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 don’t own an iPad but a Android tablet. It wasn’t an easy decision. But the iPad has some limitations of memory, replacing the battery and the force to use iTunes.

    I use it just to check emails, browsing web, check photos and to watch a movie while I’m travelling. Sometimes reading a book, but an eBook reader is more comfortable because the lack of backlight.

    I like it to put just a video, photo, files, a manual on the micro-SD and put the card back into the device. Nearly everyone has a card reader, camera or an mini-USB cable handy that I can attach the device to a computer or put the card into a card reader/camera.

    For the environmental thing … I’ve pasted a link to a website.
    A lot of companies should ask themselves whether this behavior is right, just to get a few $ more profit.

  2. I don’t own an iPad but a Android tablet. It wasn’t an easy decision. But the iPad has some limitations of memory, replacing the battery and the force to use iTunes.

    I use it just to check emails, browsing web, check photos and to watch a movie while I’m travelling. Sometimes reading a book, but an eBook reader is more comfortable because the lack of backlight.

    I like it to put just a video, photo, files, a manual on the micro-SD and put the card back into the device. Nearly everyone has a card reader, camera or an mini-USB cable handy that I can attach the device to a computer or put the card into a card reader/camera.

    For the environmental thing … I’ve pasted a link to a website.
    A lot of companies should ask themselves whether this behavior is right, just to get a few $ more profit.

  3. We got the iPad as a gift, and everyone in my family uses it around the house (we have the wifi version).

    My dad, to check up his emails or read the newspaper online.

    My mom, to play Sudoku, lol (we taught her during a plane trip).

    My sis to check up her Facebook/Twitter without having to carry the laptop everywhere around the house. I also use it for this, but also for reading comic books in an electronic format.

    The iPad is a great companion for when we are travelling and without internet access. But yeah, nothing really productive goes on in there (except the few times I’ve used it to read books for school).

  4. We got the iPad as a gift, and everyone in my family uses it around the house (we have the wifi version).

    My dad, to check up his emails or read the newspaper online.

    My mom, to play Sudoku, lol (we taught her during a plane trip).

    My sis to check up her Facebook/Twitter without having to carry the laptop everywhere around the house. I also use it for this, but also for reading comic books in an electronic format.

    The iPad is a great companion for when we are travelling and without internet access. But yeah, nothing really productive goes on in there (except the few times I’ve used it to read books for school).

  5. iPad owner for two weeks. Since which I haven’t read a dead tree book. I now borrow books from the library, via the iPad.
    I read my daily paper. On the iPad.
    I do the crossword. On the iPad.
    It is convenient, super clear, adjustable, comfortable (get a stand/cover combination) and a good browser/dictionary for home use.
    It is not a laptop. Never will be. The keyboard is … usable. Just.

    HTH

  6. iPad owner for two weeks. Since which I haven’t read a dead tree book. I now borrow books from the library, via the iPad.
    I read my daily paper. On the iPad.
    I do the crossword. On the iPad.
    It is convenient, super clear, adjustable, comfortable (get a stand/cover combination) and a good browser/dictionary for home use.
    It is not a laptop. Never will be. The keyboard is … usable. Just.

    HTH

  7. I mostly use mine for:
    – Note taking & Idea Generation on the Go with EverNote
    – Keeping up with Email
    – Web Surfing
    – Credit Card Processing with Square
    – Mail list generation with MailChimp (Chipadedoo app)
    – Forum surfing with Forum Runner
    – Showing off my latest pen & woodturning designs with the built in photo app

    I have the 3G version and for $15 per month it is absolutely worth it! You don’t have to be tied to only using your iPad in places that have an open WIFI connection.

  8. I mostly use mine for:
    – Note taking & Idea Generation on the Go with EverNote
    – Keeping up with Email
    – Web Surfing
    – Credit Card Processing with Square
    – Mail list generation with MailChimp (Chipadedoo app)
    – Forum surfing with Forum Runner
    – Showing off my latest pen & woodturning designs with the built in photo app

    I have the 3G version and for $15 per month it is absolutely worth it! You don’t have to be tied to only using your iPad in places that have an open WIFI connection.

  9. I too have a laptop and wasn’t sure if I would make use of an iPad. My best advice is to buy one and try it.

    Promise the husband that if in 6 months you aren’t using it every day – and reaching for it before you reach for the laptop, you’ll sell the iPad.

    I use the iPad more than the laptop now. Mostly for surfing and a quick check of email. Just easier to grab the iPad but for longer emails, the laptop is the way to go for me.

  10. I too have a laptop and wasn’t sure if I would make use of an iPad. My best advice is to buy one and try it.

    Promise the husband that if in 6 months you aren’t using it every day – and reaching for it before you reach for the laptop, you’ll sell the iPad.

    I use the iPad more than the laptop now. Mostly for surfing and a quick check of email. Just easier to grab the iPad but for longer emails, the laptop is the way to go for me.

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