to read one but don't want to carry a heavy tome around. Rather than repost, I'll just copy and paste something I wrote elsewhere.
I use docs to go all the time. I also use iannotate pdf. I love both programs! The latter for reading all those endless articles on, and since I can take it with me I'm in heaven. I highlight to my hearts content with that program, add notes, write all over the documents. The only complaint I have with this one is I can't draw lines from one page to the next. I have to end the drawing tool, scroll the page down and start writing again. But I can live with that until something better comes along. It sure beats carrying around reams of paper like I used to do. The ipad is super lightweight-much more so than my notebook. I don't get shoulder aches from carrying it around.
I use the docs to go for a number of different things. Creating word documents, It has all the basic functions of a typewriter, minus the tab key, but that is a separate button so it's there in a different form. I crate on the go all the time. I have spent what seems like days on end in meetings this past semester and this program has really saved me valuable time. Yes, I had to learn to 'air type', but it hasn't been too difficult a learning curve for me. Although I am slower-about half my normal typing speed. I've used this program to open and read excel files, but haven't created any because I just don't really use excel. I can create Pdfs with it but again, I haven't used that function yet. The powerpoint creator on here is wonderful!
And don't even get me started on the bluetooth hook up to the computer and using my phone as a pointer for the powerpoint slides I keep having to use! I'm slowly becoming an apple girl. Isn't it funny how I learned to do basic programming on an apple 2e and am now going full circle with my choice of equipment. When my netbook dies, or the Uni gives us another computer voucher....I'm going for a macbook air! Bug has a macbook for school and while it takes some getting used to, it's pretty easy to use. I hate to say it, but I'm sold.
I have a glare guard on my iPad, and phone, so I really don't have those issues with reading in the sun. Yes, the film was a bit more expensive than the regular protector but oh so worth it.
For the record, I did buy an attachable bluetooth keyboard, but the weight of it combined with the plug in bit breaking off the first time I charged it and I'm not impressed. Right back to the shop it went. My little toy keeps going for about 10 hours, and I don't know how I managed before without it. Well ok, I used a pen and then typed up all the stuff I now enter into the iPad.
I use these programs in conjunction with dropbox (if you haven't got it and want it, let me know so I can send an invite. I need more space). www.dropbox.com
No, I'm not selling, I just love the ability to store and not carry around 50 brainsticks! That is the one downside of the iPad. No USB port.
Honestly, with that glare guard and all the other features and stuff I can do with it...highly recommended!
I can even read this page on there so you know it's good.
I've had a laptop/notebook/netbook since the early 90's. I love the things. And there is no way I would get rid of mine. But, those days when I have to schlep across town and take notes during those insanely long meetings, the iPad wins.
Each has its own merits, and I wouldn't try to get anyone to give up one for the other. I just find for the train rides...its a lot easier to open my iPad than a notebook. When I speak at conferences, I have had major problems with brainstick transfers and cables that don't work. The iPad pretty much hits all the universities I've been in as far as connectivity is concerned (I'm doing a different country each month with this project of mine! ) and I don't need to worry about dead batteries on my clicker anymore because I downloaded an app for my phone iClicker).
The big bust for me is the really bad camera. Not good at all. Lousy photos on it. They are very grainy. Bugs Samsung phone takes better photos than my phone and the iPad combined. But, then there is the ability to run internet off my phone....so a lot of give and take.
Oh, and when we did the family thing to Germany this year, her batteries and mine on the laptop went dead. Since we flew Delta in the cattle car, there was no electrical outlet to be found. But my iPad managed a Duracell bunny stunt. I did my work, played around with some photos, read a few offline pages (another amazing app that I find difficult to live without) and then when all batteries were gone, bug took my toy and played angry birds for the rest of the trip. It lasted from HK to Berlin non stop! Can't go wrong there.