On Friday I updated my trusty iPad 2 to a new iPad Air after two years and seven months of outstanding service. To celebrate I decided to take my old iPad on one final tour of my favorite working locations around Melbourne and capture some details on where I worked, what I did and some of the apps that I use.
Email on the go
- Time – 11:37
- Location – Clifton Hill Station
- Task – Email
- Apps – iOS Mail
I find that commuting on the train is one of the best times to check and reply to email. It is fairly low value time and to be honest email is often a low value activity. Normally I find I can knock off 80% of my morning email on the commute into the city.
Although I use Google Apps as the back end for my mail, contacts and calendar I am happy to use the iOS mail app as my front end. I have played around with a number of other email apps including Gmail, Mailbox and Incredimail but have yet to find a lot of value in them.
Caffeinated business development
- Time – 11:57
- Location – The Bondstore
- Task – Email, Business development
- Apps – iOS Mail, Base CRM, Calendar 5
I have worked many a hour at the Bondstore in Southbank and it’s nice to be back. The coffee is good and there is just the right amount of background noise to make it productive.
I finished off my mail and recorded some notes against clients and potential deals in Base CRM. I am relatively new to Base but it is one of the best small CRMs I’ve seen. It is fully optimised for the tablet screen, works across platform with my Android phone and integrates with my Google Apps account.
I also needed to record a couple of upcoming client appointments. I use Calendar 5 by Readdle as my primary calendar. I think it has a more intuitive interface than there iOS calendar app and integrates well with my various Google Apps accounts.
Blogging in the sun
The sun poked its head out from the clouds for a few minutes and I could no longer resist the temptation of Ponyfish Island. Its another location where I have done a lot of great work and I still use a picture of working here with Luke Grange in my presentations about the benefits of mobile technology.
I like to outline my blogs using iThoughts. It is great for just jotting down related ideas and then shifting them around until they make sense. From iThoughts I can then export the text to upload into the WordPress app.
5 Star invoicing
The Westin is another location that I have used regularly over the last couple of years. The spacious and light filled foyer is a favourite amongst consultants and is perfect for meetings and coaching engagements.
I have been using Freshbooks for my time tracking and invoicing for the last 12 months or so. It is super easy to use and integrates well with Xero (my accounting system) but perhaps the best feature is for when you are working with other consultants on projects and you can do time tracking for multiple subcontractors.
I have been lucky enough to be a part of the Hub community from the very beginning. When I landed in Melbourne about three and a half years ago I didn’t have any work so volunteered some time to help get Hub off the ground. I still run most of my Melbourne workshops here and have met many inspiring people through the Hub community.
Since been introduced to Twitter a few years back it has come to be one of my most rewarding sources of information. I use Flipboard to monitor my Twitter stream and various hashtags I follow and then save articles to Evernote via Instapaper for future use.
The final word
After nearly a week of using the iPad Air I would summarise the experience as being anti climatic. If anything it has made me appreciate how amazing the iPad 2 really is as a business device. Although in my line of work there is ample justification for the extra speed, storage and 4G connectivity that I got with my iPad Air, there is nothing I couldn’t still do in an average days work that I couldn’t do with my old iPad. There are many stories in the media of Apple’s failure to innovate since the iPad’s original release but I think the incremental rather than revolutionary change with subsequent devices is testament to how right Apple got it with the iPad 2.
What’s your experience with upgrading to a new tablet? Did it create a revolutionary change or just an incremental improvement?