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
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.
What’s on your iPad dock currently? Do these apps pan out as your most
I have two folders, Tools and News. These contain, as you would
expect tool apps (writing, notes, SSH, VNC, 1Password, etc.) and News
apps (Flipboard, Reeder, Instapaper, Zinio, etc.). And also Tweetbot,
Safari, Mail, and the App Store.
Most definitely my most used apps.
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)
I am a folder user, to the extreme. As you can see from the home
screen most apps are in folders on my first page. The top row, ones
that aren’t, are some of my other most used apps. OmniFocus, Flow,
Pocket Informant HD, and Settings.
Other folders have things that you can guess from their folder names,
organized by function.
How do you arrange your home screens? Do you use folders at all / heavily?
Heavily use folders. First page is mainly apps, second page is all
games. Folders of games that I keep around just to show people, and
then a few games that I am actively playing.
After the first two pages it’s generally just unorganized apps that I
have around to either look at or I have looked and and haven’t yet
What are some of your most used productivity apps on the iPad? Any that you
use for work?
The number one productivity app is OmniFocus. I use this on my
laptop, iPhone, and iPad. After that, I’d say iA Writer. I use iA
Writer for drafts of posts, emails, many other things I am working on.
Love the iCloud syncing. I use AudioNote when doing interviews. It
allows me to record the conversation and pay attention while making
just quick notes. Then when playing back the audio, I can touch the
notes to jump to that point in the recording when that note was
Do you read any newspaper or magazine apps on the iPad? Do you subscribe to
I am a heavy ‘casual’ reader on the iPad. I read lots of magazines
through Zinio. Newspapers through Press Reader. And RSS feeds
through Reeder. And of course Instapaper for those long articles I
come across but want to read later.
How much, if any, book reading do you do on the iPad?
Books I use mainly for reference. I converted all of my O’Reilly
books for epub and use iBooks to scan those. While I have read a few
books on the iPad, I don’t do it that often.
Any favorite iPad games or fun time fillers?
I do most of my gaming on the iPad. But I do tend to churn through
games quickly. Right now I’m working through Kingdom Rush, a great
tower defense game. Replaying Corpse Craft, a sort of match-3/castle
defense game. And trying to also finish up Incoboto. All great games.
Some other gems I’ve either played or rediscovered recently are Pop
(re-released for the iPad, finally), TrafficWonder, Puzzlejuice,
Wooords, and New Orbit (anxiously awaiting the next chapter).
Have you got a ‘hidden gem’ type iPad app that more people should know
Some of the apps that I use to show off the more interesting things
that the iPad can do, I’d call them gems.
Codea – a great programming environment all self-enclosed in the iPad.
It uses the Lua language (sort of a cross between BASIC and
making games. Would be great for an early teen to learn programming
Magic Window – a fun time-lapse screensaver type app. Great for
stress relief when at your desk. Just prop up the iPad and stare
outside a virtual window for a bit.
Trunk Notes — a full wiki engine on the iPad. Add/edit/read your own
wiki either on your iPad or synced to Dropbox.
All very unique, well done apps. But also fairly limited user appeal.
Any killer apps you think are missing from the iPad App Store, apps you’d
love to see come to the iPad?
More and better business apps. We’ve seen some things translated to
the iPad, but people use the iPad differently. It will be great to
see the next generation of iPad productivity and enterprise apps.
Time to think outside the desktop box and look at new ways touch
enabled apps can and will be used.
Do you tend to pay much attention to your home or lock screen wallpaper?
Change it up often?
Nah, I don’t change it up much. I just use a variation of the icon
outline we use on 148Apps.
Huge thanks to Jeff for doing this with us. I’m happy to see he’s a big OmniFocus and iA Writer user – those are two of my staples as well. As ever, I’ve been fascinated to see how Jeff uses his iPad and I’ve got some ideas based on his answers.
I’m hoping we’ll continue this as a regular weekly or bi-weekly feature on Wednesdays now – so look out for more What’s on Your iPad posts soon.