Tuesday, March 20, 2012

To iPad or not 2 iPad


To iPad or not 2 iPad

Confession from a droid user..


Some of you still don’t have an iPad.  You’ve got many reasons but they are all wrong.  Including if you don’t think you can afford it.   If you are in sales, you can’t afford not to have it.  I mean it.  It is one of the best investments you’ll make.

When the iPad first came out, I joked and called it names.  I didn’t think it was worth a darn since I had a tablet pc.  When the iPad 2 came out, I paid a bit more attention and used one for a bit.  I then bought one.  What an amazing device.  (This is me admitting I was wr*ng. Don't get used to it).

I still love my droid bionic, but a little less than I did when I first got it.  And forget about the droid tablets, there aren’t near enough apps for it compared to the iPad.  Besides, the iPad beats it hands down.  Yes, you can add storage and there are things about droid tablets that are nice, but when it comes to usability, you have to have an iPad. 


So get the new iPad or iPad 2?  Well, I don’t know because I haven’t used the new iPad in a real setting.  It is beautiful, I’ve seen the images first hand in the store and on a friends iPad.  But, it’s not a huge leap unless you are doing a lot with photos.  But, given I think everyone should be making presentations with their iPad, I say get the new iPad for the extra $100.  But if you don’t plan to make presentations, save the $100 and pay $399 for an awesome iPad 2.   However, in 6 months I bet there are things being done with the newest iPad that will make us all want one. So keep that in mind.

Generally speaking, 16mb is enough storage for most people unless you have a lot of movies or music (but with Amazon cloud, spotify, pandora, who needs much music locally except for planes, right?).   Yes, I know dropbox and other services give you cloud space but large videos don't work this way especially if you want them for a plane ride.  Space goes faster than you think so if you can swing another $100, get the 32mb.  As far as WIFI vs 4g connection, the 4g connection is a great convenience option but adds cost.  Since WIFI is readily available, I am happy with my WIFI version (plus I can get a hotspot on my droid bionic). 

So if you are wondering what you will do with your ipad, here are some practical things that will help you get the most from your iPad (watch for a future post about my favorite apps). 

  • Make presentations. 
    • Download the best photos you can from promomarketing.com / SAGE / ESP / Trade Only and “swipe” through them for your presentation.  It’s beautiful.
    • Promomarketing, Trade Only & ESP are both available on the web and sage has a beautiful iPad app. 
  • Take notes when meeting with clients
    • Use evernote, a new favorite app of mine.  Take your notes, tag them and they are ready for you back at your office on your pc/mac.
    • If you need help typing, get a Bluetooth keyboard but I recommend you fight through it, it took me weeks but now I’m glad I type on screen and I don’t have the thickness of that keyboard.
    • There are even great note taking applications like notability (Skitch is great too) that allow you to write/draw with your finger.  No more art sketched on napkins.
  • Play words with friends.
    • I’m on WWF if you care to take a challenge.  Be forewarned, my wife has taught me well…
    • Hanging is fun too…
  • Keep in touch
    • The email app is much better than your phone and better than your pc/mac for reading (but I still like my pc for replying with any content).
    • Use Facetime or Skype to have a video phone wherever you go. 
  • Read books
    • Once you get used to reading on your iPad, you’ll love it.  Except outside.  I prefer the kindle app because I can read the books anywhere but many people like the ibooks.  
  • Let your kids/grandkids play with it
    • My 2 year old twin girls are basically in preschool with the apps.  They use an iPad better than my mom (sorry mom).
And one more thing regarding the new iPad.  It is new so there will be issues.  In fact, they are saying that charging is an issue (some games won't charge while playing and still drain) and a few other issues about heat.  But Apple will fix eventually so don't worry too much.
What else should you do with your iPad?  Leave a comment or send me an email.

















Friday, March 9, 2012

Paranoid Privacy Parts


Chicken little says the sky is falling on your privacy.  He says you need to opt out of Googles new privacy policy and a whole bunch more or risk everyone knowing everything about you.  There is even a new add-on for Firefox users to track who is tracking you.

Get over it.  Really.  Let them track you.  So they know that you visited Walmart and then blockbuster and then gmail.  Yes, Google knows a bit more and there is more risk.  Google actually knows who you and I are when we are doing something.  So they know where I live, who I email and what sites I visit and when.  They even know what I've searched for and could theoretically mail me ads for things I've searched for to my home address.

And yet, I like that they know this about me.  I WANT them to know this about me.  The ads they serve me are more relevant because of the information they have on me.  I now see ads when I visit other web sites that are relevant to me.  For example, I see ads for pampers instead of Depends.  Fortunately, we are almost out of the pampers stage.  (oops, there I go again, ignoring my right to privacy).

Yes, there is risk in Google and others knowing too much.  Perhaps you were mortified by the story of target being able to track when a woman is pregnant without her knowledge (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/).  The most ironic part of the story is how Target new before the father did.   But the secret you need to pay attention to is that it had nothing to do with her online behavior. 

If you use a credit card or a loyalty card at any store, you are giving away WAY more information than you did from sites tracking you.

I liken the current privacy scare to 10 years ago when people didn't want to use their credit card on line. Better to put your credit card into the internet 10 years ago than it was (or is) to give it to waiter/waitress who can easily copy down all the important information.

We need to be smart about what we worry about and focus on the things that matter.  There is value to sharing this information, so share away.  Yes, some day this may be used against us.  I'm not saying to ignore it, just not to overreact.  Keep an eye on it but realize that right now, your secret is safe with G...

If you want something to worry about, worry about these killer robots.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2012/03/quadrotor_drones_are_amazing_and_cute_and_they_will_probably_destroy_us_all_.html