What's your typical iPad usage?

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What's your iPad typical usage?

Poll closed Jun 7, 2017.
  1. Work (office suite, editing apps etc)

    24.1%
  2. Digital Agenda (calendar, notes, reminders)

    17.7%
  3. School (university, homework etc)

    12.7%
  4. Second Screen (while watching tv etc)

    16.5%
  5. PC Alternative (Socials, emails etc)

    54.4%
  6. Travelling Companion (movies, music etc)

    30.4%
  7. Other

    17.7%
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  1. appleuserfan macrumors member

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    #1
    I'm curios to know what's your common usage of your iPad: for office suite? "Digital" agenda? Second screen?
    Let's try to understand the most common iPad usage!
     
  2. Channan macrumors 68030

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    I use them for almost everything I would use my MacBook for.

    Browsing the web
    Listening to music
    Watching videos
    Calling
    Texting
    Email
    Viewing pictures
    Reading books
    Taking notes
    Managing bank account
    Playing a few casual games
    Studying
    Etc

    My iPads are my main devices. I really only use my MacBook for taking notes at school and homework.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Primarily media with music/photo's. Otherwise, I do use mine for minor work use.
     
  4. Pakaku macrumors 68000

    Pakaku

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    Basically a laptop replacement while my MBPro charges, without any of the heavy-end stuff I do with it. And very occasional Netflix.
     
  5. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I'm retired now and I use it primarily as a consumption device, primarily reading. But even when I was working I wouldn't have been able to use it for work as use of personal devices was prohibited due to proprietary and security classification rules.
     
  6. Kcetech1 macrumors regular

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    read the news and do facebook on it now and then ..... to be honest im not sure why I keep it.
     
  7. eviljack macrumors member

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    Before I got my Kindle, my iPad mini was my main ereader. Now it sits gathering dust.
     
  8. Kcetech1 macrumors regular

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    I agree cant beat the Kindle or even the Kobo's as e-readers
     
  9. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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  10. rui no onna macrumors 601

    rui no onna

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    I use it for pretty much anything that doesn't require a PC.
     
  11. Legendts macrumors regular

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    As above too. Since being retired I use it quite a lot for photography for landscapes as well as wildflower close up work. I must admit since getting my iPhone 6 the camera on that is superior. Hoping the new releases of the iPad will have the current camera/s in them. Emails, Internet etc and so easy to use in a comfy chair. :D
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Interesting point you make about having the current camera in the newest iPad. I think that's the one feature that I never use on my iPad, is the camera. I actually almost forgot I even have it. Not that's not useful, it's just I never not have a reason to not use my iPhone for my camera.
     
  13. chscag macrumors 68000

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    I have an older iPad 3 which I still use for doing minor work and sometimes replying on various forums. Agree with Relentless Power about the camera. I have never used the camera on my iPad 3. My iPhone 7+ camera likewise does not get much use. I'm not into photography at all.
     
  14. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    I have actually used my iPad for all of those functions. One can be quite productive with an iPad more than one would've thought. I usually resorted back to my Mac if I need some serious keyboard use (i.e. Typing a long document). Having said that, I have created and edited spreadsheets and PowerPoint on the go on my iPad.

    Obviously there are functions where my iPad would not be sufficient like Final Cut or Lightroom, but I don't expect my iPad to be a Mac either.
     
  15. George Dawes macrumors 6502

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    few games , safari and VERY basic emails

    anything more complex and i use my macs
     
  16. Legendts macrumors regular

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    I tend to use it in preference to my Nikon quite a bit as for my use it works well. We travel quite a bit in our caravan and did the trip around Oz. Western Australia is the place for wildflowers though. If something is really good though I do revert to the Nikon. Agree too the camera takes great shots but I struggle to see such a small screen, even with my glasses on. Sorry I digress.
     
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    Also agree.

    I use my iPad mini 4 for many things; web browsing, social media, document viewing and light editing, watching videos (YouTube and Netflix), light gaming, managing and occasionally taking photos, and some other task specific apps related to teaching.

    However, for reading books, a dedicated ereader offers many advantages over a tablet.
     
  18. markphil1424 macrumors newbie

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    Similar to the others usage, now it's often a choice between the mini and IPP 9.7 with the desktop and MacBooks getting less use.
     
  19. Legendts macrumors regular

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    Please enlighten me re Kindle etc, why are they better than an iPad?
     
  20. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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  21. Legendts macrumors regular

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    :eek::eek::D:D:D
     
  22. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting. Since I got my Air 2, my original Kindle, Kindle Fire, and Kindle PaperWhite have not seen any usage.
     
  23. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    My preference is Kobo, actually, but all dedicated ereaders have the same inherent advantages.

    Firstly, e-ink is MUCH more pleasant to read text off of for hours at a time. An iPad with its backlit LCD display is like reading off a computer screen, which most people will agree is not great to do you hours on end. E-ink is basically just like looking at paper. Battery life is way better since e-ink displays also use no power to keep an image on screen, and they require very little processing power. You can use a Kindle/Kobo every day for weeks or even months before it needs to be recharged. An iPad will be dead in a couple of days if you read frequently. Most ereaders are also more portable, even when compared to an iPad Mini, but the displays are still large enough to be comparable to a paperback book. Basically it all comes down to the fact that ereaders are made specifically for one task, reading text. iPads and other tablets are obviously much more versatile, but they can't beat a Kindle or Kobo in the one task that they were designed for. It's just like how iPads or iPhones make really good cameras that will be good enough for most people, but they can't beat dedicated cameras. But these days most people just want one do-it-all device, so they will use an iPad as an ereader. Not me though. I'll gladly use my Kobo Aura for reading books and iPad Mini 4 for everything else.
     
  24. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    A bit of everything, which is why I was bummed that your survey only allowed 2 options. I would have selected 4 of them.

    I use my iPad to teach in the classroom as a teacher. At home, I use it for entertainment, as well as emails and light productivity tasks. Notetaking as well. So points 1, 2, 4 and 5.
     
  25. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    I'm amazed by how much I use my iPad(s). Games, reading, web browsing, finance... always have it while watching TV nowadays as when watching movies/shows/sports I'm always researching something (what else was that guy in or didn't he play for the Cubs before) etc. I don't use it much though for content creation, although started do a few things in Numbers.
     

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