Juan Camilo Blanco
2014-09-16 16:11:14 UTC
of the thing has long worn off ... what else can I do with it?
Specifically, is there something useful that I missed below,
that *you* do, on your iPad, which is not keyboard/mouse
intensive, that I missed looking at?
Currently, I don't use the iPad Air all that much, as I have
a high-end smartphone and a high-end laptop that goes with me
The kids play games on the iPad (e.g., I hear dumb-ways-to-die
songs all the time when it's in their hands); but I pretty much
haven't found a good practical use for it yet.
The iPad *has* replaced my Garmin GPS, while driving in unfamiliar
territory, but the lack of a second charging cable means I
generally don't use the iPad for GPS except for long trips where
I have to manually disconnect the home charger setup to bring
the non-standard cable along as a separate line item, which I
don't always remember to do. I don't want yet another cable in
my glovebox, so, it is a hindrance that it uses a cable that none
of my other equipment takes.
But, the battery lasts for hours, so, even without the cable,
about the only thing it's great (nay, fantastic) for, is GPS.
The iPad is far too klunky for pictures or video (besides, I
have "real" cameras which do a far better job anyway).
I don't SMS text, and I don't do any social networking.
I simply read & respond to my mail, and, for that, I only use
the laptop. In a dire emergency, I'll use the phone, but
99.99% of my mail can wait until I am seated at a desk
with a real keyboard in front of me, instead of the nearly
useless software keyboard that the iPad has.
Looking at my apps on the iPad, there's nothing I don't
already have on my cellphone, other than the Apple-specific
apps such as "Messages" or "Facetime", neither of which have
I ever used.
Once in a while, I forget where my phone is, and I use the
iPad to call the phone, using Hangouts/GoogleVoice, so, that's
one nice use (it's an extra free speakerphone), but I have
so many phone lines already, I don't see how adding one
more is all that useful.
I don't do calendaring (I'm retired), and I don't travel all
that much, and if I'm going to browse the web, I'm not going
to do it with a one-finger-tap software keyboard anyway, nor
do I like (or use) Safari, so, the browsing, for me, is fine
on my laptop with Firefox and a real keyboard.
Of course, I could *add* a bluetooth keyboard to the iPad,
but, that still leaves me with the sucky browsers and far
smaller screen than my laptop anyway, so, unless the iPad
does *something* the laptop can't do, anything that involves
typing is onerous on the iPad.
Certainly nobody in their right mind would *compose* documents
on an iPad if they had a laptop right next to them. I could
see people doing all sorts of things on the iPad if they
did *not* have a perfectly good laptop next to them, so,
all this is in the context of what does it do that a laptop
I tried using it in the treehouse a few hundred feet behind the
house, but the iPad wifi was so sucky compared to the laptop
and phone that I gave up. I can't believe the wifi is so
weak but it's so sucky that it just about makes the thing
useless as a wifi device in the "man cave" in the woods.
I don't play games, and I don' listen to music (never have, even
in my younger days), so I never use the app store except to
download apps, which I've done. I did try dash cams, but the
problem was the mounting in a vehicle, so, I gave up on that
in favor of a bona-fide $35 permanently powered dashcam fed
with a 32GB microsd card, which loops as long as it likes
(unlike most of the dashcam apps that I had tested out).
I have Keynote, Numbers, Pages, PowerPoint, Excel, Word,
and Paper on the thing, but, I have MS Office on my laptop,
so, there's no advantage to the iPad (in fact, the need for
a separate keyboard is a distinct disadvantage in that regard).
The kids watch videos, so, that's nice as the iPad became the
portable DVD player for the kids whenever they're not playing
games on it, so, that's a *very nice* capability of the iPad.
I have iMovie, but now, the need for both a kludgey separate
bluetooth keyboard and separate mouse negates any real value
any application on the iPad has over the laptop, which is
vastly more powerful, perfectly sized screen, perfectly sized
keyboard, nice pointer (once you get used to it), and is,
really, the best of all worlds when the need is to *create*
something text or mouse intensive.
Once in a while I use the iPad for the voice recording feature,
but, again, both the laptop and the phone can do that, so it's
Overall, I'm pretty bored with this iPad. It didn't turn out to
be as useful as I had thought it might be. It's a great GPS,
and it's just as great as a video player and game platform for
But, it's lackluster at just about everything else, as far as
I can see.
Is there something useful that I missed, that *you* do, on your
iPad, which is not keyboard/mouse intensive, that I missed?