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.
Providing answers today is Marianne Schultz. I first got to know Marianne at my favorite iPhone and Apple forum, everythingiCafe, and I’ve followed and enjoyed her excellent writing at her own site and around the web for years now. I’m glad to have become online friends with Marianne over these years and very happy to have her taking part in the What’s on Your iPad series. Here’s a little more bio information on her:
Marianne Schultz is an Editor at AppShopper.com and MacRumors.com and also co-hosts the everythingiCafe.com iPhone and iPad podcast. She lives and breathes Apple products and has owned every iPhone and iPad released to date.
Here are Marianne’s answers – questions are in regular text, Marianne’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 currently have a 16GB WiFi third-generation iPad, which I tether to my iPhone 4S if I happen to be at a location where there’s no Wi-Fi. When I placed my order for the new iPad on the day it was announced, I reasoned that I rarely travel and really just used my iPad around the house to read ebooks, which was the case with the first- and second-generation iPads I owned. However, in retrospect, I wish I’d gone for more storage since I’ve had to limit the apps and videos I put on this iPad. Next time I’m going for a 64GB iPad again.
Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?
I have two cases that I switch between: a Vaja Libretto case and the Morris Lessmore Dodocase. I use the Vaja mostly around the house since it has the best stand options for the way I use my iPad the most. When I travel, I use the Dodocase since it offers more protection and camouflages my iPad a bit, making it look like a book from afar.
What’s on your iPad dock currently? Do these apps pan out as your most frequently used?
Mail, Music, Messages, App Store, Settings, and Safari are in my iPad’s dock. These aren’t the apps I use the most on my iPad but they are the ones that I like to be able to access from any home screen page.
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)
Since I use my iPad as an ebook reader the most, the Kindle and iBooks apps are at the top of my most-used list. I also have a digital magazine subscription through Zinio, so I use that app fairly often as well. I find the iPad to be great for digital magazines. I also use Pocket to check out articles and videos I come across during the workday but don’t have time to look at closely right away. When I want to do a little casual reading of current events, I’ll use Flipboard to browse my Twitter and Facebook feeds and other selected sources.
I do like to play games and there are a few that I enjoy far more on my iPad than on my iPhone, like Jetpack Joyride, Zombieville USA, and Zombie Carnaval.
How do you arrange your home screens? Do you use folders at all / heavily?
I put my most-used apps on the first page of my home screen. I have some folders, organized alphabetically, on the second page to hold apps I don’t use as much. I don’t really like folders – I don’t find them to be attractive and while they’re practical, I keep them off my home page purely for aesthetic reasons.
What are some of your most used productivity apps on the iPad? Any that you use for work?
I have tried to use my iPad for work but I can type so much faster on a physical keyboard that working on my 11-inch MacBook Air is much more efficient (and less frustrating) for me by a large margin. Plus I frequently need to attach documents to emails and quickly edit and upload images to websites and I need an accessible file system for these activities, which the iPad lacks. However, when I do try to do some work on my iPad, my go-to apps are Documents to Go, Pages, and Mail.
Do you read any newspaper or magazine apps on the iPad? Do you subscribe to any?
As previously mentioned, I do read magazines on my iPad. I subscribe to Car & Driver through Zinio and occasionally indulge in Wired magazine through their standalone app as well. I think the iPad is a great medium for magazines and I prefer to read digital versions to save a few trees.
How much, if any, book reading do you do on the iPad?
I do a ton of book reading on my iPad. I started reading ebooks more than ten years ago on my Palm V PDA (thanks to ebook sellers like PeanutPress) and it’s my preferred way to read books to save paper and have something to read with me wherever I go in case I have any down time while standing in line or something. I mostly read Kindle ebooks since they can be read on more platforms than iBooks (not that I have any immediate plans to leave Apple’s ecosystem but I like to leave my options open). I easily spend at least $50 to $75 every month on new ebooks.
Any favorite iPad games or fun time fillers?
Jetpack Joyride and Zombieville USA are my current favorite games to play on my iPad. I also love word games and play Spelltower and Words with Friends. I even play a little Boggle all by myself, which sounds a little sad when I read this back to myself.
Have you got a ‘hidden gem’ type iPad app that more people should know about?
Though I might be a little biased given my day job, I have to recommend the (free!) AppShopper app to stay on top of new releases and sales in the App Store. I often find apps I’d like to look into more before buying and AppShopper lets me mark them on a Wish List to save for later review. And if the price of any apps on my Wish List drops, AppShopper will give me a push notification, which often pushes me over the edge to go ahead and buy it. I’ve saved a ton of money on apps thanks to AppShopper.
Any killer apps you think are missing from the iPad App Store, apps you’d love to see come to the iPad?
There’s one app that I’m really looking forward to that I already know is coming to the iPad at some point, which is Literature & Latte’s Scrivener, an excellent tool for writing and managing long documents. I use Scrivener on my Macs to work on my novel and though I type much faster on a physical keyboard, I’d still love the option to be able to work on it when I only have my iPad with me. When it comes to games, one I’d love to see come to the iPad is Portal even though I don’t think a touch interface is ideal for the game.
Do you tend to pay much attention to your home or lock screen wallpaper? Change it up often?
Since I use my iPad differently than my iPhone (my iPhone is pretty much glued to my hand from the moment I wake up to the minute I go to sleep while I use my iPad only periodically throughout the day), I find that I approach wallpaper selection a little differently. On my iPhone, it’s all about a wallpaper that’s unobtrusive to get out of the way for my lock screen (it’s jailbroken and I use LockInfo to display more information there than Notification Center offers). On my iPad, I like to coordinate the wallpaper with whatever case I’m using and take advantage of its retina display as well. I’m using a colorful, high-res geometric patterned wallpaper right now and will probably rotate it through others from that same collection every now and then.
Huge thanks to Marianne for taking time to do this post with me – and for the great answers.
If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out the excellent previous entries in the What’s on Your iPad series too.