Tablets in the Air

Tablets truly rule the First Class cabin on domestic flights.  I’m on my 3rd flight of 2014 (this was last week btw) and I’m in First Class for the second time and all I can see from the people sitting around me are nothing but tablets.  I am personally using my iPad Mini with Retina Display and around me I see a few more iPads in use as well as a smattering of androids and even some Kindle’s (just the eReader type).  Tablets certainly have become prolific and it definitely makes travel a bit more bearable.  I don’t use my tablet for work really, it’s mostly an entertainment device to help me keep sane as I travel for work.  I use it as my news hub, my all around video device, a place to read my ebooks (paper backs are too heavy these days ;))and of course I play my games.

I mostly see people just like using their tablets to while away the boring time that we all share in the middle of the sky before we reach the next airport.  It was great that the FAA came to its senses and let tablets be used through all stages of flight.  I remember the first an last 20 minutes of any flight being extremely boring since I couldn’t do anything but watch the sky through the window or read the inflight magazine.  If you travel as much as I do, there’s only so many times one can read the same magazine or read Skymall.  A real killer feature would be free wifi on airplanes but I assume Gogo and the airlines make way too much money to ever let that happen.  Although I do hear that JetBlue offers it but they don’t travel to Chicago directly from Miami.

The one thing indefinitely won’t welcome will be inflight phone calls.  I’m sure that would cost a pretty penny and I’m definitely not going to use that option if ever offered since I know it would be distracting to those around me.  What would be awesome would be to use a tablet on an international flight.  The seats in international first look way more comfy than domestic.  I’ve ha a similar experience when going to Hawaii, those lie flats are super sweet!  But the private cabins I’ve seen in ads for some of the carriers like Singapore Airlines put domestic first to shame.

Tablet computing is definitely here to stay and I’m sure more and more people will be bringing them along when they fly.  It certainly makes the case for the airlines to stop buying in flight entertainment.  Maybe they can use the savings from that and let us check a bag without any fees.  Yeah right that’s obviously wishful thinking since they make a killing with those fees these days.  Time to get back to my movie that’s running on my iPad Mini 🙂

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Computers are still FASTER….. for some things

I’ve been trying to stop using a computer (not a computing device) for a lot of my day to day activities. Obviously for work I still need to use a computer but for my personal life I’ve been trying to get away from having to power one on. However there are just too many things that a computer can do that a tablet or smartphone can’t yet. I won’t list what all those things are but I’ll provide some examples that are relevant to me.

1) Editing Documents
I have Google Drive, Documents to Go, and Notability to take notes or edit documents on my phone or iPad. While the virtual keyboard is fine, it still doesn’t beat the old keyboard and mouse combo of my MacBook Pro or my Windows Desktop PC for sheer speed of just getting things done when it comes to heavy manipulation of “stuff”. Granted there isn’t a lot in my personal that requires me to do calculations or lookups in Excel but it’s still way easier and faster on a computer.

2) Storage of my junk
I’ll finally admit that I am a digital pack rat. I still have copies of stuff that I wrote in high school on my computer that I have transferred from computer to computer. I also have thousands of pictures that I have never uploaded to some photo site because it would just kill the bandwidth at home and then how would I watch Netflix? There is also all the videos I’ve collected that eats room and being able to edit those videos take power and precision that I don’t have on my tablet.

3) Multi-Tasking
The Android lovers will probably grin at this one but I do enjoy multi tasking. It’s not unusual for me to be using two computers at once and switching between them. Some would say I must need multiple monitors or something but I like doing certain tasks on certain computers and then the are things that I like doing on my tablet like reading that I don’t want to do on my computers at all.

I could almost put typing but I’m pretty good at using a tablet for creating simple things and the auto correct is actually decent on my iPad but there’s nothing like a good old fashioned keyboard some days. Tablets are catching up and I am definitely thinking of an upgrade soon to perhaps an iPad mini when it comes out in the fall, but I don’t expect to be computer free anytime soon. Besides what will my daughter learn to code on if I take away the computers?

Black or White?

Apple has just added a color choice for the new iPad 2.  In addition to the traditional black, there is now white!  I remember that there used to be a white iPhone that was supposed to be released but that hasn’t materialized yet but its rumored to be ready for the iPhone 5.  The promise from Apple is that it will be available on day 1 of the release.   Now I’m a little torn on what to get since I already have a “black” iPad with the iPad 1.  Now here’s the rub on all this, the back is still alumnium, the only part that is actually white or black is the bezel and the home button at the bottom.  I don’t know whether I should get black again or if I should go with white.  If I get a white one, it will be distinct and people would know I have one of the new iPads.  However, I can still get the black one and use one of the covers which only works with the new iPad anyway.  Decisions decisions!  I guess I’ll have to ponder this for a little bit longer and I’m sure I won’t make up my mind until I’m on the apple site at 5PM next friday putting in my order.  I guess I’ll wait for the tear down to see what makes the iPad 2 tick.