Being a writer, my iPad is almost always out and turned on. I use it to jot down whatever is on my mind and any story ideas I get.
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That sounds great, much better than having to carry all kinds of equipment around with you anyway. Also I bet a change of scene like going to a cafe somewhere could make you much more productive!I have just found out that you can get MS Word for iPad, and that you can track changes on it. This means that I can edit books on it, so I might well trial that after I come back after my summer holiday. It would be easier to work in coffee shops and things like that if I didn't have to take a laptop with me, so hopefully I'd be able to fit more work in overall!
The games are great, sometimes you just need something to take your mind off the stress of the working day, and games work well for that. I love the fact that technology can help us so much these days, it's brilliant. You get so much bad press about how it's ruining childhoods etc but it does make a heck of a lot easier, too!I use mine for a number of purposes, and nowadays find it a massive boost for efficiency...
In addition to it being a great testing ground for responsive development (using Adobe Edge Inspect),I also like to have it showing my Basecamp account. This means I can keep a view on tasks and add comments etc as I work without having to switch tabs/pages on my laptop. Since the majority of my development work happens on the go these days it's a total god send.
Add to that the usual email/twitter/facebook pages apps, photo editing and maybe a couple of games to unwind I wouldn't go without one now. Even to the point that work is now starting on iOS app development as a service offering for the future...
Things will get even better soon as Apple release iOS8 and Mac OSX Yosemite as they will work even closer together than ever before (if your a Mac fan boy like me that is) ;-)
Not a waste really. It's good for what you need it for, and that's all that matters really, isn't it? Also I think an iPad is a lot easier to open up than a laptop is, so you'd be able to keep on track of your emails etc without having to open the laptop every time. iPad is hand held whereas the laptop would need you to sit somewhere comfy, and it all takes a little more effort really!I use mine mostly for social media, but I also respond to customer emails etc. I know it's a waste, given what it's capable of, but I do like to play some of the games - not strictly business related of course!
I think being able to be contacted by people as quickly as possible is important. Like, if someone wants you to make them something, they're likely to ask you - but then if you don't get back in touch there's always that slight chance that they're going to ask someone else instead. So having something like an iPad that can give you a notification is great as it gives you that opportunity to be in touch straight away.I get a lot of orders from my Facebook page, and I find that it is very helpful to have that page open on my iPad at all times so I can see when I have any notifications. I also use it to browse other websites so that I'm able to see what kind of designs are out there that I could try and replicate and adapt to make my own at some point.
Have you thought about getting a dictaphone for this purpose? I had a friend who was writing a novel once, and he had his with him all the time, and just spoke into it whenever he had an idea. He then listened to it at the end of the day. There might be an app to do this, in which case you could stick to your iPad, which would be great!Being a writer, my iPad is almost always out and turned on. I use it to jot down whatever is on my mind and any story ideas I get.