Mine is a tool that I use to process videos of apps in action for my website. Occasionally it is used to watch a video. It's great for moving it around the kitchen while using a recipe video, or whatever, as you can stop and restart at each step. My grandson is 4 and uses it for stories and educational apps every day since he was 2. Everyone uses it for Facetime - It's something different to many but I have found it to be of the utmost quality :thumbs:
Gottahaveit? You betcha!
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I agree that it is not necessarily a "need" but more the "gotta have", LOL.
Be that as it may, it is definitely a tool to me in the fact that it is portable. I have brought it to take notes in place of toting my Macbook. I have a BT keyboard that converts to a netbook like experience. I am just as fine typing on the virtual keyboard, but when I am taking a several hour procession of notes, just from an ergonomic standpoint, I'll use the keyboard. The battery life is amazing. I use Docs to Go, sync to my laptop or desktop, and now have a copy of the document saved. If I ever get to go away again anytime soon, it will go with me for e-mail and surfing. It fits right into my purse.(I have a sectioned off purse and it slides right in). At night when I check my e-mail, my iPad is right in my nightstand, and I just take it out.
At work, I need the laptop for most things. I do however, bring my iPad to meetings and use it to bring up information to report, so actually it does help there, as I don't feel like bringing my laptop to it. A lot of my colleagues still bring things with pen and paper, and I don't like to.
So in my case, it's a darn good tool at both home and work. Oh, and I can also annotate work documents on it too without printing, like when a report is sent through e-mail. I highlight and notate what I need.
Like others have mentioned it's really a question of how you're going to use an iPad as far as if you're going to need one. I purchased a first-generation 64GB iPad about a month ago and have been using it daily ever since. This is in addition to two laptops, one of which serves as my desktop replacement(I haven't used a true desktop as a primary computer in nearly a decade). The iPad is less than half the weight and has twice the battery life of my ultraportable laptop, and it's very easy to use. Editing documents I've written on my other computers? No problem. Pulling up an event schedule at a convention I was at last weekend? No problem there, as well. Taking notes at said events? Worked out great. I can do about 75% of my general, everyday computer use on my iPad.Is it a perfect solution? No. There's definitely some deficiencies; the lack of a true file system is a bit of a bear to work around, for instance. But, if you can work around its limitations it's a great replacement for a netbook or other small laptop. While it doesn't do everything, I've been pleasantly surprised with how much I can actually get done on my iPad. It's a great device, but you'll have to have a clear mission in mind for what you want to use it for. I did, and for the role I wanted to work it into it's pretty much perfect.
i think you need to watch apple channel at youtube
Apple - YouTube
watch videos about ipad, and decide yourself
No...You don't NEED one...Nobody does...
Originally Posted by ivil
Just do what you want
Hmm.... I like to draw and there's lots of fun drawing apps on my iPad I can use
In general, I used to think that I could do everything on a laptop that I could do on an iPad. The advantage of the iPad lies purely in the form factor: portability, ease of use. While I can read a book with a MacBook air, I find it more convenient on an iPad. While I could read sheet music on a MacBook, I find it more convenient on an iPad. While I could use a laptop on an airplane, I found the iPad more convenient. While my MacBook air is light and portable, the iPad is even more so.
More recently, however, I continue to explore apps that allow me to do things on the iPad that I CANNOT do on the MacBook. These apps are generally related to remote control of other devices such TVs and other computer programs. While I am not yet happy with the TV remote apps to use one regurarly, I do use apps to remotely control ProPresentor, keynote, and powerpoint. These apps, in my mind, give the iPad (or, more generically, a tablet) a unique capability, I started to realize.
Of course, whether one values these features enought to spend $500 or more is a question that only can be answered by each person.