About the author


Jeremy Kwok

Jeremy grew up in Sydney before moving to the United States for tertiary studies. Jeremy completed the BA, MA (History), and M.Div degrees before returning to Australia with his wife Debbie. He currently works for Christian Education Ministries, a company that owns and operates private schools.


  1. avatar

    Alen Basic

    I understand in business environments it may have a very practical use but outside that (and perhaps its use as a very expensive toy) as a tool to be used practically, I don’t know..

    Cost factored in, I don’t think an iPad is very practical. For that money you can get a decent laptop that gives you greater command over what you want to do and not to mention a much larger resource of applications available.

    If the cost was dramatically reduced I could see getting one and putting it to use as a tool midway between my phone and my laptop. Other than that, it is a cool toy that may be awesome to play games on but realistically will probably (after the newness fades off) be put on the shelf to collect dust.

  2. avatar

    Jeremy Kwok

    It was hard for me to put a value equation on the device in between the iphone and the Macbook. For example, today I travelled interstate carrying the iphone and the ipad only. I used the iphone for several phone calls and the iPad for everything else. The instant on/off was a great benefit for email, scheduling appointments, and taking notes. On the plane flight, I read and annotated some files. I think the form factor has the potential to replace a laptop if you can clearly identify your personal workflow. We are so web-based. Most pastors need internet access, communication, document creation, and research tools.

    If I didn’t do any photo/video editing – I could probably do most of the rest on the iPad. I haven’t bought any games…. :)

    In my article – I alluded to the uptake of PDAs in the ministry context in the early 00s. I didn’t see very effective uses for that form factor beyond the novelty factor. But a lot of pastors had them.

  3. avatar

    Jason Harris

    I am not a Mac fan by any stretch, but I can see me getting an iPad. Probably not in the next year or so, but once the technology concept has had a chance to develop (and get cheaper!). I like the mid sized concept. The durability. The portability.

    It would be invaluable as a diary (or day planner) and to have email on the road. Additionally, the ability to search the web and use Bible study software would make it ideal for study on the road.

    I can also see it being useful in taking notes in counselling, etc. And spacially, it is far more economic than the pile of books I often travel with.

    There’s just something about the shape and size that seems like it would be more practical than using a laptop in the same applications.

  4. avatar

    Jim Blanchard

    Hi Jeremy, great review. Lord willing, I’m planning to get an iPad in the future, but I’m wondering about the digital books I have now. If I get an ebook for the iPhone Kindle app or Stanza for iPhone, for example, will I be able to use those same documents on the iPad? I’m getting the sense that I will, but haven’t found the definitive answer.

  5. avatar

    Jeremy Kwok

    Hey Jim – Yes you can – I have previously purchased Kindle & B&N books on the iPad. I’m still coming to grips with using ebooks in a research/citation environment. They still have a ways to go before you can use them in that setting. On the flip side – there’s no easier way to highlight and annotate because it’s digitally sequenced and searchable.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright © 2005-2016 by InFocus. Powered by WordPress. Effective News theme by Themelions Team.