Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Wow - My iPad is so handy for shopping!
Old 07-13-2010, 07:30 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,457
Wow - My iPad is so handy for shopping!

I now almost always take my iPad with me when I go shopping. It's so handy.

Several times I have gone into a store and showed them what I am looking for from their website on my iPad display. That is so convenient.

Today while eating lunch out, I was able to search online to see what nearby Home Depot and Target had for step stool. Found what I really wanted, and also that none were available in area stores but had to be ordered.

Next stop, DH is shopping for a couple of other items at Home Depot, and I sit in one of the comfortable chairs in the patio furniture section and order the step stool I really wanted from Amazon.

Then to the grocery store. I look to see what they have in the seafood display - some awesome shrimp. Pulled up one of my favorite shrimp recipes on my iPad so I could see what else I need to buy for the recipe. I've put my personal cookbooks in my iBooks library, and I have a bunch more saved on my Apple MobileMe account that I can pull up whenever I need to, and the grocery store is where I really need access to my recipes!

Now if only I had a camera in the iPad.......

Audrey
__________________

__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-13-2010, 07:43 PM   #2
Recycles dryer sheets
Retch The Grate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Mountain View
Posts: 252
I'm definitely finding it interesting that I regret not getting 3G on my iPad, even though I intended it to be a household computing device and figured I could use my iPhone when on the go as I had been... turns out I want to use my iPad all over the place where there is no wifi...
__________________

__________________
Retch The Grate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2010, 10:11 PM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,457
Well, I don't have an iPhone, so getting the 3G was a big deal for me. That is what I was waiting for. I didn't want a voice phone, but I sure wanted internet access while I was running errands.

Still - your iPhone does have a camera.....

Audrey
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2010, 11:36 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
IndependentlyPoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 1,142
Quote:
Originally Posted by Retch The Grate View Post
I'm definitely finding it interesting that I regret not getting 3G on my iPad, even though I intended it to be a household computing device and figured I could use my iPhone when on the go as I had been... turns out I want to use my iPad all over the place where there is no wifi...
Me too. I thought I was being frugal, but it turns out that I was just being cheap!
__________________
Start by admitting
from cradle to tomb
it isn't that long a stay.
IndependentlyPoor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2010, 11:37 PM   #5
Recycles dryer sheets
Retch The Grate's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Mountain View
Posts: 252
yeah, my logic was why overpay for something my iPhone already covered, but it turns out the usage case is sufficiently different that it would have been useful. Ah well, at least I DID save the money...
__________________
Retch The Grate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 07:50 AM   #6
Recycles dryer sheets
crispus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 168
If you have both the iPhone and the iPad there is a solution. You can jailbreak the iphone and tethering it to the wifi on the iPad. I think you have to have not upgraded to 4.0 on the iPhone in order to easily jailbreak. The app that you can use is mywi here is the link on how to do it. How To Enable Tethering on Your iPhone Using MyWi iPhone App - iPhone Hacks
__________________
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies, The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C.S. Lewis
crispus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 10:50 AM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Quote:
Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
I now almost always take my iPad with me when I go shopping. It's so handy.
Audrey, I realize you are not using a smart phone so you are leveraging the usefulness of the iPad nicely. And it is visually "stunning" as the reviewers say.

I am interested in what you have discovered that you could not have done with a smart phone (albeit with much better form factor on the iPad)?
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 10:57 AM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa View Post
I am interested in what you have discovered that you could not have done with a smart phone (albeit with much better form factor on the iPad)?
That's the acid test. Is it worth lugging around an IPad when something that fits in a shirt pocket would do ?
__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 03:12 PM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,015
I belong to an investment club and my iPad has become an important tool at our monthly meetings. In the past we'd use a laptop, but oftentimes the lack of available wi-fi would limit its usefulness. Now, the 3G allows nearly instantaneous connection to our brokerage account, and the iPad's large screen is so much easier to use to view stock graphs, etc. It's amazing actually!

I find myself reaching for the iPad countless times during the day...it's so handy on the kitchen counter in its bookstand, or on the coffee table when watching tv. And outside of the house, I've used it for everything from driving directions to mindless games while waiting to see a doctor to looking up real estate values while house hunting. Since getting it, my laptop has been used only rarely...a game changer for me, definitely.
__________________
Achiever51 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 03:32 PM   #10
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7,526
I'm curious how people carry the ipad. Women I assume can slip it in a purse. Any men carry this thing on the go?
__________________
Retired in 2013 at age 33. Keeping busy reading, blogging, relaxing, gaming, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and 3 kids (5, 11, and 12).
FUEGO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 03:33 PM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
Quote:
Originally Posted by FUEGO View Post
Any men carry this thing on the go?
you could use your man-bag !

__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 03:50 PM   #12
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,457
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa View Post
Audrey, I realize you are not using a smart phone so you are leveraging the usefulness of the iPad nicely. And it is visually "stunning" as the reviewers say.

I am interested in what you have discovered that you could not have done with a smart phone (albeit with much better form factor on the iPad)?
Have my cookbooks handy on the iPad for reference when grocery shopping -especially my personal collections. I guess you can save books on the iPhone now?

My GPS is much more accurate than the iPhone, and I use the mapping function fairly often.

But mainly it's the form factor. The large screen is a huge deal. I really didn't care to use my iPod Touch for anything beyond music and videos.

Audrey
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 03:55 PM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,457
Quote:
Originally Posted by FUEGO View Post
I'm curious how people carry the ipad. Women I assume can slip it in a purse. Any men carry this thing on the go?
No. My purse is too small. I carry it around more like a book or notepad. Usually it's tucked under my arm. I bought the Apple case/cover which is very rugged and has a flip top lid. This has a very non-slip surface, so I feel very secure carrying it tucked under my arm.

Audrey
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 03:58 PM   #14
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,457
Quote:
Originally Posted by Achiever51 View Post
I belong to an investment club and my iPad has become an important tool at our monthly meetings. In the past we'd use a laptop, but oftentimes the lack of available wi-fi would limit its usefulness. Now, the 3G allows nearly instantaneous connection to our brokerage account, and the iPad's large screen is so much easier to use to view stock graphs, etc. It's amazing actually!
I use the iPad during lunch "meetings" with DH, where we review our piorities for our house todo list and then I email the updated todos to both of us.

Audrey
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 04:06 PM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
audreyh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Posts: 16,457
We have been car navigation Garmin GPS users forever - well, since the 90s - and we are starting to use the iPad more and more instead. It is a lot easier to find new locations. And it's quite a bit faster. Unfortunately the Garmin devices have gotten worse over the years both in user interface and in performance. And their touch screens are the worst. They may end up losing out to the iPad. Really, the main feature we're missing right now is "recalculate" capability wher it detects that you are off route and calculates a new route automatically.

Audrey
__________________
Well, I thought I was retired. But it seems that now I'm working as a travel agent instead!
audreyh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 04:22 PM   #16
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 7,526
Quote:
Originally Posted by MasterBlaster View Post
you could use your man-bag !
I figured that was going to be suggested! I don't have a man bag though...

I have a little black padded neoprene bag that fits 9-10" netbooks (and probably an ipad). I have carried it some. It has a handle on the top of it, but no strap a la man-bag. European carry-all.
__________________
Retired in 2013 at age 33. Keeping busy reading, blogging, relaxing, gaming, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and 3 kids (5, 11, and 12).
FUEGO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 04:39 PM   #17
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
That's even better...

The European man bag.



__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 05:28 PM   #18
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 11,036
No man bag here. My iPad leaves the house only when I travel (in which case it goes in my luggage). I use my iPhone to look things up when I am out and about.
__________________
FIREd is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 05:57 PM   #19
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Yep, I'd need both devices if I by an iPad. If it's not with me during the day I miss alot. Examples: last night parked in a confusing busy 6 story parking ramp-made a voice recording "parked level 5 middle aisle", then running errands I ran Savvy shopper on the bar code of an item and decided not to buy it -- 15% cheaper in a store I frequent.

I also have an unfortunate tendency to get careless with items that are not in a pocket or otherwise shackled to my body - I drop them, lose them, damage them.

But mostly it's the part about taking my phone in the morning and knowing I can use it any time. I know I'll end up with a tablet some day, probably to replace a laptop.
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2010, 06:04 PM   #20
gone traveling
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,864
Quote:
Originally Posted by audreyh1 View Post
I look to see what they have in the seafood display - some awesome shrimp. Pulled up one of my favorite shrimp recipes on my iPad...Audrey
So are you going to tell us how you cooked those awesome shrimp or just leave us all drooling wondering ...?
__________________

__________________
Westernskies is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPad DangerMouse Other topics 973 03-12-2014 10:48 AM
Handy Guys Moemg Other topics 33 12-14-2009 12:04 PM
Handy Firefox browser add-on loads your routine websites spncity Other topics 13 01-18-2009 02:15 AM
Handy Glossary of Oil and Gas Terminology haha FIRE and Money 3 01-29-2007 08:09 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:27 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.