Accountants use all types of electronic devices and software: Caseware, Excel, scanners, Powerpoint, Adobe Acrobat, monitors, QuickBooks, iPhones—just to name a few. For me, my iPad tops them all.
I purchased my first iPad about five years ago for about $500. Then, three years ago I bought my second one. Now, having spent hundreds of hours on iPads, I am smitten.
You may be thinking, “Charles, you’re a CPA. How do you and why do you spend that much time on an iPad? Don’t you primarily use a work computer?” Yes, my work computer is my primary tool. But in terms of enjoyment, my iPad wins hands down. It is in the evenings that I spend most of my time on my iPad.
Ways I Use My iPad
“How do you use it?” you say. Here are few ways:
- Create presentations using Keynote
- Store and retrieve files using Evernote and Dropbox
- Read the Wall Street Journal
- Read the Bible
- Read my Amazon Kindle books
- Listen to books with my Audible app
- Listen to music on Pandora
- Write blog posts using Scrivener
- Perform research using Checkpoint
- Take notes using Notability (using my Apple Pencil)
- Store and retrieve passwords using 1Password
- Check the weather using The Weather Channel app
- Check my email using Outlook
- Maintain my to-do list using Omnifocus
- Check my Facebook account (including my CPA Scribo Facebook group—you can join)
- Send and receive text messages using Messages
- Send and receive sensitive information using Sharefile
- Maintain a personal journal using Day One
- Doodle using Paper
- Watch college football using Sling
- Create mind maps using iThoughts
- Create outlines using OmniOutliner
- Control my home thermostat using Nest
- Check my bank account
- Learn new skills using Learning from Linkedin
- Scan information using Scanbot
- See where my wife is using Find Friends
- See how many new blog subscribers I have using ConvertKit (subscribe below)
- Check my calendar using Fantastical
- Watch movies (I use an Apple TV device)
Convenience and Portability
Mostly, I use my iPad at home, while seated on my couch. I get a great deal done while reclining upon my sofa (as I am now). The portability of the device is its primary benefit. It’s large enough to easily read from and small enough that it’s not too heavy.
Your Favorite Device
So what’s your favorite tool and how do you use it?
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