Test driving Pages on iPad

It looks like that I now have all applications of iWork on my iPad (except Numbers but I don't use it anyway). After a moment of adjustment, typing on the screen keyboard appears eminently doable. Well, in landscape mode that is. In portrait, it is a pain. It is clear that the device takes much less space on a tabletop than a laptop and is much less intrusive due to it's low profile. With the smart cover helping with a gentle slope it really is nice to use. Text selection works but is still a pain to work with. Maybe do I need more testing. Of course, multitasking is not yet as smooth as I want but there are also positives on the iPad, especially when it comes to the integration of social applications. I wrote several WordPress posts and it went fine. Also the Twitter client is really zippy and nice to use. The net result is that for dealing with business matters, it is way sufficient. Of course, one is not going to code software on this thing. But writing content and editing it is great. I also gave a shot to GarageBand and it was a nice surprise. The touchscreen adds a really interesting dimension to it. And iMovie is also fine to use. For basic edits and titling, it fits the bill. One thing about typing on the iPad is the following: the US keyboard layout is much more usable for a lot of things than the French keyboard. Especially for things like dollar signs and so on. And accents do work from the US keyboard anyway. So, back to qwerty for now! One ridiculous thing tough is that given the size of the keyboard on screen, one can only see a small chunk of the text at once. There is a full screen button, but the keyboard is then gone... Too bad. All in all it is an interesting device and piece of software. As always with Apple, you get top notch stuff at top of the line prices. Like with the smart cover. Got myself a leather cover. €69 for a cover? Insane! But get it and you won't regret the expense. I see this as paying to be part of the in crowd. Sometimes, that's the way to go. But with the price of the device, the cover, and basic software, you quickly reach €1K. As a professional expense that's all right and valuable. But for private things, it is damn expensive as a book reader or game console. So, this will conclude this typing exercise in Pages on the iPad. Generally satisfactory. And for sure, superior to anything you could get from an android device. Add to this that the integration with MacOSX is perfect and we have a perfect winner for the premium segment.

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