Post # 1
Hello to all tech saavy and Apple loving bees. Call me clueless.
My DH just informed me that he purchased for me a new I-Pad2 (arrived today) to help with my crazy life and schedule. Wasn’t that sweet? The problem is I haven’t a clue what it does, what I can do with it or how it works. I would hate to tell him I don’t like the idea of using one. He uses his original I-pad all the time and thinks it would “change my life.” Blah!
So dear bees please tell me some of the things you find your I-pad useful for and hopefully I can incorporate this into my new “tech friendly” life.
Any apps to recommend? Do you watch movies? Is it great for emails and Facebook? Scheduling?
Post # 3
I use the OneNote app all the time to take notes in class.
I mostly surf the web and email.
If I’m behind on a show I like I will download on Itunes and watch on my Ipad.
I also have a couple movies downloaded for road trips. 🙂
It is a life changer 🙂
I saw a woman in a meeting using one and seriously she just looked so efficient…and actually was efficient. It was a drug court meeting and the Judge would ask a question and she would look it up online and have an answer in 2 seconds and then instantly be taking notes and it was just a WOW moment for me. The judge was captivated.
Post # 4
You can pretty much use your I-Pad as a computer / laptop… but just on a smaller size… which makes it very portable, and what we love it for the most… TRAVEL
From a travel perspective, it also is fantastic because you can take photos & video with it (decent quality) and also use it to download your photos off your camera at the end of the day (you buy an attachment for that from Apple)
In addition, it can serve to check email, browse the net, or use as an e-reader. Mr TTR likes to use it to video play games (such as Angry Birds) on the flights when we fly… a good distraction for him, as he hates to fly !!
Of course it can also be used to download / play music, organize your schedule etc.
Since buying our IPad we love the convenience of it (fits in my purse, or a knap-sack / day-bag), and how it is sooo much smaller and weighs considerably less… PLUS does a whole lot more than our Laptop which we used to lug around on vacation.
Hope this helps,
Post # 5
@This Time Round: Oooh well noted for travel, especially with uploading photos.
Can anyone advise on average how long the battery lasts? I have to charge my phone daily because of use so I’m wondering if this would be the same.
I am loving all the suggestions so far. It does sound like it offers a lot of the same benefits of a laptop (which my DH has taken over for his work stuff).
Post # 6
There are so many amazing apps for weather and games and everything! I also check my email on it all the time, Facebook, Pinterest, all my banking, take photos with it, shop. If you lke puzzle games The Room is perfect on the iPad. Houzz is also a very cool app for home decorating.
I seriously couldn’t live without it!
Post # 7
I charge mine about every other night. Just depends on your usage!
Post # 8
I read books and papers, go on wedding bee, use it for scheduling, play games, listen to music and podcasts, watch movies and tv shows, check email and facebook, the list goes on and on!!!!!!! The ipad is awesome
Post # 9
@Treejewel19: I’ve had mine for almost two years now, so it’s an original, but the battery life is still excellent. At least 10 hours. Can’t speak for the iPad2 though.
Useful apps, ummmm. Here’s what I like.
Netflix – absolutely essential. Irrelevant if you don’t pay for the service, but if you do have Netflix (and it’s amazing, so cheap) the app is great.
The built in Mail app is great for email. I use it a lot.
I have an app from my bank and my credit card, just search for yours.
Also don’t underestimate iBooks. I have 300 plus books on there in PDF form so I am never bored! You don’t have to purchase the books for additional cost if you already have them in PDF form… just up to you how you get them. Barring that, if you already have a Kindle, there’s a Kindle app.
I play some games that are fun…Words With Friends of course, that’s like Scrabble. Angry Birds. Fruit Ninja is 3x the fun on the iPad vs the iPhone. FlickFootball (British developed, it’s actually soccer). Tap Tap Revenge.
Some of these are free standard but for others there’s a free version if you don’t mind a few ads.
ARTREE is a beautiful app that’s engaging for a while. It’s one that fun when you first get an iPad. And the app Fluidity is pretty fun when you first get the iPad.
I don’t actually purchase a lot through it (cause I’ve been saving for my wedding!), but Amazon’s app is pretty good.
IMDB has one as well. Wikipedia. iheartradio.
Post # 10
@autumnmountainbride: I saw Weddingbee and I got excited! My phone is useless for WB.
I do havet NetFlix and Hulu Plus so those are two things I hadn’t considered. And Pandora (although I’m sure it drains the I-pad battery like it does my phone).
I’m starting to see that it is like an amazingly approachble and portable laptop. I just didn’t realize it had so much flexibility of usage.
Can anyone comment on weight? I see a few have mentioned carrying it in a purse….is it heavy?
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: Mine is heavier because it is the first version. I still carry it around in my purse, although I do have a bigger handbag. I think with the iPad2 it would be even easier. Just depends on what you want to put up with.
I would say make certain you get a screen cover to protect from scratches and things bouncing around in there.
Post # 12
@autumnmountainbride: Thanks! Good idea. I guess I’ll have to go get a fun cover too (ooooh accessories!!!!).
Post # 13
I use it to surf weddingbee from my bed. >_>
Post # 14
Yes, the ipad is fantastic for weddingbee! Unless of course, you’re like me and need to have 6000 WB windows open at the same time. Then it gets a little messy. 😉 I also use it most frequently to catch up on shows – netflix runs great on it. And let’s face it, my netbook runs like butt and it’s nice to have my ipad to watch shows without it cutting out on me all the time. 🙂
Post # 15
@Treejewel19: Ooh yes, accessories. 😉 I keep mine in a folio that has soft touch keyboard that connects via Bluetooth. It was incredibly useful in college because it gave me the typing capability of a netbook with the portability and flexibility of a tablet. Also, because it was soft touch it made like zero noise.
This is the keyfolio. Although we didn’t get it there.
Post # 16
I’m another one who loves iBooks. I study part time, and it means I can download papers etc.