All iPads What do you do on your iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JGWolven, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. JGWolven macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2013
    So there have been some pretty garbage threads recently, but I'm curious what everyone's daily usage is like for their iPad and what apps they may use.

    Mornings, my iPad is pretty much my newspaper. I use Flipboard to catch up on everything, use Safari to look at some ESPN and SI articles. At work, I'm looking into getting a stylus and a compatible note app to use. Currently I use it more as a time waster than anything else.

    At home I use it for a lot of media. YouTube videos, netflix, kindle app for reading.

    What about you?
  2. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
  3. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Ditto on it being my morning newspaper. It's the BEST for this. It makes my mornings more enjoyable. I've been using it for email and most web surfing lately too. Just so pleasant to use for these tasks. Steve Jobs was right. :)

    I'd say 20% of my usage is gaming! maybe even a little more. It's also a great treadmill companion with my Bose soundlink speaker..... Great sound and all kinds of music options. I can also watch some TV episodes while working out.

    If it wasn't for a few games and my desire to get back into software development, this would be my "computer" at this point.
  4. MacInTheCrack macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2013
    I use the Kindle app a lot. Play some games. I browse some when I'm out and around free wifi. Nothing heavy.
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Maintain my DVD collection (DVD Profiler)
    Play Infinity Blade
    Read and sign PDFs (PDF Expert)
    Manage files (Goodreader)
    Maintain online blogs and websites (Wordpress, Gusto, FTPontheGo)
    Browse the web (Chrome)
    Read email (Mailbox)
    Light doc creation (Doctogo and now iWork)
    And about 50 other things.
  6. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Just about everything.

    Document drafting and editing.

    It's a hefty party of my daily activities.
  7. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Pretty much everything from managing/paying bills, web browsing, watching TV (NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, Netflix), and games. I rarely use my laptops and desktops other than for work and photo editing, but I can even use iPhoto for iPad.
  8. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
  9. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    As little as possible, my new retina MBP with its spacious 15" display, and thin featherweight form factor does everything I need. Plus it's the precision tool I make my living with. Everything else is just stuff.

    Yet it's important to prepare for the effusive protests from couch potatoes than can't deal with much more that carrying and extra pound or two. :)
  10. jonfarr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2012
    most of what is already mentioned but huge use for me is sports.

    I have a slingbox,, MLS live, NHL center ice.

    The comcast app also streams live TV and most all the national sports channels.

    Its a 2nd screen when there are multiple games on I want to watch, or when I'm on the road I can throw my home teams game on in HD in the hotel room.

    Its a media powerhouse for me for sure.

    Recently just took the train from Portland to Seattle for the Seahawks game and watched NFL Redzone on the way up. So awesome.
  11. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
  12. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    Only if you're 12.
  13. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I'll be twelve next month.
  14. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    I read the dozens of threads where people ask the same question about what people do with thier iPads. It seems no one knows how to use search.
  15. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    What do you do on your iPad?

    iPad Air:
    Netflix (Lost) in the morning before school as I am eating breakfast. Some tapatalk, Instagram, check my mail and reply to some. Put back in my room and outside I go to wait for the school bus (high school).

    Home again (reunited with my iPad air):
    Netflix again (today I watched the new walking dead episode on amazon instant video). Check schools website for HW. I am a product reviewer on amazon and I use my iPad air to take videos and edit them in iMovie. So a few hours of that. I go on tapatalk a lot for macrumors and a few other forums. Go to bed and watch more Netflix and go on tapatalk. I also look at news throughout the day.. That's my usually schedule.
  16. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    My primary use for my Ipad mini is as an e-reader. I originally got an e-ink kindle, but discovered it didn't work really well for pdf documents with lots of mathematical notation, one of the primary things I read. I love having my book collection on a device that fits in my jacket that's always available to me, and get books in electronic format whenever possible.

    In particular, as a math instructor, I use it for my text books, and for copies notes and handouts for my class. It's great not having to lug those books around campus anymore, and the mini is small enough I can hold it easily in one hand while copying problems out of it onto the board with the other.

    I also use it for the gps. I have a very poor sense of direction, and it's been wonderful for that. Of course you can do the same thing with a phone, but I find it's more effective on a larger device where you can see much more of the map.

    I sometimes use it for taking notes. While thumb typing isn't as good as touch typing, it's still good enough I can keep up. I always use it for keeping track of random bits of information, copying them into simple note where I know (unlike scraps of paper) I won't use them.

    I use it for web browsing and email when I'm out and about, away from a desk.

    I'm looking for software to use it for keeping track of finances.

    I play a couple games occasionally, things like Ghost Trick or Monkey Island, nothing that pushes the limits of the hardware.

    And that's about it.
  17. puma1552 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2008
    Not much.

    I do not do messages or mail on it, my phone does that so I don't want to bother deleting those off another device. I keep my iPad for fun stuff/entertainment.

    That said, I don't have netflix so don't do that, but I do have all my music on mine. I don't have any games because they all have bad reviews or in-app purchases, no thanks. Have a couple on my phone though for waiting around places for stuff.

    I have one magazine subscription that I read on my iPad, which is nice. Dom't do iBooks.

    So really what's left? Mainly safari. This is 99% a browser device for me. I only have a few apps on the device, it's mainly a safari machine.
  18. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Since the the early days of iPad 1, it became indispensable part of my home recording studio.
  19. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    That's because it's hard to search using an iPad, they're a little weak in that area. At least that's what Steve mentioned as a reason when criticising Bill Gates idea of creating one a full decade before Apple declared theirs Magical and Revolutionary. Tech history is quite fascinating to follow.
  20. JGWolven thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2013
  21. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Newspaper. Twitter. Sports scores and stuff. Reading iBooks. Listening to music. Listening to podcasts. NBALP mobile on the go. Any of the former stuff while on my Elliptical machine. Shopping online and on and on....
  22. mikew3 macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2009
    kindle PDF support out of the box is pretty poor


    there is an EXCELLENT program available which converts PDFs into a format readable on kindle. there are many options and tweaks so that you can get the PDF looking exactly how you want it.

    the program is called k2pdfopt

    i could never spend a lot of time reading books on an ipad. the glossy display is just so hard on the eyes. kindle is the best for reading.
  23. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    For work:

    Taking notes
    Drawing and wire framing
    Emergency remote FTP code fixes
    Update WordPress news posts
    Presentation aid
    Email and todos
    Manage portfolio
    Live UI mockups from PS
    Dumping dSLR photos for live tweeting

    For home:

    Netflix and Hulu
    Read news and tweets
    Play advanced, sit-down type games
    Read an occasional iBook
    Online shopping
    FaceTime parents and grandparents
    Manage finances, budget, etc
    Dump wifey's point & shoot photos


    Copilot GPS
    Travel guide
    Dumping photos for review

    What I wish I could do:

    True RAW photo editing
    Pressure-sensitive display for drawing
  24. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    I'll get in and out of these little honeymoon phases with my (old?) iPad 2. I'll get really into using it for a few weeks, then slow way down on usage. Then pick it back up again weeks later (am I the only one)? For me, it's the best thing EVER to lay sideways on a two-person loveseat, in front of the TV for some background noise, and catch up on MacRumors articles/forms, new movies out etc., and YouTube subscriptions.

    At lunchtime I often watch The Office on Netflix with it propped up with a Smart Cover on the table in front of me. Ditto for late night snacks too.

    Random expeditions in google maps and street view are fun too. And to top it off, its killer for shower music (with the window open or fan on for humidity of course).

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