I'm curious what will you guys actually use the iPad for?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Johnnybb, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Johnnybb macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2010
    I've noticed a lot of Apple enthusiasts on these forums. So I just wondered. Is anyone actually really gonna use the iPad cus in my openion it lacks some functions. Or are you just gonna buy it cus it's Apple? :)
  2. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    I won't be getting one. That said, if you have Wifi in your house the iPad allows web browsing and the use of any web app anywhere within Wifi Range. Same as your iPod Touch, but with a bigger screen > more info on screen > more interaction area on screen. It won't take developers long to come up with some killer apps that alone will justify buying a $500 iPad.
  3. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

    Aug 8, 2002
    I will be using it as my primary computer on Day 1. Full stop.
  4. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    I don't know yet ,it is not out. i am buying it becaue i have the money and want it..
  5. msduncan macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010
    I don't know what I'm going to use it for, but I have to have it and will preorder.
  6. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    I'm going to use it on the toilet and send responses to duplicate thread starters who can't come up with an original thread topic or don't want to add to an existing thread already covering their question. ;)
  7. DaveSW macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2010
    e-Book Reader, listen to music & watch videos/movies when traveling/work/etc., surf the web before going to bed, play games, play with it with my son (most important reason i'm buying an iPad).
  8. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I couldn't make such a hard and fast statement before actually using one for a month or so. There are just too many areas where it could be way too limiting.
  9. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    That pretty much sums it up. people will do what they do now with their ipod touches and iphones but on a bigger screen. Some will buy because its a shiny new device with an :apple: on it.
  10. WytRaven macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Orbiting Mercury
    Are you changing your mind from day to day 4D? I note in another thread you started yesterday you mention having a spot set aside for your iPad to charge...?

    Sorry to go a little OT was just curious :D
  11. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

    Aug 8, 2002

    I hear you, though I'm more than willing to make the leap. I know my usage patterns extremely well, as well as the reasons why I *don't* use my MBP in many situations, and the iPad will do just fine for me - in fact better than the MBP.

    I have figured out workarounds for the very few things I currently need that the iPad doesn't (yet) do - and that's based on only what is 100% confirmed from the keynote or PR fluff on Apple's site. I am of the belief however that there is still much yet to come prior to the device shipping. Stuff that will render any workarounds moot for me.
  12. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Is there a really a need for another thread like this? Why does ever newb who registers on MacRumors need to start a new thread on how he/she WON'T be buying an iPad?

    Those who are not buying an iPad - move on.. go to other forum sections.. No one cares why you won't be buying iPad, or why you think it will fail, or why it doesn't fit your needs. Leave this forum to those who actually want to use and discuss iPad.
  13. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Reading is going to be a joy on this thing. Also, I'll be developing for it in the future :)
  14. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Not a problem: I wasn't planning to use any of those functions. You know, like, the missing ones. Whatever they are. :)
  15. Arnia macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    I'm an academic researcher who likes to read his paper queue out and about as well as making notes of ideas he has. I also deliver talks at conferences and want something portable I can use for presentations. These are the main two things I use my current laptop for when not at home. These are both what I intend to use an iPad for (since for my experiments I need a much beefier machine than an easily portable laptop). It has the added benefit of having a focus point that I can adjust (by making small movements of my hands whilst I'm reading) reducing my eye strain and making it easier to read texts.

    With regards to recent announced software, I plan on getting the Keynote and Pages (to allow me to begin the first drafts of papers as I'm researching) and OmniOutliner (for outlining papers) and OmniGraffle (for producing diagrams). I am sure that Papers will be ported to the iPad (for actually holding my reading queue) as well as some mindmapping applications. That's enough to justify for me the purchase of one, quite apart from what else anyone else develops.
  16. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.
  17. Cinemagic macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2007
    That would be the only reason. But actually, I have an iPhone and a Macbook Pro. I have no need for a very large iPod Touch..... I mean iPad.
  18. Cinemagic macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2007
    Without Flash? And Apple just pulled a ton of "adult" oriented apps. So no porn apps for you on the iPad. :(
  19. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    Pretty much everything I use my 13" MBP for now... plus all the apps I use on my iPhone. The iPhone will get many more hours of standby vs use as every app I use on my iPhone will be that much easier for me to use, read, or play games on the iPad.

    Movies, email, surfing, pictures, gaming, reading emags/ebooks, listing to music etc...

    I rarely use my iPhone to surf unless I have no other alternative but find it a pain to to deal with all the zooming/panning to get around a website. I've done some reading on the Amazon app but again, spend more time flipping pages then reading, never felt right or enjoyed it to get through a book on such a small screen. Look forward to a more "normal" page layout and ability to read articles without moving the page ever few sentences.
  20. NIPRING macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Waukesha WI
    I talked my wife OUT of wanting a Sony PRS-700 book reader, because of its B/W screen for $400 :rolleyes:. Another $100 and i can buy something i actually like. She'll start using it mainly for book reading but i'm sure it'll become her new best friend before long.
  21. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2008
    everything! I feel it will become my new friend. To be honest I think it will be the device, like the iphone that changes the world.

    I literally couldnt imagine what I would do without my iphone now. I dont mean that my life would end but it is so ingrained now in my daily action!
  22. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    At home, it will be used for surfing the web, and doing light office type work.
    When I travel, it will hold my images from my camera and surf the web.
  23. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    I'm on the fence. I absolutely don't need one. One would be nice to have to review for my Blog. I can afford one. I don't need one. If I have one I can really put it through it's paces and find it's cracks. I don't need one.

    Get the point? ;)
  24. NotTempted macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Estero, Florida
    I will use it for work. I can not wait to have the MLS in my folio. I am going to seriously enjoy writing up, modifying and manipulating contracts on the fly with transactiondesk.com. :cool:

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