I have been essentially paperless for several years. I scan anything I need to refer back to, so I don’t need to carry a briefcase with any papers etc. I use the Apple Pen to notate and re-save any documents, and integrate it into my software outliners, to-do lists etc. I’ve been able to find ways when not at my office desk to pretty efficiently do almost all necessary work tasks without needing my desktop/laptop machine either through mobile access or VNC screen sharing back to my office.
Also, as personal preference I dislike attached keyboard/case combinations that turn your tablet into a laptop since the ergonomics are dictated by that attachment, since the keyboard typically can not be shared among your mobile devices, and since it adds carrying thickness and weight throughout the day not just while traveling from one site to another other.
So what do I carry with me throughout the day and even on longer trips? I try to keep to a minimalist philosophy, so for electronics my goal is to be able to handle just about any situation (maximum capability) with minimum carrying footprint.
(Photos 1&2) It’s hard to find a minimal case sized right for the iPad Pro. The BUBM case provides enough protection for a casual drop, casual weather exposure etc and has plenty of organization for little doodads and knick knacks I might need to carry. If I really need to carry a piece of paper it can be folded in two and carried in the case along with my iPad. You can carry it like a book or hold the handle, or you can even attach a thin shoulder strap to the handle for hands-free.
(Photo 3) Inside the case is everything I need electronically for long and short trips. My cell phone is an add on but it can fit in with the earbuds pocket when it’s not carried with me.
(Photos 4 & 5) Items included:
- iPad Pro
- Apple Pencil
- Textblade multi device full keyboard/stand with built in nano charger (review https://goo.gl/rEHW48)
- Thin 2-port USB battery for all day power
- Thin 2-port USB wall charger to charge 2 devices at a time
- USB iOS cable (white)
- Micro-USB & iOS dual purpose cable (orange, really)
- Device Stand (Red)
- 2x disposable lens wipe packets
Final photos 6&7 - in the wild!
Surprisingly, the Apple earbuds are the thickest and most inconvenient item in my entire setup. I like the no-tangle case they come in but now that I’ve thinned down I need a better alternative. Perhaps the wireless units but their charger adds bulk, so perhaps I can find some low profile earbuds that stow thinly.
I am posting here first, since although each item is enabling in it’s own way, the Textblade was the transformative item that makes this possible because (as discussed widely here on the Waytools forums) it is not simply portable, but an excellent keyboard per se that you happen to be able to take with you everywhere and pair with all your devices.
Take only memories, leave only footprints …
(so go paperless!)