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.
What’s on your iPad dock currently? Do these apps pan out as your most frequently used?
The apps in my iPad dock keep changing but the last few months I’ve settled on keeping the most used apps in the dock and first screen. I keep the following in my dock: Reeder, Instapaper, TweetBot, Safari, Mail and Settings. I do use a lot of other apps during my day but these are the apps I want access to from any other app 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)
My most used apps are the one I keep on my home screen. They are not organized in any particular order but I do try to keep related apps together. On my home screen is Flipboard (best RSS magazine app), Maps, Reminders, Messages, Photos, Outlook (an Outlook Anywhere client), IMDb (for checking movie trivia with my spouse), 1Password (I have too many accounts and password to remember them all), iPhoto (I do a lot of photoblogging), the official Formula 1 timing app, Byword (markdown text editor), Calvetica (a Calendar app replacement), and the App Store (I’m always trying out new apps or getting updates).
How do you arrange your home screens? Do you use folders at all / heavily?
All other apps are organized by activity into folders on a second screen. There is no third screen.
What are some of your most used productivity apps on the iPad? Any that you use for work?
As president of a local Mac Users’ Group I create the agenda for board meetings and do a lot of presentations for the club so I bought the entire iOS iWork suite. I also have the OS X versions of these apps and combined with iCloud I can start on the Mac and finalize on the iPad. My employer recently changed its policies and legal regarding how much control they have over employee owned devices so I no longer connect my iPad to the company network.
Do you read any newspaper or magazine apps on the iPad? Do you subscribe to any?
I don’t like how Newsstand magazines work. I mush prefer using Flipboard to access online magazine content. If publishers would start offering paid content via Flipboard I might consider becoming a subscriber.
How much, if any, book reading do you do on the iPad?
Since I got married and had kids I’ve read fewer books than in the past. I much prefer long form articles from good writers. I do, however, have several books in the ubiquitous Kindle app but I’ve recently decided to use iBooks instead because of the ePub format. The local libraries have lending programs for both formats.
Any favorite iPad games or fun time fillers?
I’m not a big gamer. Most of the games on my iPad – Angry Bird (almost all versions), Water, Dragonvale etc. – are there for my kids to use on road trips. I do spend some time playing Zynga’s Words HD with my Facebook friends.
Have you got a ‘hidden gem’ type iPad app that more people should know about?
Well, it’s not an iPad app but a Mac app that enable some cool functionality on the iPad. The app is called Reflection (http://www.reflectionapp.com/) and enables mirror of the iPad screen to your Mac. This is great for creating tutorials where you need to show the iPad screen.
Any killer apps you think are missing from the iPad App Store, apps you’d love to see come to the iPad?
There is a very cool app from Macphun called Snapheal. I use it to remove unwanted objects from photos. The app is dead simple to use and I wish there was a version for the iPad. I’ve been doing more of my photo editing on the iPad using Photoforge2 and iPhoto.
Do you tend to pay much attention to your home or lock screen wallpaper? Change it up often?
I change the home screen wallpaper infrequently. The one I have now is from the default set provided with the iPad. I guess I’m boring that way.
Big, big thanks to Khürt for doing this post with us, and for providing great answers. I’m a big fan of the Reflection app for AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac as well (and of a similar product called Air Server) – and I would definitely second the wish to see an iPad version of the superb Snapheal app.