What I've decided to do, regarding "Should I or Shouldn't I?" purchase any iPad along with my Galaxy, is to create a folder on my PC called "Apple Apps." In that, I sent links to myself of every single Apple app that I've read about and desire; so far I have three: The Recipe Box; The Elements; and a wicked cool app on dinosaurs from National Geographic, I believe. When I reach some yet undetermined number of Apple apps that will never appear on Android, then I'll know that an iPad is in my future. It will be interesting to see how fast...or slow...they accumulate in that folder. Oh, remembered a 4th app: iBirds, I think it's called. (and thanks for the heads up about The Elements crashing!)
Since I do NOT know anything about the Apple Store, if I download some Apple driver, is there a dedicated App Store that I can look in? Science and Cooking are my weaknesses and Android sucks at both, sadly.
- 03-14-2011, 08:28 PM #27
lawls: Nope. Not Angry Birds, the game. iBird is a Birding Guide that is supposed to be beyond brilliant for people who bird. LOL
And thanks for the heads up about going to the iTunes store. The fact that they have a Wish List makes it even nicer! It helps, from the various posts in this thread, to know that many posters have other products other than Apple so they are Equal Opportunity Shoppers. I suppose if I buy the cheapest iPad for home use, I won't have to do too much justification. ~snicker~
- 03-15-2011, 04:34 PM #29iPhone Newbie
- 12 Posts
I had a hard time justifying an iPad and only purchased my first gen last week when I could get a good deal. My main app is iScore for baseball. I kept all of my son's games on the same app on my iPhone last year but I always had to have my glasses with me. Keeping score on the iPad is going to be fantastic! Since he plays 80+ games a season my eyes are going to love it. My son likes the games and Garage Band and it's so much handier for email and surfing than my laptop. Mine just has wireless, so I tether off my iPhone if I'm in an area without a hotspot.
Thanks, aimon! What is so nice about the honest responses in this thread is that when I accumulate enough of them, I plan on copying ALL the uses that you've shared with me, and starting an iPad Use thread at that cooking site. Money is NOT the issue with that crowd; geeze, they're always going on cruises and half of them have second homes. It's "Old Dog/New Trick" syndrome; they want to be convinced that a new piece of technology can really improve their life.
The Kindle is the only device that is making headway over there. We have an extremely active Book Club and many members have difficulty reading, even with glasses. They also live in areas with only one library or abroad, and can't get the books that are recommended. So, having the Kindle to enlarge the type and download the latest book has become a very good sales point.
Many of them have grandchildren so anything to do with kids will also be a big sales point, like the iScore app that aimon suggested.
LOVE how creative everyone is with how they are using their iPads. Very personal, how they are adapting it to their lifestyle and far less gaming than the news articles imply.
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- 04-13-2011, 12:48 AM #33
What I find odd is despite the millions of iPads sold and the so-so numbers for the Galaxy tablet (which I own) I've never seen either of them "out in public". When I go to client's or sales reps with my tablet, people get google-eyed and begin to drool, just seeing a tablet in real life. So, I guess these 84% gamers never leave the house. LOL
Glad to hear that there's a few of us, pushing the envelope, and using this mega-tool (the tablet) for pleasure AND business! Last week, I upgraded 4 accounts proposals on the tablet and netted myself a $3,000.00 bonus! How's THAT for a business tool? Couldn't have done it without the use of my tablet, either; paid for itself 4 fold.
- 04-16-2011, 03:18 PM #35
I use it for the following:
-surf the web
-reference- for work I have a lot of pdf files, books in pdf files. Instead of carrying the amazon forest in my backpack, I have my iPad
-eReader- iBooks blows, Kindle rocks
-I have some games on it, but nothing too significant
I haven't been using it as much since I got my new 13" macbook pro... but that's because it's still a new gadget.
- 04-17-2011, 10:45 AM #36
- 04-17-2011, 12:52 PM #37
My iPad which is the WiFi version only serves me as YouTube/BBC iPlayer TV and I'm emailing and surfing the web on it mostly. My laptop is seldomly used as I don't use any applications at the moment that would require my laptop apart from test driving new Linux distributions.
So it's purely for home and I'm happy with it. Using the iPad now and no plans of upgrading.
- 04-17-2011, 02:13 PM #38iPhone Newbie
- 18 Posts
GPS is the killer app for sailors. Don't need to be in cellular range to get GPS reception. The app called iNavx is awesome. Download NOAA charts prior to leaving on a voyage and the iPad becomes a handheld chart plotter.
Put the iPad in a sealed, clear ziplock bag (the touch screen works fine thru the plastic) and you're good to go anywhere rain or shine.
But remember...you don't get GPS with a wi-fi only iPad.
- 04-17-2011, 03:16 PM #39
I use it as a travel computer (with stand and bluetooth keyboard). Much easier to travel with than a notebook.
I use it as an entertainment device, around the house - surf the web, watch a movie. play a game.
I use it is a communications device - check email and the various social networks like twitter and facebook.
I use it as an e-reader for comic books. Got most of my collections in digital format.
And, of course, I use it to review iPad apps.
- 04-17-2011, 05:16 PM #40iPhone Newbie
- 13 Posts
I would never dream of using a different tablet than my iPad 2. The UI and ease of use are so far ahead of what other companies are doing. I tend to use my iPad 2 far more than my iPhone 4 and MB Pro, whether gaming, using facetime, surfing the web, twitter, or the countless apps that are optimized for the iPad. I think its a tired argument to say that apple markets the iPad as a device "for fun" only and 99% of people I encounter in seattle(which is a big microsoft and amazon town obviously) would only purchase a iPad because they see that apple is leaps and bounds ahead of any other tablet. I mean do you see anyone on the andriod and webOS forums trolling about apple?
- 04-17-2011, 11:38 PM #41
Apps, Games, Utilities
The iPad 2 is my first iPad purchase. I am very happy with it. I use it for casual games, word processing (editing and starting from scratch), social networking and internet browsing.
I have a laptop and Blackberry smartphone....have barely touched them since my new edition!
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- 05-08-2011, 08:17 AM #47
I got given some money so decided to take the opportunity to buy an iPad 2 as I passed up the iPad 1. I originally had a 32GB White with 3G but decided that a 64GB would be more suited to my needs (you can never have enough memory!). I have the dreaded yellow screen but getting a replacement on Tuesday which hopefully will be to my standards!
I use mine for everything - I have hardly touched my laptop since buying my iPad. I have literally only used it to sync my iPad.
I use mine for web browsing, checking and sending emails, playing games (Tower Blocks HD, Scrabble), word processing with Pages, social networking (Facebook and Twitter). I will be syncing my music and photo's to it. I am also considering using a service like DropBox and also LogMeIn. Everyday I am looking for new ways to utilise my iPad and give myself a better user experience.
I am open to suggestions on new apps both productivity and gaming.
EDIT: I am now using my iPad 2 with DropBox and SplashTop which IMO gives me a better user experience
iPad 2 FTW!
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- 05-08-2011, 05:23 PM #48iPhone Intermediate
- 170 Posts
my primary uses in list format:
• creativity [primarily drawing and video editing]
• reading [blogs, articles, e-books, news sites]
• social media marketing
and i also use it for online shopping, general looking up info [movie times, directions, weather]. surprisingly i rarely ever use the thing for games. i prefer gaming on the iphone/itouch.
- 05-10-2011, 09:35 PM #49
In any case, why does "image" matter? Use whatever solutions you choose as they suit your needs. How another person uses something doesn't necessarily dictate how another uses it. A tablet has the versatility to be used in many ways no matter which particular tablet is selected.
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- 05-10-2011, 09:55 PM #50iMore Intermediate
- 209 Posts
Most of my use is to mirror the time and billing app I use with iPhone, for Kindle format text and reference books, papers (NY Times, WS Journal). Messaging and calendar time are split between the iPad, phone and computer.
I did evaluate Xoom before getting the iPad 2 and the app I use for time and billing really sold the Apple platform.