Where my iPhone is mostly used a mobile connectivity device, my iPad is my mobile office and home away from home. But like my iPhone, I have relatively few apps when compared to my friends. And for the record, that number is 81 on the iPad.
I also note my iPad apps are much better behaved than my iPhone apps because they only have wi-fi to play with. They simply can’t talk to their friends without me putting in passwords etc so they’re much better trained and housebroken than my phone apps.
Apps I Use Regularly
The basic Apple systems of Calendar, Reminders, Contacts, Facetime, Photos simply work and using iCloud they sync between my phone, iPad and desktop. What’s not to like?
Gmail – good solid mail app.
Evernote – don’t leave home without it.
1Password for all the passwords you accumulate from one site to the next.
Browsers: I have three for different purposes: Chrome, Dolphin, Safari. Use them all
Yahoo Weather: It works on my phone, it works on my iPad so…
Reading Apps: Kindle, iBooks
Writing Apps: Index Card (syncs with my desktop Scrivener), WordPress (accesses sites such as this one) Pages for general notes. I do own Hanx Writer but it only outputs to pdf and as such isn’t used very much. I’m waiting for the iPad version of Scrivener which I will use as soon as its released.
Dropbox: I don’t really “use” dropbox but quite a few of my apps sync through it to my iPhone or desktop.
Photography Apps: I have several but the only one I ever use is Pixelmator. And given I rarely use the iPad for taking pictures, you can see it doesn’t get used much either.
Teleprompt+ is an excellent teleprompter for when I use my iPad as a video camera.
Numbers – basic spreadsheet.
News and general interest reading: Flipboard, Reeder, Tumblr
Having mentioned the above, I do have others but again, like the iPhone, they’re used irregularly.
I treat my iPad as a reading device and when paired with a keyboard (Belkin UltraSlim) it’s my mobile office.
You Need A Few Games Though 🙂
Ah but yes, I do have several games on it at the moment. I’m learning how to fly a drone so I have Electric RC. I used to fly real planes so I still have X-Plane 10 for when I feel like taking something up realistically and I currently have a space shoot-em-up named Quantum Legacy for when I’m feeling like blasting big holes in some poor monster’s space ship. Games tend to come and go rather quickly on my iPad because I get tired (short attention span) of them once I reach the level of my own incompetence.
In general then, my iPhone is my travelling companion, my iPad is my relaxing, reading or mobile writing device once I’m wherever the iPhone got me. My big desktop is for the main events of my working day.