iPad usage comments...?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by joebrown84, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. joebrown84 macrumors newbie


    Jul 14, 2010
    Norwich, UK
    So I've had my 32gb iPad for around a week now, and yes I've got my photos on it, my music collection, a few movies and some pretty good apps, but what else can I use this awesome piece of kit for?

    This post isn't meant to be one of those "Whats the point in the iPad?" questions, I absolutely love it; but am I missing out on anything glaringly obvious?
  2. Perihelion macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2010
    I use my 64gb 3G for Internet access and media consumption mostly. I love that there's no boot up delay and for all intent and purpose infinite battery life. I'm posting this from a coffee shop right now! It's light enough that I don't notice in the backpack like my laptop and I love not fighting for a power outlet.
  3. Gaijin de Moscu macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2006
    I use mine for reading, editing and writing. Also, for my kids to read the fantastic e-Books they have on the App Store, and to watch a movie or two.

    We used to play some games, but have totally ditched them... not enough time in life!

    iBooks, Kindle and several writing apps are the most used on my iPad.

    I bought the max storage option, to hold more movies during my many trans-continental flights.
  4. Icewind macrumors regular


    May 23, 2006
    Just out of interest.. What writing apps did you buy? I'm interested in these kind of apps myself.
  5. wyneken macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2010
    The great State of Maine
    I use these regularly:

    • Pages for "serious" work, longer texts, and where formatting is important.
    • myTexts for cranking out pure text with a clean a professional-looking interface.
    • MaxJournal for basic note-taking, journal-keeping, etc.

    The options are limited right now because, as the MaxJournal developer explained to me, iOS does not currently allow applications to create or save documents in RTF format. All those note-taking apps that allow you to choose custom fonts, etc, are simply providing some cosmetic options because the final product will be a plain text file.

    Even Pages is very limited in its output options: DOC, PDF, or the native .pages format which seems to interact weirdly with Pages on the desktop (which I don't use much anyway).

    This kind of thing, along with the lack of printing support, convey the impression that everyone at Apple has moved on beyond the Age of Print, unfortunately stranding those of us who do this kind of thing for a living.

    I still like and use the iPad as a writing tool, but it's not as good as it can be, and someday, I hope, will be.

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