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What Can You Do With an iPad?

Updated on April 7, 2012

What is an iPad?

An iPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by Apple. Apple released the first iPad in April 2010, followed by the iPad 2 in March 2011 and 'The New iPad' (iPad 3) in March 2012. The iPad is larger than a phone, but smaller than a laptop. It has the ability to run applications available for download at the iTunes or Apple App Store. The app categories range from Productivity to Entertainment, as well as, but not limited to Education, Health & Fitness, Music, News, Sports, Travel, & Navigation.

Apple is well known for developing user-friendly, sleek looking products with an incredible 'wow' factor. In recent years, they have really taken over not only the computer market, but the mobile one as well. Their mobile product lines include iPod, iPhone, and iPad. However, they are not well known for their affordability. Apple products are expensive.

I have been using an Apple computer for over 25 years and I would never buy anything else. So, what makes me remain such a loyal consumer? Simply put usability & sexiness.

"A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them."

~ Steve Jobs, BusinessWeek (25 May 1998)

I think Steve Jobs was right. I never knew I needed an iPad, until I got one.

If you have ever purchased an Apple product, you are aware that it comes with very few instructions. The contour of the products are appealing and the mobile ones are designed to fit perfectly in your hands. The iPod, iPhone & iPad are all lightweight and incredibly easy to use. Just turn it on and start tapping icons to launch any of the pre-installed apps, or visit the App Store, to explore over a half a million apps available for download.

iPad Price Justified

The cost of an iPad is about half the price of a laptop, starting at $499. It's lightweight and extremely portable and you can perform an unlimited amount of tasks by purchasing apps (many of which are free or have a 'lite' version to try before buying). With the average app costing anywhere from $.99-2.99. It's actually a very good solution for many people.

Screenshot of the Apple App Store which has over 500,000 apps available to download
Screenshot of the Apple App Store which has over 500,000 apps available to download | Source

Since there is literally something for everyone to do on an iPad, I thought I would start by explaining what you can't do on an iPad. The iPad does not have the ability to run Adobe Flash. That's pretty much it.

If you've had previous experience using Flash, it's a clunky solution to begin with. It cannot be read by search engine spiders; therefore it has a negative effect on websites looking to follow best practices for search engine optimization (SEO).

You must constantly download the latest version of the necessary plug-in, to run websites and applications using Flash technology and it's difficult to develop, requiring the purchase of Adobe Flash Professional, which is quite expensive. Ok, so Flash isn't all bad and some people may argue that it is actually good. For example, developing interactive games and software. Until recently with the introduction of html5 and css3, it was much more difficult to create such interactivity online. I'm really getting off track, but my point is you can do a lot with an iPad.

Reading a book on the iPad, screenshot demonstrates highlighting and search function capabilities
Reading a book on the iPad, screenshot demonstrates highlighting and search function capabilities | Source

Books

Read & Take Notes

You can also bookmark pages, highlight text, and even take notes with the ability to export and send them to yourself and others via email.

Search Contents of a Book

Have you ever wished you could ⌘F (ctrl+F) in a paper book, just to find that beautifully written quote or reference a fact at a later date? Me too. With an iPad, you can.

Purchase & Download Books

From the Apple App Store, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and many other online booksellers. No more waiting for delivery. Instantly after purchasing, the book is available for you to begin reading. Some libraries may even offer the option to download Ebooks onto your iPad. Check with your local library for details.

Shopping on an iPad

  • Experience holiday shopping from your recliner at home with your feet up instead of dealing with the hustle and bustle of people.
  • Find the best deals quickly, while saving yourself time and money.
  • Read reviews from other consumers before purchasing.

Evernote, a Hubber's new best friend, check it out, even if you don't own an iPad
Evernote, a Hubber's new best friend, check it out, even if you don't own an iPad | Source

Do You Own an iPad?

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Write Hubs?

Wait. You can you write hubs on an iPad? Well, kind of...let me introduce you to Evernote, a Hubber's new best friend.

Evernote is a place to save your thoughts, ideas, clips from webpages, recipes, notes, etc. Once you sign up, you can access your account from your desktop computer, mobile phone or tablet with internet access.

If your anything like me, great ideas for new hubs come at the most inopportune times. Evernote is a web-based application that has a bookmarklet tool for desktop computers and it also has both an iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad app. The Evernote app allows you to type a note whether or not you have an internet connection and will sync with your account the next time you are connected via wifi or your mobile service provider.

I write and edit all of my hubs in Evernote and I keep them organized by creating notebooks. I have one main HubPages notebook that is subdivided into three more notebooks, 'Ideas', 'In Progress', and 'Published'. Using Evernote, enables me to prepare all of my hubs from my iPad and then they are ready to create on the HubPages website the next time I sit down at my computer.

Why Do I Need an iPad?

Most often, I use my iPad for writing notes and hubs (in Evernote) at both home and the office. I also enjoy browsing the internet, checking email, and keeping up with my social networks, including HubPages, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest.

There is so much to do on an iPad, here are a few more:

The iPad is for fun too! Garageband the way it should be with intuitive touch to play instruments
The iPad is for fun too! Garageband the way it should be with intuitive touch to play instruments | Source
  • Browsing the Internet
  • Shoot & Edit Movies (iMovie app is available for $4.99 and there are lots of competitive products available for a lower price)
  • Video Conference, Video Blog, & Skype
  • Listen to Podcasts
  • Watch a Movie, T.V. Show
  • Exercise
  • Bottomless Recipe Cookbook for Your Kitchen
  • Create Music in GarageBand
  • Take Photos
  • Check email
  • Education. Education. Education. (including a great research tool for homeschoolers)

Apple iPad Accessories

The selection of iPad accessories available at the Apple Store or apple.com is pretty limited, but the options available in the after market are plentiful.

Be sure to check whether or not an iPad case fits the first generation iPad, iPad 2 or 'The New iPad' (iPad 3), because each model has had a slightly different shape making cases as dated as the previous models.

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Questions? Ask in the Comments

If you have any questions about what you can or can't do on an iPad, ask in the comments section below and if I don't already know the answer, I will find it for you.

What Do You Enjoy Doing on Your iPad?

I'd love to know what your favorite uses of an iPad are, as well as, your favorite iPad apps. Please let me know if the comments section below.

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