I was on the plane and, prepared as always, I brought a book to read to fill the time.
As I looked around at the other passengers on the plane, I realized that there were only three of us with actual “books”. Me and two other ladies my age.
Everyone else had some kind of electronic device in front of them – a smartphone, an e-reader, a tablet or a laptop.
I felt so passé.
I could have pulled out my laptop but I didn’t have any movies or books loaded onto it and you have to pay to get internet access on the plane. Plus, if the guy in front of me reclines, my laptop will be literally . . . in my lap.
So, with another business trip looming, I thought – hey, I’m hip – why not hang with the cool kids and get an ipad.
Warning! an ipad is cool but it’s not a computer. I learned that very quickly when I sat down and opened it for the first time.
To begin with, this thing is all touch screen – and tap and poke and swipe. There is no keyboard. I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. I was popping in and out of various screens, not knowing how I got there or how to get to the next screen.
The last straw was when I touched the clock picture and I couldn’t get out of it. How do I get back to the home page? Is it called a home page? How do I get to the internet?
How do I get rid of this damned clock!?
I touched and tapped and poked for over 30 minutes until I was just about to lose my mind. I needed help.
Sure, I could have googled “how to use an ipad” but I had a better idea. I called my ex-husband. I love my BF but he is useless at this tech stuff. In fact, he was over there at the kitchen sink watching me and just shaking his head.
I spent about half an hour on the phone with EX as he patiently walked me through how to get around the ipad. He really was great and I hung up the phone with the confidence to proceed with the purchase of some e-books. After all, that’s essentially what I bought this thing for right?
Ebook – an electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
There were a of couple e-books I wanted by a blogger I like so I went to amazon.com and looked her up. Her name is Sarah Titus and she writes about blogging – go figure.
So, I find the ebooks and I buy them. So far, so good. Feeling pretty good about myself.
The great thing about ebooks is that they’re a lot cheaper than printed books so I could buy three ebooks for less than one hardcover.
So, I buy them and they download. But where the heck did they download to? There is no folder structure on an ipad – no desktop or downloads folder. There is an “ibooks” button but my books weren’t in there. Likely because I bought ebooks, not ibooks. What the heck is an ibook?
An ibook is an ebook application from Apple to be used on Apple devices.
So after about 20 minutes; I call EX again and apologize profusely for interrupting whatever much more interesting activity he was probably involved in. But, like I said before, he really is great.
EX asks what kind of e-book did I buy. Huh?
So I look on the Amazon page and see that these books were offered as the “Kindle Edition”. Oh great, I bought Kindle books but I don’t have a Kindle, I have an ipad. There’s 24 bucks I’ll never get back.
Calm down, says EX. You just need to get the App. Huh?
He says double-click the home button – he tought me in the previous phone call that the circle in the bottom center of the ipad is called the home button – and go to the “App Store”. I find the “App Store” button and do a search for Kindle.
Well, looky here – there really is an App for everything. There is an App for Kindle, Kobo, Audiobooks and a whole bunch of other ebook platforms that I’ve never even heard of.
So I “GET” the App. Seriously, that’s what the button is labeled. It says “GET”.
And after I get and install (click the “INSTALL” button – could this get any easier?) the “kindle” App, a “kindle” icon shows up on my ipad. I open the App and there are my books.
I thank EX again and hang up feeling very smart and, more importantly, feeling very cool. It’s now been almost 2 hours since I first started this ipad adventure and I have 3 ebooks to show for my hard work.
I turn and look very smugly at my boyfriend who has watched this whole thing from over in the kitchen. He looks back at me and says;
I still don’t know why you didn’t just go and buy another book.
Trying to decide if a tablet is right for you?
Tablets – 4 Pros
- Tablets are portable and lightweight. They can fit in a small bag easily. They are designed to be taken everywhere with you.
- Tablets are cheaper than computers.
- Tablets don’t carry as much hardware and software weight so they boot up much faster than most computers.
- There are millions of Apps available for tablets so you can mimic almost any full program that is used on a computer.
Tablets – 4 Cons
- Tablets use a touch screen keyboard that is smaller than a standard keyboard and takes some getting used to. It is not intended for inputting large amounts of copy.
- Even though there are millions of Apps available; it’s nothing compared to the number of programs, games etc that are available for a computer.
- Storage capacity is limited and set. You can’t add more if you need it.
- Tablets do not have USB ports whereas computers have thousands of peripherals and accessories that can be connected to them.
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