The question I get the most when it comes to my iPad is “what exactly do you use it for?”. I’m fighting an ongoing war against people who think the iPad is just a toy and so this question is one I always try to answer in detail, but to really get everything across I’d need to write a book. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are the equivalent of 16000 words worth of details on what I do with my iPad on a random day.
The way I did this was that yesterday I grabbed a screenshot of every app I launched during the day, the first time I launched it. I also included two apps I use on the iPhone, as they work just as well on the iPad.
1: Sleep Talk Recorder (on the iPhone): Checking to see if I said anything funny in my sleep in the course of the night. Not this time.
2: We Rule Quests: First of many check-ins to a real time simulation game, harvesting crops and planting new ones.
3: Timer+ (on the iPhone): Have to keep track of when I need to check in to We Rule!
4: Safari: At this point I was at school, working on an assignment, Had 9 tabs open in Safari with various Word documents downloaded from the school’s web site.
6: Safari: Reading a poorly scanned book as a PDF
7: Scanner Pro: Used Scanner Pro on the iPad to “scan” a document by first taking photos with my Canon 300 HS. This screenshot is from today, as I forgot to take a screenshot when I scanned some documents yesterday- I use this app pretty much every (week)day, as part of my school apps.
8: Email client: Just checking my email.
9: iBooks: Checked to see what I needed to do for a lecture the next day in a PDF document I have stored in iBooks.
10: Reeder: Home from school, reading RSS feeds to find something to write about on NBT.
11: Kindle: Read a study guide for “The Glass Menagerie” that I bought on Amazon.
12: Jumsoft Money: Added some stuff to my accounting app.
13: iTV Shows HD: This app lets you add your favorite TV shows and see when they air next. Tuesdays are always the best so I checked to see if everything was back on after a couple of weeks of breaks and whatnot.
14: TweetMag: Looked for more stuff to write about on NBT.
15: Save2PDF: Got ready for class the next day by going online to find the Word documents the lecturer put out and converted them to PDF before sending them to the Notify app.
16: Notify: Here are the converted PDF files in Notify, ready for taking notes and doing grammar exercises.
So, that’s it, a pretty typical day. There were some apps I didn’t use that day that I often use, but most of my regulars are there. Maybe this will give you some ideas of what you can use an iPad for, because it definitely isn’t a toy.