The new iPad is a fantastic device. It can browse the internet, edit documents, send emails, take photos, shoot videos, shop, play games and almost anything else you can imagine. With the vast selection of apps available, it really is a great all round device. In fact, it’s taken the place of many devices that pre-iPad, I would have considered essential. Next time anyone asks me what the point of buying a tablet is, I’ll tell them – it can replace all these comfortably:
Being in the UK, I fortunately get the choice as to whether or not to pay a subscription for a TV service, thanks to the selection of free/
government TaxÂ funded channels. The costs involved in having a subscription with Sky/BT Vision and the rest far outweigh the benefits. Thankfully, I have low-cost LoveFilm (think Netflix, but better) subscription and can watch any movie I like using the company’s iPad app.
Similarly, all the terrestrial TV channels have their own catch-up iPad optimized app for keeping up to date with all the shows I want to watch, and at my own convenience. There’s no schedule, and it’s all on the iPad’s awesome Retina display. In short, I have no personal need for my Television anymore. I can watch virtually all the movies and TV shows I want on it for little cost. If it wasn’t for the fact that my kids love watching our Pixar DVDs repeatedly, we wouldn’t have TV set.
2. Games Console
The iPad has so many benefits over a games console it’s unreal. Firstly, it’s very portable. Your PS3 or Xbox will most likely stay in the same place, because moving it involves wrestling with messy cables, unplugging it, carrying controllers and discs. When you compare that to having all your games on a small, very portable tablet, there’s no mess. Let’s also presume – like most – your games are mostly on disc. If you get bored and decide on a title change, you physically have to get up and swap discs. With my iPad, I can just close and start up another title.
All the aforementioned benefits are good, but for me, the big deal is cost. Forgetting the initial outlay for a device that is only really useful for gaming, the titles easily cost upwards of Â£39 (Around $60 USD) each. The most I’ve ever spent on a game on iPad is Â£6 ($10 USD). Considering that was for an Infinity Blade game, with graphics that come pretty close to console graphics, I don’t see where the extra Â£33 goes. I have just as much fun, and get just as immersed in the game play. For that Â£33 saved I can get a selection of the best iOS games. It’s a no brainer. (Maybe not for hardcore gamers, but certainly for me.)
Our home MacBook has been exclusively used for web browsing and the occasional email ever since I got a desktop computer. Its mechanical build (keyboard/display hinge) means that the kids never get to touch it. Compared to the iPad browsing the internet is dull. The multitouch gestures and incredible display mean that not only does the internet look better on the new iPad, it’s more of a pleasure to navigate. And, the iPad isn’t a child-free zone like the MacBook was. Its solid build means that I’m happy to leave them with it to watch videos, play, and learn on the great selection of kids apps that is available.
4. iPhone (mostly)
I wrote an entire article on this earlier in the week, so I’ll keep this short. Having apps that are optimized for a 9.7″ display with as high a resolution as the new iPad has means that the iPhone seems way to small for just about anything. In fact, for the past week I’ve only used my iPhone to make phone calls and send texts (unless I’ve been out the house, which happens very infrequently) – that’s not an exaggeration.
What about you? Which devices are you using less, or stopped using, Â since getting an iPad? Comment below, or tweet: @TiP_Cam