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January 27, 2010

Not-quite-random mid-day blogger/tech comment

Jobsx-wide-community It has taken me only a few minutes to decide that I now want and need an iPad, though I am fearful (or perhaps hopeful) that the new Apple gizmo will be much better for reading blogs than for writing them.

Also, I am also already thinking about whether an iPad and other forthcoming like technologies might alter the resource and technology universe for lawyers, law professors and law students. 

I have never tried to do any kind of legal research or legal writing on my Droid smartphone, and I suspect that there are relatively few smartphone apps that are truly helpful to the average lawyer or law student.  In addition, I have been disappointed by the potential for my first-generation Kindle to be a means or medium for me to do professional reading of cases and other legal materials.  The Apple folks are touting the iPad as having some of the best aspects of modern e-readers and modern netbooks.  If this is true, I can readily imagine the possibility of an iPad with applications that are especially lawyer-friendly and lawyer-useful.

Thoughts, dear readers?  Is anyone (other than me) eager to read this blog on an iPad?

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A good smartphone calendar (that syncs) is invaluable, and I know a buncha lawyers that have used their phones to take notes from files in court (you can buy a folding keyboard for Palms). I also have had the FRCrP and Title 18 on my Palm in the olden days. Never used that much tho...

Oh, and you can always use the calculator function to determine that your client, at the present rate of payment, will pay off your fee in...

2035. ;)

My first thoughts on the iPad are that it seems like a big iPhone that you (a) can't make calls on, and (b) can't put in your pants unless you are MC Hammer.

Posted by: Ferris Bueller | Jan 27, 2010 2:42:03 PM

Of course you need it!!!

The scary thing is that I was looking for an iPad note/comment on your website and was pleased, and not surprised, when I saw this!

Also, check out the MacLawyer who, like the Marshall Tucker Band, is from Spartanburg, SC!

http://www.themaclawyer.com/

Posted by: Stanley Feldman | Jan 27, 2010 4:36:29 PM

I do not live in Ohio but promise Ohioans that you will not drive a vehicle and ipad in any sort of multitasking mode.

Posted by: mpb | Jan 28, 2010 10:35:32 AM

You don't need it Doug.

Posted by: Alex | Jan 28, 2010 11:33:47 AM

I promise, mpb, not to iPading and drive at least until March, which is apparently when the iPad will be available for sale.

And, Alex, you are surely right that I do not need an iPad, but I am also getting more and more sure that I will want an iPad.

Posted by: Doug B. | Jan 28, 2010 1:22:50 PM

This free Blio reading software for tablets (or regular computers) has some handy annotation capabilities (easier than on pdfs; don't know what comes on the iPad)...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/186305/blio_ebook_platform_no_reader_yet_but_great_graphics.html

http://gizmodo.com/5435814/first-look-at-blio-ray-kurzweils-tablet+friendly-ebook-format

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Posted by: luciyahelan | Jun 7, 2010 3:19:08 AM

will never buy such a thing even if i do second day it will go in repairs..i can't handle sensitive touch screens..

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