Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

How do you use your iPad?

Stephanie

I want, but do not need an iPad. If I could come up with a really practical use, I’d buy one. I like it’s portability, but the high price tag makes me leery of carrying it around. The only use I can somewhat come up with would be to use it as a way to easily show my artwork to prospective clients, gallery owners, or to my workshop participants. I showed one to my husband to which he replied, “You already have a laptop. Why would you need this?” Shoulders dropped, I responded, “As a toy?”

I’d consider using it to replace my Kindle, but I don’t like reading on a backlit screen. (I love my Kindle) I am also unsure of the necessity of choosing a 3G version. I already pay for internet in my home and on my phone…

PS – I am specifically looking at the iPad because I already own a number of apps for my iPhone and am comfortable with the interface.

Have you found a really practical or unique use for your iPad or other tablet computer?


26 thoughts on “How do you use your iPad?

  1. I’ve had an iPad 1 since March this year. I got it at first as a laptop replacement for a work trip. I uploaded a bunch of PDF documents into DropBox and was able to access them at the meeting without carrying ten pounds of paper. I also use it to do email, look at websites, read ebooks, watch movies, listen to music, review and edit presentations, review and edit documents, and play games. I’ve used an iPhone for five years, but the iPad excels at email, web, documents, and ebooks.

    It’s also well used for entertaining my son on long flights and car rides, and long waits in restaurants. He also uses it like an ice breaker, taking it to kids he’s never met and showing them his favorite game.

    I’ve used it to show videos at outreach workshops. I set it up to show videos of fish shot from a submersible, while I talk to fishermen about management and regulations. The videos attract their interest without going through having to have a projector or a more vulnerable laptop. A TV news photographer shot some of the video playing on the screen, and it looked great on TV news.

    I have an Apple bluetooth keyboard to go with it when I need to do some heavy duty writing or editing, but it works pretty well with the on-screen keyboard. I have a nice Waterfield bag which holds everything.

    It is, of course, superb at keeping me occupied during those long trans-ocean flights when I can wrest it away from my son.

    I load family photos on it to show others. Works great for that.

    In short, it does almost everything a laptop can do, it’s lighter, smaller, and more convenient, apps are cheaper, and the battery lasts almost forever. It looks and feels great, and it just works.

  2. I’ve had an iPad 1 since March this year. I got it at first as a laptop replacement for a work trip. I uploaded a bunch of PDF documents into DropBox and was able to access them at the meeting without carrying ten pounds of paper. I also use it to do email, look at websites, read ebooks, watch movies, listen to music, review and edit presentations, review and edit documents, and play games. I’ve used an iPhone for five years, but the iPad excels at email, web, documents, and ebooks.

    It’s also well used for entertaining my son on long flights and car rides, and long waits in restaurants. He also uses it like an ice breaker, taking it to kids he’s never met and showing them his favorite game.

    I’ve used it to show videos at outreach workshops. I set it up to show videos of fish shot from a submersible, while I talk to fishermen about management and regulations. The videos attract their interest without going through having to have a projector or a more vulnerable laptop. A TV news photographer shot some of the video playing on the screen, and it looked great on TV news.

    I have an Apple bluetooth keyboard to go with it when I need to do some heavy duty writing or editing, but it works pretty well with the on-screen keyboard. I have a nice Waterfield bag which holds everything.

    It is, of course, superb at keeping me occupied during those long trans-ocean flights when I can wrest it away from my son.

    I load family photos on it to show others. Works great for that.

    In short, it does almost everything a laptop can do, it’s lighter, smaller, and more convenient, apps are cheaper, and the battery lasts almost forever. It looks and feels great, and it just works.

  3. I’ve had an iPad for just over a year. Most of what I really need I can do on my iPhone (ubiquitous) and a MacBook Pro (heavy lifting). That being said, the iPad does fit a nice “in between”–if I need more power/convenience than what apps on my iPhone can do, but don’t need all of the power/bulk of my MacBook.

    A good example is our family vacation. Before I had an iPad, I’d lug the MacBook Pro around, worrying about whether it would get damaged in travel and have to mess with the bulk taking it as carry-on luggage. I took the iPad in my carry-on, read books in flight, and used it throughout vacation for email/web surfing/other media consumption.

    The strength of the iPad is for media consumption, especially photos, video, and audio. One of my favorite uses is streaming TV/movies through Netflix.

    And I think using it for carrying your portfolio is a stellar use of an iPad. Deduct it from your taxes as a professional expense!

  4. I’ve had an iPad for just over a year. Most of what I really need I can do on my iPhone (ubiquitous) and a MacBook Pro (heavy lifting). That being said, the iPad does fit a nice “in between”–if I need more power/convenience than what apps on my iPhone can do, but don’t need all of the power/bulk of my MacBook.

    A good example is our family vacation. Before I had an iPad, I’d lug the MacBook Pro around, worrying about whether it would get damaged in travel and have to mess with the bulk taking it as carry-on luggage. I took the iPad in my carry-on, read books in flight, and used it throughout vacation for email/web surfing/other media consumption.

    The strength of the iPad is for media consumption, especially photos, video, and audio. One of my favorite uses is streaming TV/movies through Netflix.

    And I think using it for carrying your portfolio is a stellar use of an iPad. Deduct it from your taxes as a professional expense!

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