So, I've officially had my iPad Air that I earned through an Avon inventive for 6 months now. Squee!
If you had asked me prior to that, in fact many people did, about whether or not it could ever replace my Asus Transformer Pad Infility I would have said no but in actuality it has. Well, as my primary device. I still use both and and wouldn't say that the iPad Air has completely replaced the Transformer Infinity, just made my life a bit easier.
Second was the drawing/note taking programs. While I haven't been sketching as much as I'd like to, the ability to quickly jot down notes or a quick sketch when the feeling rises has been great. I was really surprised that some of the apps I use on Android devices have completely different layouts on IOS. The appearance of many of the apps on IOS are better and, as much as I hate to say it, more streamlined. Once you get the hang of Apples stupid one button system. I honestly still struggle with not having a menu button sometimes.
As a result I use my Transformer as a small laptop because I also bought the keyboard attachment when I got it. I now use it mostly as a reading device. I've even been playing games on it less because the Retina display on the Air is sooo much better! Most of the time I'll read my study material on the Transformer and take handwritten notes on the Air or switch it up. When I need to type I read on the Air and type on the Transformer.
I can also interact better with other people because I have both operating systems. For example, yesterday I needed to edit an image for a friend, He messaged it to me from his iPhone and using my iPad I saved it to my images. Dropbox syncs across my devices so I was able to open the image on my desktop, edit it in Photoshop, save it back to Dropbox and send it back to him in messenger. Yes, I know he also could have emailed it to me but it was just nice to keep the file transference within our ongoing messenger conversation.
Staples of my existence are apps like Evernote, Dropbox and now Cloud-On (one of those apps that work better on IOS) make working on multiple devices and having whatever you need at your fingertips a breeze. I hate paper and I don't think I could function as well without them. Especially as a mobile business owner. While I'm in the field I sometimes need a file for reference or to share. These apps make that possible without keeping a file cabinet in my trunk. As I said before. We already have enough stuff to carry around.
- I can write (and have my text recognized in Evernote) and sketch properly with its unlimited variety of pens, pencils, highlighters and colors.
- I can export notes to Evernote for organization and search-ability, so I have everything in one place.
- It allows me to have many separate notebooks for different categories almost like a 5 subject notebook. So, I have a notebook for architecture work stuff, another for Avon stuff, and another for personal stuff. I can also tag separate pages across notebooks.
When Avon offered the iPad air incentive I was just so excited at getting gadgets for free! I had no idea that it would become such an asset to my business.