Reading on iPad, An Editorial: My Trip

My relationship with my iPad deepens and grows every day. We do more and more things together, and we’re having a good time. At lest I am. I’m away from home for a couple of days at a conference, prime time to test out what this baby can really do.

Frankly, I haven’t been reading on it since I left home–wasn’t in a reading mood on the plane, the jet lag has kept me too fuzzy-brained to read. But I have done a bunch of other stuff, and what I’d like to point out today is that the iPad’s best feature may well be its capacity for multitasking.

On the plane, I watched a TV and movie I’d downloaded, plus streamed another movie from Netflix over the in-flight WiFi, something that would have been unimaginable just a little while ago. The iPad provided a supurb distraction from the monotony of late-night flying.

Since arriving at my hotel, I’ve used it for everything from in-bed Web browser to alarm clock to date book to portable stereo (the speaker is surprisingly loud and passably clear). I’m sure I’ll get to reading on it soon, but for now, having an iPad is like being able to bring a whole room full of appliances with me on something the size of a picture frame.

Publish date: April 8, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT