I’ve been doing a lot more work on the iPad over the past month, and although I’m enjoying it, there’s still one thing that eludes me: I just don’t understand how others can type for long periods while the iPad is propped up by a Smart Cover. Many people call this an ideal typing angle, but I call it incredibly uncomfortable.
I was able to pull this position off during my first few weeks of iPad ownership, but longer form iPad typing quickly started to put some major strain on my wrists. In fact, it was really only after I bought an iPad and tried to type solely on the propped-up touchscreen that I suffered my first wrist injury, which resulted in months of a nearly-useless grip.
I’ve now had this iPad 2 for over a year, and I can only type comfortably on the touchscreen if the device is lying flat on a table. I’ve tried everything from slowing my typing down to making sure I rest and stretch my wrists more often, but nothing has worked so far. If the iPad is flat, I don’t have to tilt my wrists upwards to type, and this makes all of the difference. Propping the rear of the iPad up with a Smart Cover makes the screen easier to read, but having to keep my wrists bent in that position for more than a few minutes just hurts.
It’s just strange that I can type on a regular keyboard and the iPhone in much the same manner as everyone else, but I just haven’t felt as comfortable with the iPad as everyone else seems to be — and I’m just a little disappointed by that. When the iPad 2 and Smart Cover first came out I had geeky tech dreams of taking only an iPad and a Smart Cover with me and being able to write using *only* the screen. There was something so simple and delicious about that concept, and even though I delight in using accessories like the Logitech Keyboard Case and Writer Plus for getting “real writing” done, it’s just too bad that the iPad didn’t quite pan out for me in that regard.