iPad almost 2 years later

  1. My iPad 1.5 years later.

    Yes I'm still in the throws of a loving relationship with my iPad. Is it perfect? No of course not, there is always something more that could be added, but the latest updates to the OS have helped.

    First I guess I should describe again, what I use the iPad for.

    Even though I'm still in clinical nursing I'm an educator at heart. I use the iPad for both reference and education.

    Basic References:

    For a basic nursing reference I used Davis Drug Guide. I don't really have a preference for the publisher. Skyscape, unbound, It's 6 of one half a dozen of another.

    I use Pepid, now that they have an IOS 5 compatible iPad version.

    I've got a bunch of others but they come and go.

    Personal References:

    For personal references, copies of journal articles and such that I want to keep handy, I use a hybrid of Evernote, Dropbox and Good-reader.

    Good reader lets me annotate my pdf's and keeps them sorted. Using drop box and Evernote I have web pages and other PDF's that I'm not using now, but want to have access to.

    Information Management and Social Media

    With IOS 5 I've switched to Twitter, it's integrated and it works. For an RSS reader i keep going back and forth between River of News and MrReader. Still haven't decided.

    I use twitter both for social media and information. Each month a large number of my journals post their TOC on twitter. Since I don't get paper copies of the journals much anymore, I only read the articles that I want to read. I've got filters set up and such to keep out the stuff I have no interest in. When I get the PDF, I can forward it to people who have an interest, or have it on file if I have a patient that has the disease or symptoms. I use it a lot to point out to the MD's that there may be a better way.

    The combination of the iPhone and the iPad work for me. I would like a 7" platform. something in between the iPhone and the iPad.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hey there Craig - I too have an iPad and iPhone, soon to get a Kindle Fire which is 7" and you can surf the net with that - we'll see.
  4. by   CraigB-RN
    You have to get apps from amazon and as of right now their choices are a bit slim. I've messages their marketing ppl and haven'T gotten a response. Once they start expanding their app collection, it might be perfect size. How is it's weight vs size ration. The nook feels heavy.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    It weighs 14.6 oz.
  6. by   CraigB-RN
    I guess I was asking about perceived weight. It's not always the specs, it's how it feels.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Yeah I agree Craig: my iPad I is encased in an Otterbox case which adds bulk.

    However, my grandson plays on it, so the Otterbox stays - lol.

    My iPhone is also encased in an Otterbox for the same reason. I love the protection but yep, it does add bulk/weight.

    My main reason for the Kindle Fire (which won't be shipped until November 15th) is that it is smaller and I would be able to use it with the wifi at work for surfing the net. Sizewise, it should fit in my pocket, versus the iPad which is too big and would walk if left out and about.
  8. by   sandnnw
    I too still am enamored with my Pad.

    Only concern is the weight with extended use. Kinda painful if I'm reading a lot and I have to position myself in the recliner to just simply rest my hands. There are several cases that help and don't add too much weight. I prefer the portfolio/flip type cases, color/style abound.

    I own the original iPad and the speed/battery are still quite acceptable. I am curious how apple intends to improve on the third model, weight must surely be considered as my wife's iPad 2 did not add much when I compare side by side, daily use.

    I find myself rarely using my iMac or wife's MBP, again, rarely. There simply is no reason as I do not print that much. I have a iPhone as well and still prefer using the Pad.

    I have not used the Kindle nor Nook products. Have quickly looked at a Nook, seems pretty svelte to me, but not being integrated with my other Apple products/software limits use for me personally.

    If I had to buy a gift for a friend, I'd probably look at a Fire or Nook. The price cannot be beat. For a stronger upgrade, the Galaxy products seem to be the top choice from what I have seen/read. Were I not a Mac head, the Galaxy 7" would be most appealing.

    For healthcare folks, the iPad software choices cannot be beat. I rarely pick up my large text books anymore! Never a PDR.

    My $0.02, Regards.
  9. by   jahra
    Thanks for the info on IPads. I have been scoping out the choices
    and have also been looking at Asus Eee pad Transformer, but it uses the
    Android OS.

    I am enjoying the discussion on how you use your IPad for school or work,
    the technology is awesome. Sandnww, love the comment how you rarely
    pick up large textbooks anymore! Love that concept!
  10. by   adnrnstudent
    No Flash, no iPad for me.
  11. by   jsdoty
    Great topic! I actually have a Toshiba Thrive (Android Honeycomb OS) and I use it for all my reference and text books. Works great! I downloaded the Amazon Kindle App for free from the Android Market and was able to get my Davis' Drug Guide, IV Infusion Guide and others. I don't have any complaints so far. It's nice since I don't need an internet connection to use the Kindle App. The Toshiba is a little heavier than other tablets however that's due to all the ports it has. (The only tablet with a removable battery, mini and regular USB ports, full size SD card slot and HDMI port). I highly recommend it!
  12. by   PedsHopeful
    Quote from CraigB-RN

    The combination of the iPhone and the iPad work for me. I would like a 7" platform. something in between the iPhone and the iPad.
    I just made a post about the Kindle Fire, you might want to check it out.
  13. by   Ldial1
    Quote from adnrnstudent
    No Flash, no iPad for me.
    Just saw this article on flash player... It might change your mind about that.

    Adobe confirmed that it will no longer be developing mobile Flash, saying that HTML5 is the "best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms." It's a major turning point for mobile dynamic content and video delivery, but it's a step that will specifically affect Apple products and Apple users in unique ways. Here's how.

    1. The "full Web" has less power to hurt Apple

    In the short term, Apple's competitors will lose the ability to tout the "full Web" experience that comes with Flash-supporting mobile operating systems such as QNX and Android. That's a good thing for consumers on both sides of the divide, since even mobile Flash support on most devices--except the most current, highest-end ones--amounted to an unpleasant, laggy, stuttering experience. But the real winner is Apple, since one of the competition's most distinguishing traits, which is often used to try to make Apple's platform appear weak by comparison, has now been taken away.

    Existing versions of mobile Flash will remain available for devices, but without support from Adobe itself, it's hard to tout that as much of an ecosystem advantage. That's especially tough when Adobe admits the superiority of HTML5 and will support efforts to improve that technology for cross-platform content.

    2. More content for iOS devices

    Now that there's only one game in town, companies that operate websites have no option but to make their content compatible with the most popular portable devices. For mobile browsing, iOS is the most-used platform. Now there's no excuse to wait and watch: Even if Android does eventually win out and take the lion's share of mobile visits, HTML5 will be the content delivery vehicle of choice.

    Since Adobe will also be actively promoting HTML5 as a solution for mobile devices, no one is trying to work against development efforts in that direction. In fact, Adobe will likely work with content provider partners who'd been hanging on to Flash to upgrade to solutions, such as Flash Media Server 4.5, that can deal with both technologies, depending on whether a user is on mobile or the desktop.

    3. A Flash-less desktop future
    Apple no longer ships Flash preinstalled on its Mac systems, and some users find that installing it themselves can negatively affect battery life and performance. The full version of Flash might be the next to fall, however, now that its mobile cousin is no more.

    As Aral Balkan pointed out on Twitter, "No Flash Player for mobile platforms means don't use Flash on websites, period." The statement makes sense, since mobile access is becoming an increasingly important way that users come to Web content. Mobile Internet is predicted to eclipse wireline access by 2015, and mobile browsing is already overtaking desktop browsing in some markets.

    Live streaming is another area where Adobe is losing out to Apple. Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is becoming a popular option for connected televisions, as well as the default tech of most streaming content providers. That's just one more reason users will soon be able to do without Flash, no matter the platform.

    Long story short, Adobe's capitulation is great news for Apple, since it no longer has to fend off accusations of presenting a "limited" version of the Web, and for Apple users, since content providers would actually have to go out of their way to make content that doesn't work on iOS devices. Even Adobe wins, since it no longer has to devote resources to bailing out a boat with way too many holes in its rusty hull.