What’s on Your iPad: with Twelve South’s Andrew Green

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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 answers are from Andrew Green, one of the co-founders of Twelve South – makers of excellent, beautifully designed products for Mac and iOS devices. I’ve been a huge fan of Twelve South’s products for years now – several of them are within three foot of me as I write this, including the great HoverBar.  Here’s a little more bio info on Andrew:

Andrew Green is Creative Director, Co-founder, and self-proclaimed “Head Mac Geek” at Twelve South, a company that makes products for Mac only.

Here are Andrew’s answers – questions are in regular text, Andrew’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 new favorite is the iPad Mini — seems to be just the right size! I’m currently using it in a really cool BookBook for iPad Mini that’s coming soon.

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

My case of choice is BookBook. We make them first and foremost because we want them ourselves. I have played with the Apple Smart Cover to see for myself what the value equation is for someone looking at our BookBook vs. an Apple Smart Cover. I like how ours comes out.


iPad Home Screen 2

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

My home screen and dock stay with the default settings from Apple, because they are used quite often for pictures and demonstrations. I keep my “jump off” apps that I manage on my second screen.

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)

The apps I find myself using most often are The New York Times, Kayak for travel, Safari for browsing, Pulse (a news aggregator), The Weather Channel app, InstaPaper, Penultimate for sketches and doodles – many of which have turned into real products, realtor.com, Twitterific and TweetCaster, Yelp, Apple’s apps, and Skype.

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

The home screen is default; everything is screens full of app icons, no folder use.

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

Absolutely! Penultimate for product sketching, Twitterific or TweetCaster for Twitter, Skype, Dropbox, and Apple’s office suite – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote…get things done!

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

I’m a big fan of The New York Times and Pulse. Everything else – such as iPad Insight  — I read bookmarked on Safari.

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

Quite a bit. In the beginning I went back and forth between the Kindle App and iBooks, but ultimately I committed to iBooks. For me it was a decision of which ecosystem, and I doubled-down on iOs.

Any favorite iPad games or fun time fillers?

Not me, but my kids do. My 10-year-old’s favorite is JetCarStunts, my oldest son’s is Organ Trail (zombies and stuff). My 5-year-old daughter’s favorite is PBS Kids.

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

AirDisplay! It lets your iPad become a second monitor to your Mac – and it just so happens that it’s the perfect companion app to our HoverBar.

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

I do. I think Apple needs to bring their parental controls from the Mac to the iPad. I would love to assign a single screen of apps or a time limit to little ones’ iPad usage.

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

I do — I often use my iPad right next to my Mac, so I love coordinating both backgrounds.

Huge thanks to Andrew for doing this post with me, and also to Shannon at Twelve South for helping make this happen. That’s great to hear that an iPad app is used for product sketching.

Lookout for a chance to win a Twelve South BookBook case for the iPad mini at iPad Insight very soon, even before you can buy one!

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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