We’re a little overdue for another What’s on Your iPad post – and today I’m happy to say we’ve got one from a site reader, Matt Baillargeon, who approached me by email and has some interesting answers, especially for those of you who are students or parents of students. Here’s a little bio information on Matt:
I am going into my Junior year at Plymouth State University. My major is Information Technology. I live in Manchester NH, and I live in my dorm in Plymouth during my school year. I work at my schools library fixing computers and use my ipad to log the calls, and computers that I work on.
I also enjoy cats, technology and everything Apple!
Here are Matt’s answers – questions are in regular text, Matt’s answers are in block quotes:
Which iPad model do you use? (original or iPad 2, WiFi or WiFi + 3G, storage size) Any particular reasons for choosing this model?
I used to have the original iPad 1, but when the new iPad 3 was announced and I saw the retina in person. I knew it was time for an upgrade. I am currently rocking out the iPad 3rd gen 16GB Wifi Model in White.
Do you use any sort of case with the iPad? If so, which one/s and why?
I have the gray smart cover with a Poetic ThinShell Duo Acrylic Back Smart Cover Partner Case. Great combo together and really protects the iPad with a slim profile!
What’s on your iPad dock currently? Do these apps pan out as your most frequently used?
I usually put the most used stuff in my dock:
Calendar – used to keep tests and homework that are due.
Settings – to change things on the fly without having to go back a certain screen.
Priorities – a great reminders app that supports badges for things that are needed to be done, along with a great managing system.
Tweetbot – the best twitter alternative app there is.
Flipboard – the best reader that puts all your favorite websites in a magazine style.
Rage Comics – best in class rage comics reader!
What are some of your other most-used apps / what’s on your first home screen? (and any reasons why you’d like to offer)
I normally put some of my most used apps on my home screen such as Facebook, iA Writer, camera, app store and such.
Some of my most used apps are Evernote which i primarily use the collect notes for some of my note heavy classes. Penultimate is also a great app for taking notes by hand and are great for drawing circuits for some of my computer classes. Pages is a great app that allows me to write papers on the fly when I am about and about on campus. The official mail client is also great on the iPad and helps keep me in contact with my teachers when I am out of my dorm. Priorities is a great app for keeping up with assignments that are due and supports notification that remind you!
How do you arrange your home screens? Do you use folders at all / heavily?
I arrange my home screens by different types of use, first page is my most used casual apps. Second page is my productivity apps that I use for college. Third page is my games page with all my favorite games and some other ones in a folder that I have already beaten. The last page is just folders of some apps that I need sometimes but don’t need all the time and are just pushed aside and out of the way.
What are some of your most used productivity apps on the iPad? Any that you use for work?
Like I said before my most used productivity apps are Evernote and Penultimate for notes, Pages for papers, Dropbox for collaborating with students, and Winzip for viewing slides that the teacher puts out on our schools website.
Do you read any newspaper or magazine apps on the iPad? Do you subscribe to any?
I never use the Newsstand app that apple included, Flipboard has always been a favorite and keeps me updated with my favorite websites. So that keeps me happy and saves me money when it comes to subscriptions.
How much, if any, book reading do you do on the iPad?
I am not really a book person, and if I were to read a book I would prefer the physical thing.
Any favorite iPad games or fun time fillers?
Favorite games right now are Fruit Ninja, the new update is great and I love the new Retina Update with it. Also Infinity Blade’s new update is great too, who doesn’t love free dlc!
Have you got a ‘hidden gem’ type iPad app that more people should know about?
I would have to say Priorities is a pretty unnoticed app. It currently is 2.99$ in the app store but is totally worth it. The Reminders app is very basic, but the Priorities app is great and has a lot of depth in it that Reminders doesn’t have. Also badges are always a great way to nag you to get things done!
Any killer apps you think are missing from the iPad App Store, apps you’d love to see come to the iPad?
I would love an Instagram iPad App, I use it a lot and its a shame there still isn’t one today.
Do you tend to pay much attention to your home or lock screen wallpaper? Change it up often?
I currently am sporting a colorful square background that really shows off the Retina Display. I do pay attention to my iPad home screen a lot. I change it up about every week or so and try and keep it fresh, seeing a I use it through out the day.
Big thanks to Matt for approaching me about this and for providing a great set of answers.
If you enjoyed this post, you may want to check out the excellent previous entries in the What’s on Your iPad series too.