The new iPad makes a formidable promise. Its screen is “as good as printed paper”. It can out-resolution the glossiest magazine. At this point, its apps can help it replace almost every dead tree in your briefcase or manbag, but until now for this iPad-owner at least, it has remained subservient to a traditional pen and paper. That’s all about to change.
For the next two weeks I’ll swap my notepad for an iPad. All magazines will be consumed on-screen, and every written piece of correspondence will be replaced by the iPad. Even the ones that are pushed through my letterbox must be dutifully transferred to Apple’s tablet.
Is it possible? Is it pleasurable and, ultimately is it preferable to pack an iPad in place of modern-day papyrus?
To keep things fair, I’ve got a few simple rules to live by for the next fortnight:
1) All notes, drawings and non-typed messages must be made on a new iPad.
2) All magazines and newspapers must be consumed on the iPad. No sneaking a look at the paper versions, even the free ones littering the bus or train.
3) All printed correspondence, receipts and invoices should be kept on Apple’s tablet. I must live the paper-free lifestyle wherever and whenever possible.
I’m starting with a clean slate. Literally. Apple’s new third generation iPad is here in my hands, waiting for a slew of apps, styli and clever workflows to be thrown at it. Aside from that, I won’t be bagging any special equipment or add-ons. This is a test of the new iPad, my wits, and nothing more.
Expect to hear from me every few days. I’ll be updating you on the things I’ve discovered, my coping strategies, and letting you know what’s possible and what’s not. And I want you to get involved too.
Comment on my updates and let me know if there’s something new I should try, or if I’m heading in completely the wrong direction. Follow me on Twitter @jamesholland for more granular tidbits about my quest to ditch the printed word, and think of me each time you kill another tree.