Thursday, August 26, 2010

How not to use your iPad on a flight

For years I’ve always brought at least one book and/or magazine with me every time I travel – especially when flying.  You nearly always have some downtime when you need something to do and its always better to choose what you want to read instead of the typical options airlines give you like SkyMall, the safety info card or mediocre airline magazine.  So on my trip to New York this week I decided to take along my iPad to read a Kindle book.  Unfortunately, that didn’t work out so well…

All would have been fine – I charged the iPad up to 100%, had it in my carry-on and thought I had everything all planned out.  All was good except for one thing:  Operator error.  The weekend before leaving town I had just exchanged out my iPad for a new one at an Apple store because the old one had developed a line across the screen – an obvious defect.  I had restored my new iPad to my old iPad’s settings & apps, but I didn’t register the Kindle iPad app which was required since it was a new device.  And to top it off I didn’t notice until after we were in the air and I had no internet.  Oops!

kindle registration screen

So instead of catching up on my Phillip Margolin book during the flight, I pulled out my trusty pen & paper and worked on some blog & work projects the entire flight.  Not all was lost, but not what I had planned.  Let it be known that no paper book has ever stopped me from reading because it hadn’t been “registered.”