How do you use your iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jetblk328i, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010
    Wirelessly posted

    Hey everyone, this may be covered in previous posts but I was just wondering how you guys with the iPhone and a MacBook are using your iPads? I really want to get the new iPad but I'm not sure what I would be doing on there that I couldn't do on either the phone or the laptop. I feel like one has to go...

    Some insight would be much appreciated.

  2. aa521490 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2007
    iPhone-Carry it with me most of the time.
    iPad- Use it for internet. The iphone's screen is small.
    Laptop- For Lightroom & Handbrake.
  3. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    That is something I never understood... If you don't know why you want it, why bother getting it?

    If your current setup is fine, why change it?
  4. kdoug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    iPhone = Carry 24/7, Music, 3D Euchre, GPS.
    iPad 2 = Nightime entertainment, YouPorn, eMail, HBOGo, Games, Internet
    MacBook Air = Vacations, Storage, Pictures, Backup
  5. bawbac macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Leave it on the coffee table for a convenient, easy to use device for anyone to use.

    Everyone in our house hold has computers/iPhones but when bored in the living room or looking up facts, the iPad comes in handy for everyone, including our friends.

    You just pick it up & it's ready to use.
  6. rollzst macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Lol, that pretty much sums it up
  7. dgstan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2010
    I just picked up the entire Game of Thrones series of five books. The first one alone is over 800 pages. You know what I'll be doing with my iPad for the next few months.
  8. drenline macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    to warm up my breakfast when I place my food on top of it.
  9. Rogzilla macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2007
    iPhone 4s: Music, internet/email at work, text messaging...oh and phone calls.
    iPad (3rd Gen): Reading books, playing games, internet/email at home
    2009 MacBook Pro: Writing, internet surfing if I need to go somewhere with Flash,
    2006 iMac: Pretty much became my media server
  10. CSilver macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2009
  11. WalledMacGarden macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    The better question is what don't I use it for, I use it for reading on the Internet, email, art, music creation, watching podcast, photo viewing. With the new camera, I am really starting to use instead of my scanner for scanning docs.

    It has replaced my computer for literally 70+ percent of everything I used to do on my computer. Only adobe cs5, and Microsoft Office get used on my main computer.

    I still think many people have not utilized or understand the true power of this revolutionary device...I'm on my porch right now instead of being hunched over my computer in a dark room.

    Used dictation to do this entire post:). So if there's any mistakes I'm blaming Siri:D
  12. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Lol, I was in the same boat.

    Well, for me, its...

    iPhone = ALWAYS with me. Text, Talk, Browse Internet, etc when I am away from home.

    MacBook Pro = Usually get on here when I need to get some important work done or something done really quick

    iPad = I always pick this up when I'm home and avoid the Macbook Pro unless I have important work to do. So, casual website browsing is done on the iPad at home + I bring it with me on trips, to work sometimes, and to other random places. My Macbook Pro always stays home. Its nice to be able to bring the iPad with me and carry it anywhere...very discrect depending on the case you get.
  13. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    The iPad is my favourite 'casual' device, and my best travel device. It's absolutely perfect for browsing the Web, watching movies etc. in bed and with the cellular data connection, the ultimate time-killer when on the bus or train.

    I use my Mac for more serious stuff, such as work or more 'hardcore' games, but the iPad is what I use for everything else. It's so much more portable than my Mac and yet is a lot more capable than my iPhone, so it's my go-to device for email, looking up stuff online, chatting with friends online and so on.

    As I'm sure most owners would agree, the iPad combines many of the much-loved aspects of the iPhone and Mac into a perfect in-between form factor; the iPad is a device I never knew I needed ('wanted' might be a better word, to be honest), until I picked one up in 2010 and fell in love.

    That's how I feel! :)
  14. pure3d2 macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Games, Facebook, web surfing, reading articles/books, and occasional email use; I don't intend to use it for work.
  15. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    iPhone 4- with me ALWAYS. Sad but true. Used primarily for communications, I.e. calls, text, emails, FaceTime etc. Also for games when I need to kill 5-15 minutes waiting for something.

    MacBook Pro - paired with my 2TB backup drive is essentially my portable desktop where all the major work gets done. This can be work stuff, ripping DVD's, burning backup discs, photo editing, etc. it's my main workhorse.

    iPad - comes right in between them. It serves as my portable entertainment device for watching movies primarily as well as being my travel PC when I don't want to lug the MBP around. Had thought about getting an Air or something for this but the touchscreen makes things a little more enjoyable.

    This is probably true for most people however YMMV depending your needs. As sort of a side bonus, my iPad also pairs perfectly for my noob photography adventures. I can snap pics, load them on to my iPad and make editing adjustments on the fly without needing to hook up to the MBP and go that route.
  16. koigirl, Mar 21, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012

    koigirl macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    In order of most use:

    MBP: Small business software, Excel, Word, light email and web surfing


    Reading news sites and blogs, mostly through Pulse app
    Web shopping
    Checking sports scores
    Movies, tv, Netflix
    Books through Kindle app
    Light texting
    Light GPS
    Storing photos


    Light web surfing

    I will say that since buying original iPad, my time spent on laptop went down by 80% at least.
    I use iPad for most of web-related activities. Email is split about 50/50 with iPhone.

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