What I Plan To Do With The iPad

We are less than a week away from iPad day. On Saturday, April 3, Apple will start selling the iPad, and people who pre-ordered them will receive theirs at home, or if they made a reservation, pick one up at an Apple store. Over the weekend we learned that if you pre-order an iPad today, the date on which you will receive it has been pushed back to April 12, causing people to speculate that Apple has sold-out their initial production run of the device. While Todd has his on pre-order and is set to get his on April 3, I am waiting to just buy one in a store, and I am hoping to buy one by the end of April.

Since the iPad was announced, I’ve been thinking about how I would use one. I am sure that once I have one, I will discover many uses for it, but here are three ways that will be important to me. The most obvious is for reading eBooks. Amazon and Barnes & Noble have both announced their intent to provide their eBook readers, which are currently available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, for the iPad. I am currently using the Barnes and Noble nook, but I find it attractive to have access to the books I read on the nook on the iPad. I may find that reading on the iPad is a good experience, if not I can always use my nook. At the same time, if Amazon has a book that I want for a cheaper price, I can just as easily buy it to read on the iPad. Integration with all of the major eBook stores is a major potential benefit of the iPad, provided that Apple actually allows the Amazon and Barnes & Noble apps in their app store.

Similar to reading eBooks, I plan to use the iPad for bible study. I am a long time user of Laridian’s PocketBible, which is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and has been available for Windows Mobile phones for many years. Over the years I have built a PocketBible library of different translations of the bible and various study guides. Electronic bibles are different than eBook readers because they provide the chapter and verse navigation unique to bibles and not common to regular books. PocketBible works well on my iPod Touch, and I am looking forward to using it on a larger screen.

Finally, it should be no surprise that I am looking forward to using Evernote on the iPad. When the iPad was announced Evernote stated that they looked forward to optimizing their iPhone application to work on the iPad, and I am anxious to see what improvements they can make. I am hoping that there will be some way to quickly write notes using digital ink in Evernote on the iPad, but even if it only supports the on-screen keyboard or voice input, I think the application will be very useful.