What do you use your iPad for?

I’ve always operated under the assumption that the iPad was a device designed for content consumption, as opposed to content creation. With it’s large, multitouch display, it’s great for watching movies, surfing the web or playing games. But because of it’s limited processing power (compared to a full-fledged computer) and lack of a physical keyboard, the iPad has always come off as a device to play with after completing work, not used to complete it.

That’s why I was a bit surprised that, while speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, Tim Cook boldly stated that he spent a whopping 80 to 90 percent of his time on his iPad, and a large portion of that time was devoted to work.

Now, this could simply be an Apple CEO trying to talk up an Apple product, but it still brings up an interesting argument – just what do customers use their iPads for? I personally don’t do much actual work on my iPad, but I must admit that, paired with iBooks, it’s a great way to read the slew of PDFs emailed to me by my professors.

Even still, my iPad is dominated by games, social networking applications, and streaming video clients. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to make my iPad be a bit more productive, but it hasn’t worked out that well. I’ve bought both the Pages and iMovie apps and while they are cool, I much prefer the desktop alternatives.

This is why, when my Dad told me he was considering picking up an iPad for work, I suggested he might be happier with a MacBook Air – just as portable, but with a real keyboard and fully-functional OS X. But now I’m wondering, was I wrong? Are iPads viable options for people looking to get some real work done, or are they forever doomed to be the fun, goofy sidekick to the powerhouse that is the Mac?

Let me know in the comments section below or share your thoughts on twitter!


Via: 9to5 Mac

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