After purchasing an iPad, the last thing I wanted to do was to spend MORE money on add-ons and accessories. I figured I could do without the bells and whistles, and only purchase what I absolutely needed.
- Hard and soft shells
Shell cases are typically made of plastic, rubber, or metal, and act as a sheath around your iPad. They leave the screen exposed, so you'll want to make sure you apply a screen protector in addition to your shell. The main difference is that the hard shells are hard and slick, and the soft shells are rubbery and provide a bit more “grip.” They come in a huge variety of colors and styles, some with logos and cartoon characters. Which you choose is a matter of how you plan to use it, and personal preference.
Portfolio cases flip open to reveal your iPad. They are popular because they offer an added layer of protection for your screen. People also like portfolios that allow you to set them up as a landscape or portrait easel, so you view the screen in your selected orientation. Portfolios are typically made of real or imitation leather, and range widely in price.
An all-in-one case is great if you are using your iPad for a lot of word processing or email, as I do. The wireless keyboard is already integrated in the case, so it's one less thing to keep track of. These are also typically made from leather, but new styles are emerging all the time.
Sleeves are simply carrying cases that keep your iPad safe while in transit. Usually made of a neoprene or slightly cushiony material, the cases typically zip shut and provide safe transport on their own, or tucked inside a larger bag.
The short answer is, Yes! , I use the iPad on a daily basis, for very different reasons. Here's the scoop:
The iPhone is best for:
- Phone calls and texting
However, you can download the Skype application and use your iPad to make calls.
- On-the-go email and web browsing
For a quick overview of my email while I'm standing in line at the bank, or looking up the time of the next showing of Harry Potter, the iPhone is tops in quick and easy.
While you can access the GPS/map function for the iPad by entering an address into a Google search, there is no GPS app on the home screen of the iPad as there is on the iPhone. When I'm lost, I don't want to have to go through the extra steps.
- Extended email or web browsing sessions
Typing even a paragraph or two on your iPhone screen can be a lesson in frustration, but with a keyboard that's almost “regulation” size, the iPad makes it easy. Plus, you can read blog posts and news updates without pulling out your magnifying glass.
- Word processing
I can type a report on the iPad. I can't on the iPhone without wanting to stick a fork in my eye. 'Nuff said.
- Viewing documents
While you can peruse the latest sales figures and scan over the customer service updates on your iPhone, it's a heck of a lot easier on the iPad's larger screen.
- Watching movies and videos
Have you ever tried to show someone a video on your iPhone? You're head to head, trying to listen and hear and not breathe on each other. Can you say 'awkward.” It's much easier on the iPad, especially if you have an easel-style case that allows you to prop up your iPad for easy viewing.
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