Friday, August 31, 2012

Do bloggers need an iPad or tablet?

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A few weeks ago I spontaneously decided to buy an iPad. Luckily these sort of things don't happen very often or I would be very broke. I had been thinking about it for awhile and the thought of 12 hours in a car made me decide to take the plunge. So after having it for a little while now I thought I would write the pros and cons from a bloggers point of view....

Pros
+ Sometimes I try and read blogs on my phone, which requires me having to hold the phone up to my nose and squint to read, the iPad makes reading blogs and commenting super easy and means you can do it on the go like on the bus to work
+ You can easily screen capture things in online magazine or other websites to share online. Or to keep in a folder for inspiration.
+ You can buy an adapter that allows you to transfer photos from your camera to the iPad which means you can share photos quickly that you have taken on your camera instead of waiting until you have access to a computer.
+ The notes feature means you can easily transcribe ideas on the go or draft posts if you are on the go.
+ Most importantly for me this is really convenient for travelling as sometimes I cannot be bothered to carry around a laptop.

Cons
- I find actually writing a post on here really hard,you have to do it in html otherwise it wont scroll down and it is far too much work to edit and import photos into a post. I would really only use it for posts if I already had photos saved in draft.
- This little sucker also makes disconnecting even harder, before when I might read a book on the bus I might look at websites instead, balance is key. 

Overall I don't think the iPad does anything more than what a smartphone and computer combination can do, and for that matter I would still always write blog posts on my laptop but it is just really convenient and means that I can do things more easily travelling than what I could before.

Do you have an iPad? What do you find most useful about it?

20 comments:

  1. I have been thinking about buying an ipad but I work from home and don't really travel around that often. However I do think it would come in handy if I was out meeting friends and had a bit of time before and after to work... I have such big ideas! ha ha I really want to invest in some lighting for outfit posts too :)

    Love, Rachel

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  2. I had mine for my birthday and use it to death, especially for photos & emails. But I still use my macbook to write up posts, I don't know how anyone could on an ipad!

    Lucy

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  3. I love my iPad for reading other people's blogs, and keeping up to date with everything. But I am bummed that you can't upload photos into blog posts!

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  4. I love using an I-pad for viewing blogs on, purely for convenience, but I agree that trying to do a post on it is hard!

    louisejoyb x

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  5. i cannot blog on my ipad. i like to read my blogs, but i cannot comment because captcha does not work - ipad auto correct makes it fail. blogger also doesn't function correctly. i need my laptop for that. i've had mine for about 6 months prior to starting my blog (since march of 2011) and i love it, but it has its downfalls for sure

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  6. Oooh this is so helpful thank you so much for posting! I think when I get my student loan I'll be getting one of these bad boys! Shame you can't blog yourself with them but it would be useful to comment on other peoples blogs because I'm forever spending hours doing it at home and I could be doing it on the go!

    Gemma x

    www.gemmasatire.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. My iPad just died after a few years of faithful service. I loved it for videos, light websurfing and keeping track of things when I was travelling. To be honest, I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I had it out when I was at home. I'm not going to bother buying a replacement as I've just bought a 13" Macbook Pro and that's light enough for me to take on travels.

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  8. I love my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, but I don't have an iPad. I take my laptop pretty much everywhere, so I've never felt like I needed an iPad. I'm glad to read your review though! And it's neat how iPads can function as e-readers, too.

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  9. I use mine mainly to read e-books and jot down ideas. The main reason i purchased it was to have all my e-books, notes and pictures in one place so that i can use them when on a long journey. I purposely chose to get one that only has internet access via wifi to limit the amount of time i spend online

    xo Stephanie

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  10. I am anti-iPad. No reason, I just am, haha. I'm already addicted to my phone, I don't need something else to be addicted too!

    x Jasmine

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  11. I was wondering where you got your ipad cover from?

    I love my ipad, it's great for looking things up, no need to wait for the computer to start up. There are so many amazing apps. I love icloud too, all my photos automatically added from phone, no need to find missing cords to connect to the computer.

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  12. Hey lovely, I love my iphone but don't do any blogging from it. I schedule everything if I'm traveling. I also don't read blogs on my iphone because commenting is a nightmare (especially if the blog has word verification). Patrick has an ipad which I use but again not for blogging. We do have a super slim ultra book which is soo thin and light, and super easy to travel with - so we work and I read and comment on blogs on that when we're traveling. For me personally, the ultra book would be my go to item for blogging on the go :)

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  13. I'm pretty sure there is a Blogger iPad app - have you tried it?

    I've tried commenting on blogs but they mess up with word verification or captcha - they are fine otherwise.

    I love the iPad my hubby has one and I want one soooo badly. I have been tempted by the Nexus7 that has just come out as it's like half the price but at the same time I know it's going to be money well spent.

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  14. i have the same filofax as yours! i love it and swear by it!! as for an ipad - my bf just got one on the weekend too - and im totes jealous!!

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  15. We recently got an iPad and I seem to mostly use it for playing games! But B. uses it for reading comics on his work commute and to watch movies. It was kind of an impulse splurge purchase to celebrate his new job. But I think it will be useful to have around and more versatile than a smart phone :)

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  16. I've been asking myself this very question for a while now. Being that I enjoy writing, reading, and staying up to date with the world wide web, I'm terribly torn between an iPad or an android tablet. I've been able to use several devices that my friends have, but have yet to make up my mind. Definitely lending towards the iPad though...glad to read everybody is so happy with theirs!

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