My iPad – A Transparent Device

One of the things I appreciate most about my iPad is how transparent its user experience can be. When it’s combined with a well designed app, the app itself transforms the iPad from a tablet computer into whatever utility the app provides.

A perfect example of this is the app I’m using to write this post. Writer by iA is designed to do one thing and one thing only, help you focus on your writing. The beauty of Writer is best captured by the following screencast:

iA Writer for iPad from Oliver Reichenstein on Vimeo.

As you can see in the video, Writer takes over the entire iPad interface allowing you to forget about the device you’re using and focus on the task at hand. I’ve come to appreciate this experience over and over again with many apps. In addition to Writer, here are some of my favorites:

  • Reeder – an RSS reader which syncs with Google Reader. I love how this app lets me quickly browse and read all my favorite blogs and news feeds.
  • Chapters – a writing app which lets you create multiple “notebooks”. Although Writer has this one beat with regards to interface, I like the organizational capabilities of Chapters.
  • ReadingPlan – helps you keep track of your progress reading the Bible. I use this app to keep up with Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System. Each day it presents me with my daily reading list.
  • Instapaper – use it to read and archive long reads online. Whenever I come across a longer post online that I want read later (.e.g. an article from The New Yorker), I save it to Instapaper to read it later in the app’s streamlined interface.
  • Paprika – add your recipes and make grocery lists. My wife and I use this app to generate our monthly grocery list. We check off the dinners we want to have, and Paprika generates a grocery list from the ingredients. It’s a fabulous time saver.


  1. I bought my ipad last summer. I use it to write while sitting on my bed at night watching TV. My grandson is 17 months old. He uses my ipad more than me. LOL! The apps available for babies and children are excellent. I don’t have to help. He knows which icons are his. He switches between games and videos with ease. :)

    • Thanks for commenting. What app do you prefer when you do your writing on your iPad?

      Also, I just checked out your blog. I’m looking forward to reading some of your serial fiction when I get a chance.

  2. I use “Pages” mostly. I use “Notes” when I am jotting down small stuff and “Soundnote” when I don’t have time to sit and write.

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