Avid iPad users, what do you DO on your iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Steven Jobson, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Steven Jobson macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2011
    What do you check immediately if you haven't used it in a few hours? When you wake up? What app(s) do you open when you're bored? What can it do that an iPhone can't?

    I'm excited to be getting an iPad and I want to know what you guys are doing with your iPads.
  2. iPhoneCollector macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2010
    it's so much better for surfing the web than an iphone. its superb for movies and youtube videos. i play fruit ninja hd every time i don't fancy browsing the web. it more or less a netbook without a keyboard. i'd say go for it.
  3. pagansoul macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2006
    In order of use:
    1) read comic books and magazines
    2) surf net/read news
    3) put photos on slideshow on desk at work
    4) mail
    5) play cards and sudoku
    6) read EPUB
    7) music, 10 hours battery life is great and I don't put a strain on my iPhone.
    8) watch movies or TV shows
  4. The Boat Guy macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    United Kingdom
    What don't I do on my iPad?

    I manage nearly everything I might do on my G5 or last gen smaller mac mini, so that's

    Pages, import and export word files fine
    Numbers, import and export excel files fine, even huge data logger files
    View photos just taken when I'm out, using camera kit

    What I don't do is

    Update my website elygreen.org
    (why no rapidweaver, what a shame)
    Manage photos in Aperture

    Basically it's quite splendid, enjoy one, it's such a great tool
  5. filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2011
    Hm, didn't we just have this exact topic? Anyway my new favorite use is an alarm clock. I can choose the song I wake up to, the specific picture of the Maldive Islands that I wake up to, and then when I silence it I am already conveniently holding my email and newspapers.

    Watching movies? No, it's too slow for that. Web browsing? Yes, because I love being able to turn it on in a second, go to a webpage for a few minutes, and toss it back in my backpack without ever worrying about shutting down or conserving battery.
  6. BeckyG macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2010
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    iPad activity

    Husband hogs it for:
    1) Words with Friends
    2) Netflix (with Bose headphones) I'm not sure why he does this considering we have two huge TVs in our house with all the fancy accessories on both. :confused:
    3) Researching new purchases
    4) Reading the news (mostly USA today app)
    5) Stalking me via Find my iPhone as I drive home from class

    I use it for:
    1) Reading via the Kindle app. (iPad + treadmill = fantastic)

    I find my needs are better met by my trusty MacBook. I am a part time graduate student and I need more things open and more space to work and just "more" stuff.
  7. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

    Jun 10, 2007
    Cary, NC
    I use these apps multiple times a day -

    Web Browsing
    Air Video (watching videos stored on my Mac)
    ABC Player
    PBS Player
    Numbers (keep track of blood glucose tests)
    Notes (sync notes with iPhone and Mac via Gmail)
    Bluefire Reader (use to read ebooks from local library)
    Kindle (main ebook reader)
    Zinio (subscribe to 3 magazines)
    ReaddleDocs (use to view files stored in DropBox as well as use to view content captured on web)

    Basically the iPad has become my primary computer and I only use my Mac for Quicken and H&R Block for taxes.
  8. czachorski macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    I read stories on flipboard. My wife plays plants versus zombies.
  9. Fatboy71 macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2010
    I use mine for:

    1: Surfing
    2: Email
    3: Reading
    4: Listening to radio (Tune in radio app)
    5: Music
    6: Watching You Tube

    I have an iPhone, but surfing, email etc are so much more pleasurable than doing them on the iPhone. I got my iPad at Christmas and I don't regret buying it, it's a great device.
  10. McGilli macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    Games, games, games, games, email, games, games, games, games, safari, games, games, games, games, games, VLC, games, email, games, games, games, games, games.

    Then repeat. every day.
  11. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    I can't wait for the iPad 2 so I can do all those things you guys mentioned. (except the pron ;) )
  12. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    1. I murder the forums
    2. (YouTube)like crazy
    3. Take a lot of notes
    4. Browse the net like crazy
    5. Look up phone numbers(maps)
    6. Get directions(maps)
    7. Watch all my abc shows(ABC PLAYER)
    8. Send and receive boat loads of email
    9. VoIP call my ass off
    10. Social media junkie(Facebook, twitter)
    11. Games Games Games Games
    12. CNN is great when u can't watch CNN.
    13. Listen to my local radio stations( TuneIn Radio)
    14. Listen to my personalized radio station(pandora)
    15. Always checking the weather(weather bug)
    16. (Scorecenter) is great when u can't watch sportscenter
    17. Stay texting with a REAL number(textplus4)
    18. Wikipedia-Just have to know everything.(WIKIPANION)
    19. (Skype) even though there's no visual
    20. Best alarm clock ever
  13. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    I would say 95% of my use is surfing the web (web browser). I rarely use it for other net things like YouTube.

    The other 5% would be for the Remote App (Apple TV) as well as a game very rarely, a stocks app and weather app.

    I use the iPad about 2 hours a day I'd say.
  14. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Email, calendar, browsing
    Reading kindle books
    Reading Zino magazines
    Music via iPod, pandora, or slacker
    Movies via air video or Netflix
    Notes via evernote
    Office docs via iWork and quick office and omnigraffle
    Remote Mac access via iteleport
    Skype calls

    While I could not fully replace a computer with an iPad, the iPad is great for most needs most of the time. Still need a full fledged laptop for many programs and activities but a minority of the time.
  15. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    I use it for browsing mainly, sometimes games and video.
  16. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    • Notes - Handwritten
    • PDF's
    • Document Editing
    • Document Reviewing (RFP's and so on)
    • AutoCAD and AutoDesk Inventor file reviews using native apps
    • E-Mail
    • Web
    • Internet
    • Photo Library
    • Educational Videos
    • Books - mostly Educational as the brain can always learn new things
    • Wikipedia
    • Twitter - mostly news follow-ups
  17. m.a.c.b.o.y macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    I use my iPad a lot throughout the day:
    -Taking notes in class
    -Reading books
    -Typing up essays in Pages with wireless Apple keyboard
    -Browse the web
    -Waste time playing Angry Birds, Fieldrunners, Plants vs Zombies, World of Goo and many more
    -Read magazines, Auto Week, Automobile, Car and Driver
    -Check my email
    -Import pictures for quick viewing and use Photoshop Express to do quick editing
    -Remote for my Apple TV
    -Watch Netflix or saved movies and tv shows
    -Read WSJ in the mornings
    -Do some quick CAD checking
    -Keep up with stocks, weather, and keep the calendar updated

    I dont know what I would do without it! :apple:
  18. rmitchell248 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    Liebsthal, Germany
    I just sit there with a sore neck looking at the screen wondering why Im not using my laptop... then I start to type an email, get frustrated and grab my laptop LOL.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm a new iPad user so perhaps I'm only scratching the surface of its ability, but here's what I use it ( in no particular order)

    • Bible Reader
    • Surf the web
    • Email
    • watch videos/movies
    • play games
    • take notes for meetings
    • maintain my schedule, i.e., calendar
    • documents - spreadsheets/documents
    • reading books (this is one my favorite activities on the ipad)
    • photos
    • remote access to my mac and work computers (the work one is not quite in place yet)
  20. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    The first thing I do every morning is check my mail and read the Times with my Breakfast coffee
    Then, during the day my use varies depending on what I'm doing: It could be taking notes in meetings with Daily Notes, listening to the radio with Tunein, listening to music with Spotify, writing reports with Pages, doing remote support with Wyse PocketCloud or simply surfing the net and watching videos
    On a night, I'll spend a few hours surfing the net whilst sat in front of the TV, maybe playing a game or two or catching up with my tasks with ToDo.

    I've had my iPad for 4 months now, having been skeptical about its usefulness at first but I can honestly say I use it more and more every day and it has been the best thing I've ever bought :)
  21. elan123 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2011
    solid list
  22. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    1. Web Browsing
    2. Email
    3. Zinio (magazine reading)
    4. Pulse Reader (blogs)
    5. News - USA Today, etc..
    6. Many different music apps (iPod, Pandora, XM radio, Rhapsody)
    7. Airplay with the above apps plus photos and video
    8. Photo display - also use an aquarium display
    9 YouTube
    10 Slingplayer/EyeTv - For watching or recording television
    11. Netflix - Great for when I am on the treadmill
    12. Clock - I use one of the clock apps every night
    13. TWC - weather
    14. Kindle app - I also have a Kindle reader, but I can pick up where I left off when I want backlighting
    15. Remote - Use Rowmote HD, Plex, etc..
    16. Plex - great way to get music from my mac. I also like the Cnet and other feeds.
    17. Games - Angry Birds mainly...just for when I am bored
    18. To view security cameras
    19. Logmein - for connecting to work computers
    20 Splashtop remote - for connecting to my computers - can stream Flash which comes in handy on occasion

    That is my top twenty in no particular order
  23. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    This is in no particular order:

    NY Times for my daily dose of current events
    Tweetings (Twitter client)
    iBooks for e-reading
    Web browsing via Safari
    Check and/or writing emails
    Checking the weather via The Weather Channel app
    Ocassional YouTube watching
    Pandora (especially if I am reading an e-book and need some relaxing music to listen to)
  24. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    thanks to this thread i got tunein, excellent app for 99 cents

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