iPad Pro Small quandary though not buyers remorse

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ffosse, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Ffosse, Feb 26, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2018

    Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I'm having trouble finding a use case for my iPad Pro 10.5. I find that when I want to read, I'll pick up one of my phones, and when I want to watch video, I'll open up my MacBook. This leaves the iPad very much unused at the moment, which is a shame as it wasn't cheap and I bought the Pencil, too.

    Can anyone suggest some apps I might enjoy on the IPad- I'm loath to sell it as it would be such a waste.

    Or should I keep it as a backup device? I don't have a protective case for it apart from a magnetic cover and whenever I'm out of the house for a day or so I'll generally take my MacBook with me ( for which I do have a proper case).

    I'm not much of an artist or gamer.
  2. Precursor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2015
    etc etc

    There are ton of apps, though I find it bizzare that you read/watch on your phone/Macbook when you have the iPad. People prefer the iPad for its convenience. It's much more portable than a Macbook and it's much more useful/comfortable than a phone for reading/watching.
  3. nnoble macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2011
    Interested in keeping a diary? Download 'Dyrii' In sketch mode you can write in long-hand using your Apple pencil. 'Notability': also makes good use of Apple Pencil and a whole lot more.
  4. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    Force yourself to read for a while on the iPad... I am not sure how you read on such a small screen...

    Regarding video, it is so much easier to just open the iPad, especially when traveling.

    Regarding other stuff, I read newspapers and magazines on the iPad, and games are much better too...easier to see the bad guys.

    In meetings it is easier to take notes on a portable device, going from office to office, etc...

    I find I have very specific use cases for my phone, iPad and computer. Try to break current habits to see if it is better with iPad...

  5. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Have to agree with this.
    Rarely and I mean rarely is my MBP broken out to watch a movie and almost never is the X the preferred reading device over the 10.5.

    The iPad has been solidly integrated in my perusing the Internet, portable movie watching and reading.

    The ipad is just faster, more convenient and easier to use for those things mentioned.
  6. millydog macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2007
    I agree with the other suggestions here. I can also add a few more.…

    Reeder for RSS feeds
    Tapatalk for forums including this one.
    Social media apps such as Tweetbot, Facebook, Messenger, Skype
    Shopping apps perhaps, such as eBay.
    Paprika to store recipes from the Internet.
    Infuse for videos.
    Many different photo or video editing apps.
    Banking app
    Day One (diary)
    Remote Desktop app (Chrome Remote Desktop / Screens / VNC Viewer)
    Fing (useful to get IP addresses of devices on your network)
    Education apps including Swift Playgrounds, Lynda.com, Khan Academy, DuoLingo
    There are many other apps, it can be a good idea to go through the categories on the App Store and seeing what is popular in each category, then read the descriptions and reviews.
  7. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    If the iPad doesn’t fit into your lifestyle then why’d you try and force it in?! Don’t get that logic. Just sell it and recoup some of the expenses and spend in things that you actually need or want.
  8. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2017
    Yep, it might be a great device and some fun tech, but I don't get why people feel the need to buy things that not only they don't need but also have no use for.
  9. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016

    I feel like in the last few months due to the change of my situation, the use of iPad in my life has decreased so much that I considered selling it but then I have the iPad 2017 and the money I’m gonna get for a second hand device is negligible for me so might as well keep it until it stops working or gets so slow that I have to use it as a photo frame.
  10. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    I don't use a case or cover on my iPad pro. Eventually I will get a cover just like I had on my old iPad. As far as using it, just like everyone said, just use it. When I leave the house with it I do put it inside my Timbuk2 Plush Sleeve. I've seen some cool sleeves from Timbuk2 and Crumpler (my favs) and Incase.


    Aside from reading I've tried to incorporate the iPad into my daily use. On the iPad I'm using Pages more. Learn to draw? Learn a language?

    Movies - you can add your cable provider app to use as a remote. Other movie channel apps you can use too. I like the TV app. Normally I will purchase the actual DVD and upload a digital copy to iCloud. Then I can go mobile with it.

    For travel...I've added PDF formats of tickets to folder or Notes.
  11. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    I never found a use for any tablet because I always had a notebook and a desktop, my notebook died since I really don't use a notebook for much I replaced it with an iPad.

    Amazon Video
    MS Office

    and that's really about it
  12. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I'm making a start by reading a novel on it today, black background, white text. I just buy Apple things when they are new and I have money lying around, not knowing whether I'll make use of them or not. So far, though, with the exception of this iPad I use all my various Apple devices.
  13. thisismyusername macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2015
    I'm in the "sell or return it" camp. If you need to force yourself or look for ways to use an iPad, it just might not be a good device for you and that's fine. Not everyone finds a use for an iPad. I personally use my iPad Pro 10.5 every day. Even though I have an iPhone, MacBook Pro, iMac (this one's really my wife's), and gaming PC, my iPad is my go-to device for typical day-to-day things and has completely replaced my (old and slow) MBP... reading, watching stuff, catching up the news, email, etc.

    As for the apps I, by far, use the most on my iPad: Apple News, Mail, Feedly, along with many of the other standard ones already listed here. They're just basic things but, for me, the iPad is the perfect device and form factor for doing that stuff.
  14. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    If you are opening your Macbook for watching video, sell your iPad. I open my Macbook a couple of times a week - the res to of the time i'm on my iPad, including doing light work with the keyboard. If you prefer a Macbook for those types of uses, then you are never going to get much out of an iPad.

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