What’s on Your iPad: Lee Sandstead

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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.

Today’s I’m excited to say that the answers are from Lee Sandstead – the author of the excellent iBook title Cleaning Mona Lisa, which I reviewed recently and was hugely impressed with. Here’s more bio information on Lee:

Lee Sandstead is an art historian living in southern Virginia.  With the release of his first iBook, #1 iTunes international best- seller Cleaning Mona Lisa, Lee has firmly embraced the Apple Universe.  He discovered art in his early 20s, and ever since, he has been on one amazing art adventure after another.  He is host of Travel Channel’s Art Attack with Lee Sandstead, which secured a Daytime Emmy nomination in 2009.

As you read this, Lee is walking 1,100 miles in 67 days along the medieval pilgrimage trail Camino de Santiago to document ecclesiastical art and architecture.  

He has taken his iPad.

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

Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi___33 + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?

I have been using the iPhone since its second generation.  When Apple introduced the iPad, I was not an early adopter, because I already had a very nice laptop, great computer, two iPhones, tons of camera equipment, etc.  So I wasn’t looking for yet another piece of technology. 

When Apple released their latest iPad, I seriously considered it for the retina display, but I was disappointed with the battery recharge time.  I am leaving June 12 for two months to walk 1,100 miles of the Camino de Santiago through Europe, while working on my next iBook and teaching an online class.  But I’ll be sleeping in churches, monasteries, small hostels and “albergues.”  Public places where power is not readily available.  Basically, for logistical reasons, I need something that charges must faster than the new iPad, so I purchased a refurbished iPad 2 from Apple for $349. 

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

After a great deal of research and being introduced to an incredible industry—building covers for iOS products—I went with this case because I found it on sale for $9.99.  Lovely case.  I don’t like scratches, so I put my iPad in this for travel.
http://www.xtrememac.com/Products/Cases/Cases-for-iPad–iPad-21/Leather-Slip-Sleeve1/Thin-Sleeve-for-iPad–iPad-2/

What’s on your iPad dock currently? Do these apps pan out as your most frequently used?

Settings, safari, mail, messages, photos, music.

I use all of these fairly regularly, except for “music.”  While I rarely use the camera on the iPad to take pictures, I take tons of screen shots every day.  If I see a recipe I like—screen shot.  If I see an interesting news story—screen shot.  If I see an interesting room in a house—screen shot.  If I see a great graphic from a documentary—screen shot.  My photo albums are filled with screen shots from movies, maps, books, clothing products, houses, etc.

What are some of your other most-used apps / what’s on your first home screen? (and any reasons why you’d like to offer)

My first page is my basic apps that I use the most—mail, contacts, calendar, calculator, notes, etc.  My second page is solely for the media sites that I visit the most.

How do you arrange your home screens? Do you use folders at all / heavily?

I do not use the folders at all: I do not like how they look.  I love the look of icons.  I arrange my pages according to themes “most used,” “media,” “productivity,” “games.”

What are some of your most used productivity apps on the iPad? Any that you use for work?

Pages. Mail. Safari. Calendars. eWallet. PDF Reader. KAYAK. iTunes Connect Mobile.

Any favorite art-related app titles? Or painting and drawing apps?

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy by Touch Press.  While not an “art” app, it does feature all of Leonardo’s anatomical drawings.

Actually, I do not have any other art-related apps, because the people who produce them do not take great care with the images.  For instance, Art.com released an app for free, but many of the images in their database are scans from books and other media.  For those of you who have read my iBook “Cleaning Mona Lisa” or visited Sandstead.com, every image you see is from my personal photography.  I take great care to produce a clean, sharp, colorful image.  The apps and iBooks that I have seen do not show the same care, except for the Leonardo app.

Do you read any newspaper or magazine apps on the iPad? Do you subscribe to any?

I am a news junkie, and I have media from all over the world coming to my fingertips.  And I reach out to all ideological spectrums: I read Huffington Post as much as Drudge Report.  I read NPR as much as Fox News.  I love it all.  I used to subscribe to a few magazines, but they are all behind in terms of their news.

How much, if any, book reading do you do on the iPad?

Everything that I can possibly read on the iPad — I do.  I am a person with libraries of books, and I never thought I would ever read books on an iPad or other device.  Now, I want everything on the iPad, and I have even contacted a few publishers to put other author’s books on the iPad.

Any favorite iPad games or fun time fillers?

Infinity Blade I, II and the entire N.O.V.A series.   Right now, I’m playing N.O.V.A. 3.

Have you got a ‘hidden gem’ type iPad app that more people should know about?

I’m sure everyone here is very aware of apps, but what I encourage people to do is to really learn the functionality of the iPad.  For instance, where I live and as far as I know, I am the only person who knows that one can take screen shots.  But there I am, taking screen shots of maps, currencies, hiking tips or anything else that I am interested in.   Other than that, I would point people to the weather apps: Living Earth, The Weather Channel, MyRadar Pro.  I love the weather, and learning of weather on the iPad an extremely gratifying experience.

Any killer apps you think are missing from the iPad App Store, apps you’d love to see come to the iPad?

Every website needs an app.  As it stands right now, the web is a mess with advertising and rows of useless information.  The iPad is a new, beautiful way to bring content into your life.  For example, look at the website of The Weather Channel and then look at their app.  Two entirely different viewing experiences.  The Weather Channel app is a gorgeous, peaceful experience.  The website is a neurotics’ dream.

Do you tend to pay much attention to your home or lock screen wallpaper? Change it up often?

Yes, I absolutely do.  I love to LOOK at things, so I am constantly changing my home and lock screen wallpaper. 

Huge thanks to Lee Sandstead for taking time to do this post with us. It’s great to see how much use he gets out of the iPad – and I can’t wait to hear more about his experience on that 1,100 mile trek and how the iPad was put to work during the trip.

If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out the excellent previous entries in the What’s on Your iPad series too.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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2 thoughts on “What’s on Your iPad: Lee Sandstead

  1. I definitely agree with the weather channel app vs the website. The website is horrendous.
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    Enjoyed the read

  2. Inform Lee Sandstead that there is something like ‘flipboard’ for all the news resources so that he doesn’t need a whole page of bookmarks.

    I wish him a good walk in Spain and a good plug for the 220 V outlet.