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You guys, I'm writing this on my spankin' new iPad! I've been trying for ages to rack up points on my credit card rewards, but it just seemed to take forever to accumulate enough, so I could only get a 16 GB one, but I finally have one! I've already downloaded the Nook app so I could move all my ebooks here, and got the Kindle app even though I have a lot of beeves with Amazon about publishing. But I could never get copies of some of the books by friends that were only on Kindle.

So what do you use on yours? Tina recced Evernote, so I got that, but not sure what else to do. Honestly, the most I do with my iPhone is play solitaire since I find reading on it hard. Also, do you use a screen protector? Mine came with some but I can't get the air bubbles and sticky residue from the tab off, so I'm not sold. It also came with a case but it's not really my style. Plus it smells.

Augh, I don't have time for a new toy! Vid is due in a couple weeks, and a book proof is due in 10 days. But...toy!

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destina
Jun. 13th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
I actually just upgraded to a 128GB because I need more space for stuff! (I started off with a 16.) Wow, what don't I use it for. I have probably 60 excellent games on it, plus all my books (Nook, Kindle, and iBooks, all three). I have a whole bunch of audiobooks and a lot of TV shows (because I watch TV on it while on the treadmill). And I have all my news apps, and my word processing aps, and the faux-Windows apps I need for work, and quite a bit of music, and my Amazon Prime app (SO MANY FREE SHOWS TO STREAM), and my Tumblr app, and...yeah! Lots of stuff! *g*
gwyn_r
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Holy cow! What word processing apps do you have? I"ve wondered about that -- what I could write with if the inspiration struck while I had the iPad with me.
carbonel
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
I don't use my iPad for writing, but Pages seems to be the main winner there, even though it started life as a Mac application.
destina
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
I use Pages for writing most of the time, because I can save documents as Word docs and email them to myself. It's a good, basic, functional app. I also like ommwriter, because it's aesthetically pleasing, but it's not quite as functional for me. There's a video demo on the site.

I also don't type on the iPad if I'm writing something longer than a paragraph, it's too annoying. Sometimes I use voice dictation, but I have a Kensington case with a Bluetooth keyboard, and I love it like pie.
smithereen
Jun. 14th, 2013 01:30 am (UTC)
I have an android tablet (Nexus 7) but I think a lot of the apps I use are on the iPad too. Pocket is good for saving fics that aren't on AO3 (or any random webpages) to read later. Also, I've heard people say Instapaper is good. I don't have a ton of games, but I have Solitaire, Fruit Ninja, Tetris, Star Wars Angry Birds and Words Free. Which are all decent time killers and don't require advanced gaming skills. Also, if you read any comics or manga there's probably an app for that. I use Perfect Viewer, but not sure if that's on the iPad or not. I also have the Box app (for box.com) so I can transfer files to myself without hooking up to my computer. I think Dropbox also works for that as well. I have five reading apps, but I think the ones you don't have are Android only. You might want to look at Bluefire though. I've read that it lets you do some things like check out library books and sideload books more easily so you don't have to go through a specific store. What else? I have a writing word count meter that I like a lot, but they have similar type things for any kind of goal tracking. Instant messaging and e-mail, obviously. TV listings. Recipes. RSS feeds. Twitter. One of my friends uses Yelp every time we go on a trip to pick out restaurants...

I don't have a screen protector on mine, but I do have a case. I kept putting off getting the case, and then the tablet fell out of my purse onto concrete (and I went... *slow motion Nooooooooooo!*) By some miracle it didn't break, but after that I started using a case. If I'm just sitting around reading at home I'll take it out because it does make it slightly heavier/bulkier to hold, but otherwise I use it all the time. Mine smelled too when I first got it, btw. But it faded after a month or so. The one I bought was only $13, and I really like it, so there might be better options out there for you than the one it came with.
gwyn_r
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
I am pretty much the clumsiest person on the planet so I cannot be trusted with electronics. I've already dropped my iPhone so many times, and I'm amazed that so far I haven't broken it. But I've already dropped it out of the case! Ha ha. I need to go find one that's idiot proof. Oh, a writing count word meter -- that's cool!

carbonel
Jun. 14th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
I am very boring. The apps that I use the most on my iPad are Stanza (which is no longer supported, and isn't configurable in iOS 6.0 *sob*), PerfectBrowser (my Safari substitute that lets me change font size on the fly), and Wikipanion, a Wikipedia app.

When Big Fish Games had all its iPad/iPhone games on sale for $1 each, I bought every hidden object game it had available, but I mostly play HO games on my desktop computer. It's nice to know they are there, though.

And when I travel, if I have good Wi-Fi, I'll watch stuff on Netflix streaming.
gwyn_r
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what a hidden object game is. ;-) Because I'm missing the game gene. I guess I'm going to have to look into the Netflix thing -- I hadn't wanted to pay extra since I'm already getting dvds, but it sounds like that's one of the things everyone uses it for.
carbonel
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
A hidden object game is rather like those kids' games where there are five wolves (or whatever) hiding in the picture of the tree, and you have to find them all. The computer-based ones are a lot more sophisticated, and are usually tied in with some sort of story plot. They're a general category of computer game called casual games, and that's how I use them -- to wind down at the end of the day. Here's a link to a free trial of one of my very favorites. If you have no interest in this, the category isn't for you, at a guess.

My primary Netflix usage is the DVDs as well, but I decided that I got enough out of the streaming end of things to keep that part of the subscription, despite the huge price increase. About 90% of my Netflix queue is DVDs, but when I'm traveling, I watch stuff that I otherwise wouldn't (like Glee), because that's what's available.
carbonel
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Two more things:

1. Dropbox is brilliant. I forgot to mention it, but it's free, and it's my go-to application for file sharing of any kind.

2. If you'd like a case and don't have one yet, you can have one for the cost of postage. There was a site selling leather ones for $1 each, and I bought a handful, just because. I still have a couple of extras.
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