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Can the iPad replace laptop ?

Hello folks, welcome to CCB. I recently got an iPad and I’ve been using it as my laptop replacement. In this post I’ll be educating you on the pros and cons of using an iPad.

Let’s begin with the pros of using an iPad. Well, the iPad is extremely portable and fun to use. The portability quotient also depends on the size of the iPad. I use 9th gen iPad which happens to have 10.2 inch screen. If you are someone who uses the 12.9 inch iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard then the portability quotient definitely drops.

I primarily use the iPad for blogging, media consumption which includes apps like YouTube and social media apps like Instagram, I also use it to read e-books etc. The 10.2 inch iPad is pretty decent for reading books and I like it more than my laptop. The biggest benefit is you can hold the iPad in landscape as well as the normal orientation, this comes in handy while reading subjects like Geography that usually contains maps in landscape mode. When the aforementioned has to be done on a laptop it is a pain…

The next reason I like iPad is for editing documents and photos. The touchscreen solves hell lot of problems and makes things super easy. I recently had to make a Resume and this app called Canva helped me take the aesthetics of my resume beyond the universe. Well, the user interface of iPad also requires a learning curve and not all may find it easy.

The next and the obvious reason to own an iPad is for iCloud. I sync my iCloud with both my iPhone and iPad and things become super easy. If you are someone who uses a small screen iPhone then having an iPad can reduce stress and increase efficiency. I still remember the days when I used my iPhone 12 for drafting documents and the small screen was disappointing. Of late I use my iPad for most of the things and the experience is amazing.

Let us now talk about the cons of using an iPad. Well, Safari (browser) on iPad is desktop class but yet it isn’t top notch. There are instances where iPad is limited. If you are applying for some of the government jobs that requires desktop class browser then iPad may not do the job.

The next con is with respect to expensive accessories. I got Smart Keyboard for my iPad and it was a expensive affair. I’m yet to get the Apple Pencil.

Another con on iPad is the issue of aspect ratio while viewing videos. Usually most streaming services use 16:9 aspect ratio and henceforth you get to see the black bar above and below the video. Netflix has a feature wherein the entire screen real estate of iPad can be used but the con is the video is zoomed in and you miss out on the full frame.

One distinguishing feature to pick iPad over laptop is cellular connectivity. Yes, that costs another fortune but if you live in places that has regular power cuts and own modems that turn off the very next second the power’s down then the cellular models come in handy. If you happen to be a nomad and if data costs are cheap in your country then I’m pretty sure you’d go for an iPad over…

Well, I’m a Mechanical Engineer but currently I don’t work in that domain and my current work flow doesn’t require any application that runs only on Windows or Mac and therefore iPad does happen to replace my laptop.

Do I recommend buying an iPad ? ——— Well, the 256 GB variant with cellular connectivity, Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil almost costs the same as MacBook Air. I got an iPad because MacBook Air hasn’t been refreshed since 2020 at the time of writing this post and also I’m an avid reader and my bookshelf would have grown taller than Burj Khalifa if I hadn’t got the iPad. An important thing to note here is not all books are available on Kindle and its counterparts, at times you may have to buy physical books. Also Kindle app allows you to increase the font size while reading books and boy oh boy it’s amazing. When you own an iPad you can get books from multiple services like Amazon, Apple Books, Play Books etc. this isn’t the case with other e-readers that use e-ink. The display of the iPad can be stressful on the eyes when compared to e-ink readers but if you follow good eye care principles and don’t read 200 pages in one go then iPad is safe on the eyes. Also these days you get spectacles that filter blue light and iPad also has dark mode.

I would buy a MacBook in the near future but I still find the iPad Pro to be sexier than the MacBook. If Apple improves iPad OS and if my workflow doesn’t require MacBook then I’d upgrade to an iPad Pro over MacBook.

Minimalism doesn’t mean buying cheap.

Well I’ve got four bottles of colognes in my closet but I end up using only one and the reason is that one bottle of cologne outperforms the rest. When it comes to clothes, I end up wearing the most comfortable. While writing I prefer Parker over the rest in my pen collection. The common thing here is most of the things I use on a daily basis happens to be expensive and the cheap stuff was bought by me just to save money. The cheap stuff include ball pens bought in pack of 10, colognes that don’t last long etc.

Many of you may have heard the sentence ‘Sum of parts is greater than the whole.’ The same applies to minimalism. Sometimes the money spent on cheap stuff that you don’t use or that doesn’t last long, happens to be greater than the money spent on good expensive stuff.

I’m not telling that things that cost less are bad, in fact I do use some cheap stuff. For example, I use metal tiffin box over expensive branded plastic tiffin box. And the reason is plastic tiffin box sucks when it comes to handling hot food in the long run.

The core concept of minimalism is having stuff that you need and letting go all the non essential stuff. One of my favourite movie is Rambo 3 and in the movie the person playing the supporting character says to Sylvester Stallone that “5 tigers are better than 500 sheep.” The same applies to minimalism. One of my classmate had multiple cars but none of them had a 5 star safety rating. Instead of owning hell lot of cars of bad quality he could have got few good cars. I hope these examples clarified the misconception associated with minimalism.

Well, that wraps up this post. See you next time with a different one. Also do check out my other posts. Byeee 🙂

Creating Office Space at Home

Hello folks, welcome to CCB. In this post we’ll have a look at creating office space at home.

The emergence of Corona virus has caused millions of office goers to work from home (WFH). Many have embraced WFH but there are many who miss their office. To those who miss the aforementioned, this post provides some info on creating workspace at home.

The most common problems associated with WFH is back pain and neck pain. I’ve been working from home for quite a lot of time and even before the emergence of Corona virus. The reason why I faced neck pain was, I preferred to use laptop from my bed as I could stretch my legs. But that went awry. So the first thing I invested in was an office table and a comfy chair. I’ve been using this setup from quite a lot of time and it has reduced my back pain and neck pain issues to nil. The desk I use even has a leg rest and has proved to be quite useful. Well, that was my story.

The real estate prices in most cities are sky high and everyone reading this post mayn’t have huge homes to create working space. To those living in small studios I have some talk. You can definitely work from the couch or your bed.rnfetchblobtmp_1m1a8gd4gw307fj5qmkchhkrnfetchblobtmp_pupysbeiyxofsgg8kyj95

If you work from the bed or couch. I have a suggestion for you. Use pillows for proper back support and some sort of tiny table or pillows to raise the working height, so that you don’t get back pain or neck ache. If you live in cold cities and work from the sofa you can add rug to the floor or buy some cosy footwear to keep you warm.

To those living in a slightly bigger place you can even use your dining table or the island to create your workspace.rnfetchblobtmp_n8oaan8xr4b8aycn57kpif

To those who don’t prefer the above and want a home office, I have some tips for you. Before creating the workspace you should focus on the theme of the workspace. Whether you want a minimalist workspace or a flamboyant workspace.img_0744rnfetchblobtmp_2kxm5yrf1nckwj0ajtee9q

If you are going for a minimalist, clean and serene workspace, the first thing to do is the paint job, choose the right colour from the palette that soothes you and creates positive vibes when you are seated and working. Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean going bare. You can add some flair in the form of geometrical shapes or even some painting.rnfetchblobtmp_hlomdywfq9uhqiqt7r2p

The next thing in minimalism is having less but essential items on the desk. A good investment to this setup would be an iPad and Apple pencil. The reason being you can take digital notes and have less paper and books on the table.rnfetchblobtmp_v4i7r8az347n5lhh9mkpt

If you are going for a flamboyant setup, one thing to keep in mind is to invest in table and racks that are easy to clean.

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Another important thing to do in your WFH routine is to change places for a small time so that your WFH isn’t monotonous. Occasionally you could take your laptop to the coffee spot in the house and rest your legs on the ottoman while working.rnfetchblobtmp_bfo1r7ugkhgtbdil2990q

Well folks, that was it for this post. See you next time with a different post. Byeeeeee 🙂