I've got a handful of clients who are targeting their sites towards iPads, so it made sense to pick one up to use for development/testing. (Technically, I had the idea to buy one, it took Shira to actually go out and make it happen!). So now I've got a brand new, super shiny, iPad in my hands.
The hardware is gorgeous. The user experience, while disorienting compared to Android or Windows, is clearly superb. My only problem is, other than using it as a test bed, what the heck should I use it for?
My first thought was travel. It sure is lightweight. But when I travel, I have pretty specific needs: (1) image backup/storage, (2) publishing photo and text to Blogger, (3) ssh capability and (4) some local development ability (emacs+subversion+sitecopy). I also do a bit of general web surfing and entertainment (watching Hulu, for example). My bought used on Craigslist netbook seems to be far more effective at all those tasks than an iPad. It doesn't seem obvious to me how I'd even get photos from DSLR into this guy.
Then I thought, I'll hand it off to Shira. She fiddled away. Her first thoughts were to use it as an eBook reader, a Skype platform and for watching TV (think Hulu and TV.com). It does in fact work as an eBook reader and for Skype, but so does her Galaxy S II - nearly just as well. And both Hulu and TV.com were a bust (at least the free versions of the sites). Oh, and she did setup the Epicurious.com recipe app, which has some promise.
Our little guy saw the iPad, and immediately said "oh, that has games on it." I then explained this one didn't, yet. But maybe using it as an education platform is the way to go.
I'm sure there's a killer use for the iPad -- I'm just not sure what it is. Want to help me out here? What do you find works better on the iPad than any other device?