My New Toy

Betsy got a laptop (MacBook) for her birthday last year, and really likes it.    We got a Mi-Fi (Verizon wireless station) at the same time, so Betsy can use her laptop just about any place we can get a wireless signal.  She especially likes using her laptop while I’m driving — she’s been able to do a good job of keeping up with emails and blogs while we’ve traveled.

I’ve had an iPod Touch which has wireless capabilities for a little over a year, but since it’s about the size of a cellphone, my fat fingers have had trouble using the keyboard and navigating the web.  I couldn’t keep up with Betsy and her laptop no matter how hard I tried.

About a month ago I got a new toy — an iPad.  It’s got a good size — about 9.5 inches x 7.5 inches.  It is very light-weight and easy to carry around it is also wireless, so I can use it anyplace Betsy can use her laptop.  I’ll admit it’s nice to be able to take it out on the deck and go through my emails and surf the web.

The interface is a touch screen and is very easy to use.  I can have multiple windows open in the browser and can easily switch between them.  The keyboard in the landscape mode is fairly large and is a standard QWERTY layout.  I haven’t had any problems with it.  About the only problem I’ve had is getting Betsy to drive so I can use it while we’re on the road.

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One thing the iPad can’t do is add more hours to the day.  I’m going to Hendersonville this morning to see my parents and won’t be back until early evening.  So I’ll be behind on my visiting and commenting for a couple of days.  Don’t give up on me — I’ll catch up as soon as I can.

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18 Responses to “My New Toy”

  1. Mildred Says:

    Congrats on the iPad George. Sounds perfect for you. Have a safe and good trip with your parents today.

  2. Sandra Says:

    have a safe and happy trip to see your parents. love he new toy, now i want one of these and a laptop

  3. Darla Says:

    You guys crack me up with your new toys. I hope you can talk Betsy into driving every now and again.

  4. MaryBeth Says:

    Fun ‘toy’. glad you enjoy it.
    I went to see my Mother yesterday. She is doing amazingly well. She has recovered over 100% from her small stroke she had in May. Since her house hasn’t sold yet–she might as well stay put I think.
    Hope your folks are faring well. MB MB

  5. busy bee suz Says:

    These are great aren’t they?
    The coach got one a few months ago…it is great in the car!!!

    although, he left it on the nightstand last night and this morning it keeps beeping each time he gets an email and I don’t know how to turn it down!!
    Dang, he gets email very early too. 🙂

  6. Kathy Ariano Says:

    I like your new acquisitions!!! When Apple does design something that extends the hours of the day will you let me know?? 🙂 Blessings to your parents.

  7. happyone Says:

    Nice knew toy!!

  8. Linnea Says:

    You’re one hightech senior George! I’m typing this comment on an iPad! Have fun…

  9. Tricia Says:

    You go, George!

  10. Karin Says:

    So glad you two are having oodles of fun!!! I’m enjoying my MacBookAir and am not sure I would still need an iPad! They look like fun though. I did have an iPod I gave our daughter and she loves it!! Have a great visit with your dear folks!

  11. NCMountainwoman Says:

    Have a safe trip. I somehow suspect your absence will be due to more than the visit. I can tell you are itching to play with the iPad. I’m green with envy. I have so much fun with my iTouch, I can only imagine how great it would be to have the REAL toy.

  12. Pam Says:

    Okay George, now I am really jealous!
    I played with one at the store and fined then to be great fun and a really neat toy. Now I’m trying to justify buying one because I just got a new laptop in January. hmm?

    Enjoy it.. You deserve!

  13. Jen Says:

    Don’t iPad and drive. 🙂
    I played with one at the Apple store – very cool!

  14. Ruth Hiebrt Says:

    Now I am seriously jealous. LOL
    You know I really NEED an iPad,only no one else seems to think so.
    Have fun with this neat toy.
    Blessings,Ruth

  15. Rose Says:

    Oh, that looks so tempting!

  16. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    George, we are interested in your i-pad. We saw one on a T.V. show, and you can even put a keyboard on it to play and do all kinds of things. Do the things you do cost extra? We don’t know anything about it, but are kinda wanting to buy one now. anything you can tell me or maybe lead me to a website where we can understand more would be great!!!

  17. Mary Says:

    You two must be Apple’s best customers 🙂 Looks very handy.

  18. Regina Says:

    Wow love this!

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