ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Love Affair With iPad

Updated on August 2, 2012
Like so many others, my love affair with iPad started out as an office romance...
Like so many others, my love affair with iPad started out as an office romance... | Source
...and quickly got crowded with iPhone
...and quickly got crowded with iPhone | Source
...and iPod
...and iPod | Source

I have not always been the most technological person. My father and brother have been responsible for setting up my last printer, laptop, and anything to do with my cable TV. I am the person who calls tech support yelling and screaming that something is wrong, only to be directed to plug the item in.


I have never really been an Apple person, my computers and laptops have all been PC's, I waited in line for "free-after-rebate" MP3 players the morning after Thanksgiving, and never saw a reason to chose anything other than the free phone special available with a new contract.That is until I was introduced to the new love of my life.


I first met iPad thru work. My boss decided to set us up on a blind date, and soon you seldom saw one of us without the other. We were quite exclusive at first, but soon I started to yearn for some of his friends. While I admit I was the one to approach iPod Touch as a possible running companion, iPhone literally refused to take no for an answer when it was time to renew my contract. Soon, I had an "iSomething" for every night of the week.


iPad still holds a special place in my heart, I have been his one and only since I registered him with my Apple ID. I have enjoyed exploring ways to make us more compatible and decided to share a few of my favorite "can't live without" accessories and apps.

Nothing better to complete Hubs on than this keyboard and my iPad
Nothing better to complete Hubs on than this keyboard and my iPad | Source

Logitech Keyboard Case by Zagg

My most recent purchase, and something I am amazed I lived almost an entire year without. It has a hard case with a full bluetooth keyboard. I had looked at other keyboards, but many are gel keyboards which I did not like. This sleek case has a well for iPad to sit horizontally in, giving it a small laptop appearance. Using this case emails and longer typed documents become a breeze to complete.

Allows me to finally utilize the Firefox 3.6 I love so much!
Allows me to finally utilize the Firefox 3.6 I love so much!

Perfect Web Browser

Working as an online teacher many of the sites I needed to access for work did not open in Safari so I was constantly dragging both my laptop and iPad everywhere. In an effort to decrease the number of bags I needed to lug with me I set out to find a way to use Firefox 3.6, and found that with Perfect Web Browser. With this app you are able to use Safari, Firefox, Explorer, Chrome and Opera. For $2.99 it has allowed me to access websites and complete forms I couldn't before using Safari.

Solved the no USB fault I found with my iPad
Solved the no USB fault I found with my iPad

GoDocs

One thing lacking in my relationship with iPad is a USB port. I have solved this problem with the GoDocs apps, allowing me to create, store, access and organize my google documents. Again, without a "word" program to use, this is the next best thing and has been invaluable while finishing my Masters program.

great way to manage several calendars
great way to manage several calendars

CalenMob

This has been an priceless app for my family and I. Each of us has a google calendar and have given permission for each of us to see each others. Again, after trying several calendars I was becoming frustrated with only being able to do minimal actions on my iPad, many only being able to be done on my laptop. CalenMob solved this problem. I am able to add, edit, delete, and set up appointments that repeat.

Having a 10 year old daughter I have also learned a great deal about tween apps. While I will spare you the many, many fashion, pet, vampire, baking, and dress designing apps that have found their way into a folder on my iPad, I will share a few that I make sure she utilizes often.

Great way to utilize drive time for completing practice spelling tests
Great way to utilize drive time for completing practice spelling tests

Spelling Test

We are on the road a lot to dance lessons, swim class, and tone chimes so learning to use that time to our advantage is always good. Spelling Test allows my daughter to type her spelling words into the iPad, then she records a sentence using that word. Once she has entered all her words she saves the test and is able to take a iPad generated test each day after school for the rest of the week. We can then practice the words she misspelled when we get home later in the evening.

A great app for the little traveler that she is... one of my daughters favorites.
A great app for the little traveler that she is... one of my daughters favorites.

Stack The States

I am always on the look out for apps that do two things. First they need to capture their interest and second I want them to teach them something. Stack the States does both. Multiple choice questions appear with 4 states being given as possible answer. If they choose the correct answer they get to try and stack that state on top of states they have previously gotten correct. They are trying to create a stack that reaches a line at the top of the iPad. If they are successful they receive a state to place into a United States puzzle.

Couples an important skill with a tried and true game
Couples an important skill with a tried and true game

Math BINGO

I truly believe Math is a skill that you need to use daily or you will start to lose. My daughter has pretty good math skills, but struggles with fluency. I looked for an app that not only gave her math problems to solve, but also encouraged her to do so quickly. Math Bingo answered my call. Participants are given a BINGO board with whole numbers. They are then given math problems and have to look for the answer on the board and "tap it". When BINGO is complete they win and are awarded a Bingo Bug which they can celebrate with.
While this is in no way a comprehensive list of apps and accessories, it is a list that has strengthened my relationship with iPad. While I still have dalliances with a few of his relatives (iPod and iPhone), our relationship has almost reached exclusivity status in regards to my tired, old, boring laptop.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jeani Nugent profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeanine Elizabeth 

      6 years ago from Cumberland, Wisconsin

      Honestly for what I use my iPad for there isn't anything that the new generation iPad had that I need so I actually bought the iPad 2 when I bought my own. I got my iPad and keyboard for the price of the newest iPad. If you are looking to buy one think about what you need, you may be able to save money with an older version

    • iefox5 profile image

      iefox5 

      6 years ago

      You must be very excited about the upcoming iPad 3.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)