What CAN you actually do with an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nampramos, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. nampramos macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    Hi guys!

    I will be buying the new iPad 3 in the end of April and I would like to ask you some questions which will reflect on the model I will buy (WiFi 16, 32 or 64 GB).

    I have searched around and tried to find out what can and cannot be connect to the iPad.

    One major concerns I have is not having enough space for storage, as many of you might have as well.

    Can I connect an external HDD to the iPad?

    What about that Seagate GoFlex Satellite? I saw a video review of that HDD with built-in WiFi and it was disappointing to see that you cannot write onto the HDD via WiFi. Instead, you will need to connect the HDD via USB to write data into it.

    Share your views guys. Thanks!
  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    The title to this thread is VERY misleading.
  3. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    No. If your Movie/TV Show library is over the maximum size (since music can be played via home sharing), you should look into a media laptop, like an HP Envy Beats (GREAT multimedia laptop)
  4. falcora macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2011
    Yeah, although the iPad is a really powerful tool, it doesn't serve as a full computer replacement for all users.
  5. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
  6. Gorion macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2006
    I use my iPad to read, and watch movies / tv shows... You can use Home Sharing to stream the videos to your iPad. You could also use Netflix and things like that.
  7. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    The Seagate GoFlex Wifi drives are intended to simply extend your storage if you want to carry your media library around and use your storage on the iPad for apps. I've used one and it streams very well. I find the benefits of ease of connecting to large amounts of data that fit in small HDD I can take with me far outwiegh the negative aspect of needing to load it via another computer. Considering the fact your iPad only has a fraction of the storage capacity of the HDD's off loading media seems rather backwards in a sense.

    I hope we see a 128gig option and eventually 256gig as SSD chip prices drop. You can never have enough storage imo, I have had a 16gig wifi and constantly ran out of room with only apps, with a 64gig I could load a few movies, my music and have room for apps but I had to think about what I wanted to load when going on a trip, so bottom line, I buy as much storage as possible. The wifi external drives helps with the pre trip decisions, I just take it all and decide later.

    As for the title of the thread which has nothing to do with your post.

    Everyting...not even sure I can list them all. I haven't used a laptop in well over a year. I use my iMac for my daily work, photo/video editing and the iPad for most of my browsing, casual gaming, news, sports and other magazine reading, HBO GO, Max GO, Slingbox, movies, iMessage, Facetime, shopping and on and on... I find very little I can't do on the iPad that I had done on my laptop prior. It's lighter, better battery and I find myself taking it with my to many more places I never bothered taking my laptop. Battery life alone is huge in making something useable without having to carry along a charger all the time.

    And yes I can play flash and visit flash websites if I choose (there's an app for that too). Not to even mention Airplay's ability to mirror my iPad to the ATV2 and have a nice large canvas to share photo, video and websites with family that come over.
  8. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    I use my iPad mainly as a media consumption device. Netflix, Youtube, browsing, and sometimes books until my son gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas, so books are now read on the KF. I don't see my iPad as a replacement for my laptop, however I do spend far more time using my iPad than my MBP because its just so convenient to pick up and carry around. I don't think an iPad needs to totally replace your computer, rather it enhances it... Put what you need on there, as needed and don't expect more than its meant to be and you will love it. Now i'm starting to sound all fanboish so Ill just leave it at that. :D
  9. Bchagey macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2011
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    I use my iPad to run my eBay store. Also for email, web browsing, music, and video entertainment. I also destroy
    Zombies in COD Black Ops.
  10. nampramos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    So you can stream a 1080p from a laptop to the iPad for example?

    But only stream right? I cannot copy anything via home sharing? Or even write to the laptop from the iPad?
  11. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    You can do a good bit with the iPad but it excels as an Internet appliance.

    The iPad could be so much more but Apple keeps it in a closed loop which prevents it from being what it could be. This is why android and the new Win 8 tablets will always be of great interest to so many.
  12. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Well, I don't think iPad displays a video in 1080p, so it will get converted on the fly to 720p, I think, but yes, you can stream video from laptop to the iPad. I like to use Air Video for this, but there are other apps that do the same thing.

    As for writing data from the iPad to a laptop, exactly what kind of data are you talking about? I have an app called File Browser that can connect from the iPad to any networked hard drive, including those on other networked computers, so if a file can be accessed through the "open in" function, you open it with File Browser and copy it to the hard drive. The problem is, most in-app data can't be accessed by the "open in" function. But I find it handy for downloading files from the web.
  13. ssgrif macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    there are lots of apps out there to do what you want, thats the strnegth of the idevices from apple, hense the slogan "there's an app for that!".

    I have all my media on a NAS and I use multiple apps to access them such as DSFile, ACEPlayer etc.

    to copy files from your ipad to your laptop you could use the Dropbox app which I highly recommend. I use it to move files between my iphone, ipad, and pc at home.
  14. nampramos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    Cool guys, thanks for the feedback.

    A lot can be done but now everything.

    Imagine I go on a trip for 2 weeks and only take my iPad.

    I record video with a GoPro that does 1080p.

    When I want to transfer it to the iPad I use the SD adapter.

    But then how do I move those 1080p video files to an external HDD if I have no network to connect to?

    The Seagate GoFlex does not allow writing via WiFi and I can't connect the iPad to the HDD via cable.

    Impossible, right?
  15. Doombringer macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2012
    It's nowhere near as flexible as a notebook, but it isn't supposed to be. I plan to use mine mainly as a consumption device, as others have said... web, email, IRC, MUD, IM...
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    The iPad is a consumption device for me first. You can't plug a hard drive into it straight out of the box.
  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Not sure why you can't wait until you get back from your trip to move those videos to a hard drive, but if this is really important to you, then you could consider jailbreaking the iPad -- last I checked, jailbreaking allowed you to connect an external storage device to the iPad and write to them, but the external device needed its own power source. I also remember hearing about some devices that transfer videos directly from a camcoder to hard drives. Perhaps that is more what you need?
  18. nampramos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    This June I will be spending 2 weeks in The Maldives on a surf trip.
    During all that time, I will be living on a boat.
    If I didn't need to take my laptop with me, would be great.
    Imagine filming 5-6 hours of 1080p video a day, for 2 weeks.
    How many GB will that be at the end?
    I'd say much more than any iPad can handle ;)

    But I understood now that this is a very unlikely event. I'll have to carry with me my MacBook anyway.

    Thanks for all the insight guys!

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