It’s the Ideal Size to Take With You on Your Commute!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of iPads.
After owning several Android tablets over the years, I feel that Apple got the whole tablet thing right.
With that in mind, I haven’t tried any of Samsungs latest tablets, but they definitely seem impressive, but that’s a story for another day as today I wanted to discuss why I think that the 11-inch iPad Pro is ideal for blogging.
For context, I am currently using the 2nd generation 11-inch iPad Pro from 2020, unfortunately that is one generation below the impressive M1 chip. But I’m not looking to upgrade any time soon as it’s still going strong!
I also consider my iPad to be my primary device!
Why the iPad?
In order for you to gain a better understanding of why I think the iPad is ideal for blogging, I wanted to start by explaining the way in which I work.
For starters, I create content part-time alongside of a full time 9 to 5 job. A job which often requires me to travel into our offices by train as well as other forms of public transportation.
On average, it takes me around 1 hour each way to go to the usual office, that gives me 2 hours worth of content creation time and that isn’t even counting the time I spend waiting to catch the train.
I find that time to be perfect for creating content, such as writing blog articles or working on YouTube videos. Yes, I do edit videos on my iPad from time to time. I mainly use Luma Fusion, but I will be checking out FinalCut Pro next time I will be editing a video.
Now that you get the gist of how I work, I want to share the reasons I prefer creating content on the 11 inch iPad Pro…
It’s the Perfect Size for Working on Small Tables!
Have you ever tried working with a large laptop on a train or at the cafe?
I certainly have and it can be a hassle! Especially if the table is small or you don’t even have access to a table.
The train I usually catch tends to have incredibly small tray tables and when I put my laptop down on it, I no longer have room for my cup of coffee. But I tend to have more room if I use my 11 inch iPad instead.
Even when working in cafes or at train stations, using large laptops can feel cumbersome!
If I’m catching a coach or a bus, I would be lucky to even get a tray table! Some of the coaches out there don’t even have suitable conditions to work from a laptop.
A smaller iPad works great in these sorts of situations!
I Don’t Want the Screen to Be Too Big or Too Small!
I don’t know about you, but as someone who works from two larger computer monitors on a daily basis, I find it hard to work from a single monitor. I guess that my brain is formatted to think that I don’t have enough space on the screen.
That’s why I wouldn’t go with a device that’s smaller than 11 inch for work. At the same time, I wouldn’t want anything bigger, as bigger means that I need to have more space, which sometimes I just can’t have. That’s why I think the 12.9 inch is too big for me and my needs.
To be honest, I am seriously tempted to get a second iPad, the latest iPad Mini, but I feel that that would just be too small for me.
Are there any iPad Mini owners that write blog posts and edit videos with their iPad Mini’s? Let us know how you find them in the comments section!
There Are Some Incredible Apps Available!
One of my favourite all time apps for writing and drafting out blog posts happens to be Ulysses. It’s genuinely a great app which I can use to proofread my drafts and later upload them directly to WordPress, which is what my website is built on as well as Medium and a range of other platforms.
I also use Notability for research and creating mind maps which help me plan out and schedule my content. Notability tends to be my favourite app for taking hand-written notes as well as annotating things.
My iPad experience could not be complete without my Apple Pencil and Paperlike screen protector which if you have an iPad I can’t recommend enough! Even I was initially hesitant about getting a Paperlike, but I was simply wrong! It revolutionised the way I use my iPad for ever!
On a side note, I find that 11-inch happens to be the perfect size to use as a notebook. The Apple Pencil and Paperlike screen protector have been a huge help in my journey to go paperless!
As someone who also happens to be a fan and long-term user of Android, I have yet to come across apps that will replace Ulysses and Notability if I was to switch to an Android tablet, although I’m quite a fan of the Samsung Notes app.
As a part time content creator, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to create content, especially if you have other priorities.
That’s why it’s important to utilise the time you have in the best possible way. For me it happens to be creating content on my iPad during my commute to and from work.
But that’s not the only time I simply prefer to use my iPad for creating content. From time to time, it’s nice to be able to just sit in the garden or in the living room and get my iPad out to write a few paragraphs.
As a whole, I think that the 11 inch iPad Pro fits my needs really well as a part time content creator. I can comfortably write blog posts on it and I can edit YouTube videos, which so far I’ve been using Luma Fusion for, but I will be looking to try out Final Cut Pro in the coming days!
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