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I didn’t set out to work when I headed out to the local Starbucks. I got my drink and sat down at one of those tiny tables, the ones that fit a couple of drinks. Little did I know that I would soon be working away.

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I didn’t set out to work when I headed out to the local Starbucks. I wanted to sit in the big comfy chair and read for a while. I arrived at the store only to find all of the comfy chairs occupied and the Starbucks fairly hopping. I got my drink and sat down at one of those tiny round tables, the ones that fit a couple of drinks and not much else. Little did I know that I would soon be working away.

I pulled out the iPad I had thrown in the bag and started to log into the Wi-Fi, but thought I’d check to see if the Sprint 4G network I recently singed up for was active in this location. I hit the button on the Sprint Overdrive and waited a couple of minutes for it to power up. Boot speed is not one of its strengths.

Lo and behold the 4G was not only active but with nearly full signal strength. This meant my bandwidth should be pretty darn good and it was. I was getting over 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up in no time.

This healthy bandwidth had me surfing the web and doing all sorts of things without missing a beat on the iPad. I decided to share this information and pulled out the Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard that I have tested with the iPad but haven’t used much. I was going to town with the keyboard and the iPad, all on the 4G network shared by the Overdrive modem. True mobile tech, working together seamlessly. I haven’t had so much fun since the old Sony U days.

I used the WordPress app for the iPad to create this post. It works great and handles everything except uploading images for the post. That’s a shame and they need to add this, as it means I could only post it as a draft and then add the image at home for publishing. The iPhone version of the app has this ability, since it has a camera, but the iPad needs it too. Actually, the app has this ability but it keeps crashing on me when I try it.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t recommend everyone go out and get all of this equipment. But if you already have it like I do, it sure works great. I realize that many would say that I could easily have done this on a netbook, but I’d say you were wrong about that. I didn’t have a netbook with me, and this was much more enjoyable. Fun times when Mobile Tech Manor hits the road.

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  1. turn.self.off Saturday, April 17, 2010

    sure wish nokia would do a non-phone tablet with maemo/meego. This sounds like a scaled up (cpu, screensize) N800 to me ;)

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    1. The scaling up is the important part that makes this very productive. :)

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  2. I wonder if a convertable netbook or a design like the HP TC1100 is the way to go rather than 2 bits of kit when you want to do some content creation. I don’t know if the current crop of convertable netbooks are thin and light enough. You can’t really use the 2 bit setup on your lap, though most of the time you will have access to a table.

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    1. I could easily have done this on the iPad alone, sans keyboard. I have done so just fine. The external keyboard is NOT needed to create content on the iPad. It’s just nice you can use one if desired.

      This keyboard fits in my shirt pocket when closed. It’s not any trouble to bring along if I wish. I would not have brought a Netbook with me here as I had no intention of writing. I have 2 convertible net books here and didn’t bring either. This was just easier.

      This comment was typed on the iPad onscreen keyboard, BTW.

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    2. Big difference between a 1.5 lbs iPad and 3.0 1bs convertible. It would weigh on you like a ton-o-bricks after awhile.

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  3. I wish I were having as positive an experience with my blog, which runs on Movable Type. Can’t scroll in text entry fields. A real keyboard helps, because of the arrow keys, but there’s also a box in which one selects categories via checkmarks, and I haven’t found a way to scroll in that. Movable Type says version 5.1 will support WebKit, which might solve the problem.

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    1. I’m finding using tap and hold on the text and then when the magnifying glass comes up you can scroll in the box. Not the best but it works.

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    2. Not sure it will work for you, but try two finger scroll. It works for me in most of text areas where one finger scroll doesn’t work.

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    3. I too wish the Movable Type experience on the iPad was decent.

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  4. Why not just use the iPad keyboard? I’m finding that I am getting reallly good speeds with it in landscape. I’ve thought about pulling out my old bt keyboard, but the reality is that it isn’t going to improve my typing by that much.

    Also, I’m finding that the mobile hotspot app on my Pre is working wonders with the iPad. I used it on a trip this week and it was flawless,

    You could have accomplished the same with two less gadgets (not sure if less gadgets is a good or bad thing lol).

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    1. I had the other keyboard with me so I just HAD to use it. :) My Pre is on Sprint so no mobile hotspot option. Now that upcoming Sprint EVO…

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  5. Hey James you could of saved the draft as you did and use LogMeIn to publish your blog right from Starbucks. I use GoodReader app for the iPad to transfer files up to my DropBox or Google account. This works great because in this case you add your picture you took with the LogMeIn to post then blog with picture with WordPress. ;)

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    1. Indeed I could have done just that. I wasn’t in a big hurry, I guess.

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  6. James,

    I got that exact keyboard off the JK Amazon store (dating myself there) and I have to say: it doesn’t fit in my “shirt pocket”. Are you wearing some sort of “Scott e Shirt”? :-)

    I got my Joule iPad stand yesterday and so far I’m (barely) dragging it around in my Scott e Vest’s sun glasses pocket. It is more adjustable than the Apple case and it’s little rubber feet grip the Starbuck’s table very well.

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    1. Mine fits in a sport shirt pocket. Barely, but it fits. I wouldn’t want to carry a stand around. I like the iPad in the case and the stand capability is a plus.

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      1. James do you have your iPad leaning on something? I don’t think the Apple case can tilt at that angle or maybe just looks that way ink the picture.

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      2. I propped the case on my field bag. That plus the Apple case ine the typing stand position was perfect.

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  7. Finally… For a while I thought you discontinued these articles. I love seeing technology in action and in the wild. Good thing you happened to have this kit on you.

    Have a good one peeps!

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    1. Will definitely keep them coming.

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  8. It wasn’t that long ago you showed a same photo only with the viliv S5 in the picture. How would you rate that productivity experience versus the iPad?

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    1. Bigger screen = better.

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      1. I’m curious about this because it’s sort of alluded to, but what do you think is the “sweet spot” for screen size on a mobile device like this (be it the ipad, some convertible slate or a regular netbook)?

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      2. I believe a 9 or 10-inch screen is the sweet spot for tablets. Especially those with a good onscreen keyboard like the iPad. Smaller screens will work OK, but this is my personal sweet spot.

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  9. does the ipad works with the older iGo stowaway keyboard as well? the one that does not have the number keys

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    1. Yes, iPad does. I have iGo Stowaway keyboard….perfectly. Every time I go to the Starbuck, I use it.

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      1. that’s great! if only the iphone works with these iGo keyboards as well…hmm

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  10. Further evidence that the “iPad is just for consumption, not creation” whiners have no idea what they are talking about.

    (and yes, officially jealous now of your 4G mobile wifi solution)

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    1. My, you’re a defensive little puppy! I like rading this sort of “real world usage” article but be honest, this could all be done on a netbook. Would I go anywhere where I would take an iPad and not a netbook? Can’t think of one.

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      1. Of course it could be done on a netbook; the point is that it can also be done with ease on an iPad, which removes an argument against the iPad for those considering purchasing one or the other.

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