Ideas for a spare iPad

kjmff5

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My employer gave me an iPad mini 4, 32GB wifi. Both my wife and I already have iPads that we use. Unfortunately I can't get rid of it because I have to turn it in if I leave the company. Looking for ideas of what to do.

Things we like
cooking, reading(more books than kindle), music, Netflix. So the obvious ones are to use this as kitchen cook book, and music streamer, and Netflix. In case this matters, we have one MBA that we share(separate log ins), each have iPhones, each have iPads, no Apple TV.

Do you recommend we log in one a new Apple ID or use one of our own? The other thing with Spotify is that we each have our own playlists, so is there a way to sync both accounts? Essentially we want to use this iPad as a shared home device.

Hope that makes sense.
 

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Is it for work related items or just to use for whatever? Do you use your personal device for work? Your job may require you to use it for work items and they may have a case to claim your personal unit if it's used for work items that are sensitive in nature. If it's just so they can say you were provided one, then I would see if you could turn it in and get it off your name.
 
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kjmff5

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Is it for work related items or just to use for whatever? Do you use your personal device for work? Your job may require you to use it for work items and they may have a case to claim your personal unit if it's used for work items that are sensitive in nature. If it's just so they can say you were provided one, then I would see if you could turn it in and get it off your name.
It's just for whatever. It was more like a welcome to the group 'gift' but a gift that has to be returned. I can use my own iPad if I want for work related things, but even that is not necessary since computers are everywhere.

Talking to the wife, one thing we would like to use this is for is cooking. Anyone know of a good wall mount for the iPad that also has arms that can extend out? at least that is one purpose, and we will just keep adding to that.
 

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It's just for whatever. It was more like a welcome to the group 'gift' but a gift that has to be returned. I can use my own iPad if I want for work related things, but even that is not necessary since computers are everywhere.

Talking to the wife, one thing we would like to use this is for is cooking. Anyone know of a good wall mount for the iPad that also has arms that can extend out? at least that is one purpose, and we will just keep adding to that.
This wall mount is approximately $18.00 and available on Amazon. And it works really well. Here's the link listed below if you decide to use it for in the kitchen use.

https://www.amazon.com/OmniMount-Case-Stand-Wall-Mount/dp/B00WMKC29S
 

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If you do much travel, the mini 4 is a great companion. That is mostly what I use it for and appreciate the smaller size.
 

psac

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I agree the Minis are awesome for travel. But I would also be concerned about the "give it back" concept. I know it's a nice gesture, but that could end up being more harm than good. What if you use it and break the screen? Do you need to now buy a new one to replace it?

By the way, I use my mini every morning in the kitchen to watch TV through my FIOS app from my cable provider. Along with the cooking suggestions, even using it as a mobile extra TV at home can be useful.
 

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It's just for whatever. It was more like a welcome to the group 'gift' but a gift that has to be returned. I can use my own iPad if I want for work related things, but even that is not necessary since computers are everywhere.

Talking to the wife, one thing we would like to use this is for is cooking. Anyone know of a good wall mount for the iPad that also has arms that can extend out? at least that is one purpose, and we will just keep adding to that.
If its a 'gift' that needs to be returned at some point and one that you dont even need or will barely use, why risk it being broke or lost/stolen and then you needing to reimburse the company or have to replace it? I would give it back to avoid a potential headache.
 

Relentless Power

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If its a 'gift' that needs to be returned at some point and one that you dont even need or will barely use, why risk it being broke or lost/stolen and then you needing to reimburse the company or have to replace it? I would give it back to avoid a potential headache.
I don't really think this is a logical answer. The Company provided the iPad for his use for whatever he wants, which he said he would use it for recipes/cooking. It doesn't mean the iPad would leave the house to be lost or stolen. If someone is responsible enough, then enjoy the gift that was given to you for the duration he has it.
 

kjmff5

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I don't really think this is a logical answer. The Company provided the iPad for his use for whatever he wants, which he said he would use it for recipes/cooking. It doesn't mean the iPad would leave the house to be lost or stolen. If someone is responsible enough, then enjoy the gift that was given to you for the duration he has it.
The post prior to this make a valuable argument. Why keep something that might get damaged, then it's on me to replace it. I don't know what their return policy is, like must be as new or something. I think it just needs to be returned.

That being said, I'm leaning more towards keeping it at home for shared use. Since we both have our own iPads with Bluetooth keyboards, we don't need this much for travel.

Any thoughts on
1. Make a new Apple ID or use one of our own? Biggest thing would be Plex, I don't want to but another pass since our accounts already have the $5 account activated. Granted, it's $5...
2. Best way to have both Spotify accounts playlists synced?
3. I wish there were ways to make user accounts, but as far as I know there isn't.
4. Wall mount for the kitchen that has an extendable arm?

Thank you!
 
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jhearty99

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I don't really think this is a logical answer. The Company provided the iPad for his use for whatever he wants, which he said he would use it for recipes/cooking. It doesn't mean the iPad would leave the house to be lost or stolen. If someone is responsible enough, then enjoy the gift that was given to you for the duration he has it.
It may not answer his question on how to use it but not sure how it is not logical. So you're saying things can not be lost or stolen if they are kept at home? It may be unlikely but certainly could happen. My point was simply, if they are not going to use it often and don't need it, then why keep it?
 

Relentless Power

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It may not answer his question on how to use it but not sure how it is not logical. So you're saying things can not be lost or stolen if they are kept at home? It may be unlikely but certainly could happen. My point was simply, if they are not going to use it often and don't need it, then why keep it?
No. Anything can be lost or stolen anywhere, anytime. But in all likeliness, chances are that wouldn't happen as you said. I could make the argument about any article in my house could be stolen, but that's beside the point. And the OP did say they would use it for kitchen needs and requested a wall mount for it as well. The intentions are here to use it clearly, but it's not a necessity being they already own iPads. The alternative option to use it in other ways is a possibility, it's a matter if the OP chooses to utilize it.
 
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kjmff5

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When I upgrade to the new iPad Pro my older iPad Pro will be given to a family member or friend.
That was my initial plan, to give it to my brother. But since I have to return it, I'd rather keep it under my watch.
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I already indicated in Post #4 in this thread, a link to Amazon for a versatile iPad wall mount.
Sorry I did take a look at it. Doesn't have the extendable arm but there are a few on amazon that do.

Thanks!
 

Floris

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My employer gave me an iPad mini 4, 32GB wifi. Both my wife and I already have iPads that we use. Unfortunately I can't get rid of it because I have to turn it in if I leave the company. Looking for ideas of what to do.

Things we like
cooking, reading(more books than kindle), music, Netflix. So the obvious ones are to use this as kitchen cook book, and music streamer, and Netflix. In case this matters, we have one MBA that we share(separate log ins), each have iPhones, each have iPads, no Apple TV.

Do you recommend we log in one a new Apple ID or use one of our own? The other thing with Spotify is that we each have our own playlists, so is there a way to sync both accounts? Essentially we want to use this iPad as a shared home device.

Hope that makes sense.
Get IoT stuff like Philips Hue lights and turn the iPad into a house controller :p
Your frontdoor camera, your Nest and that sorta stuff overview, blah blah.

lt looks pretty hanging as a clock on a wall where you walk a lot and connected to a socket hey siri works so starting music, dimming the lights, and opening the door remotely... kinda fancy

And if you wanna netflix in the hammock in the garden you unplug it and take it with you - knowing it's alway 100%
 

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OT... I still can't type nearly as fast with my iphone as I did with my old blackberries. I miss those things sometimes. Other times, not so much.
I still miss my Blackberry's keyboard. Something nice about your thumbs actually feeling the buttons. No doubt I was faster on the Blackberry keyboard! Been years now and my thumbs are now used to the 7+ keyboard but it will never be the same.
 
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kjmff5

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Get IoT stuff like Philips Hue lights and turn the iPad into a house controller :p
Your frontdoor camera, your Nest and that sorta stuff overview, blah blah.

lt looks pretty hanging as a clock on a wall where you walk a lot and connected to a socket hey siri works so starting music, dimming the lights, and opening the door remotely... kinda fancy

And if you wanna netflix in the hammock in the garden you unplug it and take it with you - knowing it's alway 100%
Man I wish I could have that. The ultimate bro pad haha. But my wife does not believe in spending a grand in getting the nest, august smart lock, lights, etc....
 

Floris

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I just spent 170 euro on the starter kit from hue with ambient lights. I demo it to my family, and now they all want it.
It's a great birthday or christmas gift, and worth keeping an eye on for black friday deals, etc. (btw, get 3rd generation light bulbs)
Man I wish I could have that. The ultimate bro pad haha. But my wife does not believe in spending a grand in getting the nest, august smart lock, lights, etc....
I wish i got the hue lights many years ago, and i am getting a few more bulbs, because i just have to do the whole apartment now.

nest etc, i am not too sure about yet, but it's worth saving up for i guess, it's not like we're spending it on new mac pro servers and imac workstations i guess.
 
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