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Disclosure: I received a Samsung ATIV tablet, as part of the #IntelTablets #TabletCrew but any and all opinions will be mine and mine alone – otherwise, I’d have to change the name of the blog. And I don’t want to do that.

If there was ever a doubt that cycles are hard to break, daylight-savings has occurred every year of my life, and each year it knocks me out of orbit for a few days. I’ll be working, and the sun is shining, and I realize it’s after 6pm, and wait, SIX? AT NIGHT? I gain an hour of sunlight, but feel like I’ve missed something along the way.

We had a bit of a summer sneak peek in LA last week, so I was working outside in the mornings and indoors as the day went on. (Happy to say that Dropbox makes working remotely on the tablet PC and in the office on a Mac a no-brainer.)

An unexpected bonus of more work en plain air is that along with my tablet and tea, I grabbed a camera as I headed outside. Cameras that have been collecting dust as I write more than I photograph. DSLRs left behind as my phone became my convenient point and shoot.

The first few days I sat outside writing, I noticed the neighborhood Cooper Hawk circling high above the Italian Cypresses (I’m sure there’s more than one hawk, but the idea of a group of them freaks me out). I saw hummingbirds flitting to and fro in the vines 15 feet overhead.

I grabbed my phone and took a few photos. The next day, I did the same with my camera. As I uploaded the shots, I looked at the things I captured that my phone never could. The same the next day.

I traveled and took a lot of photos last year, but there were a few times I didn’t bring an actual camera. A first for me, and a last. I loved the idea of being able to take pictures without a fuss. Without worrying about lenses or batteries. It seemed so convenient.

I’m generally happy with phone shots, I am, yet the pictures are often missing something when I look at them in print. They lack depth – visually and emotionally – that no app can create. Behind the camera, I wait to capture a moment. Holding up my phone, it’s just not the same thing.

A couple days ago, I was asked whether I liked this tablet PC as much as the iPad by a friend. I realized it was like the phone/camera analogy. Sometimes the iPad can conveniently do things I used to need

more equipment for, and that’s great, but it’s not a computer. This is a computer, and I appreciate all the things it can do without settling.

It’s becoming something of a 21st century trend to justify things we trade for the ability to save time, isn’t it? In writing If Emily Posted, whether it be about social media time management, understanding geotags or other social media concerns, rather than deal with what frustrates us, we tend to think of convenience as a reason to give up or get less.

I joined the Intel #TabletCrew with the intention of a PC platform and apps being good for IEP. Unexpectedly, it reminds me that having everything all in one place (“simplify, simplify, simplify”) is only a good thing if an all-in-one doesn’t mean I give up quality for convenience.

When it comes to life with screens, I’m often excusing the one for the other. In the case of the Samsung ATIV, less is not less. Except in size, which means there’s more room in my bag for my camera. And with DST, a bit more sunlight in my day. Win win.

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It’s been a quiet few months for me on the writing front. Assigned writing happens but original projects were lagging. Today I sat outside writing for a few hours in the sunshine. Writing. The pup chasing tennis balls.

Happy writer, happy dog.

There were a few reasons I was interested when I was offered a Samsung ATIV as part of the Intel Smart Squad. One of them was portability. It’s as comfortable to type on as my old MacBookPro had been, but weights little more than an iPad. Though I love writing with pen and paper, my thoughts are easier to keep up with on a keyboard.

I’m the first to admit that I wasn’t sure if using cross platform technology would be more hassle than in was worth. I loved the idea of the ATIV because I could use it as I use my iPad – reading on the Kindle, watching TED talks, sending a tweet, checking email – but with the touch of a button have a full functioning computer. One I could use to write scripts and articles and blog posts like this one right now. I could even add Photoshop or Lightroom and edit photo work. On a tablet.

But here’s the thing. I wasn’t sure if I was so set in my Apple ways I would find working cross platform a good idea. One week in, I’m finding change is good. Not perfect, but good.

Writing If Emily Posted, I’ve never wanted the conversation to be Mac-centric, and I also didn’t want to lie and say I’d tried apps and tools I hadn’t. So, I struggled to find recommendations from others for non-Mac apps. I’m glad that I’m starting to find them myself. The iTunes App selection is massive, and Samsung has only just begun. But I’m seeing some good things.

Using it as a computer, I knew I’d need a proper keyboard and decided to buy their dock. Without it, it was never going to work for me as I can’t write for long periods on an onscreen keyboard. You can use a Bluetooth keyboard, but I like that the docked it folds notebook-style and I can throw it in my bag like I do my iPad, but write like I did on my old laptop. As for sharing cross platforms, I’m saving my work to Dropbox and it’s on all computers, all the time. Or I can paste and save my work to Evernote, which I sometimes do, too.

I love that the keyboard it’s super lightweight and clicks on and off easily, but I’m not loving the trackpad. Because it remains a touchscreen, it isn’t such an issue so far.

My only issue at this point is figuring out how much to invest in software. For years, I had desktop and laptop on same OS. I use Final Draft on my computer and their much more affordable app on my iPad. They don’t have an app for this guy yet, so depending on how I find myself writing here, I’ll decide whether I’ll buy the program. I’ve been making notes for a new project and be it on my desktop, tablet or phone, those aren’t formatted as a screenplay. Still, I do see some advantages to a larger app store, like Apple’s, in this case.

Ironically, the act of figuring out how to write on a new device is making me write more. An unexpected benefit. As I sat outside working today, I chose to silence all social media. The only twittering I heard was coming from the birds.

Now, off to read.

Anyone who works cross platform, I’d love your two cents on how you decide what software to buy. Feel free to leave it in the comments or email me. Thanks in advance!

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Disclosure: I received a Samsung ATIV tablet, as part of the #IntelTablets #TabletCrew but any and all opinions will be mine and mine alone – otherwise, I’d have to change the name of the blog. And I don’t want to do that. This post contains affiliate links.