So after coveting an iPad ever since it was introduced I finally acquired the latest version.
As soon as this one was announced, I ordered it online from Apple and was so excited when it arrived. A day later, after one of my very techno savvy colleagues helped me set it up, we realized it was broken and had to be replaced. Problem number one!
That crisis was resolved and after receiving an initial tutorial, I was off and running. Less than a week later I realized that I had used up my monthly allowance of 4G! How could this have happened? Because I had no idea what I was doing.
Oh well, time to experiment. I have changed my subscriptions to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal so that I read them on the iPad and have found this to be an entirely different experience than reading the actual physical papers. Frankly, I am not sure that I prefer the digital versions, although over the weekend I found a wonderful review of one of my titles, American Icon by Bryce Hoffman, in the digital version of the Times and it wasn’t in any paper I had that morning (I still receive the physical copies of the paper on the weekends).
What I’m clear on is that there is going to be a learning curve for me and it might be steeper than I initially anticipated (after all I adapted to my iPhone immediately and it has truly changed my life). I have begun to read books on my iPad but because I am reluctant to take it on the subway, where I do a lot of reading, I still depend more on my kindle for that reading experience. And many of my friends and colleagues who have iPads tell me they rarely use them outside of their homes – how odd, I think.
Still, I am determined to learn all about this newfangled contraption and so I have scheduled an appointment this week at the Apple store for a tutorial on how to best use my iPad and maximize my reading pleasure as well as using all its other assets and apps.
I would love to find out whether you are enjoying using your tablet devices (iPads or others) especially as reading tools.