My new mobile working environment


After my post last week I have been trying to do things on a “lite” basis.

Over the weekend I bought myself an Apple iPad Mini 64GB WiFI+Cellular tablet. I also got a little case for it, and I bought another Bluetooth keyboard. (I also signed-up for a £15.99/month 4G 30-day connection from EE.)

That, I reasoned, should be enough to get things done.

Here at BlackBerry Jam Europe, I’ve managed to make-do with the iPad Mini and the keyboard. It was slightly awkward on my lap — but actually, what was more important was having the full size keyboard on the lap.

I was astonished at how quickly I was able to type — and, broadly speaking, how productive I’ve been able to be.

I’m bashing this post out via the native WordPress app on the Mini. Genius.

In terms of email, it’s just fantastic to be able to bang out long or expansive answers. I am unfortunately not at the stage in my career where I can just reply “ok” to an email. Or “approved” — or, “see me”.

The slight arse? Having to reach for the touchscreen because you can’t easily navigate through the email pile on the keyboard. Fair enough. You can’t alt-tab to another app either. Again, fair enough.

This is *not* a laptop. I’m not after a full desktop experience. I just want to get stuff done without having to be chained to the desktop world.

I’ll keep you updated on the pitfalls.

Right now I am *loving* the ability to carry my small man-bag laptoppy bag and inside it’s just got the Mini, the keyboard and a few cables. Oh, and a notepad for fall-back. Previously it contained the rather bulky MacBook Air. And if you added the charger, that added considerable bulk and weight. The MacBook Pro required a bigger full-size laptop bag.

So I am enjoying the light experience and so far, not seeing my productivity dramatically reduced. If anything I’m feeling like my productivity is enhanced.

In terms of power, I’ve got the 6,000mA ‘daddy’ of a battery pack from Mophie. That will charge a full size iPad and an iPhone simultaneously. I reckon that should work nicely with both devices.

We’ll see.

If you’ve any suggestions for improving the setup, let me know.

11 Responses to My new mobile working environment

  1. Matt Radford February 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Try Poster app for posting to WordPress websites. It’s a bit cleaner than the official WP app, plus it supportes TextExpander.

  2. Ewan February 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    where is that, Matt? I tried to look for it on the App Store!

  3. Ewan February 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    A brilliant I’ll have a read!

  4. Antoine RJ Wright February 7, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    And you laughed at me at Uplinq a few years ago when this was me doing this and I told you that if been doing computing like this for a few years. Welcome to the club.

  5. Ewan February 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    You were way ahead Antoine! Way ahead!

  6. Matt Radford February 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Cmd-Tab for iPad:

    Keyboard navigation makes quite a difference, IMO.

  7. Ewan February 8, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    It’s typical of Apple that the stuff isn’t native — you have to use the accessibility options. Still at least there’s a way ahead.

  8. AndersOlesen February 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    I would (a bit cheekily) suggest getting a surface pro instead :). The battery life will be worse, and you will need to use your phone for tethering, but I would anyway to avoid paying two data plans. And the raw power and flexibility would to me totally make up for the battery life, for instance see To each his own 🙂

  9. Ewan February 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    i’m going to take a look at the Pro and see how I get on.

  10. Antoine RJ Wright February 11, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Thanks. Though, i must admit that I’m looking to take it to another level. My thoughts are here: – that would be like your NFC experiment, but pushing mobile a whole lot further… wonder if your audience or sponsors would dig that kind of trip.

  11. Emin Abrahamsson May 20, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Hello Ewan,

    That’s a lot of thought you have put in there. I appreciate
    your creativity and intelligence. I would like to mention here that Apple iPad Mini 64GB WiFI+Cellular tablet
    is a gem of a gadget. You would just simply fall in love with its incredible features
    which serve as a perfect aide to the work.

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