It’s been a week since I embarked on an iPad-only journey. And it’s been a bumpy ride, I admit. And quite openly so. There are things I really like about working on an iPad, and there are things that drive me crazy. But I managed to overcome most of the challenges, and I am still on the roll!
A few years back, when some manufacturers rolled out laptops with touchscreens, I thought they’re nuts. A computer with a screen full of fingerprints? Surely that can’t work. And now I think it’s the best combo there is! Using external keyboard in combination with a touch screen is so convenient, and so much faster than having to move a mouse somewhere in order to click that ‘somewhere’… To a point, anyway. There are times I sorely miss the accuracy and convenience of a mouse pointer. Especially when trying to select a piece of text.
Another good thing is that I can just take my iPad in my hands, put my feet on the desk and continue working on my notes, or reading materials related to my current project. The Apple Pencil, though slightly on the expensive side, proved to be a real asset when it comes to sketching or taking notes. The experience is so much better compared to my Jot Pro
As I mentioned above, no matter how convenient a touch screen can be, selecting text is a real test of my patience. Add to that the cumbersome copy & paste system. If it weren’t for the keyboard, I’d probably throw the iPad through the window, haha.
Also, there were a few things I had to get used to doing differently. For example a simple things like viewing an XML file in a web browser, or a source code of a website. I did find a way to achieve those two eventually but they’re not real solutions I’d say. Then again, considering how often I use these features, I probably don’t even mind…
The number one on the list of ‘the ugly’: file handling. It’s pure evil. A disaster. And if you ever needed your patience tested, this would do nicely!
There are apps on the app store that you can use to manage files across multiple storage locations but none of them work too well unless you realise that anything you want to move from one place to another, you need to make it available offline first. If you don’t, you’ll end up with plethora of pop-ups shouting at you that there’s been an error of some sort. Moving all files from iCloud and other places to Dropbox was the only real solution to this mess.
I’ve not used my MacBook Pro for a full week now. That’s a good sign. And although there are things in my line of work that are a lot faster done on a desktop computer I feel that the iPad wins on so many fronts! And once I iron out the last few wrinkles on my iPad-only workflow, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to ditch my MacBook Pro for good.