Good day there!
A few months ago, when I had some money left, I bought myself a tablet - an iPad Mini, to be exact. I absolutely love it but I'm not using it the way I thought I would. That is when I asked myself the question: was my iPad worth the money? - a question I'll be answering for you today, so I'll either persuade you, or save you some extra bucks. Enjoy!
I personally have an iPad like I said in the little introduction but I think every tablet is the same: not when it comes to specs and the way it looks, obviously - but every tablet can be used the same way. I'll tell you what I thought I'd be using my iPad for, and how I'm actually using it. If the title of the paragraph is marked green I'm using it for that purpose, and if it's red, I'm not.
The major reason why I bought my iPad was because I thought I'd watch movies and series and documentaries on it - and that came out to be absolutely true. The Netflix app is great (if you have a Netflix subscription, of course - if you don't you'll have to be really nice to a friend who does) and I find myself watching many YouTube videos on it as well. It's even better to watch stuff on my iPad than on my laptop, because my laptop tends to get really hot, and lying in bed with an iPad is just way more comfortable than with a huge laptop.
I don't like reading on my iPad. I usually read before I go to bed or whenever it's hot outside and I have nothing to do. The screen is very shiny which is not ideal for reading outside and the bright screen hurts my eyes before I go to sleep. I usually use my e-reader or I buy/borrow a regular book.
I really like using my iPad for school - we get a lot of digital summaries and books to read, and my iPad is great for that because it saves a lot of paper and it's just very easy.
I don't type up articles on my iPad - I just think my laptop is easier. Editing photographs with my iPad is not easy or time-saving either: I have to transfer them to my laptop first, so why not edit them right away? I really thought buying a tablet would make blogging easier but that has not worked out the way I thought it would. Keeping track of statistics is something I do consider to be easy on my iPad but I don't think you need a tablet for that - it works on a phone as well.
I do really like reading and keeping up with my favourite bloggers via my iPad. I use Bloglovin' to follow my favourite bloggers and blogs and that's absolutely perfect: it feels like I'm reading an actual magazine, rather than an internet website.
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I don't like the little on-screen keyboard on my iPad, it's just a little bit too small to type quickly. Whenever I'm working on essays and articles, even when they're not for my blog, I usually switch to my laptop because it's just so much quicker! The Word and Pages apps are great, though, so I think investing in a Bluetooth Keyboard would come in really handy - I might do this in the future. That's why the title of this paragraph is in orange: the Word and Pages apps are great and are almost equal to the actual computer application of Word but it's just the keyboard that annoys me.
The main reason to buy an iPad was to entertain myself. It sounds stupid and it kind of is, but I didn't buy it for work- or school related reasons, I just wanted to have something nice. My iPad is great for that, honestly. I always have some movies/series on my iPad to watch while on a train and many in-between hours on school have been spent with my tablet. Many of you would think - but you (probably) have a phone for that? - but I don't like watching movies on that little screen (I sound so stupid right now!) and my battery dies really quickly whenever I do so.
Buying an iPad was not necessary: I could havve done all the things I do on my laptop, phone or on paper. A tablet could never replace a laptop for me, personally: I'd miss the keyboard too much, and a regular laptop is just easier for many things. However, a tablet comes in great when watching movies, reading papers for school, and if you don't mind the shiny screen - for reading. If you have a bit of money left buying a tablet is great, but if you'd buy the tablet with your savings which you could use for food and other more important things, I'd just skip this little piece of technology. It's handy, but not necessary.
I hope this article was helpful. Have a lovely day, Love, Sjoukje.