As you may know already from my previous articles, I’m deep-diving into the iPad realm and loving every bit of it. In order for you to get some sense as to how exactly it can be used, here are some pointers. I wouldn’t say that it can replace a laptop, but that view could very well change in the near future.
eReader. There are many comparisons between the iPad and the Kindle, and while Amazon’s device might be a little easier on the eyes, the iPad will offer a greater selection of books. And with the announcement of , there will be a virtual library of titles available for free.
Business. Yes, the iPad can be put to work. Apple is releasing it’s popular iWork productivity suite for the iPad, which gives you access to a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software. The cloud computing movement will also provide many web-based alternatives, and expect more software companies to jump on board by providing business applications to the app store.
Text and Tweet and IMDB from your couch. The iPad is going to be the best TV accessory since the invention of the remote control. Have you ever wanted to text or tweet something while watching a show? TextPlus provides free text messaging or the iPad and there are many great Twitter clients for the iPhone OS that will run on the iPad. And IMDB makes the must-have iPad app list because of how handy it will be to look up an actors name when you spot a familiar face on the tube. I do this all the time!
GPS. For those without an iPhone or smartphone, there’s no need to invest in a GPS if you have an iPad 3G. When you put the iPad 3G’s GPS together with a data connection, you have a handy little navigator that will not only help you find where you are going, but also locate gas stations and fast food joints while on the way.
Mobile Gaming. There’s no need for a Nintendo DS or Sony PSP if you have an iPad. The iPhone set a new standard for mobile gaming, and expect it to be taken to a new level with the iPad.
Cooking Guide. I’m no cook, but there are plenty of iPad applications you can use to learn about new recipes and help you cook very easily. Dock your iPad in the kitchen and install a free recipe app like Epicurious Recipes, and you’ll have your own little cooking guide.
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