Give me reasons (apps, uses, etc.) to keep the iPad I just bought.
September 10, 2013 2:52 PM Subscribe
This post about gadget fatigue
on the blue prompted this question. I just bought the most recent iteration of the iPad. I have an old iPhone and an even older MacBook Pro, and after less than 24 hours with the iPad, I’m getting the impression that the it's superfluous to my life. Please present arguments to the contrary
, so that I can make up my mind whether to return it.
(I've read this Ask
, and this Ask
, and this Ask
, but the tech changes so quickly that much of what is suggested there is dated, and plenty more apps/uses have come about since those were posted.)
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese to computers & internet (43 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a Mac fiend from waaaay back, and I've wanted an iPad since they were first introduced. In celebration of recently landing an almost-full-time admin job (one takes what one can get), I bought the iPad with Retina Display. It arrived last night. I spent the evening gleefully downloading all the stuff that was already on my iPhone, and playing with the settings, and browsing the web, and so forth.
I woke up this morning and thought, why do I have this thing? So I'm asking all of you what kinds of apps or processes or whatever I should try/could do with it that are awesome and/or fun and/or useful, so that I can spend a week or so with it before deciding if I should take it back.
I'm not a gamer, so all the wow!factor involved in that is a non-starter. I don't have a Big Important Job, so that sort of usefulness is out, too. I'm not an artist or a photographer, even a little bit. There's no easy way to type on the screen when you're reclining, and--this is going to sound ridiculously spoiled, but--it's heavier than I thought it would be. It's not comfortable to hold up in one hand. I don't travel except on public transportation to and from work, and my iPhone works fine during short trips for texting or solitaire or whatever. I have Netflix streaming, but... I can do that on my laptop, you know?
The two reasons I have in favor of it right now are a) I can leave my laptop docked to the very old Cinema Display on my desk while still being able to browse the web/Netflix/e-books on the couch or in bed, and I subscribe to the New York Times Daily Crossword Puzzle app, which is very small on my iPhone screen (I skip the Sunday puzzles now, when they used to be my favorites, because I have to scroll).
Is being able to surf the web/watch netflix/read e-books in bed (which, seriously, I can do with my laptop, it's just a matter of unplugging a bunch of stuff and carrying it in there) and having the NYT Daily Crossword puzzle at a decent visual size worth $500? Right now, my answer is "nope."
Please do not reply with "Obviously you don't need it; send it back." I already have that opinion; I want to hear from people who know I would love it if I would just give $IPADTHING a try, so that I can make a more informed decision. Convince me!