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iPad Apps

A friend posted something to Facebook about her musing over buying a Kindle or an iPad.  Given the two are so totally different, it was easy to advise her:  If you want a device to read something on, and that’s pretty much about it, go with the Kindle.  If you want to do more, via apps, then the iPad is the choice.  An interesting discussion among her friends ensued hashing around on some finer points, but mostly everyone who responded agreed that she should probably invest in the iPad.

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I don’t see tablets as toys.  I see that many people use them that way, but many also do not.  So, let’s try to agree that the iPad is a device, nothing more, how you USE the device depends on how it would be categorized to you (and others who use it in similar ways).  A parent gets one for email, web, movies or shows, but to keep mini-me happy, sometimes you open a game app and let them play (like, in the car).  Its a device.

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I promised my friend I would post to my blog what apps I have on my 1st Generation iPad Wifi.  Quick history, I got mine on day 1, which JUST SO happened to be my birthday (define providence?)  I bought the smallest drive and not on 3G.  I do not currently own a laptop and so I use my iPad for a few things at work but it is my mobile technology of choice for my doctoral work at NYU.  I do have a desktop, and I do use that a lot, but for mobile devices, its my iPad.

Two main apps for schoolwork: DocsToGo Premium and iAnnotatePDF.  DocsToGo lets me interact with documents (create, edit, etc…) and iAnnotatePDF does exactly what you’d think from the name, plus much more.

I have foursquare, HootSuite, Facebook, Ping.fm, Twitter, LinkedIN, Flickit, Echofon, and Google+ in a folder called Social.  I’ve stopped using foursquare (grew bored of it), use HootSuite for all the Twitter accounts, Don’t usually do Facebook on the iPad or my iPhone, but I use the app when I do (meh – expected more from the app), don’t use the Twitter app, don’t usually connect to LinkedIn on the iPad or iPhone, used to use Flickit to upload pictures, have stopped uploading so …, Use Echophone when I only want to see @aj_kelton, don’t use the Google+ app often.

In a folder called Travel I have: Weatherbug, and TWC (they use different station points), Maps, which is an awesome tool for finding things (and built into the iPad OS), Boingo’s Wi-Finder (I subscribe to Boingo, don’t use it often but it pays for itself every time I do.), and an AWESOME traffic app called INRIX.  I have the free version.  I find it especially helpful in the NY/NJ tri-state area and in the City.  Its usually spot-on accurate and, its freaking free!  How cool is that?  :-)

In a folder called Utilities I have: Calculator XL, BatteryLife, Find iPhone, Translator, Convertor, iHandy Level, Flashilight, and Speed Test.  Most are self explanatory, and there may be other apps that do the same thing that you like better.  I find BatteryLife  particularly useful on my phone, don’t really use it on the iPad.  If you subscribe to me.com (transitioning to iCloud), you could have a tracking service for the iPad and iPhone.  It works quite well.  iHandy Level is free, and a good thing to have when you need it.  I find it more useful on my phone.  Speed Test is also handy, if you can what your upload/download speed are and how long a ping takes.

I do have a folder called Games.  I don’t consider myself a gamer, so I very rarely use any of these.  Some I prefer to play on my iPhone.  So, for games I have: GF All-Stars, Jenga HD, WTD, BClassicLite, Morocco, Magic8ball, Cubes Lite, Anaconda, Dragon’s Lair, Mirror’s Edge, AngryBirds Lite, Robot Rampage, Tree Planter, Cut the Rope, HornetSmash, Blimp, and Time Killer.  Nearly all of them I downloaded because someone suggested I do\.  I play Anaconda a lot, and I’ve gotten addicted to Robot Rampage, thanks to my advisor {shakes fist at Chris], I was mildly into Mirror’s Edge for a very short time, but then I got stuck and just don’t have the time to invest.  The most interesting one to me is The TimeKiller, by SAS.  Read the story here. Its fun.

In my Entertainment folder I have: Pandora, Shazam, IMDb, iTunes (Store), YouTube, Music (my iTunes), Videos, Starbucks, and Urbanspoon.  No surprises here.

Under Communications I have: Skype, LucyPhone, Dragon Dictation, NumberGuru, Tungle, Messages, MagicJack, Flipboard, Contacts, and a delete duplicate contacts app.  I rarely use Skype from the iPad, NumberGuru does reverse look up on a phone number.  Very cool app, and free.  Tungle I use because my advisor uses it, so that’s how I book time with him.  Its fine, its a good program, and it does sync to my gCal.  The MagicJack app is worth having.  Just like Magic Jack, it lets you talk free across the country.  Flipboard I don’t use, but I know people who do and like it.  Contacts is contacts but, a word of warning, if you have the iCloud service (or me.com) and you sync over multiple devices, if you don’t have the settings just right, you WILL get duplicates.  I had way too many of them.  Had to get a duplicate contact deleting program.  It worked as it said it might, but I was disappointed in the end.

Under Gadgets I have GiantTimer (very cool, useful, and free), iBannerHD (also useful but not frequently), Mappiness, which I don’t do anymore, and a QR app, which is useless to me since I have a 1st Gen, so no camera, but I have my apps synced and so it came over from the phone.

In Finance I have Bank of America, Capital One, an app called CheckPlease (for dividing the tab or figuring the tip) and a very cool program called GroceryIQ.  I use it mostly on my iPhone but its great for keeping a shopping list, you can scan in the bar code and it will add it, a number of options, and I think it was free.

Under Productivity I have Blackboard Mobile Learn (yuck!), Kindle (love it), iBooks, Dropbox (could not live without this cloud service.  If you don’t have an account, they are free up to 2GB I think, use this link http://db.tt/BRaYbsL and get 250MB of extra space for free (and I get 500MB), Evernote (never use but know folks who do), Wiggio (tried, meh), ShowMe (cool app, was in beta, think its out now, no use for me but I could see it big in some types of courses or levels), Keynote (much prefer over Powerpoint, but Mac only except on the iPad), WordPress (all of my blogs are WP (the one you’re reading now, and this, this, this, this, and especially this), so this gets used a lot), Inkling (interesting, will be awesome as the library grows), Eventbrite (used for ELD11 and will use again for ELD12 – one of the best designed apps I’ve ever seen), RememberTheMilk (still the best to-do list out there, I think, even though I’m not using it for a shopping list anymore, ironically), and BookMyne, an app I can use to interact with the MSU library.  Its a great app, very helpful.

I have the mail program to read my main Google email account, to which all of my other accounts are forwarded.  There are some things that can’t be done on the iPad that can on a computer, but it is good enough for 99% of the use cases.  I also use Safari as the web browser.

whew [wipes brow]

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