iPad I rarely use my iPad, what should I do?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Cartwright?, May 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    There are only one or two apps that I use, like banking app that I deposit once or twice a month, and then apps gone free to load a few games, play once or twice..

    I am getting bored with my ipad.
    I considered trading it with an ipad mini, I think the main problem with ipad is the size, I just don't want to take it with me, or just grab and play as easily. Also I am having tough time finding those really cool apps everyone is talking about which makes app store "so good". I am sure there are really cool stuff in there somewhere, but what are those things!?

    It is no comparison but I find myself grabbing my Playbook a lot more than my ipad, due to it's size.

    Suggestions are welcome, ipad is really a nice piece of hardware, and I am not really planning to get rid of it completely since a long distance travel is coming up soon.. I plan to load some movies in .flv, hopefully ipad plays them.
  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This seems like a post that has no real reason other than how you like the Playbook better than the iPad. However, I'll bite. I don't think you can play FLV files on your iPad without some conversion. Google it.

    The iPad mini may work for you but without being attached to any one app, why not just use your Playbook? Why would you buy a mini if the Playbook fills your need for a lighter, smaller, tablet? It seems like a solution without a problem. If you have no idea why you want an iPad then you likely don't need one.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    I rarely use my iPad, what should I do?

    Rejoice! The internet's a tough habit to break.

    Good to hear you're kicking it!
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2012
    I'll take that iPad "burden", off your hands, for $50.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011
    I will reply to the one that adds some value to the thread..

    I bought playbook for my son, and this thread is by no means to indicate playbook is better than ipad, some of the people here need to get rid of their insecurities and defensiveness of apple products. All I am saying is that I am having hard time finding things to do on iPad and I wanted some suggestions.

    iPad was a gift, and honestly I thought i would use it a lot more, I wish I sold it the day I got it, it is still not too late, but I will hang onto it for that long trip. I let my son use the playbook most of the time and I let it take the beating, let him load it with cartoons, games, movies, etc.. so it is not my primary device, but like I said it feels more comfortable, and I just wondered if Ipad mini would be the way to go.. Then I reviewed the specs, and found it not even comparable to ipad, and decided not to trade it.

    I found two apps that apparently support .flv files, I will give them a try over the weekend.
  6. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I'm going to cross-post something that I posted on a forum post on The Verge when someone asked a very similar question. This is referred mostly towards Android (the guy was deciding between a full sized iPad and a Nexus 10), but it can be applied to the Playbook aswell:

    If you're happy with your Playbook, keep it and get rid of the iPad. Don't let others dictate which device is right for you. Like I said in my post, people are going to point out all the great apps they use on their device, but there's no point to it when you're not interested in using your device for those purposes. Use what works for you.
  7. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    FLV is Flash Video so no you can't play it on an iPad or an iphone cause there's no Flash support in iOS

    Probably the wisest answer of all. If you like and use what you have, and can't think of a reason why something else is better, don't change
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2013
    sell it and use the money for something else....
  9. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    The only person being defensive is you. You're the one justifying why you have the Playbook in the first place when someone said Boo about that. Just simply a logical inference that if you are grabbing the Playbook more than the iPad, the former must be doing a better job of filling your needs. So stick with it. No one tried to change your mind and convince you that the iPad is better, certainly not Jessica.

    Geez if you are that embarrassed about mentioning another company's product perhaps you should force yourself to switch to the iPad, for the sake of your ego
  10. macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Leave it in the bathroom for quests to use instead of magazines or books, after a few months, swab and culture the surface

  11. macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Ever since I got my iPad 16 months ago, I haven't touched my 17" MBP. My iPad is the only device i need. Not sure how you aren't finding value in it beyond a banking app and free game apps... :confused:
  12. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Because he's not you and his needs and style are different.
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2011

    Hi, I found an app called MoliPlayer HD, it works great and it can playback .flv Flash Video files smoothly. No conversion required! Just want to let you know, even without flash support, apps seem to playback the content just fine.

    Jessica, thanks, I agree with what you posted in that other topic, completely makes sense. I still don't understand why PB is still being brought into conversation as if I said "PB is better than iPad". I just happened to mention that I liked the convenience of PB due to size. If it will make people happy, I would be glad to remove the reference to playbook completely. It is really not relevant.

    I looked for a thread where people posts cool stuff they do with their ipad. I just think that due to a huge number of apps in app store, things get buried in categories, and is not made obvious until pointed out. These are the apps that are not really specific to certain needs, and in some cases things we need but we don't even know that we can use them.
  14. macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2013
    The Republic of Texas
    I see tablets in general as glorified e-readers. Think of it as a small book you can carry around except its contents change dynamically.

    I'm like you. I only use my iPad with Dropbox and Opera Mini apps but I'm loving the user experience.

    I also have it loaded with my emails, books, and calendar.
  15. takeshi74, May 4, 2013
    Last edited: May 4, 2013

    macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    You have to sort out your priorities just as everyone else does. Have you checked out the Mini in person? Do the specs really trump the form factor for you? If you're not going to use the iPad because of its size then do the specs really matter? You have to answer such questions for yourself as everyone's preferences vary. Your usage doesn't sound like anything the Mini couldn't handle to me but you have to assess this yourself based on your current and anticipated needs/wants.

    Do you read the Apps subforum? Do you follow blogs that recommend and mention apps like Gizmodo?
  16. macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    My biggest is question is why are you so attached to FLV? An outdated file-type, resource-hog. :confused:
  17. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I bet you have a hard time finding those really cool apps for your Playbook as well.

    While its possible you might use a Mini more just due to its size, you may just not have a need for one in your life. Its easy to know for sure, buy one, try it, and keep it if you like it.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    Lancashire, England
    Just thought I'd post as I was in a very similar situation earlier this year.

    I'd just bought the new retina MBP and realised I don't use my iPad all that often, if at all really. I only really noticed this when I would grab for the laptop rather than the iPad and from then I decided to sell it. Thankfully I sold it for a price which was more than reasonable for the 3rd gen, but it was in mint condition.

    Over the last few weeks I've massively been pining for a tablet. Not a full-fat, retina'd up tablet. Just something which would allow me to not get crazy annoyed at using my iPhone for everything (mainly because the battery is god-awful)

    So I took a plunge. I put the money I'd made into my wallet and headed down to the local store in my town and picked up the 16GB iPad Mini WIFI. My first impressions of the device where obviously how light it was, but then I saw the display, granted its not retina, but who cares? It fits my needs, I don't need someone to come and tell me how bad it is for them...I don't care about other peoples needs.

    I ummmed and ahhhed about the Kindle Fire, Nexus or some real cheap eBay tablet as my needs are really simple, but I thought about all the money i'd spent on iPad specific apps etc. and realised it would be stupid to not continue within Apple's ecosystem. Yes its expensive to get into it, but for a product that holds its value as well as they do, why not?

    tl;dr - Gone off on a tangent. If the iPad fits your needs even a little, its still the best thing on the market. For me, the retina version of the iPad was a little excessive as I never used it BUT the mini is perfect. Its light, holds it battery well and isn't all that flashy. It just does the simple jobs I need it to do without fuss. An Android run tablet wouldn't do it with such efficiency!
  19. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seems like you prefer a smaller size, so I would sell your iPad and get either the iPad mini, Samsun Note 8, Kindle Fire HD 7", etc.
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2013
    The District
    There's value in this thread?
  21. macrumors 68040


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Sell your iPad and you don't need an iPad mini. Stick with your BB Playbook. :apple:
  22. macrumors 65816

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    The iPad is not for all. Some people do not understand it's capabilities or usefulness. For those there is Craigslist or eBay to sell the burdensome tablet. Personally, I can't imagine life again without my iPad. I've got that sucker within an arms reach at ALL times.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2012
    SMT, Edo MX, MX
    Everyone is different, everyone has different needs and likes. Just find your own and go with it. You will get different opinions from different people on forums like this, and it's nice to weigh them, but don't try to fit into what someone else finds best. I am probably preaching to the choir in this thread though.:)
  24. macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2012
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2013
    in a ziplock bag inside a car's trunk
    than just sell it and get a cheap alternative, just for movies. i think (almost) any android tablet will be good enough for it

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