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What’s on Your iPad: Martha Sperry

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What’s on Your iPad? A simple question but one that leads to some fascinating answers. This is another installment of our now-regular series of What’s on Your iPad posts. I enjoy these a lot because I love seeing how people put their iPads to use – and I find them a great resource for discovering new apps.

This week Martha Sperry is answering our set of questions. Martha is one of the many interesting people I’ve met on Friendfeed and Google+ and I’m very happy that she was able to take the time to do this. Here’s a little bio information on her:

Martha Sperry is a lawyer – artist – musician – blogger – tech lover with a deep appreciation for mobile devices generally and the iPad in particular. She has been fascinated with computers ever since she first learned how to program in Basic on a TRS Model III in high school. Her day job for more than 20 years has been as an attorney in the insurance industry (all of the answers in this article are her personal opinion and are in no way attributable to her employer). In addition, she writes a legal technology blog called Advocate’s Studio, cited this year by the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top 100 Legal Blogs on the ‘net. She writes a mobile app review Tumblr blog called Mobile App of the Day. She is a member of the faculty at Solo Practice University in the legal tech category, currently teaching a course on Google. She is also an illustrator, currently working on a graphic novel about the Battle of Britain and on a children’s book.

Here are Martha’s answers – questions are in regular text, Martha’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I have the New iPad (the 3rd gen), 32 GB WiFi + ATT 3G (because of the grandfathered unlimited data plan).  If I didn’t have that plan, I would have gone with Verizon for the free tethering. I happily was using the original iPad, same specs, up until a couple months ago and it is still going strong as my son’s device. I really upgraded for the retina display and the ability to run iMovie on it. I have the data plan because I use this as my mobile computer (instead of a laptop) and often need to work outside of WiFi, but still need connectivity. If you are mostly in the WiFi zone, I wouldn’t recommend the cost of it. 32 GB fits my needs at present, but I can imagine needing to upgrade at some point to the 64 GB model, if app sizes keep increasing.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

On my new iPad, I use only a white Smart Cover – to match the white iPad. I had a Pad & Quill The Case for my original iPad. I have gotten away from covers – they mostly seem to get in the way. I carry the iPad in a shoulder bag inside a neoprene envelope, when I am not using it.

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What’s on Your iPad – with Matt Baillargeon

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We’re a little overdue for another What’s on Your iPad post – and today I’m happy to say we’ve got one from a site reader, Matt Baillargeon,  who approached me by email and has some interesting answers, especially for those of you who are students or parents of students. Here’s a little bio information on Matt:

I am going into my Junior year at Plymouth State University. My major is Information Technology.  I live in Manchester NH, and I live in my dorm in Plymouth during my school year. I work at my schools library fixing computers and use my ipad to log the calls, and computers that I work on.

I also enjoy cats, technology and everything Apple!

Here are Matt’s answers – questions are in regular text, Matt’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I used to have the original iPad 1, but when the new iPad 3 was announced and I saw the retina in person. I knew it was time for an upgrade. I am currently rocking out the iPad 3rd gen 16GB Wifi Model in White.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

I have the gray smart cover with a  Poetic ThinShell Duo Acrylic Back Smart Cover Partner Case. Great combo together and really protects the iPad with a slim profile!

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What’s on Your iPad – with Joshua Schnell

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It’s time for another post in our What’s on Your iPad series. I’m glad to see that some of you are enjoying these posts as much as I am. I find them a great source for discovering interesting new apps and thoughts on how to organize apps on the iPad.

This week Joshua Schnell is providing answers. Joshua is the Editor In Chief at one of my favorite Mac sites – macgasm.net. I’ve known Joshua for a few years now after we originally met on Friendfeed through our mutual griping and troubles with  the lack of good comment services for blogs. One of the things I like about Joshua is he’s very rarely on the fence about anything, and he’s never likely to pull his punches when sharing his opinion on a subject – as you’ll see in his answers here. I’m very happy to have him taking part in this series.

Here are Joshua’s answers – questions are in regular text, Joshua’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I’m currently rocking a 16 GB Wifi iPad 3, AKA new iPad. I got the new iPad for the Retina screen, but I chose not to go 3G/LTE because I think data plans are ridiculously priced.  If I need the Internet, I just tether my iPhone to my iPad.  Works great, and saves me cash.  Up here in the great white north, a lot of us qualify for free tethering. I took advantage of that and went with the WiFi model. It’s been working out great.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

I usually alternate between going naked, and a Pad and Quill Contega case. I tend to prefer using my new iPad case free, but the moment I plan on leaving the house I make sure I put it in a case.  I wouldn’t be able to stomach scratching that sexy Retina Screen.

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What’s on Your iPad – with Brad Gurgel

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Time for another What’s on Your iPad post. I’m still finding these great fun – partly because I just love seeing how others get the most out of their iPad and also because they’re a great source of ideas.

This week Brad Gurgel is providing answers. Brad is a writing colleague of mine at iSource, and I’m very glad to have him as this week’s subject. Here’s his brief bio:

I am a principal and teacher at a private school in Wisconsin.  I work with students in grades 5-8.  My iPhone, iPad, and Macbook Air are extremely valuable tools for me in my work every day.  I use all three devices to keep track of schedules, design presentations for school, and communicate with parents and teachers.  My school also recently purchased iPads and I have enjoyed implementing them in creative ways into our classrooms and curriculum.  I love technology and am an occasional contributor to iSource.com when I can find the time in my busy schedule to write an a review or article. 

Here are Brad’s answers – questions are in regular text, Brad’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I use the new iPad 32 GB Wi-Fi model.  90% of my day I am at school or at home and have Wi-Fi available both places so that is why I opted for the Wi-Fi only version.  My iPhone covers me when I’m out and about and need to check email or look something up on the web.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

I use the Griffin Elan Passport Case for the new iPad.  I bought the new iPad on release day and this was actually the only case available at Walmart made specifically for the new iPad.  I am glad I purchased it as it is a very nice leather case.  It offers great protection so I don’t have to think twice about tossing my iPad in my work bag with all my school books.

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What’s on Your iPad – with Omar Gallaga

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Time for another What’s on Your iPad post. I’m still finding these great fun – partly because I just love seeing how others get the most out of their iPad and also because they’re a great source of ideas.

Today’s guest is Omar Gallaga – Omar writes on technology for the Austin American-Statesman, my hometown newspaper and I’ve got to know him a little on Google+. I’m very glad he’s agreed to do one of the with us. Here’s a little more bio background on Omar:

Technology writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Digital Savant, video blogger/former recapper for Television Without Pity, and contributor to CNN.com’s Tech section, Kirkus Reviews (children’s iPad apps) and NPR’s "All Tech Considered" segment on personal technology

Here are Omar’s answers – questions are in regular text, Omar’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I have a 64-GB 3rd-gen Verizon LTE model.  We had a 32-GB WiFi first-generation model that belonged to my wife and for this one, I knew I needed more space since our original was nearly filled up with apps. I wasn’t going to go LTE until I found out that Verizon allows you to use the iPad as a WiFi hotspot at no extra charge.  I’m still not thrilled with the data plan pricing, but I love the hotspot feature.   My wife upgraded her 32-GB first-gen model to a 3rd-gen white model, same size, so we have two iPads in the house now.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

I use a blue Smart Cover and that’s all.  Our first-gen iPad never left the house and it was fine without a case of any kind.  I’m not a fan of adding more bulk to the iPad.

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What’s on Your iPad – with Khürt Williams

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It’s time for another What’s on Your iPad post. I’m enjoying the heck out of these posts – partly because I just love seeing how others get the most out of their iPad and also because they’re a great source of ideas.

Today I’m happy to have Khürt Williams as our subject. Here’s a little bio information on Khürt:

Khürt L. Williams is husband, a father, a certified information system security professional, web developer, blogger and photographer who lives and works in the Princeton area.  On his tech blog, Island in the Net, he writes about Apple related tips and tricks and software and hardware reviews.  He currently serves as President to the Princeton MacIntosh Users’ Group.  You can often find him sitting with his iPad sipping espresso in one of Princeton’s many cafés.

Here are ’s Khürt’s answers – questions are in italics with a grey background, Khürt’s answers are in regular text:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I recently bought a 32GB 3rd generation Wi-Fi only iPad.  My son is inheriting my 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 for his thirteenth birthday.  I bought the 32GB model because I realized I couldn’t install the last iOS update because I had run out of space on the 16GB iPad 2 and I read that the retina enabled iPad apps were larger.  There are so many Xfinity and AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots in my area that I am rarely without access to the Internet.  For the time when I am I use the hotspot feature on my iPhone 4.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

I’ve only ever bought one iPad case and that was for the original iPad.  It fell apart after about six months of use and I never bought a replacement.  I think Apple’s devices look better naked. I do have a skin to protect the back from scratches.  I don’t use screen protectors.

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What’s on Your iPad – with Kevin Berg

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These What’s on Your iPad posts have been great fun to do. My favorite thing about them is that each week I learn something and get new ideas on apps and organizing and more.

With no disrespect to past contributors at all, I have to say that this week’s subject, Kevin Berg, has taken this to another level for me. I haven’t just enjoyed Kevin’s answers, I’m honestly inspired by them and most of all by Kevin himself. He had seen these posts and approached me about doing one, told me a little about himself, and I said ‘Hell Yeah’.

Here’s Kevin’s intro, which he prefaced by saying I think it is important for your readers to know a bit about myself as it has a lot to do with why technology & especially the iPad now have made such a huge impact on my life.

I was born with a kink in my umbilical cord, causing me to not be able to breathe, and I was actually dead for nearly 20 minutes.  At a year old I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and the doctors told my parents to put me away in an institution because they said I’d never be able to walk, talk, control a power wheelchair, or have near normal intelligence.  Fortunately, my parents refused to believe that and gave me every opportunity to succeed.  In addition to everything else they did for me, they bought me my first computer (a Commodore 64) when I was about 8 years old and I took right to it.  The computer opened up a brand new way of letting me express myself freely and to communicate with others.  For several years I typed with my nose and then started using a head-stick in high school.

Now I am 38 years old and, despite being in a power wheelchair, having unclear speech, and having to rely on others to help me perform daily tasks like getting dressed and eating, I’m married, have two children, and have been running a successful computer repair & consulting business for 6 years now.  With the help of my dad, I was able to adapt my head-stick to become a capacitive stylus of sorts so I could operate tablets very effectively.  Last spring my wife & I were going to travel to California for two weeks so that I could get my first service dog.  Rather than taking two weeks off of work (that can be detrimental when being self-employed), I decided to buy a Motorola Xoom so I could work at night while away.  For me, the transition to a tablet was a beautiful and natural thing, and I have not used my actual computer (except remotely) since then.

For a long time, I was convinced that my Android-based tablet was a real tool and the iPad was just a toy.  That changed in Decemeber when I bought an iPad 2 that I could play around with every now & then so I could support my clients better with their iOS devices.  Well, my Xoom started collecting dust after I first turned on the iPad 2.  I finally began to see all the advantages of the iPad.  9 times out of 10, the iPad version of an app just crushes the Android version.  And, to top it off, Apple introduced AssistiveTouch in iOS 5 which allows the use of of multi-touch gestures with a single contact point…that just took the cake for me!

Now, with the new iPad, I’m actually swaying some clients to buy an iPad rather than a new laptop.  That is how much I love this device and how much it has opened my world up even more!

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What’s on Your iPad – with Patrick McCarron

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Time for another What’s on Your iPad Q&A. Today we’ve got Patrick McCarron as the subject. I know Patrick ever since I started talking to him about the best damn Blackjack app for iOS (that he developed) back in 2008. Here’s a little more Bio information about him:

After starting tinkering in iOS development by creating one of the first games in the pre-SDK days Patrick quickly shifted to creating iOS apps and games full time. He created some popular apps such as Shanghai Mahjong, Blackjack 21 and Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. He is now working with Stand Alone, Inc. where he co-created the new Game Center enabled words game Words Play.

Here are Patrick’s answers – questions are in italics with a grey background, Patrick’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

My main iPad is the newest 3rd Generation model, with Verizon LTE and 64GB of storage. I have become accustomed to 64GB of storage for long road trips to fill with media and music, but in daily use I don’t often fill up 32GB but it’s nice to have when needed.

As far as why Verizon LTE? The first reason I chose Verizon over AT&T was with the iPad 2 I found myself in a hotel in a small midwest town and not getting proper AT&T 3G service. Having a secondary option of Verizon would nice for these situations I figured. The fact that Verizon has the larger LTE network and offered free tethering was just icing on the cake.
 
I still own a first gen and second gen iPad. They have become developer test machines (slower iPad 1 for instance is really handy) and when not used for that you can find them on my couch or in my bedroom for casual surfing.

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What’s on Your iPad – with Jeff Scott

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Here’s the fifth post in the What’s on Your iPad series, which is settling in as a regular feature here. I’m always interested to see how others are using their iPads, and I’m glad to see that a lot of you are too.

Today I’m very happy to have Jeff Scott sharing how he uses his iPad. Jeff is a friend and one of my favorite people in the (pardon the horrible term) tech blogosphere. Here’s a little bio information on him:

Jeff Scott is the founder of the 148Apps network of sites covering mobile applications and the business surrounding the development ofapps. Launched in 2008, 148Apps is an innovator in the mobile apps space, being one of the first sites to publish statistics and metrics on the app marketplaces it covers. Based in San Francisco, his background is in web and mobile application development, having worked for a variety of startups large and small before starting his own web publishing company.

And here we go with Jeff’s answers about what’s on his iPad – questions are in italics with a grey background, Alicia’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage
size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I use my iPad a lot.  That and the fact that I love the latest and
greatest means I had to get the new iPad when it first came out.  I
have the black 3G iPad on AT&T with 64GB of storage.

I’m getting amazing speeds here in SF.  Up to 49 Mbps down. Much
faster than Verizon users are getting.  But I wish I had the tethering
option.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

I use a smart cover on the front and a DODOcase Bookback on the back.
Minimum case while still keeping it somewhat clean.

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What’s on Your iPad – with Alicia Bankhofer

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Here’s our fourth post in the What’s on Your iPad series, which I’m aiming to make a regular feature here. I’m always interested to see how others are using their iPads, and I’m seeing that a lot of you are too.

Today it’s a pleasure to have my writing colleague, Alicia Bankhofer, as the subject. Here’s a little about Alicia:

Born and bred in Trinidad and Tobago, Alicia Bankhofer currently resides near Vienna, Austria with her husband Andy, her cat Angel and her iDevices: Indiepod, Indiephone, Indiepad and Indiebook (black Macbook).

A late-blooming geek, her first all-consuming gadget was a third generation iPod, leading her to a rewarding stint as moderator and contributing editor on iLounge.com, blogger for iSource.com and later to a passion as a singer for a rock band, Slave called shiver, which she co-founded in 2006. With her pop project Alibee she explores her softer latin musical side and delves into her Caribbean roots.

Currently passionate about Apple, web, tech, gadgets, iPhoneography and mobile.

Here we go – questions are in italics with a grey background, Alicia’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I use an iPad 2 16GB model in sexy white, chosen for for obvious aesthetic reasons.

Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?

My iPad is currently rocking a Switcheasy Trig case in grey. It looks great and protects the iPad well. I also use a sticker for the back of the iPad from Infectious so that I can place the iPad on a table without worrying about scratches.
http://www.switcheasy.com/product.php?product=TRIG_iPad2

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What’s on Your iPad – with Greg Pierce

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Here’s our third post in the What’s on Your iPad series, which I’m hoping will become a semi-regular feature here. I’m always interested to see how others are using their iPads, and I’m seeing that a lot of you are too. I’m posting this a little earlier in the week than usual, as there’s this little Apple event tomorrow that I think may distract a lot of my attention and yours for the rest of the week.

This week I’m very happy to have Greg Pierce as the subject for my questions. Greg is the founder of Agile Tortoise (http://agiletortoise.com an indie software company focused on iOS and web development. His Terminology app is one of my long-time iPad favorites and included in our list of Best iPad Apps of 2011.

Here we go – questions are in italics with a grey background, Rob’s answers are in block quotes:

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

We have two iPads in the house (three soon, I bet). An iPad 2-32 gig-CDMA, and an iPad 1-16 Gig-GSM.  Other than the app testing I do on it, the iPad 1 is pretty much my wife’s iPad, and the iPad 2 is mine. Both get used as much by our three kids as by us.

I only enable the 3G plans on them when we travel, and mostly selected the Verizon CDMA iPad 2 out of curiosity about the network differences.

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