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What Can an iPad Do?

29 Things (and Counting) That the iPad Can Do


11. Video Conferencing

Did you know you can place video calls with the iPad? The inclusion of front-facing and back-facing cameras with the iPad 2 allowed the iPad to use Apple's FaceTime video conferencing software, which allows users to place free video calls to any iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch user. The iPad also supports Skype, including the ability to place Skype calls over 3G/4G, so you can keep in touch while on the go.

12. Take Pictures With It

Let's not forget that those cameras can be used for a more conventional purpose: taking pictures. The iPad's front-facing camera is capable of 720p video, with the main purpose being video conferencing, but the back-facing camera is capable of taking 1080p video and 5 MP photos. That might not quite compete with your digital camera, but it is very useful when you don't have your camera handy. You can also use iMovie to help enhance the video you take with your iPad. You can even use the iPad's Photo Stream to share photos between devices or even between friends and family.

What is Photo Stream?

13. Load Pictures Into It

You can also load your pictures into the iPad using Apple's Camera Connection Kit. This kit supports most digital cameras and can import video as well as photos. This is great if you are on vacation and want to store your photos so you can clear up space on your camera for more photos. You can also use apps like iPhoto to do touch-ups to the photos you import.

14. Stream Movies/Music From Your PC

One great feature of iTunes that isn't often talked about is the ability to turn on Home Sharing, which allows you to stream music and movies from your desktop PC or laptop to your other devices, including your iPad. This means you can have access to your full music collection and your full movie collection without eating up precious storage space. This is a great solution for those who have rather hefty music and/or movie collections but don't want to spend extra $$$ on a more expensive iPad to get the extra storage space.

A Guide to Home Sharing

15. Connect It to Your TV

One of the coolest things the iPad can do is connect to your HDTV. There are several ways to accomplish this task, including using Apple TV to connect wirelessly and using Apple's Digital AV Adapter to connect via HDMI. Once connected, you can not only stream Netflix, Crackle and YouTube videos to your TV, but also play games on the big screen. And some games like Real Racing 2 fully support video out, maximizing the graphics on your TV while using the iPad as a controller.

How to Connect Your iPad to Your TV

16. Replace Your GPS

While Apple Maps caused quite a stir when it replaced Google Maps on the iPad, it does offer one major benefit that wasn't included with Google's Maps application: voice-enabled turn-by-turn navigation. This means you can not only use the mapping feature of Apple Maps, but also use it to replace the GPS in your car. However, you will need an iPad with a 3G or 4G data connection, which also includes the Assisted-GPS chip needed for accurate GPS.

4 Good Things About Apple Maps

17. Act as a Personal Assistant

Siri, Apple's voice recognition software, can sometimes be thought of as more of a gimmick, but it actually has many great uses that can add to the iPad experience. One thing Siri can do and can do well is act as a personal assistant. You can use Siri to set up appointments and events, to remind you to do something on a certain date or at a certain time, and even use it as a timer. This is in addition to launching apps, playing music, finding nearby stores and restaurants, checking movie times and finding out what the weather forecast is for the next few days.

How to Use Siri on the iPad

18. Connect a Keyboard

The biggest drawback of a tablet is the lack of a physical keyboard. The on-screen keyboard isn't bad, and you can even split it apart and type with your thumbs, but few people type as fast on a touchscreen as they can on a real keyboard. Luckily, there are a number of different options for connecting a physical keyboard to the iPad. The iPad will work with most wireless keyboards, and there are a number of keyboard cases that will turn your iPad into a device that looks more like a laptop. Once new keyboard solution by Touchfire basically fits over the on-screen keyboard and gives that touch-type feel without needing to be connected by Bluetooth.

The Best iPad Keyboards and Keyboard Cases

19. Write a Letter

While the iPad is often called a media consumption device, there are a number of business uses it can perform, including word processing. The Pages app is Apple's iPad version of their popular word processing software. Pages allows you to create documents, including adding pictures, graphs and special formatting. You can save your work to the cloud to get easier access and can even view and edit Microsoft Word files.

Download Pages

20. Edit a Spreadsheet

Do you need to edit Microsoft Excel spreadsheets? Just as Pages is the Microsoft Word equivalent for the iPad, Numbers is the Excel equivalent. Numbers is a powerful spreadsheet built specifically for the iPad and containing a range of features including the ability to save to the cloud. It will also read both Microsoft Excel files and comma delimited files, making it easy to transfer data from different spreadsheet software.

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