I own a lot of iOS devices. In fact, I may very well own them all. Seriously.
People know me as an “Apple guy” and contact me when they need help choosing “the right” device for them.
The answer to that question can be as simple and complex as you wish to make it.
For me, each iOS device has its unique role and purpose.
While I am not suggesting you need every iOS device, I would like you to hear me out and digest my Golf Club Metaphor:
I have met some amazing golfers, of which I am not one, that are so good they could easily crush me with a single golf club to my entire bag. I don’t really know for sure, but I can imagine my friend Del selecting an 8-iron and using it to drive, chip, and even putt. There is no doubt in my mind he would beat me with that one club on every hole.
While that one club really could serve my friend well, it does not serve me; I’m just not that good. I need the extra distance the driver will give me, the accuracy of a putter, and all of the other advantages I can’t even appreciate in the other clubs.
A single iPhone or iPad absolutely can indeed serve all of your needs. There is no question. I have used my iPhone to write scenes in a novel, pay bills, sell items on eBay, and even create artwork that I have sold. Still, I am better served when I have a specific tool for each job.
I want to have a bag of great tools at my disposal to do my best work and play my best game. I know not everyone can afford to have a bunch of devices. I get it. These devices, however, do last a long time, in fact my original iPad still works great. Amazing. I also love how they all sync to each other, so the work I am doing on one picks up exactly where I left off on the other.
Here’s what I am using and why:
iPhone 7 Plus: Your smartphone is your go-to device for most of your work and most of your diversions. You use it every day and most of the hours of the day. I am always perplexed by people who hesitate to upgrade to a new one or repair a damaged one. Your smartphone is like your car; you need a dependable one. I really hesitated on getting the bigger model, but I am glad I did. I love, love, love the camera and reading on the device. I went all-out and purchased the biggest model. I need lots of room for photos, apps, and videos. I was worried the bigger model would be too big. It’s not. It fits in my hand and pocket fine. And the camera… Wow!
iPad Air 2: I use this iPad for consuming. This is my everywhere iPad. This iPad can go everywhere and I can get some serious work with it. Still, it does not fit in my pocket so I have to carry it. If I don’t want to carry it I will take an iPad mini, which actually does fit in my khaki pockets but not my jeans.
iPad Pro 12.9 inch: I use this iPad for creating. I’m an artist and this is the greatest pad ever! If you are an artist and haven’t tried the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro… you must demo it. It made such a huge impact on my art. I use the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app to do all of my artwork.) I love reading magazines on it with the Texture apple because they are the size of actual magazines. I love to read comics on it using Marvel Unlimited because they are actual size of comics. I use both iBooks and Kindle apple to read books. Both fantastic. I use the Blogo app to blog and Scrivener app to write my books. This iPad is now my creation workhorse. The best keyboard and case for the iPad Pro 12.9 inch is the Logitech Create iPad Pro Case.
iPod touch: I use this for flights and travel. It saves my iPhone battery. I also like having a backup device when I travel. Lots of perks.
iPod nano: I use this for music during my art presentations and conference presentations. I connect it to my speaker system and it’s a go. I make special playlists for every presentation. Opening, work in progress, and conclusion. Music is important and sadly too often forgotten.
iPod shuffle: This is still the best solution for me to go running with because of its tiny size and it is distraction free. I love that the iPad shuffle is so inexpensive too.
Do I still use a laptop? Yes, but my iPad Pro is quickly replacing a lot of work. I currently use an older MacBook Air, but I hope to soon replace it with a new 13 inch MacBook Pro maxed out. I create a lot of video and produce a blog on my MacBook. I also write a lot, and it’s form, size and weight still feel the best for writing. I also use animation software that is not found on the iPad yet. So, the MacBook is still my professional level tool, however, as I mentioned, I am slowly but surely replacing jobs on the iPad occasionally and not looking back.