Apple has just released the iPad 2, but I'm still on the iPad 1 and I'm not in a position to buy another one less then a year after I bought the first version.
I do however, want to share how I've used my iPad over the last year.
I use it every single day, for many hours a day. During my lunch and morning tea breaks at work I use it for professional development, catching up on twitter, facebook, emails, browsing the web, making appointments on the calender and listening to podcasts. In the evenings and weekends I hunt down my favourite youtube clips, read books and magazines, read my RSS feed, write blogs and emails.
I like its portablity, quick loading times, and long battery life.
I dislike its slowness doing some tasks, typing, and heaviness.
I won't say I'd be lost without it, but I would certainly notice its absence.
Now for some lists of apps that I've found particularly useful. I have nearly 300 apps on my home computer, so I've reviewed quite a few.
They are listed in no particular order.
My top ten most used apps:
Friendly - facebook browser
Reeder - RSS feed reader
Atomic web browser
Blastr - scifi news
Besides the apps above, which I've estimated I spend the most time with, I've got a list of more specific apps below, follow the links to iTunes for a description and reviews.
Top 20 apps for learning and librarians.
iPod app combined with iTunes U - free education resources, podcasts and videos, from some of the major universities around the world.
Evernote - take notes anywhere and share with any device with an internet connection.
Dropbox - sync and share files from your computer to your iPad.
Smart note - Take notes in class, sketch out the next great idea, write personal notes in your password protected notebook, or simply highlight some text in a pdf. smartNote makes it easy to do just about anything you would normally do on paper on the iPad.
Quick office - for its google docs syncing capability.
iWorks suite, numbers, pages, keynote - iPad versions of Mac's equivalent to Microsoft Office.
Blackboard - I haven't used but for schools with blackboard this would be important.
Wolfram - more then a search engine, a computation engine, WolframAlpha's mobile app is powerful tool.
iFlow reader - for reading DRM protected library books, slightly fuller featured then Bluefire, and arranges books as flowable sections, hence the flow in their name.
Bluefire reader - for reading DRM protected library books
Guiness world records - great for records.
CIA world factbook - great fact checker for country information
TED videos - inspiring videos from the TED conferences.
mTouch+ moodle app - a must for institutions who use the moodle course management system.
Twitter - I learn so much from the people and organizations I follow on twitter, find an app that suits you. I keep going back to twitter's own app, but there are heaps to choose from.
Howcast - for the visual learner in all of us, howcast has some great videos on how to do just about anything.
Zinio - a digital newsstand with hundreds of digital versions of print magazines.
Atomic web browser -
Penultimate - very realistic writing pad for handwritten notes.