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about damn time

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I have now had my iPad for SIX days, and I have yet to write a review of it. Negligent much?

First, the ways in which it’s disappointed me. (Bad iPad, bad.)

  • Many of my most useful apps have yet to be updated for it. I’m talking to you, Facebook and Mint. Seriously, guys, where are you with this? Can I get an ETA?
  • The WordPress website doesn’t always work. Sometimes it treats the new post box like a text field, and sometimes it treats it like and object to be selected. There is a WordPress app that’s been updated for the iPad, but it sort of wants me to remember the html I learned in 10th grade. Ha. Is html even the same as it was when I was in 10th grade?
  • Kindle! Don’t get me wrong, the Kindle app on the iPhone got me through some very boring waiting rooms. However, look at Kindle:

And now look at iBooks:

See how iBooks lets me scroll back and forth by actual page number, down at the bottom? And that magnifying glass at the top actually lets you search the book for specific words – no more ‘I seem to recall that quote being on the bottom left of a page somewhere in the middle of the book’. So if iBooks does it better, what am I bitching about? Ok, I know this goes against Apple’s entire core philosophy, but let me read my Kindle books on it. If I were able to do that, I would purchase all further books on iTunes, I SWEAR – but if they don’t let me switch now I may not, even with the increased functionality. Habit and all that.

Now, the ways in which I adore it.

  • There’s a quote that I stole from a Happiness Project interview awhile ago – ‘somewhere someone is flying’ – that always makes me smile. With the Notes app, I was able to stick it to my desktop (along with a reminder to buy dog food that I’ve so far ignored).
  • Two words: streaming Netflix.
  • The photos app. Without a video I can’t do it justice, but you’ve seen it elsewhere.
  • This:

Epicurious, for all your lunchtime drooling over recipe needs.

  • This:

Instapaper. It may not look that interesting, but how about when you find out that I can read all of the listed articles without a wifi connection? Oh, NOW you're interested?

  • This:


  • This:

Citrix. For those times when you absolutely positively have to pretend you're sitting at your work laptop when you're at fact on your boyfriend's back deck reading your iBook.

You may have noticed that all my compliments and complaints are app related, rather than being about the actual iPad itself.

That is because the iPad itself is flawless. It’s been on for six days and plugged in for about two hours of that time, and the battery hasn’t died on me yet. (I turn it off at night.) When it’s horizontal, the keyboard is roughly the same size as the keyboard on my Acer 11″ netbook, and I’m getting the hang of touch typing on it.

My original thought re the iPad was ‘what for?’ Really, I have an iPhone, a netbook, two televisions, cable, and a work laptop. Also, a shopping problem. With all of that gadgetry, I had no idea to what use I’d put the iPad.

Turns out, all uses. I read actual books on it, not just emergency waiting room books. It’s a cookbook that handles spills way better than a laptop keyboard does not that I’ve spilled on it ok fine I have. It’s a television (only ABC has an iPad specific app so far, but I heard Hulu is working on it). It’s a work laptop when I don’t have my work laptop, and it’s an RSS reader all the time.

Basically, it’s my new boyfriend. Sorry, Crockett. In other news, anyone want to buy a tv or two?


Friday, April 9th, 2010

I just had to give my mom all of my money.

I’m so not even kidding. She has this bank account that she uses just to move money between the tiniest sprinter, me, and her, since we’re forever loaning each other scrilla. The savings account is never used, and I don’t have access to it – so she’s taking my money and putting it into that account. My firm instructions are for her to give it back for medical emergencies or travel, nothing else. Nothing at all.

You might be saying to yourself – but Emma, aren’t you a gainfully employed 29 year old woman? Shouldn’t you be able to handle your own money?

You’d think. Let me show you what me handling my own money looked like today.

Background: I had two places to make returns; Ann Taylor Loft and Sephora. At ATL, I’d ordered some summery work shirts online in a size medium petite, apparently completely forgetting that I have never been a medium and that all of my other ATL shirts are either XS or XSP. My intention was to return most of them and exchange one or two for the right size. At Sephora, I needed to return the no!no! because as soon as I opened it I realized I didn’t really want to burn the hair off my legs with a little pink stun gun.

My plan: Run into ATL. Grab the two shirts I’d decided I wanted to keep in the right size, go to the counter, and do the swap. Run back to the car, drive down to the entrance closer to Sephora (to prevent that ever present wallet danger ‘mall wandering’), return the no!no!, run back to the car, and become a wealthier and more responsible feeling person.

What actually happened:

What? Stuff was on sale!!

See, I could have gone home and gotten the credit card. I didn’t for two reasons. 1) I will eventually spend that money at Sephora anyway, because it is where I buy all my makeup. 2) Going home for the credit card and coming back to the mall just wasn’t a good idea. Trust me. I mean, look what happened next:

The Apple Store is FAR too close to the Sephora store. Far too close.

I touched it. And then… I bought it.

And that, dear readers, is why my mother needs to be in charge of my savings account.

Now excuse me while I go play with my iPad.

Really, Apple? Really?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

There are so many neat features about this tablet. It’s a good size for web browsing, the depth of screen shown in the pic above is actually (in my opinion) preferable to the flat grey of the Kindle, and hell, apparently it’s only $500. If, of course, you only want Wi-Fi and 16 GB.

I know there are some people out there who do not particularly approve, but I actually sort of wish I hadn’t bought my little netbook six months ago.

Not that my netbook isn't also sized to be quite portable.

I’m not going to buy one, though. You know why, Apple?

You named it the iPad.