9/13/2013

The iPad - to buy or not to buy?

I've never really been a huge gadget person.
I resisted the Kindle until I realised I could take a whole bookshelf on holiday with me,
my laptop is still chugging along having somehow survived 
a few years since studentdom all-night essay writing, 
and I only upgrade my phone when I absolutely need to.

But I find myself more and more drawn to the idea of investing in an iPad,
and here's six reasons why...

1. Beautiful accessories.
The first thing any gadget needs once in my possession is a lovely gadget case.
My ipod case, phone cover, kindle case etc have as much thought put into them 
as any dress or pair of shoes I've ever bought. 
The case pictured above is from a beautiful collection 
by Cathy K Designs, available on Etsy


2. For inspiration on the go.
I often have about 5 or 6 notebooks in use at any one time, 
floating around in various handbags, lost in piles of fabric scraps or left at the breakfast table.
The iPad seems like it would be a great way to keep ideas all in one place,
and even start actioning some plans, whilst out and about,
without having to lug a laptop around.


3. Easy blog readability
I'm often logging into blogger via my phone, but on such a tiny screen, 
it's not an enjoyable way of reading,
and it's not very easy to engage with other bloggers. 
I've heard time and time again that both writing and reading blogs 
is perfectly straightforward on an iPad.


4. Apple exclusive publications
I often find myself eyeing up screenshots from publications like Gathered
and feeling like I'm missing out on lots of goodies!


5. Publications that aren't exclusive
Homemaker, Sew Magazine and Making also have iPad versions.
While I do enjoy print versions of magazines,
one of the things marriage has taught me is that men have no appreciation 
for the need to keep hold of every craft magazine you've ever bought!


6. Board games!
Something my husband and I do agree on is Friday nights with a glass of wine and a board game, 
and so many of our favourites (from Small World to Scrabble)  are now available on iPad.
Great for those nights where the dining table is too covered in my sewing gear or his archery gear.

But I need your advice!
Do you use an iPad?
What are the benefits / disadvantages?

Thank you in advance for equipping me with excuses to splash out!