Saturday, November 9, 2013

How to Get the Most From Your iPad

When the iPad was first released it turned out that Apple was once again changing the world of mobile technology forever. There kind of seems to be a theme there, huh? It seems that every time there is a big change coming in the mobile technology industry, Apple is always on the bleeding edge of it. Well, now that Apple has become the leading mobile tablet producer, many of you have already purchased your own iPad and are constantly looking for new ways to utilize it. Here are a few of my favorite ways that you can max out the performance of your device.

Get a SIM-Only Plan for Your iPad

The iPad can easily connect to wireless networks for sure, but because it is intended largely for use as a mobile device I always tell people that if you can't get a data connection because you're nowhere near a Wi-Fi network, then you've lost a lot of the functionality of your device. That's a problem when you consider that the iPad was meant for traveling with. I usually tell people to get a data plan for their iPad so they can use it on the go. Here is a list of several of my favorite data plan options for avid iPad users. And here is another great guide to picking a great mobile SIM plan.

Get Mobile Device Insurance

Once again we go back to the intended purpose of the iPad as a mobile device. You were intended to travel with it or take it outside of your home with you. Most people think that their homeowner's or renter's insurance will cover their iPad but they don't realise that this applies only when the device is in the home. If you take it outside of the house and it gets stolen, lost, or damaged, then you are out of luck. This is why a dedicated device insurance policy for your expensive iPad is never a bad idea.

Purchase a Good Set of Headphones

Whether you prefer ear buds, on-ear, or over-ear headphones, I recommend that everyone get a quality set of headphones for their device. Nothing can raise the value and pleasure you get out of your iPad like a good quality sound experience. Listening to music on the train? Watching a movie on the plane? Well, you'll get even more pleasure out of it by getting some good quality sound out of your iPad. Trust me on this one.

Learn to Love the Bigger Screen

Most of what you can do on your iPad can also be done on the smaller iPhone. This largely isn't a problem. However, for things that require significant screen time such as video calls over Skype, watching movies, playing games, etc. the bigger screen of the iPad is a godsend. I have an iPhone and an iPad, and when I'm able to, I always choose to do the tasks and functions that require more screen time on my iPad. My eyes thank me for it.
There are a lot of things that you can do to enhance your user experience when it comes to using your new iPad. The few listed here are what I consider to be the absolute essentials. But don't let that stop you from considering your own personal enhancements for your own iPad user experience. If you're going to invest in a SIM plan for you iPad, I suggest you check out these low cost SIM-only contracts.
Laura Ginn is a professional writer and blogger who spends a lot of time at local coffee shops writing on her iPad. Because she takes her iPad with her almost everywhere she's become an expert in getting the most out of her user experience.

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