What are using your iPad for that you didn't expect?

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What are you using your iPad for that you DID NOT expect to use it for?

Poll closed Nov 25, 2010.
  1. Streaming/Watching Video

    21 vote(s)
    35.6%
  2. Listening to Music

    9 vote(s)
    15.3%
  3. Reading eBooks

    21 vote(s)
    35.6%
  4. Browsing the Web

    10 vote(s)
    16.9%
  5. Social Networking (Twitter/Facebook/etc.)

    12 vote(s)
    20.3%
  6. Something completely different (Post below)

    13 vote(s)
    22.0%
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  1. wrecklass
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    Yes, these are all things you can do with your iPad. However, instead of what you expected to be using it for, what do you find yourself doing that you didn't consider a buying point when you bought it.

    I imagined I'd do a lot of web browsing and reading books, but I find I am using it for Netflix streaming far more than I would have imagined.
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    As a babe magnet!
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    Crap! I hope my wife doesn't see this post! But there is a picture of the two of us on my lock screen, so I can always hold that up as a "babe repellant"... 'cuz I already got me one!
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    Nah, got the perfect thing for that. Bought a box of Cinnabuns at the mall, and I was asked by half dozen women where I was taking them as I walked through the mall. I broke their hearts when I said they were for my wife.

    Still, it is out there if you need an option. ;)
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    I expected all of those. Reading magazines (like Wired and Popular Mechanics) was a surprise. Also remote control of my PC (iTeleport or LogMeIn) was also unexpected. I also use it a lot more for showing technical info. to customers for work (brochures) than I imagined.
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    I got mine for school [mainly] so I could leave my rather heavy 15'' MBP at home for my one hour commute.

    iAnnotate and various dropbox apps have been great for school, but seeing as how I have a WiFi only version I usually load my MiTube app with a bunch of Youtube videos before my commute so I have something to watch during the ride. I didn't think I'd use it for videos that much, but... I do now haha.
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    I have never been too much into reading books but the ipad has changed all that. I loaded some books on it just to check out ibooks and now I read on it every day. It is nice having a small library with me wherever I without having to carry around multiple books. Definitely never saw this one coming.
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    I didn't know that there was an iPad version of Civilization Revolution. Add that to Angry Birds HD and Plants .vs. Zombies HD, and well, I never imagined I'd be hooked on playing games on it!

    Tom
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    Reading Comics

    I'm reading a lot of comics with the iPad.

    Using the Marvel app and an app specially for Transformers - my favorite comic books.
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    What are using your iPad for that you didn't expect?


    I didn't expect spending so much time here!:p
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    OMG!!! If that isn't the truth! This is all Marie's fault!!! :D
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    That is very cool to hear. I'm an avid reader and have a Kindle and Kindle DX, which I like a lot. However the iPad has replaced the DX when I have space for the larger device. I love that Amazon has Apps on nearly every platform. It makes reading so much better today.
    Ya, that is me as well, although in truth I tend to spend a lot of time in forums when I get new technology. I enjoy finding new things to do, like Angry Birds, which is infuriatingly addicting.
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    What has been surprising is just how much use it gets. Twice the usage of my desktop.
    It won't run Lightroom or Photoshop but I'm genuinely impressed by the quality of some of the Photo apps such as Filterstorm, Photogene and Retouch. Can only get better as the platform matures.
    Yeah and that forum addiction........
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    Quality time playing search games with my 8 year old! Never saw that coming...
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    I didn't expect it to replace my laptop, but I think it will except for my bills paid with Quicken...I LOVE IT!
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    Unexpected use of iPad

    For presentations using Keynote.
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    Using the iPad -Surprises

    I've found that the Webex, Citrix and VPN tools are great for remote networking and server management -the business side of the pad has been an amazing benefit, taking this technology out of the "nerd toy and game" realm into a serious business accessory. .
    Also have been surprised by the relationship the pad has with the Public Library -absolutely saves me some cash on the latest best sellers.
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    Can you elaborate on this. I admit I read a ton on both the iPad and Kindle. I've used Gutenberg for out of print books, but admit I haven't been to a public library in nearly a quarter of a century. :eek:
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    Public Library Audio/E-Books for iPad

    There are several ways to get library access. The one that I like the best is a service that libraries nationwide subscribe to called Overdrive. I searched nationwide, and the only library that seemed to be willing to take internet applications for their library card is the library in Charlotte - Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklinberg County @ plcmc.org. A phone call and credit card charge of $45./year got access to a wonderful library and great book selection, too, although, my card IS limited to INTERNET only, which is not a problem. (I'm in Virginia) When I searched for an internet library, they were the only library that was willing to do this for me. Check with Overdrive.com - there may be other libraries that have caught up to technology with policies that allow remote users into their community.
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    For great photo editing - particularly if you're a fan of Photoshop, Check out Photoshop on the web - makes editing photography from the ipad quite easy. There is also an app for Photoshop now, although, the web Photoshop is much better.

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