How do you use your iPad?
Apple juggled their iPad lineup yesterday, kicking the iPad 2 to the curb and bringing the iPad 4 back out of retirement. For anyone who wants a slightly less expensive full-sized iPad, that's a big improvement. For anyone trying to decide which iPad they want, it's even more confusing. We have an iPad buyers guide to help people choose the right one for them, but it got me thinking — which iPad is right depends on how you're going to use it. That's the part that interests me. How do you use your iPad?
Everywhere you go you see people using iPads in different ways although some of them are well, shall we say 'less accepted' than others.
I'm certainly not out climbing mountain tops and snapping photos or taking video under the sea with mine. It does however serve me well as a coffee table tablet for light browsing and reading while watching television or laying in bed and not really wanting the hassle of taking a MacBook to bed with me. Some folks go all in though, ditching their laptops for iPads on business trips and vacations.
So where does the iPad fit in your life? How do you use your iPad? Let me know in the comments below or head on into the iMore Forums for more discussion.
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My new biz venture is a small startup, by design expecting to keep it small and flexible, so I've been using it for a lot of those purposes as well. I have several cloud storage services, Documents, Scanner and Printer Pro, a PDF app, use iWorks, and the PC mostly sits idle now. About the only time I use a true laptop these days is when I need or want the 15" screen space, or if I'm typing out larger and longer documents. Then the dedicated and full size keyboard trumps.
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I have a mini at home that is on Maverick and everything xfers to my iPhone and my iPad.
I am using the pad at school to study and finish homework. I too set mine up with a keep board and use keynote for my teachers lectures and pages for writing or finishing paper that I started on my mini in Word and save to the cloud and complete in Pages. I use the MBP for file server and music and a media server for PS3 and PS4 and my Apple TV.
- Sheet music library
- RSS News Feed (Feedly)
- Light internet browsing
- Basic Numbers spreadsheets
At first I thought it would have little use. My situation may be a bit odd, I do my work on high end Macs; I edit Film and TV.
But edit suites tend to be islands; not connected to the internet, and tightly controlled to protect the data.
So I always carried a Macbook to view scripts, email, send and receive files, surfing the net, and preparing images sometimes.
Over a year I found more apps that filled in what my Macbook would do, and one day I just left the Macbook at home and carried a much smaller bag to work.
Reading scripts by holding a tablet, or putting it below a keyboard is much nicer, and scrolling with fingers is much quicker. Everything seemed nicer and more natural with an iPad. Now I have an iPad Air, and it really means I have ditched my Macbook permanently.
It sits at home as a back up / archive station.
My iPad is for everything else personal and business (apart from the big editing and effects stuff).
I have even started to edit video in iMovie and Pinnacle on iPad too; rough mock ups, or to quickly show what a scene might do, and naturally for all my home movies.
To those who suggest editing video on an iPad is not enough, have not worked on the early versions of Avid. A good suite is really needed for big jobs, but an on the go light editor that fits in your hand is amazing stuff. To finally ditch my Macbook I have a special set up:
I have a bluetooth keyboard that sits at work permanently by my desk for longer text input; at home I go totally free. I love the Seagate Wireless Plus drive, and the USB camera kit is a must; so I can get media into and off the iPad quickly, and not fill my 128 Gb all the time.
I have 'Files Connect' that can connect to SMB and AFP servers, '8 player' seems to stream from any media server, LogmeIn & Teamviewer for control away from home, Smart Office 2 because Pages just does not yet properly display tables in MSWord docs. And naturally iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, Laminar Pro, PhotoWizard, Crop & Zoom, Emulsio. Video Grade, Actual Pixels, Autostitch, iMediaShare, Filmic Pro ....
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Now with regards to the iPad I used it most while on vacation to play music and watch movies while away from home. But otherwise it was for games, reading blogs, subscriptions to magazines (which turned out horrible) and just general browsing. All of which I can do on the iPhone.