I'm still trying to divine the true nature of the tablet, and the iPad in particular. But instead of trying to foist my opinion on readers, I'll let others do the talking since a lot of people seem to disagree with me--especially when I assert that the iPad has yet to find a solid, useful niche for me.
Before I jump to reader input, though, let me say up front that I use a MacBook Air (a three-pound ultraportable) as my main computer (along with a Verizon MiFi 3G Mobile Hotspot when I'm traveling) and own an iPhone 3GS. So, I'm guessing I'm a little more challenged to find a niche for my iPad than some.
Anyway, here is a sampling of reader comments from a May 23 post: "iPad caveat: Solution seeking a problem."
Audio system/cookbook: "I decided to flush mount the iPad into my mom's kitchen wall...the iPad became the ultimate song storage and categorized jukebox. We could search for any song, show album art, show full lyrics, and buy a new song whenever we wanted through Wi-Fi. We use apps like epicurious for recipes plus I scanned all of her old recipes in as pictures...Perfect for the kitchen. That is where the iPad belongs."
Productivity: "File management--get Goodreader (misnamed horribly), which allows you to maintain a folder/file structure, import documents from the cloud, and open documents in appropriate applications, such as pages. 2: PrintCentral--print to a wifi printer or a USB printer...3: TaskPro or Todo Queue for task management. 4: iThoughtsHD--a terrific mind mapping application."
Students: "I'm a student, and the iPad is great for me. I find it much more comfortable to study on the iPad rather than on a laptop screen. I take notes on my laptop, but then study them on my iPad. Before I got it, I printed out hundreds of pages of notes and PowerPoint slides and had to… Read more