Tuesday, September 9

✔ Will a new 5,5" iPhone convert people to not only #iPadOnly, but more #iPhoneOnly?

I'm a big fan of working on iOS devices. I co-wrote a book about working ont the iPad and I'm actually writing this blog post on my iPad. I've gotten used to working on both the iPhone and the iPad - I really use these two "computers" all of the time. I carry my iPhone with me at all times... and my iPad most of the times. I hardly ever use my Mac. Now, tonight Apple will supposedly unvail two new iPhones. According to John Gruber, one will be 4.7" and the other 5.5" and the bigger one might have kinda iPad-like features. Will it mean people will use the iPhone even more for their every day computing?

Will a new 5,5" iPhone convert people to not only #iPadOnly, but more #iPhoneOnly?

I switched to using iPad and iPhone for most of my daily work tasks 2 years ago

Yes, the moment I got the 3rd generation iPad (with Retina display and 3G connection) I started migrating my work to the iPad. Started using my favorite apps and loved it. Later I upgraded to 4th gen iPad and now the iPad Air.

I've been hardly missing my PC anymore. I write all about it in my #iPadOnly book. However, recently I noticed I could get lots done on my iPhone as well. I've had all the generations of the iPhone, and my newest, iPhone 5s with the touch ID is really amazing. The screen is big (compared to the iPhone 4s) and the battery life is OK... and the touch ID is cool now that it works pretty reliably. Now, what happens if I get the iPhone 5.5"... is that I imagine using it even more for work. Here's why:

Wednesday, July 30

✔ Why I'm working only on my iPad? Quick, pecha-kucha, 6min explanation by yours truly - Productive! Show #76

Why go iPadOnly? Three reasons and three benefits. As you know, I am the co-author of the "#iPadOnly" book where together with Augusto Pinaud I promote a new work-style. In this video I'd like to show you, in the simplest possible way, why, a couple years ago, I decided to switch my Mac Book Air to iPad and make it my number one working tool. See what are the consequences and benefits of that decision.

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Tuesday, March 25

✔ My favorite iPad keyboards & stands - Productive!Show #67

As one of the few productivity guys out there working almost exclusively on the iPad, I get asked a lot about my favorite iPad keyboards and stands. Here are my top accessories for the iPad: Logitech Ultrathin mini and K760 keyboards and the Slope and Trust iPad stands.

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Thursday, February 6

✔ My slim iPad Air gadget bag - Productive!Show #64

As I work mostly on my iPad now I need to have a great bag for my #iPadOnly work to fit my iPad Air, Logitech iPad Mini keyboard, stylus, ballpen, Lightning charger with cable and Lightning-HDMI adapter. This bag is called "Lacoste Crossover Slim Bag" and it's a very nice, slim and handy bag - perfect to carry my iPad Air when I'm out and about.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

✔ iPad is just a PC? A kinda PC without keyboard? Or is it?

A few days ago I received a very nice email from one of #iPadOnly book readers - Jean-Michel: "I just subscribed to #ipadOnly, but it is because I'm not convinced at all :)" and he said that basically computers are just generic tools, like swiss-army knives... and that iPad is just a mobile computer, and because it lacks keyboard it's actually even a little worse than the "traditional" computers.

Great points, good questions. Let me address these in this post (writing on my iPad Air with iPad mini keyboard attached to it :-)

iPad PC

As you can read in my intro to the #iPadOnly book I was involved with the computers for a very long time. I got my first IBM PC XT when I was 10 and now I'm 34 so it's been a long ride. I switched to Mac in late 2008 and to the iPad in early 2012. That's why I have some background and prior experience with various computing setups and that's why I really believe the iPad is DIFFERENT than a traditional computer and it's changing the way we're approaching computing. For three big reasons. Let me explain:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

✔ You don't need permission to change the world: how I co-authored, self-published and best-seller'ed my first book

It's been almost a month since the #iPadOnly book was published. It's the first book I wrote and published in my life... and it's the one I co-authored with Augusto Pinaud and it already became an international bestseller in only a few weeks on sale at a pretty "high" price for an eBook ($9.99). I already shared the story behind writing the book earlier on this blog but in this post I'd like to focus what happened after the book has been published and how I feel as a first-time, best-selling author. Hope it'll inspire you to write the book you've been meaning to write for a while now.

You don't need permission to change the world: how I co-authored, self-published and best-seller'ed my first book

Unique moment in time - you can choose yourself!

I've been a long-time Seth Godin fan and what he's always been preaching on his blog, through his books and in the interview he did with me is that we're in a unique moment in time and we can choose ourselves and not wait to be picked. We can self-publish, self-create, self-show... in other words: "there it is, I built it, hope it resonates with you"... and that's why I wrote a series of blog posts about the #iPadOnly way on this blog and later emailed Augusto and asked him to write the book with me. Now that the book is published, here's what happened and what happens next, and what you should do about it:

Friday, June 21, 2013

✔ How I wrote the #iPadOnly book with Augusto Pinaud

I just wrote my first book with my friend, Augusto Pinaud. It's called "#iPadOnly - how to only use your iPad to work, play and do everything in between" and it's going to hit virtual bookshelves in a little over a week. This post is a quick summary of how the book came to be, how we both wrote it (living on different continents) and why we had so much fun in the process. Here we go!

How I wrote the #iPadOnly book with Augusto Pinaud

I wrote a few blog posts on #iPadOnly

It all started when I decided to use my iPad as my main computer last April and blogged about it - I liked the process so much that I started blogging more and over the last year wrote ~20 blog posts on the topic. I thought this topic deserved a book. A first post-PC book that will show everyone that yes, you can use only your iPad to work and yes, after a few annoyances that come with a migration, you'll love it as much as I still do.

However, I knew I wouldn't be able to write the book myself. I have a successful company to run and don't have the time to write books, right? Then I saw the series of blog posts from Augusto on the same #iPadOnly topic. After a little thinking (like, 5 minutes) and a little analysis I realized that:

  • Augusto is a full-time writer (he has more expertise than I do, writing books)
  • He is working on his iPad longer than I am and he's also passionate about the whole iPad-only thing
  • He is also a GTD-guy as I am although he's using OmniFocus instead of Nozbe (well, not anymore he isn't :-)
  • We both speak Spanish and English, so we can communicate in either language (and we did, more on that later....)
  • We "met" several times online and we like each other...
  • With a co-author I might find the time to write this book... I think...

Well, after another 5 minutes I fired up an email his way that went like this:

"Hello Augusto, I'm not sure if you already realize this, but we're writing an #iPadOnly book togheter. What do you think?"

And he said yes. We got together on FaceTime and nailed the details and the rest, as they say, is history. Here's how we wrote this book:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

✔ Mini or Maxi? Which iPad is good for you?

This is an excerpt from my upcoming #iPadOnly book that I'm writing with my friend Augusto Pinaud. We're aiming at finishing our draft this week and we're aiming at publishing the book at the end of May, right before WWDC. Today I'll discuss the differences between the iPad Mini and the regular iPad. Which one to choose?

Mini or Maxi? Which iPad is good for you?

I started working #iPadOnly in April of 2012. Half a year before the iPad mini was introduced. Now half a year has passed after the Mini introduction and people ask me whether they should choose the "big" iPad or the "mini" one. In my household we have two iPads - the big one (mine) and the small one (my wife's). Here's what I think about both of them.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Part 18 - My life in the cloud thanks to the iPad

In this series of posts about working on the iPad I mentioned several times how clouds are very important and how I was forced to set up my "data in the cloud" because of the constraints of the iPad... well, after 9 months of working on the iPad it's even more so now.

ipad in the cloud

I run Nozbe - which is a cloud service as such, so I'd be the first person to use the cloud more extensively than the other guy. Well, not so fast. As I was mainly working on a "traditional laptop" I never had the time to move everything I had to the cloud. I always wanted to, but I was used to my "local" setup with "local" backup and such... to only realize this is not sustainable when you work on the iPad all day.

I was forced to go cloud only. Before I moved to the iPad, a free Dropbox account was enough for me. Now I pay for their premium plan to have all my data there. Same with Evernote. Here's why:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Who can do their day job effectively on the iPad?

8 months ago I made a decision to start working on my iPad as my main computer. Over these months I got to know the strengths and weaknesses of the iOS platforms and although I still need to work on my Mac Mini from time to time, most of my day to day job is now done on my iPad. Can you get your work done on the iPad as well? Let's find out.

ipad only jobs

I'm an entrepreneur running Nozbe so I wear many "hats" in my job. I write a lot... and then as the "product guy" I design my product, get and give feedback to my developers and designers... and as a CEO I do some spreadsheets, presentations, email, IM, calls... and I blog, do social media and more... and I travel a bit. If the iPad fits my lifestyle, it's probable that it will fit yours... let's dive a little deeper into this:

Some jobs that can be done on the iPad:

1. CEO of a company

You can use the built-in Mail.app for email as well as the Google's Gmail. I use both (Gmail mainly for a quick search). Spreadsheets - I use QuickOffice HD for Excel (with Dropbox and Numbers (synced via iCloud with my Mac). For presentations I've always been using Keynote and thanks to iCloud I put all of my past presentations there as well.

For keeping in touch with my team I use Nozbe (we communicate through comments attached to our tasks), iMessage, Facetime, Socialcast and Skype. iPad is a very well communicated device.

2. Writer

I write using AI Writer (synced via iCloud) and Nebulous (synced via Dropbox). iPad is perfect for writers as you can put the screen vertically (perfect for typing with an external keyboard) and the one-app-open-at-a-time paradigm helps you focus on writing instead of checking other stuff.

3. Blogger

Most platforms like Wordpress, Tumblr and others have dedicated blogging apps for the iPad now. And great web interfaces. I blog on my own platform that syncs my Dropbox files to the web, so it's even easier. And I use Markdown. Both apps I mentioned above support it. Moreover iPad has some of the best social media apps out there. I use Tweetbot, Twitter, Hootsuite, Facebook and Facebook Pages and Google+. iPad is a great social-media-blogger type of machine.

4. Traveler

10 hours batter life, half a kg weight, fits any purse (or man-purse for that matter), iPad is a fantastic device for traveling. I should know, last year I went on a trip to the USA without my laptop for the first time and didn't miss my good old MacBook Air. With dedicated travel apps for flight tracking, hotel booking, navigation and maps, it's hard not to make it the best traveler's friend.

5. Programmer

This is a tricky part. I do some of the programming still (not as much as I used to - my developers are a lot better than me!) and while I love Textastic app and the vertical screen, to really effectively program you need at least two screens (or a wide 27" screen like I have). That's why I do occasional programming on the iPad but for a longer coding session I still choose my Mac.

6. Product guy

I spend my days designing new features for Nozbe, testing what my programmers and designers have developed and sending lots of feedback. Thanks to great apps like Paper (where I sketch ideas), Skitch (where I draw visual feedback)

7. Busy professional

Well, that's me and you - a mixture of the above points. My experiment with going " iPad only" has been a success and I'm not coming back. I love the fact that I can take my iPad anywhere I want in my small man-purse and nobody really knows I have a real working machine with me at all times. I don't need to search for a power plug as I have more battery than I need for a full day's work. My iPad syncs perfectly with my iPhone through many cloud apps so I'm on top of things at all times.

Question: Is the iPad well suited for your job? Do you think iPad can work for you as the only device? Share your experiences below!