Introducing: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the iPad

I’m a huge Douglas Adams fan. And by that I mean, I love The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I also mean that a small part of me feels a twinge of sadness when Douglas Adams and the iPad cross paths in my mind. Simply because I hold in my hands the closest thing to the fabled Guide that our world has yet seen.

And so it is with great honor that I riff off of Mr. Adams, and present to you my Guide to the iPad for Hitchhikers.

A Series for Travelers

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting articles on how to use your iPad while traveling. If there ever was a device whose appearance alone screamed travel, it would be the iPad. Despite this, criticisms have reigned, about how the iPad isn’t a “real” computer, how it’s underpowered, and how it’s handicapped by Apple’s strict rules and restrictions.

Well I’m here to put those claims to the test, although I’m not saying I’ll prove them all wrong. During the course of this series I just might prove a couple of them right!

My goal here is to present you, dear reader, with facts. There will be a healthy dose of opinion thrown in, but it’ll be marked as such. When it’s all said and done though, I hope you’ll have a better understanding of how the iPad performs under the rigours of the road. I also hope you’ll take this knowledge and apply it to yourself, to see if the iPad can handle the demands you’ll place on it in a travel scenario.

Outline

Let me give you a taste of what’s to come, a look at what we have planned out for this series:

THHGiP: Pre-Trip Plans and Preparations

All of the important things to keep in mind when you’re going to be outside of your home network, things to setup on your Mac or PC back home that you’ll use when you’re away, and other miscellaneous concerns to have in mind before you leave the house.

THHGiP: Travel Information at Your Fingertips

Most people want to act like the locals when they travel, they’d rather not stand out like a sore thumb. With an iPad you have a rich variety of useful information at your fingertips when you’re traveling, from restaurant recommendations and hotel tips, to important travel notes and warnings.

THHGiP: Down to Business

How to “get things done” from the road, taking a look at different types of business-related tasks, and showing how the iPad can help you get a large quantity of them done with comfort and ease.

THHGiP: For the Kids!

When it comes to distraction tools for children, the iPad is one of the best. Here are some of our recommendations for keeping children busy and out of your hair during those long travel times.

THHGiP: Photo Editing, Sharing, and Management

When you’re on the road, photos are one of the most important digital assets you’ll be creating. Here’s how to take advantage of that big beautiful screen to edit, share, store, and manage your photographs.

THHGiP: Media Creation and Consumption, From Movies to Music

Not wanting to forget the importance of media in our traveling lives, let’s look at getting our television and cinema fix while on the road. We’ll also look at how to keep the tunes coming all vacation long.

A Digital Window on the World

An introspective wrap-up, talking about what the iPad and devices like it mean for society, and the change in mobile computing that they’re ushering in.

Off We Go

I hope you’re as excited about this series as I am. I had a blast writing it. Stay tuned for our first installment: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the iPad: Pre-Trip Plans and Preparations.