What do you realistically use your iPad for?

linkgx1

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I'm always confused. Some people say that they legitimately use their iPad to do ''real work'' and some say they barely use it at all.

The iPhone and MacBooks are definitely things that have clear use cases. It seems harder for the iPad. But I'm curious what's your daily use for your iPad, the plus and the challenges of an iPad.

This is coming from someone who has only used a Nexus 7 as a tablet for about 6 months.
 

Adelphos33

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My office job uses a Windows machine. I have an iPad, iPhone and Macbook. I haven't opened my Macbook probably in a few weeks. I use my iPad for Work e-mail via an Enterprise App as well as a few other apps I get through my office. In addition, I use occasional Microsoft Office for notes, personal budgeting, etc. For personal stuff, I use it to write e-mails, manage photos, web surfing, watch movies, etc. The MacBook is only used when I need to remote into the office.
 

lexvo

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Note taking (several notes a day)
Task management/GTD (Omnifocus)
E-mail
Web browsing
PDF reading/annotating
Learning Japanese
 

linkgx1

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Digital design/illustration, product development, email, web browsing, light word processing.
When you say product development, do you mind me asking what that entails exactly? Are you doing CAD drawings?
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Note taking (several notes a day)
Task management/GTD (Omnifocus)
E-mail
Web browsing
PDF reading/annotating
Learning Japanese
I'm trying to learn Japanese right now. What apps are you using? And are you using a PRO?
 

eyeseeyou

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When you say product development, do you mind me asking what that entails exactly? Are you doing CAD drawings?
Wire frames, sketching out user/webflows, interactions, basic concept sketching,

Actually there’s an app called concept that I suggest everyone check out lol
 

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I'm trying to learn Japanese right now. What apps are you using? And are you using a PRO?
I am using an iPad Air 2. I have several apps for learning Japanese:
- Human Japanse (for beginner, discovered this app recently, a very good app for learning Japanese, good tutorials/lessons and also interesting background info)
- Human Japanese Intermediate (didn’t use this yet but bought it in combination with the previous one)
- Learn Japanese with phrases & lessons (nice app, I started learning with this one, it has great examples, drills and a lot of lessons)
- Midori (a great dictionary)
- Imiwa (free, also a great dictionary)
- iKanji Touch
- Learn Me Hiragana (looks like this is no longer available)
- Learn Me Katakana
- JLPT Study (discontinued I think)
 
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When you need to create documents (Writing, Spreadsheets, and Presentations), it is pretty hard to beat a full laptop or desktop computer. The operating system was designed to handle multiple windows, precision pointing with mouse, and keyboard input. So, yep....traditional computers are going to be better than a touch-based device, such as an iPad, for working with documents. Most office professionals spend their time working on documents and data bases, so these folks will most certainly need to have a computer.

Now, ads will show folks working on an iPad Pro with pencil engaged in some kind of creative endeavor like sketching and drawing, and there definitely are people who make a living doing this type of work. I don't know the stats, but I would guess for every person earning a living as a creative person there are 10 office slaves sweating over spreadsheets and decks of slides. I was an office slave.....so, my experience might be skewed.

So, for me, I use the iPad much in the same way as Jobs described it during the launch in 2010. It is a device that sits between a laptop and a smartphone. It is great for answering emails, browsing the web, taking notes, calendaring, setting reminders, marking up documents, reading books/PDFs, sharing photos, and watching videos/movies. Basically, it excels at light productivity and consumption of media. For many people, these are the primary personal (rather than: professional) computing activities. It's a great travel companion for business or pleasure. Finally, the iPad is a delight to use. So, it has a place.
 

linkgx1

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When you need to create documents (Writing, Spreadsheets, and Presentations), it is pretty hard to beat a full laptop or desktop computer. The operating system was designed to handle multiple windows, precision pointing with mouse, and keyboard input. So, yep....traditional computers are going to be better than a touch-based device, such as an iPad, for working with documents. Most office professionals spend their time working on documents and data bases, so these folks will most certainly need to have a computer.

Now, ads will show folks working on an iPad Pro with pencil engaged in some kind of creative endeavor like sketching and drawing, and there definitely are people who make a living doing this type of work. I don't know the stats, but I would guess for every person earning a living as a creative person there are 10 office slaves sweating over spreadsheets and decks of slides. I was an office slave.....so, my experience might be skewed.

So, for me, I use the iPad much in the same way as Jobs described it during the launch in 2010. It is a device that sits between a laptop and a smartphone. It is great for answering emails, browsing the web, taking notes, calendaring, setting reminders, marking up documents, reading books/PDFs, sharing photos, and watching videos/movies. Basically, it excels at light productivity and consumption of media. For many people, these are the primary personal (rather than: professional) computing activities. It's a great travel companion for business or pleasure. Finally, the iPad is a delight to use. So, it has a place.
This is one of the best descriptions I've read. Thanks!
 
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Consumption only as I am retired. When I was working, the use of personal devices was strictly prohibited so I would not have used my iPad for work then.
 

eyeseeyou

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Google Maps during the day (I use it as an in-car Nav system).
Was thinking of getting an old iPad mini lte specifically for this reason but couldn’t get past the need to hide my tablet every single time I parked my car.

Still on the fence about it.
 

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Was thinking of getting an old iPad mini lte specifically for this reason but couldn’t get past the need to hide my tablet every single time I parked my car.

Still on the fence about it.
I've got one of these…



Makes it easy to pull the iPad in and out (pull on the bottom of the gripper/holder thing. Sits in my cupholder.

If I am going to be in more than one place during a trip I'll grab it and slide it under the seat or in a seat back pocket.
 

eyeseeyou

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I've got one of these…



Makes it easy to pull the iPad in and out (pull on the bottom of the gripper/holder thing. Sits in my cupholder.

If I am going to be in more than one place during a trip I'll grab it and slide it under the seat or in a seat back pocket.
Does it bother you that you have a screen right behind your iPad?

Oh that’s another reason I was holding off, my back up camera view would be covered.
 

DaniJoy

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basic sketching /low rez painting. social media marketing. basic photo/video editing. Reading. taking notes. surfing the web. wasting time.

That about all its good for my needs.
 

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I've got one of these…



Makes it easy to pull the iPad in and out (pull on the bottom of the gripper/holder thing. Sits in my cupholder.

If I am going to be in more than one place during a trip I'll grab it and slide it under the seat or in a seat back pocket.
Does it get hot during the summer ?
 
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artfossil

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I develop my university courses--lots of documents, presentations and spreadsheets (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
I manage my university courses (Canvas learning management system) including teaching one course online.
I create and edit Word documents related to my NSF-funded research project.
I manage my email.
I do digital research. (Safari, Evernote, Notability)
I manage my bank and credit card accounts (Banktivity).
I catalogue and edit my professional photos (my artwork, my project photos) (Mylio, PS Express).
I catalogue and edit my personal photos (Photos).
I keep digital journals (nvALT, Evernote, Notability).
I draw and design (Notability, CC apps).
I take an online design course (UK-based) (Flickr, Safari, Notability, nvALT).
I write for my career (artist statements, project descriptions, etc) and creatively (Ulysses).
I read studio books (image-heavy) (Kindle)
I watch "TV" and movies on Amazon Prime or Netflix.
I watch baseball games on MLB At Bat.

Note: I have the 12.9 iPadPro and the Smart Keyboard and Pencil. The Smart Keyboard is a fantastic input device and I love writing on my iPad.

It's easier to ask what I don't do on my iPadPro which is:
Tricky photo adjustments (I use Photoshop)
Video editing with Final Cut Pro X
 
All sorts of stuff. Mostly consuming media of one sort of another (Netflix right through to Kindle), although I also hook up my guitar to it via an iRig, and use it at work to take notes. Also extremely handy for showing someone a quick photo or video as you can just pass it to them.

I use it pretty much every day. It's an Air, so probably due an upgrade soon.
 
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