Posts Tagged ‘iPad’
I’m leaving today for a week’s worth of medical convention in Düsseldorf. Deciding what pieces of gear to take with me has been an interesting debate with myself. (more…)
One computer is too big to carry around all day comfortably. That would be almost any laptop. I see some of my colleagues using netbooks at the WOC to take lecture notes. Their keyboard is more crowded than the iPad’s virtual keyboard and the angle of view to the screen is less than ideal if you actually put it in your lap. Plus, they all have the wrong OS 😉
One computer is too small to use comfortably. That would be the iPhone. It is ideal for maps, music, podcasts, audio books, a look at your emails or RSS feeds and the occasional game. Data output, not so much data input. I wouldn’t want to take lecture notes at the conference I’m at now or write this blog post on the iPhone, though I could.
One computer is the happy medium between the two. You guessed it, it’s the iPad. For one, size matters. See below how it fits perfectly into the back pocket of my Domke photo bag. Still, the screen is big enough, resolves enough to do image editing, word processing, produce presentations or use a spreadsheet. The combination of a well-honed touch interface and a virtual keyboard actually provides less modality breaks than going from a physical keyboard to a mouse. You get used to it fast. I’m sure I will put some fingerprints on my screen when I get back home to my desktop computer.
The innards are mostly battery, so it lasts longer than a working day even if you use it often.
Right now, the iPad meets my mobile computing needs. Well done, Apple!
… would make the iPad a rather dull computer. But I’m happy to report that I found a serious application for it. This week, I’m at the WOC 2010 in Berlin, the World Ophthalmic Conference. It started with a few computer hiccups on the side of the event managers and no one could register and print out their schedules and identity badges. Eventually, the hostesses gave up and let us in anyway.
Unfazed, the iPad served me well as a note taking device in the lectures. I used Pages to jot down interesting points in a bullet point list under a professional looking title and subtitle.
Back home in ground level ophthalmology, we often work through these conferences in our local MD’s circle. I suspect these notes won’t need much work to change them into a passable Keynote presentation. After each lecture, I emailed the resulting Pages document to my Gmail account, so it’s safe (?) in the cloud.
The lectures weren’t dull, either. Pictured below is Prof. U. Schiefer (at right) in a hands-on demonstration of perimetry parameters with some shanghaied colleagues.
After a few days with the device, I’d like to chime in with a few points where the iPad shines and a few deficiencies.