Traveling w/ an iPad (or why there are no photos)
Trip Start Feb 23, 2011
9Trip End May 09, 2011
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We decided not to bring a laptop on this trip but instead invested in an Apple refurbished iPad for $500 and loaded it with apps, music, videos before we left. We also invested in a bluetooth keyboard that has not actually been that useful to us (we though the keyboard would bother us, and apple's auto correct drives me ghosts but the key lard is actually pretty easy to get used to). It even worked when we had to show an e-ticket in Colombo, a somewhat surreal moment to be holding up an iPad and our passports to get into the airport. We can book flights and hotels, check email, read news and manage finances on here. Pretty sweet.
The apps we love:
-skype has saved us in calling credit cards that despite advance warning still shut down
-Kindle: Erin is using the iPad as her e reader and I think the app for the iPad is better than the actual kindle, though tough to read in the sun
-simple torch: a flashlight device that has come in shockingly handy a few times
-trip advisor: an app that does the same thing as the website but is easier to use and orients to where you are. Very cool
-Currency: simple and makes our brains hurt less on math
-text now: free SMS application that allows us to send free texts to US #s
-good reader: allows us to save .PDFs to the device which made the aforementioned passport question easier.
-angry birds saved our sanity a few times and is addictive
-snood reminds me of Julie and college and is still highly entertaining
-light, smart, does what you need and nothing else
-smart people write apps and then equally smart people tell you what apps are best and there is so much to choose from
-allows us to store / back up our photos
-mail and calendar functions synch with our gmail so we can be online and checking stuff out or responding to messages
-can't toggle between screens very easily which is a pain when trying to make reservations or look at confirmation #s
-windows within windows on web pages don't work. You can't scroll properly to them which is frustrating
-is not always compatible with certain programs (or, why there are no pictures on our blog)
Thus far we love it and would definitely do it again. Perfect travel companion.