Ever since the iPad was launched, I've heard people ask the same question countless number of times; what can you do with it and why would anyone need it? Initially I wasn't sure about it myself but after spending some time with the iPad I got a fair idea of what one could do with the device, and more specifically what I could do with the device.
Now the iPad is no longer the only tablet around with several variants from the Android camp crawling out of the woodwork almost every other day. Even BlackBerry announced its very own tablet, the PlayBook, which plans to take the iPad head on. All this is good reason for people to know what these devices are meant for and what they can be used for. So here are a few things that you can do with a tablet.
Note that many of the things here can be one on a smartphone as well as on a notebook PC. But what sets a tablet apart is the way it does those same things. Also, contrary to what some people might think, the tablet is not a replacement for the notebook PC but rather is a device that complements it.
Browse the Web
When Steve Jobs announced the iPad, he described browsing the web on the iPad as "magical". Knowing Apple, I was quick to dismiss it as one of their marketing tactics but when I used the iPad myself I must say I was blown away. I have a smartphone, notebook and a desktop computer at home, and I love to browse the web on all of them. But there's something amazing about browsing the web on the tablet. I could just sit on my couch or anywhere else and have this device in my hand, which was almost as portable as a smartphone and provided a browsing experience that could put a notebook to shame.
Scrolling through images with your fingers, tapping on the links, pinching to zoom is way better than using a mouse or a trackpad. The tablet quickly became my favorite medium to browse the web. Of course, the iPad lacks Flash support, which is a rather big omission, considering how much of the online content is in that format, but that's something the new crop of tablets have taken care of, with full Flash 10.1 support.
Trust me; unless you are a hardcore PC nut, you would not want to browse the web on any other device once you experience it on a tablet.