Well, I did it. I finally took the plunge and bought a new writing system. Quite frankly, I didn’t want to spend the money on a new system but I was getting tried of copying and pasting i, u, o and p’s into the document until my pda keyboard decided to work. And that doesn’t even mention the tingles and callouses I have built up on my fingertips as II pound repeated on the keys to get a response.
So after looking at the tablets and netbooks, I decided to go with an iPad2. I’ve never had an Apple product before, so this will be a switch for me. Which is ironic since I’ve convinced my parents to buy an Apple and they’ve become diehard fans.
I based my decision upon three key things: value, flexibility, and experience.
Okay, to clear up any confusion, it is not my experience with Apple products but others who’ve had PCs and have made the switch. Those who have, love their Apples and don’t like going back to PCs at work. There is also the fact that Mac supports their products for long period of time, without requiring the user to purchase a new operating system every three years.
My brother has had his Apple laptop for 10 years! And you know what, the company still supports it. Wow! I’ve had my pda for three years, and it’s no longer supported. Sure, I might be left behind on some of the newest apps or not be able to cruise the internet at hyperspeeds, but since I’m not a gamer only plan to write on my new iPad that won’t really be a problem. And if I get 10 years out of it, well that’s value!
Flexibility was my major concern, but then I remembered this is for me and my writing, so all I need is a word processing program that can convert to word docs (for rtf doc, I know to save it as html, open in word then save as rtf to keep the formatting). According to the Apple store salesman I can even save the file as a pdf. Bonus!
And all my ebooks can be read on my iPad. Yay me! So I pumped to get my iPad. But since I’m ordering the 16Gig, WiFi+3G iPad, I ordered it online along with a wireless keyboard and sky blue cover. The cover was shipped first from Hong Kong and is due to arrive on the 18th. The keyboard shipped second and is due to arrive on the 19th. The ipad was supposed to arrive on the 21st but I just got an email this morning telling me it would be here on the 15th.
I’m happy dancing! Let’s hope I keep on doing so once I begin writing on it. Stayed tuned, I sense fodder for a future blog post.