Before the launch of the first-generation iPad, Apple touted the new device’s ability to revolutionize workplace productivity as a forerunner in the much-hyped tablet platform. Since the first announcement from Apple to unveil the product, the device has been revamped into the iPad 2 with a third-gen offering in the works. Despite the high-minded intentions of many early adopters of the technology, here are ten of the things the iPad is most commonly used for.
- For E-Books With a Dedicated App – In addition to iBooks, an Amazon Kindle app is also available in the App Store for use with the iPad. The device lends itself so well to life as an e-book reader that Amazon drew heavily from it during the design phase of their newest e-reader offering, the Kindle Fire.
- As a Gaming Device – Gaming on an iPad can be as simple as the flash games you’d find on a cellphone to more complicated offerings for the seasoned gamer. While the iPad isn’t quite on a par with the powerful gaming consoles and doesn’t compete with a laptop or desktop for computer gaming, it does offer solid entertainment for gamers on the go.
- As a Portable Television – There is a veritable goldmine of television-related apps in the App Store; iPad users often take advantage of mass-transit commutes or other downtime to catch up on their favorite shows and movies.
- As a Time-Killer – The iPad offers hours of aimless time-wasting potential for those that are so inclined; from carefree web browsing to catching up on celebrity gossip, the options for keeping a user occupied without accomplishing anything of note are nearly endless.
- As a Magazine/Comic Book Replacement – The native PDF reader makes the iPad a first-choice option for comic book devotees, as does the larger display when compared to traditional e-book readers. For graphics-intensive periodicals, the iPad is a no-brainer.
- As an Oversized iPod – In addition to providing a solid visual entertainment device, the iPad is also capable of storing and playing music in the same manner as it’s iPod and iPhone brethren.
- On-the-Go Social Networking – For those who can’t bear to be separated from their favorite social networking site, the iPad is an ideal option for portable socializing. The display makes viewing photos easier than it would be on a mobile phone, and also allows for the downloading of dedicated apps.
- For Photo Editing and Digital Art – Artists with a penchant for digital work are often avid fans of the iPad; one of the more popular uses for the device is photo editing and manipulation.
- Trip Planning and Navigation – The wireless connectivity capabilities and larger, easy-to-read display make the iPad a great GPS option, as well as housing apps that can make planning any trip a breeze; frequent travelers love the iPad.
- Workplace Productivity – The iPad is actually used to boost productivity, manage scheduling and keep track of a busy professional’s needs. The device also makes collaborative projects much easier through effortless sharing and editing tools.
Yes, the iPad can do much, much more, but when truly looking at how the majority of iPads are being used, this is definitely the Top 10.