What's your typical iPad usage?

What's your iPad typical usage?


  • Total voters
    79
  • Poll closed .

appleuserfan

macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 16, 2014
87
37
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!
 

Channan

macrumors 68030
Mar 7, 2012
2,615
2,168
New Orleans
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.
 

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
33,922
34,934
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!
Primarily media with music/photo's. Otherwise, I do use mine for minor work use.
 

sparksd

macrumors 68040
Jun 7, 2015
3,762
2,492
Seattle WA
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.
 

Legendts

macrumors regular
Apr 3, 2012
178
85
Victoria Australia
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.
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
 

Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
33,922
34,934
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
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Legendts

chscag

macrumors 68040
Feb 17, 2008
3,824
1,339
Fort Worth, Texas
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.
 

pika2000

Suspended
Jun 22, 2007
5,587
4,896
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.
 

Legendts

macrumors regular
Apr 3, 2012
178
85
Victoria Australia
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.
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Relentless Power

joeblow7777

macrumors 603
Sep 7, 2010
6,296
7,352
I agree cant beat the Kindle or even the Kobo's as e-readers
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.
 

Legendts

macrumors regular
Apr 3, 2012
178
85
Victoria Australia
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.
Please enlighten me re Kindle etc, why are they better than an iPad?
 

joeblow7777

macrumors 603
Sep 7, 2010
6,296
7,352
Please enlighten me re Kindle etc, why are they better than an iPad?
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.
 

Abazigal

macrumors G5
Jul 18, 2011
13,199
11,428
Singapore
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Cheffy Dave

azentropy

macrumors 68020
Jul 19, 2002
2,449
1,616
Surprise
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Cheffy Dave
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.