When Apple first released the iPad, I was skeptical about the practicality of the device and fell in to the "I'd rather have a laptop" category. However their growing popularity left me intrigued and after a fair amount of commuter envy from people using their tablets on train journeys and people telling me it was one of the best investments they had made, I decided it was time to see what the fuss was about.
Well it's safe to say I am well and truly a convert to the dark side. My skepticism about the practicality of an onscreen keyboard has been over-ruled by the fact that I use my iPad for things that do not require a lot of typing, and is far outweighed by how lightweight and portable the device is. That said, I wouldn't give up my laptop in favour of an iPad, but it is definitely a good companion.
My new iPad is the White 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini from Argos. Whilst it's WiFi-only compatibility comes with the con that it cannot always be used on the move, the 7.9 inch screen is the perfect size for curling up on the sofa every evening and catching up on my YouTube subscriptions. Of course the beauty of the iPad is being able to choose from over 275,000 apps to tailor your tablet exactly to your own uses, and even though I haven't had my iPad long enough to really experiment with different apps thought I would put together this post to share the ones I use the most.
Facebook and Twitter
Of course, being a blogger and a social media enthusiast, Facebook and Twitter were amongst the very first apps that I downloaded when I received my iPad. Similar in style to the Facebook and Twitter applications for smart phones, they are easy to navigate and make keeping up-to-date quick and easy.
I watch videos on YouTube more than I watch TV, so I was looking forward to seeing what the experience is like on a tablet. I have to say I much prefer watching YouTube videos on my iPad as the definition of the display is amazing quality, the size of full-screened videos is perfect for viewing and the pages aren't overloaded with comments and video suggestions as they are when using YouTube on a laptop.
Okay, here's the dangerous one. I love using my iPad for online shopping as the apps make navigation and purchasing items super straightforward. The eBay app is one of my favourites as the home screen is designed to make it easy to see what items you are watching, what you have purchased and also what you are selling.
My driving theory practice was another use I had in mind for my iPad before I got it. After trialling a few free driving theory apps that I either didn't find were great in terms of functionality or were swarming with advertisements, I found that this one was the best and is great for learning and revising questions by category and being able to take mock tests.
Dumb Ways to Die
I just had to throw a silly app in here somewhere. This game of reflex and speed is probably the most pointless game you will ever play, but let me tell you, it has kept me occupied for hours!
What are your favourite iPad apps?
This post is in collaboration with Argos