Help me make the most of my iPad
I recently snatched the iPad 2018 128 gb with Apple Pencil for a decent enough price. The experience so far has been extremely underwhelming.
I was used to my trusty Surface Pro 3 who’s been my companion for 5 long years. The poor thing has seen at least 8 to 10 hours of use every single day for 5 years and has travelled with me almost everywhere. I was starting to think that thing was indestructible. Turns out it can break.
I tried the whole laptop + paper thing again but kept loosing sheets of paper, never had the right notebook with me, accessing old notes was a nightmare if at all possible.
So I got the iPad after extensive research and reading multiple reviews on how “the iPad is the ultimate productivity tool”.
To be honest I don’t get it. I don’t get the OS and I’m not sure how to use it for productivity.
I genuinely love it for painting and drawing, but I got it mainly to use as a productivity tool for student stuff.
I’m a physics student. And I was going to use the iPad for studying, painting and occasional Netflix. I am trying to avoid games, social media and other distractions.
I planned to use one note, in which I already have 4 years worth of notes, but the inking experience is awful. Is there anything I can do to make it better?
I’m using notability and the inking experience is great but organising notes is impossible. Adding something you forgot is an incredible hassle (you have to either add a new page or move the whole content down). Worst of all there is no way to access my notes on my laptop (which mainly runs Linux nowadays but I’m willing to switch back to windows if that’s what it takes).
For the love of me I can’t figure a way to quickly share files between my iPad and my laptop. How do I make Bluetooth work? I even tried connecting the tablet to the laptop via cable but could only access my photos and not the other folders on my device. Is my tablet broken? Should I be worried?
Does anyone have a decent pdf annotation app to suggest? I’m trying out LiquidText and MarginNote3 but they seem way too complicated for me and I am not sure how to have the markups on those apps stick to the original files. Besides can’t seem to export their strange annotation trees. Is that even possible?
One thing I can’t wrap my mind around is how You can’t try most apps before you buy them. I don’t mind paying for great software. I just wish I could see how great of a software it is before buying it.
Any file manager worth it’s name? The built in one kinda sucks.
Any way to share my screen with my smartTV?
A couple of my friends suggested “just get a keyboard and it will feel 200% more productive” or “ you should have gone for the pro”. But I don’t see how any of those things would change my bafflement with the OS.
Am I the only idiot who thinks iOS is extremely unintuitive? I grew up literally hearing the opposite from everyone but I find myself googling the most basic stuff.