Deborah L. Jacobs (lawyer, award winning) has written two very engaging reviews of the iPad. These articles are especially interesting because Jacobs is attempting to be productive with a first-generation machine.
 The promise of productivity.
A Financial Advice Wonk Falls For The iPad (Forbes.com, 6/23/10) conveys Jacobs’s excitement for the iPad. She envisioned it “as a portable workhorse”:
I had very different ideas about how to fill up my iPad's 64 gigabytes of memory. I envisioned it not as a plaything, but as a portable workhorse. Having never owned a smartphone, I figured the iPad would answer a pressing need to retrieve e-mail on the go and might be a capable reading device. And near term I saw enormous potential for the 1.6-pound iPad to lighten my load on a vacation to Tibet this summer.
The icing on the cake was that the entire Internal Revenue Code was available in a choice of three different iPad apps, one of which cost just 99 cents. Yes, I'm serious. As a financial writer, I need the IRC (as tax geeks call it) for my work. In book form it's heavy and expensive and the free online versions are cumbersome to use. So once Congress passes various tax bills now pending, I'll put the IRC app on my buy list. Because, to put it in teenspeak, "That app is mad cool."
The idea of a portable IRC, and for only 99 cents, makes the hearts of some skip a beat. It made at least one reader consider buying an Pad.
Despite potential drawbacks that the iPad might have, Jacobs was “totally sold on the iPad as the preferred reading device”:
For someone accustomed to working on a high-performance computer, trying to be productive with an iPad is like cooking haute cuisine over a campfire. Perhaps it can be done, but unless you're out in the wilderness, why go through the hassle? . . .
All this said, I am totally sold on the iPad as the preferred reading device wherever I am, to retrieve e-mail on the go and as a stopgap work tool when traveling light is a priority. . . .
The biggest surprise may be how many baby boomers like me will use an iPad, among other things, to wean themselves from the printed page and reading glasses.
 The reality of “an enormously time-consuming process.”
On June 28, 2010, Forbes.com published a follow-up article: A Financial Advice Wonk's Further iPad Adventures. This review is more critical of the iPad’s shortcomings:
Being a lifelong New York City dweller, I preferred to take the subway, even in what turned out to be 90-degree heat, rather than lose the choice parking spot my husband had snagged right in front of our house.
Although my earphones problem was readily solved during my visit to the Apple Store--the earphones must be pushed in with some force until they click--it took me many hours to restore all the personal material and settings that were wiped out by the telephone diagnostic process. This included information that there was no way to back up, like a slew of settings necessary to send and receive from each of my four e-mail accounts, and all the documents I had loaded under various apps (I had copies of these on my desktop computer). The three e-books that I had purchased from Amazon, readable only with the Kindle app for iPad, were also wiped out, though they had been automatically archived on my Amazon account and could be quickly downloaded again.
Depending on what functions you try to perform with the iPad, harnessing its power and coping with its idiosyncrasies can be an enormously time-consuming process. Part of the problem stems from working with a first generation machine. But a more profound issue is the proliferation of apps--the mini programs required to perform every function with the iPad. Some are offered by Apple, but most are produced by third parties; few, no matter who the purveyor, have been perfected.
 Looking forward to an e-book version Estate Planning Smarts.
In her June 23 article, Jacobs informs readers that she has been thinking about an e-book version of her book on estate planning:
A new application called Blio will make it possible by next year to put my own recent book, Estate Planning Smarts: A Practical, User-Friendly, Action-Oriented Guide, into e-book format without losing its reader-friendly charts and two-color graphics.
I think an e-book version of Estate Planning Smarts would be . . . “mad cool.”